snapshots of an idle mind

September 15, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — sassinak @ 12:28 am

i had another great interview today. tragically they are sort of in limbo until the end of the month when they see what they can afford but he definetely wants to bring me on for a class in october. he made comments about hoping i still had availability then so there seems to be some implication of good possibilities for picking up classes. now i just have to get off my ass and GET MORE CLASSES!

*clears throat*

i almost forgot to write in my blog tonight because I’ve been making another mixed tape for the car. the other new tape is great but i’m already wanting something to swap it with. the nice thing is that i didn’t have to repeat much to get a pretty damm cool tape. That’s sort of good and bad, it means that I had a lot of music to choose from (props to the neighbours for some great additions) but it also means i haven’t made a mix in forfuckingever.

sometimes i’ll listen to the really old ones and laugh my head off at my musical choices. funny how young my taste in music was. i wonder if i’ll say that when i’m 50 about the mixes i make now? I have to confess I’ll be sad when I don’t get to make mixes anymore. It’s like modern technology has taken away something that used to be really cool. I love to mix songs into a crazy and illogical weaving and then enjoy the weave for ages in my car.

It just won’t be the same with an ipod or a shuffle or whatever the toy du jour is.

So yeah, bouldering outside. not stoked at all nope nope. not stoked about camping with several of my favourite people either. not stoked about drinking irish whiskey in the bush or eating fantastic bush food. of course super stoked about shitting in the woods!

damm these sheva guys are amazing.

so have nothing to say. interestingly the man who interviewed me today was almost as attractive as the one who interviewed me yesterday. more real in some way. i think because he comes from a more similar place to me so it’s easier to understand. he used to sell mutual funds or something and work in an office.

it’s funny cause he has that office worker body builder look a little. Sort of still has shoulders that are rounded forward a little but they’re nonetheless all muscley. it was neat anyway. i won’t explain because none of you are body workers and i don’t envy anyone listening to be rap anatomy and movement.

well unless you’re in the biz and then it’s probably interesting.

must sleep :)



  1. hey … I’m a body builder!!

    I just chose to build a ROUND body! LOL

    I was going through my CDs (haven’t had any mixed tapes since 19-forgotten, but I think it’s cute) and found one I totally forgot I had: Whodini — The Jive Collection: Volume 1. Wowzers.

    Five Minutes of Funk.
    Freaks Come Out at Night.
    Big Mouth.
    Funky Beat.
    I’m a Ho.

    Help me! I’m caught in a 1980s rap-scene flashback! *beat-boxing*

    Comment by DZER — September 15, 2005 @ 2:40 am | Reply

  2. hey round is for sure a shape… butyou knew what i meant about office worker body builders didn’t you?

    all gym muscles…

    also, i LOVE making mixes…. i’m sad that technology is killing that alittle. being able to skip sorta ruins it

    Comment by sassinak — September 15, 2005 @ 7:53 am | Reply

  3. I know what gym muscles are. I have ’em myself. Useful for some stuff, like filling out shirts and whatnot. Not useful when paddling out into 8′ surf when there is no lull and you’re constantly paddling for 20 minutes while fighting a sideshore current.

    The best muscles are those built by activity. Some gyms now have programs like that – instead of tossing around weights you do move different heavy objects, like huge tires. Engage the whole body.

    I learned that:
    – all of the bench presses and crap I do didn’t prevent me from getting noodle arms. Back to swimming!
    – all of the leg work I did seemed to help, I kicked constantly for 30 minutes one day trying to break through a nasty lineup and finally managed to do so after passing several people who went out way before me. not sure if it was my legs or determination since I told myself I’d catch waves if it killed me.

    Time to blog a bit myself.

    Comment by castufari — September 15, 2005 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  4. Oh, I bought an iPod shuffle, it’s great for mixing. If you’ve mastered being able to mix a tape then these guys are handy – but you have to start it then NOT hit the forward button. I had a 10 hour mix for the trip to the beach, made it 3 hours before I hit forward.

    Comment by castufari — September 15, 2005 @ 8:57 am | Reply

  5. just curious, how do you do the mixing thing?

    i’m using ipod now, but it’s tedious having to set up tonnes and tonnes of playlists, because we all know that music tastes change very often! plus it’s not exactly easy to handle the ipod (with its clicking wheel) whilst driving, so in the end i just end up listening to the same old favourite songs…

    Comment by Stoned.Nerd — September 15, 2005 @ 8:57 am | Reply

  6. cast: thanks for that elucidation on gym muscles, i may use it as an example with my clients. you’re absolutely correct and i’ve noticed it myself when i was ‘working out’ instead of using my body.

    interestingly i find that pilates translates a lot more to real life activity than traditional weights work. climbing and swimming also translate nicely :)

    Comment by sassinak — September 15, 2005 @ 10:29 am | Reply

  7. castu: hmmm a ten hour mix? i could do that if i had 500 more CDs :)

    nerd: i stick the tape in the stereo and fast forward and rewind it once to stretch it. then i stick it on record/pause and get the first song ready… then i press unpause and play on the cd and record a song, then i pause the tape again, get the next song ready…

    it was easier when my three cd deck was still working because i could get the next two tunes ready while the current one was taping. i’m pretty good though because i can make a 90 minute tape in about 2 hours when i’m cooking.

    if i had an ipod it would live on random

    Comment by sassinak — September 15, 2005 @ 10:39 am | Reply

  8. mixing is easy. i create a playlist – say “GP2K5” then drag songs from my library. My trip mix (visit my blog for trip details) was all reggae/dancehall. A bit of shaggy, elephant man, beanie man, etc.

    Pick songs that have some sort of meaning to you. One song that I mixed in with some frequency was Shaggy’s “Summertime”. On the way to surf one day we had this on the stereo. We were driving down the sand access road to our spot – 8 good friends in a suburban topped with 12 surfboards, a cooler full of beer, a fifth of Pussers Rum, 3 paipos, 4 bodyboards, a bunch of swimfins. We all sort of grinned and grooved to the music, even the older guys who weren’t into it. When I hear that song that drive comes to mind.

    I use iTunes to rate all of my songs as I listen to them so those that are stunks don’t make it to my mix. Read up on smart playlists, they’re cool. :)

    Comment by castufari — September 15, 2005 @ 11:53 am | Reply

  9. see the thing is castu that for me the art of the mix comes from listening to songs as i play them and finding the groove that fits next. i can’t just do that from a list unless i play the list as i put it together…

    that said, i can just tell i’m going to end up with an ipod.

    Comment by sassinak — September 15, 2005 @ 12:26 pm | Reply

  10. ah…you have the mixes down though. me, i sort of drag and drop then listen to parts of the song to see how they flow.

    a shuffle (what i have) is like US$129 for a 1gb model, apple has some cool new ones with more storage.

    Comment by castufari — September 15, 2005 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

  11. yeah i seem to have a scary talent for mixes… actually i think you’ve heard one or two?

    it’s all about the beginning of the next song… the first 15 seconds somehow…

    i don’t want a shuffle, no control :)

    well it would be fun but i ALSO want control when i don’t feel like being random

    Comment by sassinak — September 15, 2005 @ 2:17 pm | Reply

  12. You can go random on in the order you load it. Just move the switch to the middle position. :) I wanted one with a display but when driving I need not be looking down at it when I should be looking at the road. :)

    Comment by castufari — September 15, 2005 @ 4:18 pm | Reply

  13. it all sounds pretty technical to me.

    i’m with castu on the bit we shouldnt exactly be looking down at it when driving.

    the bad comes with the good, all the time.

    Comment by Stoned.Nerd — September 16, 2005 @ 1:18 am | Reply

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