4:18am — I’m on the couch in the living room, with Friend here, who’s pumping her paws on the big pillow. It’s like a big mama cat for our big kittens. Sipping coffee, listening to a load of laundry dry. It’s been raining most of the night, and Fleur came in and jumped up on the bed and on our bodies about a half-hour ago, all wet cold fur and muddy feet. Such a sweetie.
It’s been rainy much of the weekend. I’ve been enjoying hanging out at home in proximity to Mrs. Random and the cats. I’m glad we have a big enough house that we each have room for our own projects and activities but small enough that we’re always within hailing distance and don’t feel isolated.
I spent the weekend making podcasts and a zine. The zine was Saturday, a small digest-format 8-pager of Mr. Random’s Gnotebook, Mar. 2014. Cryptic and subliminal, I’d say, as a way of characterizing it. Grayscale, intended for xeroxing. Zine produced on Dell Studio 17 laptop using Art Explosion Publisher Pro, which has presets for booklets and other folded publications. I can compose in regular page order, but when I print, the program automatically spits out collatable sheets, with the pages where they need to go to end up in the right place when I fold and staple. Neat!
Podcasts! I made and posted one last week, and then on Sunday I went crazy and made four more, 80 minutes each. I’ve perfected a nice little podcasting station in the Chamber, including 2 computers and a turntable, plus boom mic and mixer with cueing ability. On one computer I run Spotify in high-quality streaming mode, and on the other Winamp, with 2 hard drives and lots of mp3s. Those plus turntable access to hundreds of vinyls, and the option to hook up cassette, VCR, DVD, radio, microcassette, etc., provides massive optional flexibilities vis-a-vis source materials. I’ll be posting Sunday’s shows during the next week at radionot.wordpress.com.
Interstitially, I’ve been reading the Illuminatus! trilogy. It’s a re-read, actually. I read those books and the Shrödinger’s Cat trilogy in the early 80s. But I remember so little of Illuminatus! that it’s a fresh experience. Still somewhat “mind blowing” if you will. There’s a lot going on!
Major league baseball spring training has started, and it’s giving me an emotional lift. I love spring baseball and can’t wait for the season to start at the end of the month! I hope the Giants can do better than last year. We don’t have to win the World Series every year, but being in contention in September again would be nice. I did not renew my MLB-TV subscription, but I did get Game Day Audio (PC) and MLB At Bat (mobile) so I can flood myself with radio baseball for the next 8 months!