Since my boyfriend basically handles all the music stuff, I rarely have to peek into my itunes, but I learned a handy tip this weekend that I want to share. Besides, I have been cutting and pasting from old thesis drafts to new thesis drafts for over an hour and my head is swimming. I need a blog break. (It’s like a cigarette break – necessary and always at the back of your mind.)

Btw Tiff – we are completely dependent on our shuffle, mini, nano and 30-gig ipod. (I know it seems extreme, but three of those were gifts.) For music and for books on tape. On the other hand, Mac is likely to release an updated nano (4 gigs) for Christmas, so wait if you are in the market for a small thing. Although honestly, the shuffle (1 gig) is perfect for running. It’s more shock-resistant, because it uses a different technology; it’s really just a glorified flash drive. You just don’t have much maneuverability on the thing, ie, it’s best if you just want to play something all the way through and not pick and choose. I use it for 40 min clips of a radio adaptation of the BBC Red Dwarf sitcom. Great for runs.

My mini (4 gigs) is cute – but highly irritating in that I am constantly juggling books on tape and my Rolling Stone Magazine’s playlist (top 500 songs of all time) because it can’t hold it all. So I load 3 discs of The Two Towers at a time. I will inherit Chad’s 30-gig when I get him a new one at some point in the future.

Which brings me to the regular ipod. Rumor has it (and has had it for some time) that Mac is about to bust out with a whole new ipod where the scrolling wheel will be incorporated into the screen. It was supposably going to be launched last May, but now has been put off indefinitely. We are going to wait until that thing comes out before making a move. Honestly, ipods go a year before they feel like a dinosaur, so I would recommend buying right after a new model comes out. It has to be coming soon.

I’ll get to the playlist another time then. (Here is the post explaining how to hold onto your playlist in iTunes.)
This is what happens in my thesis too. I start in one place and end up somewhere unexpected.

I swear I know how to hold onto a playlist – but I have to cut and paste another chapter first.

[here’s a shortcut from Chad: Highlight the playlist, then right-click. one of the options is export playlist. Click that option and choose a location. Easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy. ]

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08-15-06_1806.jpg something’s happening. Yellow is the intro, blue chapter 2, pink 3 and purple the conclusion.

My friend Maya came over and we had a crazy cookathon. In one evening we made gazpacho, spiced stuffed okra, pesto, an amazingly delicious Swiss Rice Burger, and bread in the bread machine. She promises to post the recipe for the veggie burgers soon at her blog. (of all things, the bread is the only thing that completely failed…)
I think the gazpacho qualifies as a zero point soup, and I’m not counting the okra for any points because, I’m eating okra!

Michelle Pickett’s Gazpacho

4 c tomato juice ( I use R.W. Knudsen’s Very Veggie or Organic Tomato)

1/2 finely chopped cucumbers

1/2 c finely chopped tomato

1/2 c finely chopped green pepper (I use red bell pepper)

1/4 c finely chopped onion

1/4 c diced pimento

2 tbs olive oil

2 tbs wine vinegar

salt, pepper, and Tabasco to taste

Combine in a large bowl. Serve cold.

Spice-stuffed Okra by Madhur Jaffry

3/4 # young okra

1 tbs ground coriander

1 tbs cumin

1 tbs amchoor (I use lemon juice instead)

1/4 tsp cayenne

1/2 tsp salt

freshly ground pepper

1 onion, sliced into thin 1/2 rings.

vegetable oil for frying

1. Rinse and dry okra well.

2. Stuff okra with spice mixture.

3. Fry onion and add okra.

4. Cook slowly uncovered at med-low heat until lightly browned (~15 min).

5. Cover and cook 15 min. more at low.

6. If no amchoor, add juice of 1-2 lemons.

08-14-06_2008.jpg Make a slit in each okra and stuff with pinches of spice

I am roping my sixteen tracks on intimacy into four, more substantial chapters.

I. Intro (Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller – who they are and how they’ve been received – define intimacy)

II. Why I think it’s about this and not that (proper context)

III. Why we (apparently) love the work and let it escape criticality

A. Recognition

B. Control the work exerts

C. Sensory immersion

IV. Beware the dangers – the conclusions we can draw.

It looks like chapters I and III are the going to be old material recombined, chapter II is mostly new material, and the conclusion is expanding on the old conclusion.

08-15-06_1246.jpg small steps.
I know that doesn’t look like much – but it was painful getting this far. Need lunch. Working on outlining Chap III this afternoon. It is pretty sick how things just keep moving forward when you don’t let yourself leave the house.

P.S. The highlighters were smearing, so I am reduced to sharp pencils and post-its.

Corrina is going to be live on IPTV! I don’t know what IPTV is, but I’m guessing it’s the correct term here. That is, Corrina is going to be co-hosting a show at musicplustv.com on Wednesday and Thursday night from 9-10 pm PCT.

Warning: the site itself is obnoxious. There is way too much info and advertising going on for it to work properly and you do have to watch an inane Bud Light commercial first. BUT, if you have good internet connection and the latest Windows Media Player installed, it is worth checking out. Corrina is friendly, funny and beautiful. This will only be her second time co-hosting. The first time Corrina got pulled on the show because the real co-host got sick and then the show’s guest, a barmaid from Deadwood, cancelled last minute. At the time, Corrina was just there to do still photography.

For my work blog this weekend, I wanted to post the new pacing chart for our school district, but I couldn’t do it without losing all the formatting and I was going crazy.

Luckily, Chad taught me a new computer trick, which saved my powerbook from a thrashing.

1. First, he showed me where to get a free pdf converter, called primo.pdf (btw, this is for windows only as far as we can tell).

2. I installed the freebie program,

3. I opened the document I wanted to convert.

4. Then I went to the file menu and clicked on PRINT (counter-intuitive, I know).

5. From the drop-down box, where you usually choose what printer you want, click primopdf. And the conversion happens like magic.

6. Now you can upload the file onto a blog saving all formatting – or you can use it for providing access to bigger docs, like a thesis for example.

Now, let it be known that I am pretty embarrassed by the thesis as it stands right now, but it is what I turned in last summer… and since somebody asked, I am posting it here, in case you want to read it (70 pags) and give feedback. It is the thing I am rewriting right now: jeanniesthesis.pdf

Besides, nobody else, not a single person who has asked for my thesis has actually read it and gotten back to me… (not including the friend who proofed it over dinner, the guy I paid to critique it in the early stages, the boyfriend, and the thesis committee.) So, I’m probably safe, right?

P.S. In order to read a pdf file, you will need acrobat reader, which can be downloaded for free here.

At lunch last week (great Korean food in Inglewood, exit Western on the 405), Corrina innocently asked me if I was going to use the same process of organization for this rewrite of my thesis, You know the one you did on the back of wrapping paper. As it often does, it took me a minute to understand what she meant.

During one of my earlier drafts of my thesis, I had done a large bubble flow chart of my thesis – trying to corral all my notes into something cohesive. In my collegiate past, I had mostly relied upon a standard outline formula to organize my thoughts – but a thesis is more complicated and unruly, so I had resorted to bubble flow. The problem was that no piece of paper was large enough to contain even pared-down notes for an 80-page paper, so I had used the back of some christmas wrapping paper – about three feet’s worth. Then, once I had sorted out which ideas were going into which chapter, I had done a more proper outline on regular-sized printer paper. Of course, further down the line, I had ditched that all together and pulled the paper into sixteen parts, in an attempt to develop each piece more deeply.

Today – now, I am back to the drawing board and I thought about another bubble chart in see where my new ideas were going to fit in. I started a new bubble chart in my journal but quickly ran out of space and went hunting for bigger paper. I had no luck rummaging through the almost-clean garage; I’ve given away all my old wrapping paper (moved onto handmade gift bags) and even the chart paper from my classroom is gone. Then I spied a large sheet of white pressed board about door-size. Did I dare? See for yourself. It’s either ultimate procrastination – or I have finally found a way to get started.

08-14-06_1331.jpg My perfect drawing board.

I can’t post anymore today, but in the meantime, check this site out and see what you think. It appears to be one-minute audio vacations…