June 12th, 2011

Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Sunday 12th June 2011

Another fairly unproductive day, although I did spend a couple of hours this morning ripping Madonna's True Blue album from vinyl to mp3. I was quite happy with the results. Heck, I was quite happy that the album was in such good condition 25 years after I'd bought it (not sure why Now 7 is so particularly bad. There was one skip on the vinyl that I couldn't correct, but fortunately it was a very small part of music that - as far as I can tell - was just a duplicate of a bit a couple of bars before, so I was able to patch it in from the earlier section using Audacity. After a bit of tweaking to get the levels sounding good, it sounds good to my ears.

Apart from that, the only other thing of note today was Sarah and I going out. It was a shame it was raining - not, in all fairness, particularly heavily, but enough to make me wish I'd worn a coat, or at least a jumper. But anyway - we started off fuelling up the car, then popped into the town centre for, mainly, some browsing. At my insistence we went into Games Workshop, then Smith's and Waterstones. We stopped for a bit of lunch at Subway, before heading back to the car. En route we passed a branch of CeX, which I don't think I'd known existed in Hemel before, but recognised from the branch that's up in Sheffield. It's like a little treasure trove in there, loads of DVDs and video games and blu-rays. You're not necessarily guaranteed finding what you're after, but heck - I managed to get the two-disc sets of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, for £1:00 and £3:00 respectively. Okay, I'd've preferred the three-disc set of Casino Royale, but even so, £1:00 is not to be sneezed at.

After then, time for a grocery run to Tesco, before heading home where I again vegetated a bit. Enjoyed a bit of Lego Star Wars (although I managed to get through fairly long levels on Free Play, but had only collected nine of the ten minikit canisters in each; really not looking forward to doing them again just for the ones I'm missing...), and also finished watching Revenge of the Sith. Made a start on some of the extras, too.

All things considered, not a bad day.
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Things.

So, we've been living in Hemel Hempstead for nine months, and I'm still discovering new things about it. Like today I discovered that we have a CeX in the town centre. I suspect I may be going there on a fairly regular basis, armed with a copy of my Amazon wishlist. Today I picked up Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace on DVD, for £1:00 and £3:00 respectively. Admittedly that's the two-disc sets - I know CR at least is available in a three-disc set which I'd prefer, but at £1:00 I can't complain.

Been listening to a fair bit of Madonna lately. Started a couple of weeks back when someone on Twitter mentioned that she was listening to Electonic's Disappointed and I said that that song, along with Madonna's Cherish, are two songs I like to listen to a lot when I'm stupidly in love. So I thought I'd dig out my copy of The Immaculate Collection and listened to that in the car, only to discover that the version of Cherish on that is rather abbreviated. So I dug up my copy of the Like a Prayer album, but I've only got that on cassette, so I had to rely on a not 100% legitimate copy on CD in the car. But it reminded me what a great album it was. And then today I ripped the True Blue from vinyl to mp3, and was rather chuffed that it's survived 25 years fairly scratch free. I've come to the conclusion that when I've a bit more disposable income I might pick up a few of her 12" singles from that era (they're fairly cheap on eBay). I've also come to the conclusion that back when she was only moderately coontroversial, she was putting out some cracking good pop songs.

Lastly, been having fun playing Lego Star Wars on the Wii. On the negative side, I'm slightly miffed that I played through two faitly long levels on Free Play only to discover that I've still only got nine out of ten minikit canisters on each of them. On the positive side, I'll never get tired of stormtroopers and their ilk wandering around ineffectually pointing carrots at me when I've engaged the "Disarm Troopers" extra. *g* And then decided to watch Revenge of the Sith, which I really enjoyed. Although it is a bit gruesome at the end...

Yeah, a good day.