Tuesday, April 1, 2008

What is this...Spring...Break?

So, it's Spring Break and, in the grand tradition of this celebration of the Vernal Equinox, I'm in Mazatlan slurping down my sixth Corona and off to the daily wet T-shirt contest. And, hey, it's only 10:30 in the morning so plenty of time to hit the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert then a kegger before evening. Come nightfall, I'll be rolling on the sand with my tongue entangled with a hot undergrad (heck, make that two).

Sadly, though, the cake is a lie. No co-eds, no keggers, no beach, like a lot of other students, Spring Break just means the usual amount of school work: preparing a group presentation, two teaching evaluations, a teaching self-reflection, a reading evaluation, a paper rewrite, and a take home test. Yup, that's right, there's a real college student out there in Mazatlan chugging down the Corona while I'm here at home sucking on the lime.

Spring Break hasn't been all that bad, though. I've been able to catch up on some of my non-school related reading and even played a video game here and there, something I rarely get to do nowadays. Another project I started was converting my CD collection to MP3. I recently picked up a 500GB external hard drive and been working toward filling it up with all of the music that I've collected over the years so, every time I sit at my computer, I pop in a disc to be ripped into my ever growing MP3 collection. Winamp claims that I'm up to 395 individual album artists, 656 albums, and 5209 tracks and I haven't even finished half of my CD collection yet! The funny thing is that I have several CDs that I don't remember buying at all. When I was in Japan, I did make it a point to try and get as many rare jazz, funk, and hip-hop as possible but there are a lot of things that I wonder if I even listened to. If you want to follow these CD conversion shenanigans, you can do so on my LastFM account page here. You're going to find a lot of obscure and interesting stuff in there, I guarantee.

Speaking of LastFM, hope you all enjoy the radio widget I put up over on the sidebar. I'll be putting a custom playlist up as soon as I can gather enough tracks. Be sure to crank your computer speakers up to 11 when I do.

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