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Month: November 2010

Queen – The Game

Queen – The Game

This week I listened to Queen's "The Game", which was in second place behind Barbra Streisand's "Guilty" this week. This album has two genuinely big hits on it that still get plenty of airplay: "Another One Bites The Dust" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love."

One of the songs I like is "Don't Try Suicide" which is simultaneously macabre and sarcastic. Well, actually, it isn't a great song or tune, but I like the idea of a ridiculous song about something so serious. In this way it's similar to "Suicide is Painless" from the M*A*S*H movie and TV show (although the words are missing in the TV show). "Sail Away Sweet Sister" is a harbinger for the future of hair metal power ballads in the 80s. The number one hits mentioned above are still fun, if a bit over-played, still, 30 years later.

Overall, this is enjoyable album. You should check it out!

Last Week: Barbra Streisand - Guilty

Next Week: Bruce Springsteen - The River
Back in The Saddle Again

Back in The Saddle Again

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Today was my first official day of my postdoc position. Naturally, like most people would, I skipped out early to go ride my bike. It makes more sense once you know that for the last month and a half, I haven't gone for a bike ride because I haven't had health insurance. Not being insured made bike riding a risky proposition. As a result, I've also been walking to school and back which takes 40+ minutes each way, in comparison to the 10 minutes it takes on a bike. Today was my first opportunity to ride my bike, and it was sunny and relatively warm, so I wasn't going to pass it up. In addition, I've basically been doing this job for over a month already, so the first-day impression came long ago.

Today's ride was a bit of exploration, and very autumnal, as the photo above proves. If you look carefully, you can see some snow on the highest peaks. It was also my first opportunity to use my new Garmin Edge 705, which was a graduation present from various Ruggles. My legs definitely exhibited the effects of no bike riding - they got tired very quickly.

Finally, happy November!