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January 30, 2008:

THE RAGING HEADACHE

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Well, dear readers, the problem with making LP transfers when using an ION turntable connected to your computer is that it takes forever to do. My goodness, what kind of first sentence is that? I ask you, where else on all the Internet can you read such a sentence? Nowhere, that’s where. In any case, making an LP transfer when using an ION turntable connected to your computer takes forever. I did six LPs on five CDs and it took forever. First, you have to open the software. That’s quick. Then you have to press record. That too is quick. Then you import the LP into the computer – that goes in real time (and you have to flip the album over). The comes the forever part. First you have to clean the sound between tracks – that takes forever, but it’s better than having all that noisy ticking and popping going on. Then you have to put in track IDs – that takes forever. Then, if there are any big clicks in the actual music and you want to take the time, you can smooth those out and pretty much get rid of them. Then you have to export everything to your desktop – that doesn’t take too long, but then you have to import everything into iTunes. That takes a while, and then you have to burn a CD. I gotta tell you. I have a roaring headache right now, so excuse me for one moment whilst I take an aspirin.

I have taken an aspirin. Speaking of an aspirin, yesterday was a very busy day. I got up early and did some futzing and fixing on the pages from the day before. Then I began new pages and got about one and a half done before my work session began on the musical I’m mentoring. We went over some additional changes for act one (based on the reading) and we began work on act two and did the first two scenes, clarifying and hopefully strengthening. After that, I wrote a few more pages and then I had to toddle off to hear an arrangement of a song for one of the Kevin Spirtas shows. I basically liked it and only had one suggestion, which we implemented. I then headed home, where I wrote yet more pages, a little over eight when all was said and done. I looked them over, made some additions and fixed some stuff and I think it looks okay. I’ll take one more look in the morning, and then I’ll print out this fifty-plus pages, get the Xeroxed, and deliver them to my muse Margaret for her perusal. I really only have between forty and fifty pages to go. Whew! After that, I finally ate some eggs and bagels and then some soup. By that time, it was too late to watch a motion picture on DVD and so I made the LP transfers which, by the way (BTW, in Internet lingo), took forever, which is why these notes will be late. The good news is, that I only have six more LPs to transfer, two to a CD, and then I should be all transferred, LP-wise.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because I have a raging headache which, I suppose, is better than having a raging bull.

Has anyone noticed that there is only one more day in January. Is anyone’s mind boggled as much as mine about that particular piece of information?

Today, I shall Xerox, deliver pages, write some new pages (but not as many as usual – Wednesday is my one light day – only three or four, tops), I have an early lunch meeting, and once pages are done, I’ll probably do one or two LP transfers – I’m sure they will take forever.

Tomorrow, I have to be in Beverly Hills at eight-thirty in the morning for a breakfast meeting. Can one actually eat at eight-thirty in the morning? Since I’m begin treated, I suppose I shall, whether I feel like it or not.

Friday, I believe, is the first day this week when I don’t have anything but writing scheduled. I’m actually pretty certain I will go on a writing binge this weekend, as that always happens when I’m in the last stages of a book.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, Xerox, deliver pages, have an early lunch meeting, write, do an LP transfer or two, and definitely watch a motion picture on DVD. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Ask BK Day, the day in which you get to ask me or any dear reader any old question you like and we get to give any old answer we like. So, let’s have loads of lovely questions and loads of lovely answers and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I try to rid myself of this raging headache. The Raging Headache – that sounds like a Douglas Sirk film, starring Robert Stack, Rock Hudson, and Dorothy Malone.

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