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Random Birthday Yammerings

Yes, today is my birthday. Aren’t y’all thrilled?

As of today, I’ve officially caught up to and am now as old as my favorite former NHL goalie Arturs Irbe, and favorite all around performer John Barrowman, of whom had their birthdays earlier this year. Alas, despite the fact that we are now the same age, I think Mr. Barrowman has held up (with a little assistance 😉 ) MUCH better for his age than I have for mine. LOL.

Also share the actual DATE – although not the year, I think he’s got more than a few of those on me –  with actor Harrison Ford. Which is nice company to be in as well, since I’m Just Wild About Harry. 😀 (And I just saw that today is Patrick Stewart’s birthday as well, as well as John Barrowman’s MOM’s, apparently.  I really AM in very good company today. Well, as much as I can be sitting in an office by myself all day. LOL)

Am I doing anything fun for my birthday? No not really. It’s Hump Day, so I’m working. Bosses are on vacation for the next three days, so I’m holding down the fort by my lonesome.  Going out to dinner tonight, most likely to Bahama Breeze, since I haven’t been there in a while. I’d squee if I got there and found they’d brought back my barely seared Ahi tuna steak back to the menu, really miss that.

Dropped the Happy Hybrid off to my former regular mechanic this morning to get a once over to make sure it’s road safe for the upcoming road trip starting this coming weekend. Opting to go ahead and get its scheduled 45,000 maintenance done on it too while I’m there. Normally I take it to the dealership for that since I got suckered into prepaying for it when I bought the Prius, but I won’t have time to get it in before the trip, and would rather NOT have the “needs maintenence” light start flashing on the dashboard when the odometer says it’s due while we’re on the road next week. I mean, when it’s doing that, how do you know it’s just your regular maintenance light coming on or some sort of engine problem. So even though I’m going to have to pay John West to do it, definitely worth having it done there. Besides, I trust him more when HE tells me the car is road safe than I would after the quick prepaid once over that I get from the dealership. And John won’t tell me things need replacing when they don’t. Caught the dealership trying to do that more than once. So it’s all good.

Drove my mom’s Camry to work this morning since John will have the Prius all day. Definitely weird driving her car after driving the hybrid all this time. Promised her I’d be careful and try not to hit anyone or let anyone hit me. Of course what happens right after I get on the Beltline this morning? Right behind me I hear the squealing of rubber being left on pavement, and I just cringe, thinking “Not when I’m in my mummy’s car, PLEASE!”. Fortunately it was in the lane next to me and nobody hit anyone. Whew.

Ahh, the road trip. Will be gone 8 days. Itinerary for those who’ve been out of the loop: Driving from Raleigh to Long Island on Saturday, taking the train into NY on Sunday to see Spiderman Turn Off The Dark, chilling with some of the b/f’s friends on Monday. Then it’s the Mets game at CitiField on Tuesday, followed by the U2 concert at New Meadowlands Stadium on Wednesday. Then the 5 hour drive from Jersey up to New Hampshire to visit with his family Thursday and Friday, then heading home Saturday, finishing up the drive on Sunday. Will be quite the trip. Taking that Monday after off to recover. :)

U2 tickets! I’ve actually had a pair of tickets for the U2 concert in Pittsburgh that I’ve been trying to find a home for, once we worked out that there was no way we could time our trip to hit both the Jersey and the Pittsburgh concerts. Procrastination poster child that I am, I waited until the last minute to do anything about it, so listed them on ebay recently. No takers. Thought I was going to die with these things and be out the whole $140. Then a Twitter buddy suggested I check out StubHub and see about selling them there. So gave that a go last weekend. After nothing but email silence for several days, got an email from StubHub last night saying my tickets had sold. Sweet! I wasn’t interested in scalping them for some huge profit, just find a home for them at a fair price, so listed them just high enough over my purchase cost to make up most of Stub Hub’s commission. Not quite all of it, but then they’re paying to ship it Fed Ex, so I actually came out further ahead than I would have had they sold on ebay. So I’m happy.

NOT so happy about the upcoming Netflix price increase. Currently paying $9.99 to for one dvd out at a time, unlimited rentals per month, plus unlimited streaming. Will be going up to $15.98 for the same service at the beginning of September. Dudes! *shakes head* I’ve been a long time (for at least the last 10 years or so) Netflix subscriber. And have been really happy with their service for all that time. We’ve held off signing up for premium cable channels, thinking that we didn’t really need them, with the movie selection and turn around time that Netflix has. Never really even had an issue with their 30 day delay that they started with so many of their new releases, always just figured we’d get them when we’d get them.

But with this price increase, suddenly Netflix will cost MORE than the premium cable channels. Which DO offer new releases as they come out, without any sort of delay, as well as all sorts of original programming that I’ve had to wait until they’ve come out with on DVD to see by having Netflix vs a premium channel. All of which that I can get directly through my cable company’s DVR without any extra hardware or boxes or having to mail anything back. 

And their timing isn’t great either. I know a LOT of people, myself included, who have just added quasi premium channel Starz to their cable line up to pick up the fourth season of the BBC (and now BBC/Starz) program Torchwood, and now realize how very easy and convenient it is to watch premium channel content as just another cable channel, vs finding and streaming through a Roku or similar box. Add to that the fact that even multichannel HBO IS cheaper than Netflix’s new rates, and well, it’s not looking too good for Netflix right now.

Told you this was some random birthday yammering. I’ve kind of gone all over the place with it. If you’ve made it this far, good on y’all. :)

Two new John Barrowman videos added to the site

Didn’t want to try and fit both links into a single tweet, so thought I’d mention them this way instead.

Added his appearance on The One Show yesterday, this is my 7 minute “JBEdit” version for those who don’t want to watch the ENTIRE show.

And started a new page for Season 3 of Tonight’s the Night since it’s starting to air on Saturday night (or Saturday afternoon for those of us on THIS side of the Pond), and included the BBC1 trailer for it there.

More videos to come; between Torchwood Miracle Day, Tonight’s the Night, and him getting his honorary Doctorate, JB’s been EVERYWHERE the last few weeks. :)

John Barrowman Tour dates announced by @Team_Barrowman…

… and they’re all in Europe (go here for the schedule). I’m a newbie to JB, does he ever tour the states, I wonder? I’ve been to Europe, once, a three week trip back in high school. Would love to go again, and a trek to see JB perform live would be great.

Alas, after paying off 3 pairs of U2 concert tickets, $500 for the new camcorder to take to said U2 concerts, the flight from NC to VT to see one of said U2 shows in MA (notice a trend there? :) ), plus *ugh* $700 for the new bumper on the Prius after my fender-bender before Christmas, I don’t think a trip to Europe for a John Barrowman concert is financially in my near future.

Hoping a lot of video shows up on YouTube from everyone who goes! Please, thank you! :)

Well, paying off a credit card bill then going to bed early tonight. That tossing and turning until 2:30 in the morning last night wiped me out today… Looks like it’s back to the laptop at lunchtime tomorrow for the next chapter in my JB webpage. As soon as I finish that, I’ve got more astronomy pics lined up to publish, but I kinda DO want to finish that page first.

New pic, new video on my @Team_Barrowman pages

I finally make my first LOLCat photo, and what does it turn out to be? A LOLJohn photo instead! 😀

Anyhoo, that’s the photo, it’s also on the Various and Sundries page, and if it looks familiar, it’s from John singing “I Won’t Send Roses” at the Faenol Festival a few years back. Think it’s one of the best songs on his new CD, so naturally had to include the video for it on the Multimedia page.

Love that song.

@Team_Barrowman "Evening With" Virtual Tour Updated

Well, I’ve tweeted about this, and posted about it on my Live Journal account, and the response seems to be pretty positive so far, so thought, since I’ve been neglecting the blog a bit lately, I’d post the update to my “Evening With John Barrowman Virtual Tour” here this time instead and try to pick up anyone who might still be oblivious to my latest project in those other locations. :)

Essentially, JB started his month long plus UK only tour last Friday. And given that I’m over on THIS side of the pond and he’s on THAT side of the pond, getting to one of the tour dates over there was clearly NOT in the cards for me. But google geek that I am, AND the fact that I really didn’t know where half the cities were where he was playing, or what any of the venues looked like, I decided to follow along via a virtual internet road trip. And thinking that some of my other Stateside Barrowfans might find it of interest as well, opted to turn it into a new webpage (or three, or four…).

So I’m adding dates and times for each venue, maps of where each venue is, external photos of the venues themselves, and when available, shots of the interiors as well.

Then thought that adding links to concert photos and YouTube videos for each location might be a nice idea as well, so added that to the mix as well.

With the last update completed tonight, I’ve finished Week 1 and Week 2 venues, started a page for Week 3, and have added links to all the video clips I’ve found thus far to their respective first three venues. Whew! People went crazy at Oxford, being the first show and all, I guess. :)

In any case, it’ll be interesting to see how, once everything is mapped out, the google map started out looking like THIS:
Start of Tour
And, once all the tour dates are added, ends up looking like THIS:
Tour End

First stop on the tour is HERE.

Anyhoo, check it out. There are some really nifty venues in the UK, and they all look so different from each other.

#U2 vs @Team_Barrowman, Part Deux ;-)

(IE: I’m apparently in Nerdvana again 😉 Not much more geeky than blogging about blogging, lol. )

Why do I keep blogging and putting stuff on my website about mostly U2 and John Barrowman? Because out of all the stuff I post about, now that some of the search engines have found me, that’s what I’m finding that y’all keep searching for!

Yes – since nobody ever comments, boohoo, I had no other way to figure out whether anyone was actually reading any of this stuff – I’ve finally gone uber-geek, and set up Google Analytics and a plug-in or two to see if anyone was actually visiting. The google thing I just got working this weekend, finally, so I don’t have a lot of stats on the website yet, but I’ve had a WordPress widget working on my blog for the last several weeks.

Kind of cool, in a geeky sort of way. 😉 Not only do I know that people ARE reading, but what they’re reading, how they got here (in the midst of all the standard google/yahoo referrals, got one really ODD one from a rather crude site that shall remain nameless, can’t quite figure out how I got a link to the blog from THAT one :-O ), but even cooler, WHERE people are reading. The last time I had anything of mine be of interest to anyone around the world was when I torrented my U2 concert DVDs (still available completely gratis from www.u2torrents.com and www.iwillfollowu2.com ), and found that something like 150+ people were downloading them all over the world. Talk about a real Sally Field/Academy Award moment. LOL 😉

Anyhoo, I just thought the map was interesting, showing where people are popping up from. Just picked up one in Australia over the weekend, that was a first from there. No Google pin on that one though, not sure why, just as well, I couldn’t fit it in the screencap anyway. Sorry, Australia.

Visitor Map & Locations

So yeah, on the one side, searches for U2, Artificial Horizon Croke Park, Songs of Ascent, and the Unknown Caller remix seem to be a big draw, and on the other, various permutations of John Barrowman, with and without quotes, with and without “Scott”, are pretty much splitting the difference. Then there was the one oddball google search that messed up the 50/50 split, for “cd player used to close door on a mouse trap youtube”. (???) LOL.

So anyhoo, since U2 and JB seem to be the big draws, and I never MIND yammering on about either, obviously, well, as long as I can sneak in the occasional mouse post, or astronomy webpage (full moon tonight, by the way, if you’ve got clear skies, take a peek, it’s BRIGHT out there!), I’m more than happy to oblige. :)

The Great File Migration Has Begun. Yeehaw.

Just noticed recently that the hard drive on the new HP PC I got last summer seemed to be getting mighty full, mighty fast (not surprising, I love to download, so all those videos and games tend to pile up pretty fast). So found myself a nifty little freeware program called AMUST Disc Cleaner, which scans your drives, and breaks down by directories, exactly what is taking up the space on your hard drive, sorted by size. And this week bought two 1 TB Western Digital Passport drives at CostCo when they were on special for $89.99 each. (Nice deal, been comparison shopping for the last couple of weeks, and everyone else seems to want $10 more for them.) Had debated whether or not to buy 1 or 2, but glad I’ve got the second one now. Can use one to move all my Sony camcorder home movies and Nikon photos (currently scattered over a couple of different drives) to, and the other to archive some of the stuff on my PC’s internal hard drive.

Ran the Disc Cleaner software this morning, and hooked up one of the Passport drives, and the Great File Migration has begun. Yeehaw. First place to start? My torrent file directory. Got a lot of files downloaded that way that are now way past their prime that are just taking up a HUGE amount of space – 266 GB to be exact, mostly UK television (lots of things John Barrowman, plus “Doctor Who”, “Torchwood”, “Being Human”, “Million Pound Drop” and some various and sundry science shows, among other things) and LOTS of U2. Not all moving off the internal drive, some of them are still pretty active, but the ones from last summer are definitely on their way out. Used to burn them all to DVD, but when a DVD only holds 4GB, well, I just don’t have that kind of storage space anymore.

UseNet downloads will be next. “Only” 40GB, but that’s still a nice chunk of space.

Then will rerun the scan, and see what’s next to go.

Nothing like a little spring cleaning. Funny how I never feel like tackling the black hole that is my closet this way. LOL!

@Team_Barrowman AmazonUK order finally arrived! Woot!

Something just occurred to me… Another Side went gold, right after I ordered it. Why do I visualize it sitting there at 499,999 after all this time, then I order it, and *poof* it pushes it right over the top into Gold status. Coincidence? Maybe. But I’d like to think that I was responsible for it, lol. You’re welcome, John. 😉 (But what happens if I send the CD back, do the Powers that Be take the gold record away from you again!?! LOL)

Another Side goes Gold

Anyway, it’s not like my CD order from AmazonUK was really all that late, it only came in a day later than guestimated. But I guess I’m just used to AmazonUS giving estimated delivery dates and then beating those dates by 3-5 days regularly. Not used to them coming in after the fact. (Why do I keep thinking “My CDs just flew in from England, and boy are their arms tired!” LOL). I can be an amazingly patient person when it lets me save $50+ on an Amazon order. In all honesty, though, I was getting a smidge itchy about hearing the new CD; I’ve been reading for the last week and a half how GREAT it was, and was getting just a little impatient to hear it for myself.

John Barrowman Swings Cole Porter

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So anyhoo, the John Barrowman CDs are finally here (and arrived on his birthday, no less. Happy John’s birthday to ME! 😀 ). To recap, I picked up Another Side, Music Music Music, Swings Cole Porter, and the new one – called simply John Barrowman – that came out a week and a half ago. FINALLY, I have liner notes to go with the songs that I’ve been listening to for the last month or so. I’ll probably put the new CD in the CD player of my clock radio and give it a listen tonight, but the CD that I’m actually most interested in the liner notes at the moment is the Cole Porter CD.

I’ve really been grooving on that one the last several days (have one or two tracks from that one in the mp3 player widget at the left – What is This Thing Called Love and Don’t Fence Me In – if anyone wants to take a listen), so hoping there’s some good background info to be had on the songs in the liner notes. And as I mentioned on my webpage, out of all JB’s album covers I’ve seen, Swings Cole Porter is DEFINITELY my favorite. If I were one of my cats, I’d be purring right now. LOL. 😉

In other news, I apparently threw out my bum knee this morning during ye olde Wii Fit workout. I think it was a combination of too many crossover lunges and the fact that it’s been damp and rainy here all day today. Rain always tends to set my knee off. So I’ve been keeping the bottle of ibuprofen close at hand, and while it’s not bothering me quite enough to do the usual 800mg 3 to 4 times a day, 400mg did absolutely nothing for it, so I split the difference and have been taking 600mg three times a day today. I’m HOPING that it’s just a temporary setback (temporary as in “just overnight, will be fine in the morning”); I’ve already missed 2 workout days this week already, and was just getting back into the swing of things yesterday and today. And I’ve been on such a roll with the post Christmas diet, down almost 10 pounds courtesy of my Wii EA Sports Active workouts 3-4 times a week. Really don’t want to have to give it up because of the knee again, or I know me, I’ll never get back to it. :(

Allrighty then. Looks like 600+ words is enough for one night. To reuse a favorite phrase of mine – Put a fork in me, I’m done. 😀

Only one ep of Season 2 of Torchwood left to watch…

Just got done streaming the second to last episode of Season 2 of Torchwood, “Fragments”.

Some great one liners in that one, as we discover how each current member of the group joined up. Whereas all the other member flashbacks started with title screens that said “5 years earlier” or “21 months earlier”, “1,392 deaths earlier” was the title screen for Jack’s flashback. Loved that.

“I don’t exist. And for a man of my charisma, that’s quite an achievement.”

And forget “hello”, Ianto had Jack at “pterodactyl”. 😀

Although still don’t quite understand how the whole building went “kablooie”, in some cases with the explosives looking them right in the face, and they weren’t all blown into itty bitty (to borrow a term from a Moonlighting episode) “bits o’ guy” . But that’s Torchwood for you…

But I’m sensing the demise of one or two major characters in upcoming episodes (either the next ep, or in “Children of Torchwood”), so am kind of dragging my feet to finish up the show… Hate when main characters on favorite shows get knocked off. While Stargate SG-1 was on, the episode when they killed off Daniel Jackson had me going through some serious Kleenex that night. I’m such a wimp, lol.

Amazon.com vs Amazon.co.uk

Thinking of ordering import CDs from Amazon.com? If they’re being imported from the UK, you might want to do what I did tonight, and actually compare prices (the item cost as well as shipping) between Amazon.com proper and Amazon.co.uk.

There were three CDs that I was looking at at Amazon.com (decided to feed my recent John Barrowman addiction – see the mp3 player at left) and pick up two of his earlier CDs, as well as preorder his newest, being released the start of March), all three of which are only available as imports, and at a fairly hefty cost each ($36.98, $31.98, & $28.49). I thought, if they’re importing them from the UK anyway, let’s see how much it would cost me to have Amazon.co.uk ship them to me directly. So I pulled them up on THEIR website as well, and stuck them all in a shopping cart. Cost each directly from the UK? £4.24, £5.26, & £7.64. Converting the currency from pounds to dollars makes them cost more than the original poundage, but still MUCH less than Amazon.com’s imports.

Long story short, once I tagged on the actual shipping cost for each order, and did a currency conversion on the UK order to compare it to the US order, it came out like so:

Ordering the 3 CDs plus shipping from Amazon.com?: $102.41 USD

Ordering those same three CDs, plus shipping, from Amazon.co.uk?: £22.20 GBP.

Which equals *drumroll please…*: $34.79 USD. A WHOLE lot less than $102.41.

So word to the wise… when ordering imports from Amazon.com, it definitely pays to do a little homework first. :)

And yes, now that you mention it, this IS my first real blogpost in a while. Thought I’d better post something other than Tweet archives, and this would have been too long for a tweet anyway. LOL.