Watts (chipotle) wrote,

So I ordered this CD by a group called "Pandora's Box" that came out in '89. It's an album written and produced by Jim Steinman, the guy who really did the "Bat Out of Hell" albums as well as an eclectic mix of singles, from Bonnie Tyler ("Total Eclipse of the Heart") to Sisters of Mercy ("More" and the production work on "This Corrosion"). His common theme is sex, usually with an edge of darkness, and his standard modus operandi is incredible excess. This is a guy with a "don't use a few backup singers if you can rent the Mormon Tabernacle Choir" mentality.

Now, I'm not sure what happened to "Pandora"--evidently the album tanked, but it's hard to tell why. Sure, it's cheesy, but it's a fine cheese, vivid to the point of oversaturation, operatically melodramatic but winking at the audience along the way. (The title song, "Original Sin," is the singer's demand to find a sin that she hasn't already tried.) It's a concept album where the group itself is the concept: the Shangri-Las possessed by Alice Cooper.

I'm finishing up the third day of this three-day weekend with either a cold or a horrible allergy attack. I hate this feeling but there's probably not a lot I can do about it--the over-the-counter allergy medicine isn't much of a decongestant, the decongestant spray I've been using has stopped being effective, and of course this started on Saturday, so I can't badger my allergist for a Zyrtec prescription until tomorrow. And with NetPoodles just switching over their health plan, I'm a little worried about insurance problems. (Of course, the devil's advocate position is that I need to take advantage of it while it's still there!)

The weekend hasn't been completely unproductive. I fixed the broken portfolio page in my site's web design section and revamped the index to it. I have modest plans for revamping my personal section, or doing something else to let the site be a bit of a "virtual portfolio" for me. I'm also considering really moving forward on a restaurant review site that's been half-plan and half-joke for a couple years; it'd be a more ambitious data-driven project than I've done on my own before, and to complicate the issue I'm considering doing it in XML and maybe learning JSP. (I may yet be able to get a web design job without having to learn a new Microsoft-specific tool.)

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