July 18th, 2004


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I listened to two episodes of This American Life last night. In one of them, Ira introduces recordings made during a prom night. He was with the gang of young people and so was his large boom microphone, yet after a while the young'uns acted very normally, and Ira mentioned how it usually takes many long hours for people to get comfortable enough to speak naturally to the mic. I have noticed this myself, of course. I am pleased that my conversation with Dorothy sounds as natural as it does, because we were both aware of the microphone. And I am thinking of the way I did things wrong during my visit to Palm Springs.

To get the richness of Steve's stories I think I need to spend long hours there with him, with the microphone ever present. I need to ask ahead of time and make sure he's up for that. He has been in many articles lately, had his words misinterpreted in print, and he may appreciate my taking the actual recording, using that as my piece.

If nothing else, the time in PS taught me that i am not quite prepared for this project. One thing I intend to do is to write out a series of questions. Whether I use them or not, they will provide a starting point and keep me more on track. I've also noticed that when I speak into the microphone, describing past events, I tend to hesitate and speak ineffectively. I think for those types of things I am better off writing the remarks ahead of time. I do so much better in writing. It's an odd thing.

The more I listen to this radio show the more I learn about technique and the need to project an engaging, but not intrusive, personality. I think that's why Ira Glass does so well. One thing I love is his laugh.

And that reminds me! When I have listened to myself on tape I notice that my laugh is quite distinctive and now, when I laugh in conversation I see that laugh translated as audio signals in my editing program.

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judith's Word Usage
1. the (521) 26. this (40) 51. up (19) 76. into (13)
2. of (243) 27. about (38) 52. out (19) 77. french (13)
3. to (225) 28. aristide (38) 53. military (19) 78. other (13)
4. i (207) 29. haiti (35) 54. more (19) 79. country (13)
5. and (193) 30. be (35) 55. time (18) 80. haiti's (13)
6. in (187) 31. been (32) 56. no (18) 81. last (13)
7. a (183) 32. my (32) 57. him (18) 82. while (13)
8. that (128) 33. when (30) 58. people (18) 83. government (13)
9. it (116) 34. or (29) 59. it's (17) 84. did (13)
10. was (105) 35. so (29) 60. them (16) 85. police (13)
11. have (68) 36. one (25) 61. now (16) 86. only (12)
12. is (68) 37. we (25) 62. many (16) 87. night (12)
13. for (67) 38. they (25) 63. there (16) 88. all (12)
14. on (55) 39. haitian (24) 64. most (16) 89. aristide's (12)
15. not (50) 40. me (23) 65. how (16) 90. should (12)
16. as (49) 41. an (23) 66. think (15) 91. also (12)
17. he (48) 42. were (22) 67. if (15) 92. part (11)
18. with (47) 43. am (22) 68. new (15) 93. again (11)
19. us (47) 44. has (22) 69. after (14) 94. don't (11)
20. by (45) 45. which (22) 70. what (14) 95. things (11)
21. at (43) 46. would (21) 71. its (14) 96. like (11)
22. had (42) 47. then (20) 72. during (14) 97. do (11)
23. but (42) 48. their (20) 73. than (14) 98. work (11)
24. from (42) 49. are (20) 74. will (14) 99. first (11)
25. his (41) 50. who (20) 75. even (13) 100. just (11)
Word Count by Hutta.

The Hunting of the President and the mounting of the papers

I've been sucked into The Hunting of the President for over a week now. I find it better than The Clinton Wars, although I feel the two cover slightly different aspects of Clinton's presidency. The Hunting is more straightforward and at the same time more detailed. I think it will emerge as a definitive history of the Whitewater investigation.

I am so horrified by what the Clinton-haters were willing to do and by the media's willingness to accept whatever was fed them. Every now and then one of the newspapers would shake off the right-wing conspiracists and look at the situation with a clearer eye, but most of the time they were more than willing to distort the facts to fit their version of the story. I am particularly impressed by the New York Times' collusion in this effort, and can see how it was that a reporter was later able to fake his stories for so long. Who's really checking? So few reporters do any real investigation any more.

Trouble is, my weekend is dissolving into a book.

That and a movie, though. I saw The Corporation yesterday afternoon. I recommend it highly.

This focus on the wider world, though, has kept me from the small world of my little piles of papers and pieces of equipment that need to be moved, dumped, or given away. I have some plans. The convection oven is going. Almost every time I use it I blow circuits. It's enough. It isn't worth it.

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I just bought a new car. I went to the dealer to give them a payment to "hold" a hybrid, didn't expect one to be on the lot. But there it was, a five speed manual, beautiful little car. My first new car. I am paying more than I intended because 1) the interest rate went up one percent, still a good deal at 3.9% for five years, and because the dealership ran out of credits from the Air Pollution Control District. Damn. I kinda thought I should have done this two weeks ago, but even then I would not have been able to get the interest rate. Anyway! Lovely lovely car!!! I can't believe it! 2004 civic hybrid.