This edition of The Week That Was is sponsored by Crest. More dentists recommend Crest than any other brand!
Which reminds me, I have a dentist appointment on Wednesday. The last one was pretty good, meaning this one will probably be lousy.
You’re probably wondering about the title of this post. You can skip all this and go to the update if you want.
I recorded a bunch of songs yesterday using Audio Hijack and wanted to update the tags on the files before I uploaded them to iTunes. I found some software that will do the job, but it was for Windows. Nevertheless, they said I could run it under Wine. I had Wine installed, so I ran the install program. It kept throwing exceptions during the install, and when I tried to run it, it blowed up real good. I remembered the last time I installed Wine, I used Homebrew to install it. No problem: I’ll just open Terminal, type in “brew upgrade wine,” and all will be well. I did that and sat back, expecting all kinds of messages that Wine is being installed. And waited. I ran to the bathroom, came back, and it was still doing something. Turns out that all that time it was updating Homebrew in preparation for installing Wine, and told me (a) I had to delete a directory and run the update again, and (b) I need a later release of Xcode to install Wine. No problem. I deleted the directory, updated Homebrew, and tried the Wine install again. Still tells me I need a newer Xcode.
Starting to wonder if I shouldn’t just update the stuff through iTunes after all, I go to the App Store, which I haven’t done in a while because it gives me grief each time, I see there’s an update for Xcode and tried doing the upgrade. No dice, because the Xcode I wanted to install was for MacOS High Sierra. Fine. I installed High Sierra, which I figured would take an hour at the most.
Two and a half hours later, High Sierra is installed, and I assumed that Xcode would have been upgraded along with the rest of my system (which is now running slower than whale excrement), so I tried Homebrew again, and discovered no, upgrading the operating system does not upgrade Xcode. I still need to download and install it, then I can install Wine and this goofy freeware I downloaded to update the tags. Which I will do tomorrow, maybe, or maybe Tuesday, or maybe never.
Here’s the update.
First, the results of the last Battle of the Bands, which pitted Ben Selvin and His Orchestra featuring a vocal by Howard Phillips against saxophonist Freddy Gardner with the Peter Yorke Orchestra. Here are the results:
Freddy Gardner: 10
Usually, when I pit a song with vocals against one without, the instrumental practically gets shut out, so this was a surprise. There were a few of you who said “I expected to vote for the vocal, but the instrumental was just so good.” There was a write-in vote for The Platters, whose version of the song was an album cut and was never released as a single.
Monday being Mom and Dad’s 63rd anniversary, I chose ten songs from October 1954 that I figured they might have liked. My Uncle Jack, who’s Mom’s brother and missed the wedding because he was inducted into the Army a couple of days before, remembered all of them well.
The top single from October 1954 was “Mister Sandman” by The Chordettes, which was why I chose them as Tuesday’s featured artist. Harmony as good as theirs usually comes from groups of relatives (siblings or cousins), but the ladies in The Chordettes were unrelated, or at best related by marriage.
This week’s one-liner came to us from Ron White, one of the four comedians in the Blue Collar comedy group, which also includes Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, and Bill Engvall.
I recounted my first election in the City of Chicago, in which I caused all kinds of grief for one of my neighbors by casting a write-in vote.
I was supposed to write a post inspired by the word “film,” and I did, kind of, writing about my trip to Rochester, New York to meet with the technical folks at Eastman Kodak, a company that just so happens to make film. Let’s just say it was an adventure.
Great news! Sandi, who started Manic Monday, has returned! Her prompt was “Hello Again” by The Cars, and I was supposed to use that as a prompt for my post. I split the words up and created a playlist that had five songs with “hello” in the title and five that had “again” in it. I’ve got five suggestions for “hello” songs and a couple for “again” songs, so any more suggestions are welcome, especially if you have a suggestion for an “again” song.
Linda chose “season” as the prompt, and as the final series of the 2017 Major League Baseball season starts on Tuesday, I wrote about the plans for those of us who aren’t fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Houston Astros (who won their series against the New York Yankees last night, so congratulations are in order). I’ve given up the practice of choosing which team I’d like to win if neither of my teams (the White Sox and the Braves) is in the Series, but as the Astros, then in the National League, were swept in four straight by the White Sox in 2005, I’m kind of torn between wanting them to win and wanting them to be the first team to lose as the representatives of both the National and American Leagues. If, on the other hand, the League Championship series had yielded a series between the Cubs and Yankees, I’d have wanted both of them to lose…
No surprises are planned this week, unless I find a need to gripe about this software installation from Hell some more.
Dan Antion, Birgit, Fandango, Janet, Chas Fox (Uncle Jack’s cousin, making me a cousin once removed, and huge White Sox fan), Uncle Jack Connelly, lecycliste, J-Dub, New Epic Author, 15andmeowing, Lauralynn Elliott, brother Kip, Sandi, GhostMMNC, Arlee Bird, Eugenia, Madam Dreamweaver, Annie @ McGuffy’s Reader, WendyJ59, HilaryMB, Maggie Wilson, JoAnna, Jeanne Owen, Stomper Dad, Debi O’Neille, Barbara, XmasDolly, J.Gi Federizo, Martha Reynolds, Mary B, Cathy Kennedy, Alana Mautone, Michele, Janie Junebug, Mike, Stephen, Robin, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and everyone who left a “like.”
And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny pages!