The Thing and I

The Thing I’m speaking off is the smartphone I purchased a little while ago. You may rememer that we had a difficult start… And that was the top of the iceberg! Two or three days after I got that Thing I discovered that I had paid a whole lot for just using our own Wifi. Apparently though, when your own Wifi signal isn’t strong enough, the phone changes to another signal and then you can start paying.
Thanks for telling me that when I bought the Thing.

Then, a few days after this had been solved, something else came up. Of course. I wanted to typ a text message, but the keyboard wouldn’t show up for longer than a second. I managed to typ the message, but it looked like a drunk text. You can imagine how happy I was. Putting it off and on didn’t work, but removing the battery and sim card for some reason solved it.

Now everything seems to be normal. *knocks on wood*

Even better, I start to enjoy the possibilities this Thing offers me. Yesterday I couldn’t remember where the Olympics were in 2012. Then there was the Internets on the Phone and I quickly found out again. Also, I downloaded an App that recognizes music. Isn’t it brilliant that such a thing exists? I fall in love with a song every now and then, but it can be very sad when you don’t know the song. When I like a piece of music, I want to listen to it over and over again, or at least have the possibility to find it again. I do have a great memory for music, so the pieces I want to find are already somehwere in my mind. That’s not enough though. I want to know their names. There were some pieces I really liked but never knew what they were. These pieces were used at the performances of our dance school. I still recognise all the music that’s ever been used in a performance, because we’ve heard them so often, and I have the dvd’s. Now, after eight years, I finally tracked the music down.

I found it!

I’m so happy. This music has the memories of the performances attached to it, but next to that it triggers my entire body to dance to it. Some music has that, a way of making everything in me wanting to move. And now I know where to find it. Wonderful. I will share one piece with you already now, and the other might follow another day!

For those interested, the App I used is Shazam.

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  1. Shazam has saved my life many times over the years, it’s great.

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  2. Shazam and SoundCloud. The kid even has them set up as shortcuts so he doesn’t have to unlock his phone to identify a song when he’s out and about.

    Priorities, you know :-)

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  3. Ah, everyone has some teething pains but once that’s out of the way, it shall be your new bestie :)

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  4. Emmm… which is not a social media platform as I know you are not fanatical about those (yet) :D But it’s like a free messaging/skype-like service :)

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  5. Twindaddy

     /  July 28, 2014

    I told you you’d figure it all out!!;)

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  6. BEAUTYCALYPSE

     /  July 28, 2014

    Haha, I knew you’d be friends soon with the Thing.

    On the downside, dammit, your blog reminds me for a second time of that godawful short story I can’t find anymore. IF ONLY there was an app for that! :D

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    • What was it about then? You made me curious :)

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      • BEAUTYCALYPSE

         /  July 29, 2014

        It was a monologue. An old-school horror story where a train traveller tells his seat neighbours, a couple, that he is an artist. And while he talks about it, he unveils that he cuts only moonstones. And only hearts. And then he opens a suitcase to show the couple his works. Finally, we find out the end, he has drugged the neighbours and asks them to open their blouses for him. It’s a pretty masterpiece of makabre. BUT. I know what anthology it was in (or so I think) but I have both books and it’s not in them. Though, and here’s the tricky part, I have lost one of them earlier and have bought another copy at an antiquarian bookstore. It’s almost physically painful to not be able to find it.
        Particularly for two reasons: I have written a short story with a nod to the original, and am dying to include this info. Second: there is an abysmal plagiarism of the story that I’ve found on a fanfiction website as I was trying to find the original, and it is of course pointless to ask *that* person to tell me where they got it from. As a book lover and as a writer, I am in pain, pain, pain.

      • Terrible! But if you know the author, shouldn’t it be possible to find it again somewhere? Is there no sign of other versions of the anthologies?

        I have the idea that you’ve already told me about this once… And I still hope you’ll find it again! Let me know if you do!

      • BEAUTYCALYPSE

         /  July 30, 2014

        I don’t know the author. I had never heard of him (it was a man for sure) before I read the story, and never after.

        I just think I know what anthology it was in. Needless to say: the publishing house has closed business long ago. DUH!

      • It’s like everything is against you on this, isn’t it? ;) But maybe one day you will find it and then it will be so great! So I do dearly hope you will find it, and if I ever notice anything along these lines, I will do my best to help you out!

      • BEAUTYCALYPSE

         /  July 30, 2014

        thank you :)

  7. Shazam is awesome, I’ve found songs that way too. I also like Craig Armstrong, he composed the soundtrack to the movie World Trade Centre, The Piano Theme from it always makes me cry.

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  8. Hehehe. It’s cute to hear you speak of this mystical app called “Shazam” that can recognize music. I think it’s pretty much a smartphone staple at this point! I love it. After all, we all want the ability to find out the identity of a song at the touch of a button, right?

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    • It’s almost too good to be true, and it’s not impeccable, but it’s good to have hope that you will find the music you like :D

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