January 1, 2001
By Scott Lewis
Finally some excitement at work. We built a new database and screens to support a series of special formulas. The house plans are complete, but the door is open to make some minor changes as time goes by. I finally got a MP3 Player. Lastly, although I have every song from it... I bought The Beatles 1 CD.
The Beatles 1
First of all I should say I am a huge Beatles fan. My Mom's boyfriend grew up with The Beatles, and I learned a lot about them that rarely gets mentioned anymore. Things like John Lennon saying how he knew he made mistakes in the famous Shea Stadium concert but nobody could tell because of all the screaming (this is one of reasons they stopped touring which doesn't get mentioned anymore). I heard about how John Lennon just "stopped by" Scott Munney's (sp?) broadcast one day for an interview. Munney was the man in Rock & Roll. He broadcast everyday on NY's WNEW radio station from 2:00 to 6:00. When Munney interviewed you it was a big deal. When John Lennon just shows up to be interviewed... well you can only imagine how big a deal that was... the radio station was packed outside as a huge crowd gathered waiting for Lennon to come out. Munney's tribute to John Lennon after he died was to start every broadcast with a John Lennon song or a Beatles song that John Lennon wrote. I remember struggling to get to a radio at 2:00 as much as I could to hear the day's pick.
I have more Beatles songs on Albums, CDs, 45 singles, MP3, etc. than any other artist or band. In fact I have more than twice as many Beatles songs as my next favorite artist... Billy Joel (a fellow Islander). So why did I buy another Beatles CD? Well, it was a collection of all their #1 hits. I am a little too young to know which songs were #1 on the charts as I only started listening to The Beatles in around 77-78. I made my own Beatles Hits CD when I got my CD burner up to speed. I made a copy of that CD for my wife. But some of the songs on it had more meaning to me than other Beatles songs, and don't necessarily jibe with what made it to #1. My wife also doesn't necessarily like some of the more personal picks of mine.
In a nutshell I got the new 1 CD for my wife, as well as out of curiosity for the songs they picked versus my own. Here are the lists of songs from their CD and mine:
The Beatles 1
Love Me Do
Scott's Beatles Hits
Love Me Do
As you can see there are a lot of matches (14, those in blue). Remember that I made my CD over a year ago. Notice the order. As best I can tell their list is in order from when they were #1. They have the luxury of knowing, or finding out, that information. I went by ear as to about when the songs were released within relation to each other. On their previous collection of songs (the 2 CD Red Set, and the 2 CD Blue set, which I own on vinyl & CD) Strawberry Fields leads into Penny Lane. That is the way I listen to those songs. For me its like Queen's We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions... they always go together.
I left off Hey Jude because it was too long, and I wanted as many songs as I could fit. More Trivia: Hey Jude was the first big hit from any artist that was drastically over 3 minutes, at around 7 minutes. Prior to its release when a group released a song longer than 3 minutes they would release a shorter, radio version. The Beatles said they wouldn't make another version... play this version or don't play it at all. Obviously, stations weren't about to not play the latest Beatles hit. Now we have songs that are normally longer than 3 minutes... thanks to The Beatles.)
I am a John Lennon fan so I had to include I Am The Walrus. Revolution has too strong a meaning for me, and Back In The USSR was a spoof on The Beach Boys Surfin' USA and California Girls that I had to include on my CD. I had to include Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. More Trivia: The story goes... when Elton John went to John Lennon wanting to remake Lucy he told Lennon that he was going to take it to #1. Lennon said something to this effect, "You'll never get that to #1, but if you do I will perform it with you." Now the Madison Square Garden concert were John Lennon showed up and performed with Elton John is legendary. At various times I have cycled though having a favorite Beatles song... Eight Days A Week and I Want To Hold Your Hand were my first favorites, and I played them sooooo much that I decided to leave them off this disc.
That about covers the major differences between theirs and mine. If you only had 74 minutes... what would be your favorite Beatle's songs?
I finally bought a MP3 player. You can read all about it in the Feature Article. I am enjoying the Rio, but find the 32 MB of memory a pain to endure. But I knew this going in. I bought the Rio 600 for its promise of expansion with 340 MB or DataPlay backpacks. When SonicBlue gets its act together and releases them I won't be hurting for memory. Be sure to read the Feature Article to see how I am dealing with the abysmal 32 MB of memory in the meantime.
A New Database
We finally received requirements for a major addition to our intranet site. This required building a new database to support a series of new data elements (measures). We also had to develop 8 new screens and add a number of other measures to the system.
Last month we had to perform a major change to the display of data in our site. I used these two projects to force a knowledge transfer to another member of my team. I expected this to prove to my manager that I am not indispensable. I finally was able to get him to let me interview with another department. Unfortunately, I did not get the job I was trying for. I will attempt to build up my skills for that position in the coming months and re-apply after our next major project due in February.
Our plans are complete. We may make some changes determined by budget, but we won't be able to do that until we have estimates on building the house. That should be the next step. Stay tuned.
Of course Christmas has arrived. My Rio 600 was a Christmas present from my wife. I don't have much to report in this column on the rest of my non-technical presents. Besides, if you read last month's column you know I am getting very excited about the game room in the new house.
So... until next time.