Sunday, April 23, 2006

Shallow at work

I'm so pleased with myself. I have an old boom box which blows a fuse if you use the tape deck, but where the amplifier part works fine. So I opened it up, connected a stereo socket to the amplifier inputs on the PCB, and drilled a hole to install the socket. Now I can use it as an active speaker set for my MP3 player and the separate tape deck I keep in the computer room.

This proves that if I don't throw something away because I can find a use for it, I'm not always deluding myself.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Someone else has been thinking about Death of a Salesman and Buffy.

It's often said that the 'Death of a Salesman' production in Restless bears no resemblance to the play. I don't agree, particularly when I think of the piano scene, where Buffy scolds Riley while Harmony weeps on the sofa. The combination of the music and Buffs' relentless declamation reminds me strongly of the scene where Willy's loud conversation with the Woman is interrupted by continual banging on the door from Biff.