January 1, 2010, 12:00 pm
No re-start of this blog would be complete without a return to the Friday Random 10 feature, where I pull off 10 random songs in a row from the iPod and do some kind of video focus on one song or artist that shows up. Here you go:
- “Black Friday” (Steely Dan, Katy Lied)
- “Broken” (Jack Johnson, Sing-a-Longs and Lullabies (Curious George soundtrack))
- “Hammer to Fall” (Queen, Classic Queen)
- “The Dancing Flowers” (The Wiggles, Whoo Hoo Wiggly Gremlins)
- “Work in Progress” (Alan Jackson, Drive)
- “Let Everything That Has Breath” (Phillips, Craig, and Dean, Let My Words Be Few)
- “Spanish Fantasy” (Phil Keaggy, Acoustic Sketches)
- “Can You (Point Your Fingers and Do the Twist)” (The Wiggles, Here Comes the Big Red Car)
- “Partita #3 (iv)” (Paul Galbraith, Bach: The Sonatas and Partitas)
- “The Calling” (Yes, Talk)
If by some accident you have never heard of Phil Keaggy (#7),…
October 26, 2008, 8:39 pm
…I got one.
The story left off with me giving up trying to justify spending $399 for the 32 GB model, even though I’d saved up for it. Cheapness is in my DNA, and I’ve never been able to spend money on anything without feeling like I should have stuck it in a savings account instead. But, one day, my wife comes home and informs me that the daughter of one of her co-workers works at the Apple Store in Indy and gets a 15% “friends and family” discount. After trading a few emails, the deal was set up, and a few days later I had my grubby hands all over it (you see just how grubby your hands really are with this thing) with $60 knocked off the price. So, you see? It pays to wait.
I’ve been using it basically nonstop for a week now, and here are my overall impressions:
- It’s incredibly thin and light, yet it also feels very sturdy, and despite having an all-shiny-aluminum back I haven’t…
September 11, 2008, 3:55 pm
So at the end of the comment thread on my iPod lust decision process about whether or not to buy a new iPod touch, I concluded somewhat glumly that I had probably better wait until the gap between what I’d saved up and what the 32 GB model costs is made up somehow. I am happy to announce the gap has been closed, and then some, thanks to the dude that comes around every now and then to buy back textbooks. He just happened to drop in this afternoon, and I freakin’ unloaded, to the tune of three dozen books sold back. (My shelves are happy too.)
In case you’re unfamiliar with this process, there are people who make a living off of coming by professors’ offices and purchasing unused books for cash (at a rate far less than their retail value) and then selling them to the open market. Ever wonder where those used books in the college bookstore come from? Some of them come from students, but…
September 9, 2008, 5:50 pm
Apple today announced the newest iteration of the iPod nano and some changes to the iPod touch, among other things. This has been an eagerly-awaited day for me, since I took the honorarium from my April gig at Benedictine University and salted away most of it to get an iPod touch once the updates came out. But I must admit that I was really hoping that the 32GB model would be under $300; I was $100 off. So I turn to the blogosphere to help me decide how to blow my stash.
Constraints and preferences: I have $232.50 saved up. I have 12 GB of music (just music, no video) in iTunes and I would like to carry all of it with me plus some video. I would like — really like — to have mobile access to wifi in a handheld device. I currently have a 20GB photo iPod (second generation? third generation? something like that). And coming up with a whole lot of extra money — OK, well, really any…
February 5, 2008, 3:27 pm
After saying that Apple needed to add more storage to the iPod Touch before they could count on me buying one, they have obliged. Unfortunately the prices haven’t changed, and the 16 GB (which would just barely be big enough for me) is still $399. The new 32 GB model is $499. Look: $500 is way too much for a music player, sorry, no matter how much stuff it does.
Now all Apple has to do is make the 32 GB model $399 and the 16 GB one $299, and we’re in business. or better ye, make the 32 GB model $299. Or maybe $29.
November 26, 2007, 9:44 pm
After writing my two recent posts about the Amazon Kindle, I began to notice that I was not only unimpressed but bothered, even angered, at certain elements of the Amazon Kindle. I don’t usually get ticked off at an electronic gadget I don’t own, so I had to think about what my problem was. After a while, I pinpointed the cause: It’s the way Kindle handle blog subscriptions. You can get blog content sent straight to the Kindle, but only the blogs that Amazon chooses to offer you, and only after paying a fee. Most blog “subscriptions” on the kindle are $0.99/month. Cheap, negligible even, but still not free. And this strikes me as being simply wrong.
The power of technology consists in its capacity to be a liberating force in our lives. This goes all the way back to foundational technologies such as electricity, indoor plumbing, the automobile, and so on. The reason we include…
October 12, 2007, 8:00 am
- Oh! Darling (Beatles, Abbey Road)
- A Kind Of Magic (Queen, Classic Queen)
- New Song (Howard Jones, The Best of Howard Jones)
- Love Is The Seventh Wave (Sting, The Dream of the Blue Turtles)
- Turn It On Again (Genesis, Duke)
- Strong Hand Of Love (Mark Heard, High Noon)
- Badge (Cream, Goodbye)
- Vital Signs (Rush, Moving Pictures)
- Hard Time Killing Floor Blues (Chris Thomas King, O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack)
- Tempus Fugit (Yes, Drama)
So last week we saw some rare Yes studio session footage from 1976, with a comment from me wondering how good Yes might have gotten if it hadn’t been for Jon Anderson’s faux-yogi lyrics. Fast-forward to 1980/1981 and you have the answer to my question in Drama, the one Yes album not containing Anderson or his lyrics. This album wasn’t supposed to be any good, with Anderson and Rick Wakeman having departed and replaced by two relative…