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Thursday, March 23, 2006

The White One

Phaedrus just crossed the Divide.
Another epicycle imposed on the Digital Revolution.
An iPod.

Blase, he enters the world of MP3 *shudder*.
The Horror.
What became of his Principles?
Why did he Do it?

Reason suggests -- the Forty-plus hours of Solo Flight that stretch out during the weeks ahead.
The electronics chain store adjoining his dinner destination.
The Golden Plastic Line of Promise.
The gleaming disks that accumulate on the peripheries of the Rotation.

Rationalization soothes -- Now he shall be closer to his Miles;
Garcia's Guitar; The Truth: it Will be With him.
As he Rings the Globe. And Pounds the Temporal Pavement.
By the ears. By the soul.


Blogger wildflower seed said...

Ha! SUCKER! ;)

3/23/2006 10:20 PM  
Blogger kundalini said...

there's been no turning back here. take them *all* with you, and fly "by the ears, by the soul". 'bon' voyages ;)

3/23/2006 10:21 PM  
Blogger GhostOfTomJoad said...

I've heard plenty of excuses in my time but, oh boy, this takes the cake :-)

What's that playing in the background? Ah, Another One Bites the Dust... :-)

3/23/2006 11:16 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

Uh, what was that?

And VB is particular:
Three words. The first being Fillmore ;-)

3/24/2006 3:26 AM  
Blogger Arthur Quiller Couch said...

Is it a Nano?

3/24/2006 1:29 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

No, it's the normal one, 60 MB. I haven't unpacked it yet -- hopefully I'll manage to figure out how to work the thing over the weekend or something.

More likely I'll just sit in front of my stereo and *look* at it.

Should I have got a Nano? I just went for the maximum battery time.

3/24/2006 3:01 PM  
Blogger MockTurtle said...

Do you mean 60 GB? If it's an iPod and it's 60 MB then you got gypped.
The Nano is 2 or 4 GB and should be fine if you just want a hundred odd songs to carry around instead of all the music and videos you could ever own.

3/24/2006 3:37 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

Sorry, 60 GB. Of course.

3/24/2006 6:11 PM  
Blogger km said...

Welcome to the world of shiny brushed-metal devices. And don't forget to leave your first-born for Mr. Jobs.

I don't think JC could hype the water into wine thing as well as Apple did with the iPod.

*proud owner of an iPod mini, scaredy-cat downloader* (I still feel a little cheap for using it.)

3/25/2006 12:03 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

compressed water -- carry it where you go. genre: pinot, shiraz, riesling, s. blanc. i-cewine. you may be on to something.

3/25/2006 12:19 AM  
Blogger Old Spice said...

I got one as a graduation/start work present three weeks ago (30 GB, thought it would be enough). I didn't think I'd be the iPod type. The damn things are addictive though ...

Mine carries photos (so I can show girls photos of my dearly departed cocker spaniel - not that gets me any, if you read my post on bhangra parties), podcasts, and music. (Let me know if you find any must listen to podcasts - I don't think I'm looking in the right places.) I didn't think I'd downloaded that much during napster days, but I evidently have enough music to listen to for six days already. Have fun digitising all thousand or so CDs you have.

You can plug it into your stereo, of course - just get an AV out type cable. If you carry a laptop, it should make getting music easier.

I'm wondering if the Samsung job I was offered (with digital radio, and Windows Media Player compatible) might have been better.

Still, mine is black. It looks cool. I feel cool. Even if no-one else thinks so.

3/25/2006 5:55 PM  
Blogger Old Spice said...

And there are some things you'll be grateful for with your iPod. Haven't been to the gym for a few days, so went for a walk from Milford to Takapuna this evening. (The one you didn't do out here ...)

With the pacific lapping at your feet walking across rocks and sand and Adnan Sami and the Gypsy Kings in your ears, you wonder if life can get much better. Some of the music even inspired me to run a bit. (It doesn't happen often.)

If I were Tom Cruise or Hugh Grant, I could have been an iPod ad this evening ...

3/25/2006 6:01 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

That Milford-Takapuna walk sounded good enough, even without an iPod!

I just spent the last few hours transferring a bunch of stuff. Haven't had the guts to try any of my live disks yet (there's a way you can fix it so that there are no gaps between tracks -- a guy I once corresponded with has a website that tells me so -- Anyway, the iPod has spent the last two days plugged to my laptop flashing a "Do Not Disconnect" sign. So I too have six days of music. Hopefully it will let me play some of it some day. Either way, maybe tomorrow I'll hold my breath and plunge into the meat of my collection. Fingers crossed.

I am also EXTREMELY ANNOYED with the automatic genre identification function. Within the same Joan Baez album, Imagine, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Gracias a la Vida, Forever Young, and Amazing Grace are all labeled "folk". A String Cheese Incident collection finds Birdland, Take Five, and Footprints labeled "rock". Philistine.

3/25/2006 10:56 PM  
Blogger Salil said...

Salil fears he may be succumbing to temptation. Between his CD player showing signs of wearing down (after four years of use), and too many Asia Miles in the account that shall soon expire and can't be redeemed for flights...

Ah well. 4 GB doesn't sound too bad, among the options.

5/21/2006 6:15 AM  

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