Friday, September 12, 2008

Oh Yeah

That song from Kid Rock, "All Summer Long", that borrows the medley from "Werewolves of London" and "Sweet Home Alambama"? That song irritates every fiber of my being.

A Friday Post

My wife decided to make a couple signs of thumbs extended, with "do not" circle pasted on top of it. Her idea is that it would curb some of the thumb sucking, since he's already 5 and she's 4, and he's going to have to rid himself of that habit before school anyway. So Alex saw the signs this morning, took our some paper and drew a rudimentary thumb, and then told us that his sign says that thumb sucking is allowed according to his sign. It was pretty cute.

So my iPod arrived yesterday, a day earlier than expected, from Shenzhen, CN, which I found out wasn't Connecticut. It is kinda interesting that the product is so hot that it's shipping directly from China. I guess I seldom get that sense of newness from other companies. My impressions are mostly good - Glad they got rid of the split screen business with the menus and the cover art. You could either have it on the bottom or not at all. Also, it is really slim and light. I had it in my pocket and couldn't even tell it was there. I think the headphone jack is placed in an odd place at the bottom, which means my iPod is virtually upside down when it's in a pocket. The screen is really tiny for video, probably fine for talking head podcasts but just plain ridiculous for any movie or TV shows. I'm probably going to have the toughest time with that alone. The 8 gig storage is nice, since I have about 4 gigs of songs I use and the rest can go to podcasts, audio and video. The shake to shuffle feature is cute, don't know how functional that would be in real life. Looking forward to the road test on Monday when I work. I think the size of the video will be negligible when I use it for work, since I'm only watching video for 15-30 minutes at a time. But just in case, I encoded some movies for the PSP. The other thing that I found a little annoying was that my old charger and speaker doesn't charge the new iPod. What's up with that? Oh well.

The interesting footnote to my iPod story is that my mom spotted it this morning and asked me how much I got mine for. I was a little worried that she might talk to me about my spending, but when I told her 150, she asked me if it came in any different colors. I showed her the colors and she said, "I'd like the purple one." So I stored that into my mental Xmas shopping list. But then she handed me her debit card and wanted me to order it right then. It's extremely rare to witness my Mom having technolust, but it was kinda cool at the same time. So I went to the mall and picked up a purple one (which looks blue under sunlight) along with an annoying expensive USB/adapter charger. I might wait on opening it and see if a certified alternative pops up.

This afternoon a coyote just wanders up the backyard and sits down in front of our yard. Wilbur just simmered with a whimper while the coyote sits about, looking at us, watching me take photos of it. The coyote is injured and mangy, but I think still afraid of people. It walked off after some time.

Anyway, got a lot of iTunes management to do. Acquiring of new songs, playlist management, and now also for my Mom.

Silver Gadgets

DSC_4559, originally uploaded by diegomcnamara.

Although I'd rather just bring my iPod with video to work, I'm a little too spoilt with the PSP's stellar screen.

My new friend.

DSC_4553, originally uploaded by diegomcnamara.

It looks pretty darn cool!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Waiting for this to load, I closed my eyes and just about fell asleep. So yeah, ordered a nano today, hopefully will be here the next couple days. Funny though, I know the interface fine, just can't wait to use the functionality and some of that storage. Finally to have a ipod for podcasts without conversions is just dandy.

I'm feeling really fatigued, but I should have a 40 hour week this week looks like. Thank god. Simply exhausted. Such a busy week overall.

Righto. My eyes are weeping. That means they're ready to retire.

Monday, September 8, 2008

A Short Thingy

Because I totally would like to go to bed on time tonight. Feeling a bit worn out as Mondays tend to do that.

Anyway, yesterday's trip to the Puyallup Fair was pretty nice. Alex had a pretty good birthday I think. There are tons of pretty good photos but I'll get to those later on. One of the things my wife and I really enjoyed was Alex during the clown acts. He was so naturally happy and joyful during the whole performance it was just really cute.

Dansen and I tried to do an episode of Pizza Bento tonight but it just totally failed. His iMovie crashed on him and so that was that. Last week we redid the episode but this week we were well into the halfway point, and we couldn't even locate the source file so that we could splice in the second half. Rather interesting since whenever we do the podcast, I'm getting tired because it's the end of my day and Dansen's tired because he either went to bed late or was tired from his unspeakable partying. Bachelor.

So it's just about 12 more hours and I'll be able to make a decision on which iPod will be my salvation at work! A lot of factors to balance but I'm sure I'll figure something out. Hopefully I'll be able to get one tomorrow night, assuming it's the one that I want.

Anyway, more later, as stated. Bedtime for me.