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How You Like Them Apples?

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My birthday falls in Fall, and some friends gave me an iPod Shuffle. (Seriously you guys, this sick cycle of giving has got to stop.)

thatsobscene iPod Shuffle
I had no idea that the iPod team are such fans of me and this blog.

iPod Shuffle, headphones, and amp
A relative size comparison. That’s my portable amp beneath the Shuffle.

As you can see, the damn thing is small! But not too small. It’d probably take some effort for a kid to sallow it. But it should be kept away from dogs. The design is fantastic, and the unit is pretty well built. (It is a mass produced product that sells for under $100, not a Pagani Zonda, so you can’t expect perfectly even gaps and faultless symmetry. :-P)

The stock, white earbuds sounds surprisingly good. I wasn’t expecting much, but the sound quality is definitely acceptable for walks. Being earbuds, the “sound stage” is pretty small. After using my Grados for a year now, the first thing I noticed with the earbuds is that the sounds are close together. The clarity, however, is fairly good. And a lot of sound comes through just fine. (All of this is based on very limited listening though.) The earbuds feels a little loose in my ears. But I have big ears. Although I have yet to try it, I’m sure it’d be ok to run with them. Walking around with white iPod earbuds does make me feel like a tool though!

I’m very used to browsing for my music through directories, so having to use iTunes to add music to the player is a little painful and slow. Although the one click firmware update is slick.

In any case, it’s a great a little mp3 player. And it makes an excellent gift. ;)

Edit: Hell yes, bitches!  iPod shuffle Database Builder just rocked me.


Written by Barry

November 6, 2006 at 10:58 pm

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Chocolate Ice Cream

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A short while back on the show with zefrank, he talked about making decisions, taking action, and not looking back, because things will work out. Just buy that pair of shoes and don’t check the price after you do, he suggested.

Richard Feynman also talked about this in the excellent Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! Upon noticing that he was wasting time deciding on the dessert after a meal, he simply decided that chocolate ice cream will be it for the rest of his life. And after a difficult decision between teaching at Cornell or Caltech, he decided to stay at Caltech for life. When Chicago came calling, he turned them down before they had a chance to tell him how much they were offering. Even after learning that Chicago was offering him five times the money, he declined the offer (with a very amusing reason).

It’s a philosophy I agree with. Fuck the what-ifs. It’s not like we can go back do it again. The past is dumb. Learn from it and move on. And all that jazz. But some decisions are just difficult. Plus I don’t even like chocolate ice cream.

I received an offer for a position in Portland almost two weeks ago. Initially I turned it down because I was a little shocked at how low the base pay is. (But they make up for it with bonuses.) Then a message from a friend made me reconsider. So I spent a lot of time thinking about it, and in the end I just stayed with my first decision. (I don’t know why, so don’t ask.)

And that’s it. The decision was such a pain, I’ve simply decided that I’ll just stay at my current position for a while, at least until my jaw surgery. No more interviews; I had two this year. I really should focus on other areas of my life anyway.

(Oh yeah, if you are a good programmer, I know a place that’s hiring…)

Written by Barry

November 1, 2006 at 2:59 am

I Can't Decide

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I admire and envious of those who can do so much while working a full time job. Maybe I subscribe to too many RSS feeds and do everything too slowly. Anyway, here are some music I found time to listen to in September and October, and at least worth mentioning in a blog.

Basement Jaxx – Take Me Back to Your House
My current favorite from their new album. The single “Hush Boy” is good, too. But check out the remixes of “Hush Boy” that are on the single release; I like a couple of them better than the album version.

Beck – Cellphone’s Dead
I need to listen to Beck’s new album more..seems pretty good, but kind of all over the place.

Daft Punk – Face To Face
I’ve always loved “Digital Love”, but I thought the rest of Discovery was eh, whatever, despite the constant praise and references from critics and other musicians. That is, until I watched “Interstella 5555” recently. Now I love the album.

The Dears – Whites Only Party
A surprisingly pop and infectiously catchy song from their new album.

Eels – Hey Man (Now You’re Really Living)
The most cheerful and anthemic song from the Blinking Lights and Other Revelations double album.

Joseph Arthur – Dear Lord
Good singer-songwriter stuff.

Jungle Brothers – Because I Got It Like That (from Fatboy Slim’s On the Floor at the Boutique)
While I was enjoying my time in OSU gameday traffic, the KBVR DJ played this song. I liked it immediately. And by that I mean I wanted to start dancing in my car. The original is too slow, and I didn’t care for the rest of On the Floor at the Boutique. But this one is a gem.

Prins Thomas – Fehrara
It’s got a good bassline, but it doesn’t really build, nor does the dude bother layering a lot of stuff on top of it. It still works though.

The Rapture – Don Gon Do It
The only song I really liked from The Rapture’s first album was “Sister Saviour”. And while none of the songs on their new album are quite as good, the album itself is more enjoyable.

Scissor Sisters – I Can’t Decide
My favorite from their new album. Damn catchy and danceable music with dark, murderous lyrics (“I can’t decide whether you should live or die. Oh, you’ll probably go to heaven, please don’t hang your head and cry… Lock the doors and close the blinds, we’re going for a ride!”) is just my kind of thing.

Teddybears – Yours To Keep (feat. Annie)
Annie only vocal mix FTW!

Ursula 1000 – Hello! Let’s Go To A Disco
An album with every god damn thing! Kitsch? Sure. But still worth a listen.

Written by Barry

November 1, 2006 at 1:48 am

Posted in Music