July 11th, 2004

wood cat

Week in Review

Well, Chad's new computer came and I was completely unable to network it to the old one with a crossover Ethernet cable, as various web sites had blithely assured me I could. After wasting two hours on the problem, I gave up and brought my external CD-RW drive over: yes, it's connecting with USB 1.0, so it burns at a crawl, but I can get it work and that's what counts right now.

Chad also now has an iPod and I am insanely jealous that I can't get mine yet. I suppose I should explain—

I got a big raise a few weeks ago, completely out of the blue, and a separate cost-of-living increase. I felt like I wanted to buy something frivolous to celebrate, but an iPod seemed like too much. I decided this week that if I got some birthday money at the end of the month, that would bring my cost down enough that I could buy it reasonably guilt-free (or I'd just wait a little longer until I'd saved up a bit). But if I was getting one, I couldn't really say that Chad shouldn't—he has an income too, after all. He has a plane trip coming up before the end of the month, so I suggested this weekend that maybe he should get his early. A few hours later, we were walking out of the Apple store with a 40GB iPod, me slightly bug-eyed—I'd stopped thinking of them at full price, you see. I think it's the most expensive thing I've ever bought and walked out of a retail store with.

But it's little and shiny and elegant and very cool indeed. Want.

However, inanimate objects hate me this week (besides Chad's computers, my work computer was constantly cranky), so it's probably best I didn't get my iPod yesterday. I've had fun looking for a case in the meantime—any iPod experts out there who can tell me if vent-holes are really necessary for ordinary use? I want a full-coverage case (that means controls and screen too), and I'd just about settled on this leather case from Marware, but now I'm wondering. The other option would be the Lajo eXo2, but I'm not crazy about silicone as a case material. Opinions, anyone?

In less geeky news, I had a nice phone conversation this afternoon with an old friend that I hadn't heard from in far too long. I foolishly gave myself a sunburn yesterday morning, forgetting that I don't usually wear tank tops for my weekend morning sunning-and-reading. And Fountains of Wayne are playing a free show this Wednesday at Empire State Plaza, which should be fun.