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More unpacking.

Went to see Chicago with Jen and Hannah and their mother yesterday. I love musicals and it was a good movie, if you can wait through the /twenty five minutes of advertisements and previews that the theater put before the film/. I wish I was kidding, several people in the audience timed it.

Got Tex lined up with a possible job at my mom's store, and a bus pass to get around. I do not want to see him end up homeless, but neither do I want to deal with him continuing to squat rent-free.

Spent a lot of time chatting idly with a friend online while a bit tipsy last night, which was fun. Haven't done that for a while with this person, and I've really missed it; it was good to do it again. :)

Did a bunch of shopping today. Got blank DVDs in clamshell cases; I plan to get the TiVo modded to have TivoNet (i.e. Ethernet connection) and put onto the house network. Then I'll start burning some of our favorite stuff to DVDs and adding it to the video collection. (Firefly being one I wish I /had/ done that with.) Since I have a DVD production digital studio for my desktop machine and all, I might as well get some more use out of it. :)

Also finally used my Best Buy card; my old portable CD player died a while ago, and its MP3 player capability was always questionable at best. So I got myself a MiniDisc player and a bunch of blank MiniDiscs. Copied a bunch of albums over, and have a couple Minidiscs to listen to on the bus rides now. Yay, media!

Jen finally got her cellular phone activated. We got my Earthlink dialup working as a shared connection, until the DSL is back. Went over to the old house (where cable is still hooked up) and copied all the stuff off of the TiVo onto videotape and cleared the TiVo out. Uhm...I think that about covers things. Tinkering around, gonna go get dinner, yay-whoot. Dinner good! Then I may veg out with a tape of two weeks worth of CSI. :)

There. There's the quicky weekend update for me.


Tipsy chatting! Hee. :) Hope you're doing well. Still no baby for Yasha. *mope*


MiniDisc, eh?

I'm kind of surprised that you went with the MiniDisc, as it seems in this area (Nashville, TN) to be a medium on its way out. The advent of CD-RW and the ubiquity of MP3 player systems has made MD kind of an also-ran. Maybe in Seattle it's different?

But it's true, you can't beat the portability, and you get nearly 75 minutes of music on a disc. The compression scheme also seems to be less offensive to the ears than MP3 can sometimes be.

I just figured a geekgrrl such as yourself would be more likely to have gotten another (better?) CD/MP3 player.

Re: MiniDisc, eh?

MiniDisc isn't exactly a hot format out here, no.

However, every CD/MP3 player I've tinkered with has trouble with MP3 discs; they skip if you wear them while walking (heck, the worse ones skip even if you're just sitting on a bus), and many also require the discs to be in straight ISO9660 format (no long filenames), which makes it a real pain to make MP3 CDs. Memory-based MP3 players can't hold enough to be really worthwhile; the average one holds about 64 megs, or enough for one CD worth of music. And unless you're using Memory Sticks or something similar, that's non-removable. I go through easily four or five CDs in a day, so having a limited playlist like that is less than ideal for me. The hard-drive based systems are nice, but all were expensive. The iPod was by far the nicest of all of them, but that was $400!

The NetMD player was on sale for $130, I can fit five hours of music on a minidisc, the media is removable so I can carry a 'wallet' of mix CDs and song collections, it doesn't skip even if I shake it, and it's very easy to make minidiscs of my favorite music.

So even if minidiscs aren't the 'latest cool thing', they suited my needs better than anything else I found. The key to being a competent geekgrrl is not just picking up on fads, but doing the research to know which fad to follow. ;)


Re: MiniDisc, eh?

Could have got an iPod - 5-20 gigs of music, though it can't do CDs. I love mine. Expensive things, though :)

Re: MiniDisc, eh?

As I said, the cheapest iPod I saw was $400. I didn't want to spend that much just for something to listen to at work and on the bus. :)

The Firewire support would've been nice, I admit. USB is fast, but Firewire is faster. :)