Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sundry Items

Sorry to be so long in writing, friends. National Novel Writing Month has consumed me these past few weeks. It's going okay, thanks for asking! Who knew that writing a novel would be so hard!!! Well it is. That's about all I have to say about that.

In other news, starting listening to Pink Floyd's The Wall album again after a reprieve. Great album or greatest album?

Finally, in the midst of some frustration with Apple. My iPod Touch battery is no longer holding a charge. If this was the only issue I was facing right now, it wouldn't be so bad. However, it's something like the straw that broke the camel's back. As an aside - can that really happen? How many cases of camel's backs being broken due to too much straw have been reported? How many people come in contact with camels frequently enough for that metaphor to work? I can't even remember the last time I saw a camel in a zoo. Anyways...turns out there are 99 pages of the Apple Support Forum Topic : Low battery life on iPod touch after installing iOS4. Thousands of people are having this issue, and yet Apple is doing nothing about it. Yet they had a big "announcement" today: the Beatles are now on iTunes. Oh really? You mean THE Beatles? Great, this is just what we need right now. Instead of fixing serious issues with your hardware and software, Apple, you give us the Beatles. Don't get me wrong - I love the Beatles. They singlehandedly taught me how to appreciate good music and to know what good music sounds like. I was obsessed with them. They'll always be the greatest band of all time, I don't care what anyone says. But for all the teenyboppers who are going to download them and shoot them up the iTunes top ten list, I have this to say: throw out your stupid iPod (unless it's the shuffle or nano or something...of my three ipods the cheap little one without a screen is BY FAR the most reliable of the bunch), beg your overindulgent parents to buy you a record player (fine, get one with a USB output; the equipment won't be as good but whatever works) and buy the Beatles on vinyl, buy some good headphones, and listen to the Beatles how they were meant to be listened to. All that compression is like compressing your soul, man. Seriously, just do it.


  1. I, too, roll with the iPod Touch and I, too, have had the battery charge issues. What I know is this: The new software is constantly searching for wifi, which will drain your battery. Why that's an issue now and wasn't before, i don't know. Turn it to airplane mode when you're not using the interwebs and that should save you some juice.

  2. Thanks for the head's up Jimbo. Unfortunately even after trying your advice it completely died in a few hours time, even though it was in sleep and I didn't use it at all. Gonna take a trip to see the "geniuses" sometime soon, as I think there's an actual hardware problem or something.