Saturday, April 30, 2005

Reviewing my iPod gadgets

Got a few things for the pod recently:

These are the JBL Creature II Speakers. They're small and inexpensive, and they sound pretty darn good! They are not built specifically for the iPod (ie. no pod dock). They plug into the pod's headphone jack. It takes some tweaking of the bass and treble adjustment knobs to get the right sound for wherever you put them (on bookshelves in my case). Hey, ya gotta have iPod speakers in every room right? Now I do and I'm happy with these.

This is the best way to carry ear buds I've found... the EarPod. It's better than the white Sucrets box I was using! There's not a lot of extra room inside, though, so anything bigger than the earbuds that come with the iPod might not fit.

And last but not least, I had to see how the pod would look as a cow! The cow print iPod skin actually doesn't look too bad... just the thing for walking around The Stockyards or WRMC! It is, of course, removable and multi-use.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Beware the White Ear Buds

"Thieves spot people with the telltale white earphones, then snatch the devices and run out train doors. On Web sites, iPod devotees suggest keeping the devices concealed and switching to cheaper-looking earphones." (from CNN: iPod blamed for spike in subway crime) But why stop with cheap looking headphones; how about full-scale retro camouflage: RetroPod!

Ongoing History of Music

Great new music radio show in Toronto. Ongoing History of Music with Alan Cross. Great articles and daily podcast. Check the archives for great articles; including How to Build a Record Library.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Lyric Notes

I was just listening to Zero 7's song "Destiny" and had trouble placing the meaning of the phrase "gone to ground" in the lyrics. It didn't take long to ease my curiosity thanks to Google's define function: define: gone to ground got me:
"Hunting term when the quarry has taken cover from the hounds." Could be useful in a future metaphor... interesting word usement.

This in turn reminded me that when I first listened to Air's "Universal Traveler" I had a mis-hear. I heard "Universal Traveler" in the lyrics as "you need a soul traveler." Listen to it and try it, it works!

PS-- A note for Katie: this entry reminded me to tell you that in the production featurette extra on the Forrest Gump DVD, Tom Hanks says: "tabloid pastiche"