Of mice and lords — A perfect example of why I like Kottke so much. Where else would I find this gem? Besides @benhammersley, of course.
An open letter to conservatives | AmericanDad’s Blog — Man, I’ve wanted to do this. This guy collected links, and links, and more links to Republican hypocrisy, then put them all in one post. It’s like an unfiltered dump of Daily Show brainstorming.
Op-Ed Columnist — Fear Strikes Out — NYTimes.com — Krugman can get lost in the weeds sometimes, but this is why I love him.
Cover Art for SXSW 2010 Music is here! — SXSW is upon us again, and I have updated the cover art page with new art for this year’s Showcasing Artists. Please enjoy.
So, it is true. I plugged my 16 GB iPod touch into a power adapter the other day, something I had done a hundred times before this, I heard a little “pop!” sound, and it died. Nothing I did, no swearing, no press-this and hold-that for ten seconds then shake it all about, no poring over message baords… nothing brought it back. Finally, I sent it off for diagnosis, and $15 dollars in shipping later, she’d dead, Jim.
Well, okay, I could have it back for $180 and a new logic board. Or for $60 and an extended AppleCare contract… you know, if I could go back in time.
So, I’ve decided not to fix it, and I am now iPod touchless. I miss my iPod, but not as much as I thought I would. In fact, what I miss most are my shopping list app (getting groceries last week was tres quaint, fumbling with a piece of paper and a tiny sharpie), getting my work email in the same place I get my real email, my address book, and my calendar.
I don’t miss the games at all, and I had a lot of them. I miss Twitter a little, and Facebook. I have wanted the calculator once in the last two weeks. And I miss being able to grab it to check a score, browse to IMDB, or check the news while I’m parked in front of the TV.
I am now rocking my old G4 iBook on the couch (which I have to plug in to the wall, since the battery last about 4 minutes), but it is not the same, for purely lazy/cool reasons. (Which is to say, I do not plan on trying to justify why I can’t just use a G4 with Tiger and a web browser to do all the things I could on my iPod touch.)
So what will I do? I’ll wait for the fourth generation iPhone this summer. I’ll get the littlest one, since I never really pushed the 16 GB barrier on the touch. And I’ll put less on it. Fewer games, fewer books, fewer crap/cool utilities. Mean and lean, my iPhone will be.
And then… I’ll get an iPad. Ding ding ding! That’s the sound of a cash register. That’s also the sound of an Apple marketing guru getting his wings! They just turned my one two-year-old device into two brand new devices! Huzzah!
I’d be perfectly happy with the smallest iPad, since it won’t have any music on it (what’s the point, I’ll only be using it at home). But I enjoyed the games, the browsing, and what little reading I did on my iPod. It is just a matter of time. Well, and money. I can’t wait.