Christmas rundown

I am posting this a bit tardy, but better late than never?

The girl got me a Sony Bravia HTCT100 Sound Bar for my living room. I was contemplating surround sound, but didn’t want all of the speakers spread around the room for the dog to chew. The sound bar, which comes with a sub woofer, rests in front of the TV on the stand. It’s a minimalist approach to better sound and real bass. I added it to my Harmony One as a device and it’s now functional on all of my activities.

I asked for a radar detector as soon as we started talking about gifts as I paid nearly $1,000 this year to have tickets fixed. She picked out the Escort Passport 9500i. It has built in GPS functionality to ignore false alarms and add locations with known speed traps and red light cameras.

I also got a few books, including The Center of the Universe: Yep, That Would Be Me by Anita Liberty, The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling, and Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman.

I gave the gift of RAM to myself to bump my new iMac to 4GB from 2GB and am waiting for it to arrive via DHL.

Christmas was spent at my aunt’s house with extended family. It felt a lot shorter this year than any other year and I can’t figure out why. I have been ready to take the tree down for days, but the girl says I can’t until after the first. Tomorrow is the big day!

LM’s Shuffle

When I purchased my Mac at the Apple store I also bought my daughter a pink iPod Shuffle which I intended to give her at Christmas but is being converted to a Birthday gift as I cannot freakin’ wait. I opted to get the 1GB Shuffle as it was a mere $50 and would hold all of the songs she would want right now as she is only going on 6. I considered a Nano, but then Janette slapped me to my senses.

So, I have been scouring my 30GB music collection attempting to find some songs that I know she likes and I have been downloading a few albums so that I can put about 50 tracks on the Shuffle. My little baby is growing up (sigh) and is about to get her first personal music player.

I remember getting my first cassette player, a ‘My First Sony‘ that had an attached microphone when I was 7 or 8. I would sing and record myself and write songs and then I started getting tapes for it. My first was Michael Jackson’s Bad album. Then I got heavily into FM radio and when I was 11 I got my first CD player/boombox and it was all over. Any money I acquired was used to buy CDs. Music became my life.

When I started driving, I had one of those clunky portable CD players that hooked into the radio via a tape adapter. It even had 3-second anti-skip. Top of the line! After replacing several of the portable CD players, I went hardcore and paid to have a CD player INSTALLED in my car. It was a JVC Chameleon with a 12-disc changer mounted in the trunk. It was an insane piece of equipment!

Then, I got my first iPod in 2004. It was a 4th gen 40GB iPod that lasted 3yrs. It only played music, had no fancy photo or video features. It was huge! I was ripping all of my CDs into my computer and began downloading music like crazy. I was still occasionally buying CDs but there was not a day that went by that I wasn’t downloading something for my iPod.

Last November, Janette purchased an 8GB iPod nano for me as an early Christmas gift to replace the 4th gen that died and it’s my weapon of choice today. I don’t use it for video or photos as I have an iPhone to do that dirty work. It houses music and podcasts only and I use it for ~5 hrs/day 5/7 days per week.

I imagine my next iPod will be similar to the nano, with a solid state drive that can hold my entire collection. Apple currently has a model that will hold 16GB, but I am waiting until they release one that can hold 64 or 100GB. When that time comes, I imagine Little Mary (LM) will have grown out of her Shuffle and will be ready for my hand-me-downs.

Here’s hoping the gift is well received and creates an excitement for music and technology.