Now that I’m out of the dark financial cloud of the past half-year, I don’t have to pinch pennies quite so tightly. My girlfriend and I went out for dinner the other night. It was a very nostalgic reminder of less stressful days! We ate tasty food and had a pleasant time, which was a nice change from buying something on the cheap and feeling guilty for not having settled for ramen.
I also decided to jump on the new iPods Apple announced today, a decision which was only partially self-indulgent. My current iPod nano (the second-generation one from two years ago) still works without any trouble, but I’ve kind of outgrown it. People are making much ado about wow voice memos in the new nanos! as if that’s something that hasn’t been in place since the original nano. The fact is, I use my iPod (combined Voltron-style with a Micro Memo recorder by the terribly-named XTreme Mac) as an audio recorder for all my interviews, and it’s single the best recorder I’ve ever used. When employed in a quiet room, its sound quality is good enough to use in a pinch as a podcast source. Unfortunately, 8GB isn’t that much space, as I learned in the middle of my Goichi Suda interview. D’oh! So: upgrade time.
I also need the ability to play iPod games for some upcoming projects, a feature not included in my current system, and thanks to modern Apple not understanding the importance of ease-of-use (whoops) iPod games don’t actually work on an iPhone. Clever girl.
Of course, my real impetus is that I’ve just sold off my Spice Orange GameCube and don’t feel complete without a garish orange piece of home electronics in my life.
Edit: I’m not sure why the forums are down, as I haven’t done anything to change them and the server is anything but overloaded. Sorry, I’m in contact with my host at the moment to get it sorted out.
Edit 2: And it looks like I spoke too soon about being out of the woods. Wow, today is awesome. I think I’ll go kill myself now.