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First Flurries

   This picture, although it is hard to make out, is snow flurries as I'm driving back to my place in Cedar Rapids.  The day was a little chilly and there was a lot of wind.  Most of the drive home I was fighting the wind.  And when I reached the city limits of Cedar Rapids, I started to notice snow flakes.  At first I thought they might be bugs catching my headlights.  But nothing was hitting my windshield and it was too cold for bugs.  Then it dawned on me: this was snow.  I was a bit surprised for how early in the season this first flurry happened, but it's not that rare.
   This evening was L.J.'s 21st birthday gathering--and we had a lot of people.  A fairly regular tradition at Garage gatherings is to break out the neon paint.  Pictured is Lady Jai's back.
   This is a pepper in the Garage garden, and it's huge!  Despite being completely neglected for the last month there were a bunch of pepper in the garden.  Impressive little plants :)
   A week or two ago I bought an iPod off a co-worker.  At the company I now work for, you can not bring your own laptop into the building.  So in order to listen to music, I needed some kind of portable music player.  At first I had considered getting a new cellphone.  Most of the new ones can store and play music.  After a bit of research, however, I found the size of music these cellphones can store to be between 4 and 8 GB.  Sorry to say--this is grossly inadequate.  The sorted portion of my music collection is around 80 GB and the unsorted even larger.  I've become so use to not repeating music that trying to select 8 GBs would be hard.
   The decision to buy the iPod wasn't one I put much thought into.  The guy had it, wanted to get rid of it and brought it into work.  That was all it took.
   The player itself is fine adequate.  It plays music, has a select function and volume control--and that's about all I was looking for.  Getting music onto the device however was more complected then I had expected.  I can not run "iTunes".  There is no Linux iTunes and no iTunes build that works on 64-bit not-Linux operating systems.  It took some fooling around and searching before I found this is a fact.  The stupidest thing (so far) about this iPod device is having to use some kind of loading software.  If you plug the device in to a USB port, it shows up as a drive.  In a drag-and-drop world, Apple really screwed up requiring their own front end.  I'm pretty sure I know why they did it and it's dumb.  Nonetheless, there are third party software packages that will get music onto the device.  The one I used is the first one that worked, and it's not very good.  But, I do have a lot of music on my device.
   I've found music I spend most of the day buried in headphones--zoned out on work.  I tend to walk around at work a fair bit.  The cube I live in and the lab that has the hardware are not next to one an other.  So I do spend some time walking the halls--again, stuck in headphones.  I bike to work--headphones on.
   Today I think I found an other reason to ware them.  I walked down to the corner store (some big corporate pharmacy) to get milk.  I do this fairly regularly and every time I get plugged with ads over the store intercom and asked at the checkout counter if I have and want some kind of store card.  They have to ask and I always have to say no.  But today I walked in and herd nothing but the level 1 music to Streets of Rage.  The person at checkout did move their mouth, but I didn't hear a word of what they said.  The store radio may have tried to accost me with advertisements, but I was completely unaware.  I like that a lot  Sure, it's rude to completely ignore someone talking to you when you are checking out.  But I find it rude to be bombarded with questions irrelevant to my purchase.

2 comments have been made.

From Talon the Wise


October 24, 2008 at 10:06 PM

just starting fires (need i say more) and missing the garage. how's is you wise old fool?

From Liz (


November 01, 2008 at 12:13 PM

my mother just got done telling me about her ex-boyfriend who works(well did) for the same company you work for now :P

October 19, 2008

Fantastic fall day



   This afternoon, Lady Jai, Amber, James and I all took a trip to the Pumpkin Patch in Caledonia, IL and Edwards Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove, IL.  It was a lot of fun to just walk around in the fall weather and do something festive.  I think everyone's highlight was having hot apple cider and hot apple pie at the apple orchard, which is where we are pictured.  It's the little things that make all the memories...