February 9th, 2006

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A frenzy of ripping and copying

Woke up this morning and decided that instead of surfing the Net I would use my hour in the pressure cuffs to rip some more CDs; thus I added Devo, Jason & The Scorchers, and Republica to the eclectic mix of stuff on the Carbon after adding the B-52s, Adam Ant and some Blondie before nodding off last night. The process of copying music into the Carbon from Cowzilla is almost insultingly simple, though I find that for actually ripping music Windows Media Player has a better interface. Well, whatever works. I also note that while the pocket guide says you can't play music from the Carbon through your computer, this isn't quite accurate. When I plug the Carbon into my workstation at the Evil Banking Neighbor (using my Palm's sync cable - all hail the USB interface!) I can see all the music files on it (sorted into folders by album) quite clearly, and WMP 7.0 seems quite capable of reading the files. It would be a pain in the butt to listen by folder, though, and the network doesn't seem inclined to let me install WMP 9.0 so I can just copy all the music into one big shuffle-friendly My Music folder, so I'll just plug the headphones into the Carbon and listen to it that way.
  • Current Music
    Devo - Mongoloid
wombat

Unintended benefits of exercise

Not having brought anything to read during lunch, and not needing to make up any time (for once) I spent half my lunch meandering over to Borders in Block E to glance over their manga section (which has become truly huge) and see if there was anything interesting in the SF section. It wasn't until I was on my way out that I spotted trade paperbacks of Charles Stross' The Atrocity Archives and Toast, the latter being a short-story collection with a funny foreward featuring an imaginary conversation with H.G. Wells. I asked them to hold that for me until tomorow, and I'll probably be a spendthrift moron and get The Atrocity Archives as well. Even if the Stateside publisher makes Bob Howard look like Gordon Freeman, it'll be worth having.

Aside from that and experiencing the joys of the Carbon, it's been a pretty average day around here. There's been enough work to keep me busy most of the time, and I'm feeling better than I was last night. So I may goof around, assemble some playlists using the Rio software, and get plenty of sleep tonight, since tomorrow is going to be a long and busy day.

Looks like I may be in luck as far as wheels go - even if Carlos needs Mom's car, Alamo and Budget have Impalas for ~$20/day, which about as good as it gets. Those are pretty good cars, considering that they're cranked out by GM.
  • Current Music
    Devo - Gates Of Steel