Sunday, May 31, 2009

I SUCK AT NEGOTIATING

So, this month, since my cell phone service is ending anyway, I thought I'd play hardball with Qwest like they said to do on Lifehacker in order to get a better deal, hint that I might have to drop something due to the bad economy and all that, but maybe with a good deal on faster DSL I'd spend less on the celly, since I don't use it that much. Well, Qwest's answer was pretty much "Do whatever you gotta do, we don't care". Apparently I have to get fiber internet to get faster DSL, which means dropping my beloved ISP Iphouse, which has always been awesome to me. I call a local number and get someone right away, how do you beat that? Plus, Qwest uses msn.com as an ISP. Imagine the horrors that could entail!

I called Iphouse, and they confirmed that my DSL never gets to the top speeds advertised because my condo is located in what is technically known as the "sucky" part of the DSL line, and that they indeed don't have fiber internet yet. See how great they are? So, my plans to get faster DSL is on hold until I see how this fiber Internet thing shakes out. Maybe Iphouse will offer it eventually, and Consumer Reports* says that Verizon and AT & T are offering it in some areas (not here of course), so in theory a consumer-friendly price war could ensue. With my luck, though, the condo association won't allow it (I think there has to be a box outside the building or something. Anyone know?)

*Save a bundle. Consumer Reports. February 2009;74(2):22-25. See your friendly local librarian for more information.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

AUDIO SET UP UPDATE

I'm sure you all were waiting with bated breath to find out how I dealt with my previously-mentioned audio woes, so here's the scoop:

My turntable just needed a new belt drive (one of those big rubber bands that runs the machine), which the kind folks at the Needle Doctor replaced for $10 and didn't even charge me for labor. So I plugged it into my new receiver and it worked, but the sound was rather tinny. So I went back to the Needle Doctor and got a pre-amp. This has the added advantage of plugging directly into my computer if need be. So, I can get back to the digitizing of my 300 records, and I don't have to buy one of those USB turntables which would cost twice as much. Yay Needle Doctor! Please give them your analog audio business!



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Monday, May 11, 2009

IPOD SHUFFLE PLAYLIST




Once again I succumb to the lure of an Internet meme:


(1) Turn on your MP3 player or iTunes. (2) Go to SHUFFLE songs mode. (3) Write down the first 25 songs that come up--song title and artist--NO editing/cheating, please. (or shuffle CD’s or *gasp* LP's, close your eyes and pick your songs)

If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about your musical tastes, or at least a random sampling thereof. I am especially interested in any guilty pleasures revealed, or weird random song cycles that actually work!


Here's mine. You have to love a list that has Boredoms and You Spin Me Round on it.

1. Love Vigilantes--New Order
2. Bore Now Bore--Boredoms
3. Lonely Planet Boy--New York Dolls
4. Our Secret--Beat Happening
5. Sleeping Giant--Mastodon
6. He's a Whore--Cheap Trick
7. Pass The Flashlight--The Soviettes
8. Man With Golden Helmet--Radio Birdman
9. We Need More--New Bomb Turks
10. I'll Be Good To You--The Brothers Johnson
11. Panther Dash--The Go! Team
12. Noise--Beat Happening
13. Tone Burst--Stereolab
14. Symptom Finger--The Faint
15. Rainy Days Revisited--The Hellacopters
16. Mengao 2000--Furac√£o 2000
17. Piya Re Piya Re--Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
18. A Little Bit Of Shhh--Lady Sovereign
19. Girl From '62--Thee Headcoats
20. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)--Dead Or Alive
21. Ballad Of Extreme Hate--Halo Of Flies
22. Summertime Killer--Luis E. Bacalov
23. Into The Void--Black Sabbath
24. Chain That Door (Album)--Mudhoney
25. Some Candy Talking--The Jesus & Mary Chain

Total songs on my iPod: 5962

Bands that were amazingly not on this list:

Elvis Costello=170 tracks
Guided By Voices=195 tracks
The Melvins=78 tracks
Buzzcocks=83 tracks
The Wedding Present=94 tracks
Pavement=64 tracks
Sleater-Kinney=72 tracks

If you haven't already seen this on Facebook, consider yourself tagged.



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