A little insider information: I hate Monday’s update. I had “stereotypes are true” written in my notebook, and it felt like a solid premise; I got a good feeling when I read it. But I booted the whole thing. I wrote it too quickly, and didn’t do a very good job: a missed opportunity.
So, I frantically replaced it at the top of the page with that sack o’ beer (or is it piss?) picture. And now I’ll drive it further down with another quickie update that I’ll probably also hate. Ahhh… the circle of life.
In a couple of months I might give the stereotype theme another shot, and devote more than an hour to it. Would that be OK with y’all? Thank you.
I told you guys that my beloved first generation iPod nano is dying, right? It’s been a loyal partner for many years, but my old friend is on life support and will only hold a charge for about 20 minutes.
I called a shop near here — a place where they’re supposedly experts on Apple gear — and asked if they could replace the battery. The neck-beard gamer who answered said it’s possible to do, but not easy. In the end, he convinced me it wouldn’t make sense. That I’d spend more to have it repaired than it would cost to buy a new one.
So, I was prepared to purchase a new nano for $150. I almost pulled the trigger on it last week, and got cold feet. I hate spending money… it’s so hard to come by.
And over the weekend the younger youngling was cleaning his room, and found an old iPod he no longer uses, or even remembered he owned. It’s an 8 gig nano, in perfect condition. He announced he was going to take it to Game Stop and sell it.
“They won’t give you anything for it,” I told him.
“Maybe they will,” he shrugged.
“Tell you what, call over there and ask what they’ll pay, and I’ll double it.” I wanted that iPod. It would be a perfect podcast delivery device for work. My offer sounded semi-audacious, but I knew it wasn’t much of a gamble. Game Stop pays nothing.
And later that day… I doubled their price and bought it from him for $26. And both of us were happy with the transaction. Of course, it was the second time I bought the exact same iPod. I’m certain we gave it to him as a birthday present a few years ago.
But it’s fantastic. My ancient one only had 2 gigs of space, and this one has 8. It feels huge and luxurious. The last two nights at work I used it for roughly 8 hours each, and the battery wasn’t even half-depleted. Hell yeah. I’m back in business, for less than 30 bucks.
More insider info: below is the uptime percentages for this website, over the past 30 days. I’m liking my new hosting company so far. But… that’s the way it always begins. We’ll see what I’m saying in a year.
I don’t really understand how this is possible, but it feels like I watch Pawn Stars all the time. I watch almost no TV, yet it seems like I see Pawn Stars a lot, and also Property Brothers and House Hunters. Is it being pumped into my brain via rogue WiFi?
And you know what bugs me about those Pawn bastards? Well, there’s a whole list of things… But the one I’m fixated on right now? It’s when they explain stuff to us, which anyone with an IQ above 75 already knows.
Like: “America entered World War II at the end of 1941, after Japan attacked the U.S. naval fleet at Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii.” Seriously?
Or: “Babe Ruth was one of the most famous baseball players of all time, and hit an amazing 714 home runs during his career.” Ahh! Now it makes sense!
Those guys can go fuck themselves. I don’t like to be talked-down to, especially by that shitpouch Cory. Ya know? That fat douche couldn’t find it with both hands, and he’s trying to be my mentor? Blow me.
In December I subscribed to Wired magazine: one year for $4.99. While paying up, a message appeared that asked if I’d like to add a second year for $3.00 more. So, I went for it. Now I’ll receive 24 issues for $7.99. Crazy.
Three or four years ago I got a wild hair, and subscribed to four or five magazines on the same day. Wired was the only one I actually read. The others — including Rolling Stone and Esquire — were often not even opened. Wired, as it turns out, is pretty good.
Unfortunately, they sent me the three most recent issues, all at the same time. I don’t care for that… I’m already overwhelmed. But whatever.
For a Question I’d like to offer you the opportunity to vent about stupid-ass cable programs. Anything rubbing you the wrong way? We’ll need to know about it. Also, please tell us what magazines you subscribe to, in 2014. They’re dying quickly, but do you still receive any? And do you actually read them? Tell us all about it in the comments section.
And I’ll see you guys again soon.
Have a great day!