Yesterday's poem took a lot out of me emotionally. They're never easy to write, and that one took two days. Afterward, the imagery kept replaying over and over in my head, exhausting me. As there were no comments to respond to when I got home, I chose to do something completely different and read a book.
I'll be taking my wife to see Twilight over the holidays, and while not one male person has approached me and suggested I read the book, many of the female persuasion have. Unfortunately, I was put off just a little by glopup who read it fifteen times. I am not a young teenage girl. But both my wife and galinda822 read it and recommended it despite its target audience, as its purportedly entertaining enough, and I'd rather read the novel before I watched the movie.. So read I did, with my noise-canceling headphones & Nano at my side. Bliss.
For giggles, I downloaded the score to accompany on my journey, and that's where my whirlwind reach into the depths of a very real, and living hell begins. If I did not believe in the influence of Satan before today, I most certainly do now.
iTunes has no place running on Microsoft Windows. There were several albums that I could not get my Nano to properly update, and I only got the Twilight score completely moved over after FORTY-EIGHT ATTEMPTS. It would pull over tracks 1-3, 5-13, and 16-20, skipping tracks 4, 14 & 21. Every time. Pulling them over one at a time didn't work, nor did deleting then replacing them. Dragging and dropping simply didn't work. And the album art! Well, at approximately 72-seconds per track to update album art and write the ID3 tag (while dropping a few along the way), I was certain that this was proof my ailing 2.8GHz XP box was finally showing its age. AN HOUR AND A HALF LATER I got it all done (Select entire album, update album art - 18 minutes later only the first track has applied it, so choose tracks individually to apply album art, 72-seconds per track at a success rate of two in three during first attempt).
Now I know there is approximately .001% of the world population who purchases other devices than iPods, and no, I don't admire your uniqueness. In fact, I would've swallowed my own tongue by this point if I had to navigate Windows Media Player throughout all of this. That is not what this post is about.
Wanting to rip some classical music for the iPod as well while I read, I popped in Debussy, Chopin, and some of Beethoven's lighter works. Not surprisingly, my XP box decided it would read all CD's today except audio CD's. What a piece of shit. So, I plugged the Nano into my archaic 1st Gen Mac Mini and my jaw dropped. Everything responded in a timely manner and songs *actually* transferred to the device, not only quickly, but completely on the first attempt. I must admit, I was really impressed. And I wondered how many assholes on this planet think that iPods and/or iTunes for some reason suck because they're running them on an XP platform. It boggles the mind. How did I ever become this way? Why was I swayed by a faster processor when its obvious anything I do in Windows is going to do nothing but frustrate me into an angry post?
I decided to update some album art using the Mini. Again - blown away. Instead of 18 minutes to update a 15-track album, it took only about 18 seconds. Wow.
I used to think typical MacOS users were tree-hugging hippies who liked a thing because it was anti-establishment, or some other New Age horseshit.* Microsoft: Go to hell. Effective immediately I'm moving my iTunes database back to OSX.
* I read a paper once in the early 90s from a New Age group emploring those who were supportive of the movement to only listen to New Age music whether they thought it sucked or not, to show their solidarity. I will never listen to music that sucks for any reason, whatsoever. (Though I will apparently, still use XP on occasion. I hate myself.)