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Pain Second Only the the Loss of a Loved One

Posted on 2008.12.05 at 12:00
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Burwell - Twilight (The Score)

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.)


hiro_antagonist at 2008-12-05 19:04 (UTC) (Link)
I've never read the book, but I went to see the movie with my kid sister and it was actually pretty good.
ehowton at 2008-12-05 19:26 (UTC) (Link)
A male's perspective. THANK YOU.
catttitude at 2008-12-05 19:11 (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps you should have some scooby and a monster.
ehowton at 2008-12-05 19:25 (UTC) (Link)
Alas, I'm out of both.
catttitude at 2008-12-05 19:41 (UTC) (Link)
You have a car, go buy some.
galinda822 at 2008-12-05 19:17 (UTC) (Link)
Well I certainly hope you enjoy the books. Especially after catttitude and my endorsement. I plan on seeing the movie sometime soon - even though the reviews are not impressive.

And I totally agree with you on Windows Media Player. I wanted to scream when I was teaching Mandruid how to get songs onto his Zune.

Hope you're enjoying your day off!
ehowton at 2008-12-05 19:27 (UTC) (Link)
I saw the Zune at Best Buy. Same price and capacity as a Nano, with a smaller screen. As if that weren't bad enough, you had to use Windows Media Player?

Your patience is now legendary.
dawaioser at 2008-12-05 19:46 (UTC) (Link)
I loved the books - well, the second and third really rocked my socks off. The last in the series I hated with a passion. I'm seeing the movie on Sunday with a gf. The spouse WILL NOT go and loathes this kind of thing. Their loss. I'm eating Junior Mints and having a field day - never mind.
texas_tangent at 2008-12-05 20:55 (UTC) (Link)
I plan on reading the books in the weeks to come. With the baby being so close to getting here I am going to have to do something to pass the time!

I do not know how you can read a book and listen to music. I have never been able to do it. I have always had to have literally complete silence. That is the reason why I always read at night when the kids are asleep. If I do not have silence I read lines of text over and over and over..

Could be the A.D.D. talking there.
ehowton at 2008-12-05 21:08 (UTC) (Link)
I can't do anything with music which has lyrics. So when I read or work, I listen to scores or classical, and to a lesser degree, other instrumentals. Reading the last Harry Potter was amazing while listening to the five soundtracks, and I read Stardust to the score as well, though admittedly it was a bit sweeping. The Carter Burwell score to Twilight is quite atmospheric, which helps. Also Debussy (and to a lesser degree, Chopin) is quite relaxing. Perfect accompaniment to a book without the distraction of lyrics.
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irulan_amy at 2008-12-06 18:24 (UTC) (Link)
I highly recommend Twilight as well. Tim's actually reading the first book now. She's a good storyteller.

This is why it pains me when I need to update my iPod. Windows and iTunes barely coexist. I have to plan on starting up iTunes and walking away. Forget about trying to start any other programs. My next laptop is going to be a Mac...
ehowton at 2008-12-06 18:33 (UTC) (Link)
Solid plan. Oh, and I finished Twilight last night while listening to the score ;) I plan on starting the second book sometime today.
dentin at 2008-12-09 17:27 (UTC) (Link)
I've had some really bad experiences with the 'copy from cd' function in windows as well. When windows rips audio tracks, it does an utterly craptastic job of it.

In particular, if it misses a track, skips, or can't ecc over some temporary glitch on the cd, it bails and chops out that chunk of the song. It also doesn't let you specify compression levels or compression type.

I exclusively rip on linux now using cdparanoia. Yeah, it takes a little longer (about an hour per cd, half an hour if the cd is in really good condition with low jitter), but it's a rare disk that I don't get a perfect read from. Some disks have taken over a day to recover; but I got every single bit and only had to do it once.

It's beyond me how any cd ripping program could possibly pull data off a disc and not at least integrity check and tell you when it fails.
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celtmanx at 2009-07-15 05:06 (UTC) (Link)
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ehowton at 2009-07-15 06:00 (UTC) (Link)
You're on a roll.
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