My iBook is about to be retired.
It's been glitchy and slow for a while now. None of the newer web browsers work on it. It's been driving me crazy, and my family--crazy, lovely people that they are--chipped in to give me the cash to buy a new laptop.
So I did. The thing is, while I am happy about the new Macbook, I am not as excited as I think I ought to be. Part of this is because I won't have time to really play with it and get things moved onto it until this weekend, but a lot of it is also that ... well, I love my iBook.
It was our first Mac, the Kool-Aide, if you will. It was the first piece of tech that I owned and got super-excited about. Yes, we got an iPod back when they were like small bricks and had buttons along the top (Scott still uses that one, actually), and I thought it was really neat ... but the iBook was mine
. And unlike my previous laptop, it worked the way it was supposed to. For the most part, aside from the issues of old age, it still does.
I love the keyboard and the way it feels. I love the size--I am, actually, not thrilled at the extra inch on the Macbook--and the squareness of it. I will be happy to be rid of the LCD and the letters that can rub off the keys, and with the Zweeble running around the magnetic power cord will ease my mind a lot, but ... I love this computer.
I have written a lot of stuff on it. Read a lot on it. I surfed the web on it with my tiny Zweeble lying on the couch next to me, two days after he came home from the hospital.
My dad is taking it, once I unload all my stuff from it. This is a nice, gentle retirement; my father wants to write some stuff, maybe load pictures on it. He's kind of excited about it. So I'm sending it to a good home, my little iBook, but still. I will miss it. It's been a really good little laptop.
All right. Enough misty sentimentality over a piece of equipment. Onto the meme!
Day 11 - Put your iPod on shuffle and write 10 songs that pop up
All right, here's the thing: I share this iPod with Scott and the Zweeble. It's the family iPod. I have a Nano that I planned to use as my personal iPod, only my music on it, but in the end it was just easier to make a playlist on the family iPod. Or, well, ten. :) (Really, while I'm giving my father the iBook, I ought to see if my mother wants the Nano.)
So this is not entirely indicative of my tastes. And as it is late, I'm just looking at titles and not listening to the songs. But here we go, anyway:
1. "Every Day Is Exactly the Same" - Nine Inch Nails, With Teeth
I love NIN. This isn't my favorite song, but it's not bad. And I am psyched that Trent Reznor won an Oscar.
2. "Clint Eastwood" - Gorillaz, Gorillaz
"Rhythm, you have it or you don't, that's a fallacy, I'm in them ..."
This is a great song. I have it on one of my "cheer Laura up" playlists because it makes me smile when I hear it.
"I'm useless, but not for long, the future is coming on ..."
3. "Spider In My Room" - Barenaked Ladies, Born on a Pirate Ship
Hm. I know I know this song, but when I try to remember it all I do is sing "Boris the Spider," which ain't it. I like quite a bit off this album, but apparently this song didn't stick in my mind. I'll have to listen to it tomorrow when I take the boy to school.
4. "Hey You" - No Doubt, Tragic Kingdom
Scott bought this album. I liked one or two songs off it; I like Return of Saturn
better, overall, and Rock Steady
is actually my favorite No Doubt album. I haven't really been into Gwen Stefani's solo career, but I remember seeing No Doubt on SNL ages ago and really digging this girl with hennaed hands fronting a band.
5. "The Abduction of Margaret" - The Decemberists, The Hazards of Love
I love this album. I love the ambition of it, and the depth and the sound of it. This is a song you really need in context; unlike "The Rake's Song" or some of the other ones, it doesn't stand alone well.
I remember sitting in dead-stopped traffic, the Zweeble asleep in the back seat, listening to this album.
6. "Flathead" - the Fratellis, Costello Music
No idea. Scott must have bought this. Something else to play tomorrow morning.
7. "Just You Wait" - Julie Andrews, My Fair Lady
One of the great spiteful, I-hate-you songs of musical theater. And Julie Andrews rocks. I like Audrey Hepburn, but dudes. Plus, apparently Audrey Hepburn sang but was still dubbed? I dunno, Hollywood has always been weird, I suppose.
8. "My Friends Tigger & Pooh Theme" - Playhouse Disney Musical Block Party
Totally the Zweeble. That Darby kid is a blasphemy. And why, exactly, did Tigger and Pooh need to be detectives? Not that they were particularly good
detectives ... I will say, however, that the episode where Piglet and Tigger switched bodies was pretty hilarious. Teeny Piglet bouncing around like a not was kinda fun.
9. "In a Big Country" - Big Country, The Best of Big Country
Much like "Solisbury Hill," this is a song that makes me feel like I'm in the opening montage of a movie whenever it plays.
10. "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" - Tori Amos, Strange Little Girls
I have heard the original, and let me tell you, Tori Amos creeps me out way, way more than Eminem. Then again, was he trying to be creepy? I don't know. All I know is, this song makes my skin crawl.
All righty. That's it for now. Bedtime. I was so exhausted today, and wound up napping, and I can only hope I haven't screwed up any possibility for sleeping tonight.( This awaits you, with long pointy teeth! )