I’m a month into my Seattle Sabbatical, and in service to my goal of having no unblogged thoughts, I’d like to share some observations and experiences of my stay here thus far.
First of all, dislocation from one’s home and routine is
lonesome at times. My hosts in
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The big surprise to me about my video iPod, however, is the video part. I got it for music and also for backup and sharing of my photographs, but I couldn't really imagine watching much on it. I have not watched a television screen since I’ve been here, and I don’t miss it a bit. I don’t buy music on iTunes, and I’m even less likely to buy old episodes of Friends there (the Simpsons, on the other hand, might tempt me). But I can imagine ripping a DVD and being able to watch it on a plane, and I’ve made my own iMovies from vacation trips.
My first discovery was that the iPod wouldn’t play the output of iMovie. Duh. Thanks Apple-of-the-plug-and-play idiom. But I stumbled onto iSquint, a freeware application that converts it, so I have my very own iMovie on my iPod. It is surprising how much of the feel comes through on the 320x240 pixel screen (and the sound is iPod-terrific of course). It made me an instant believer in the video iPod business model. And now, I can impose my home videos on perfect strangers!
The other purchase I will make, as soon as my friend Wes-the-bicycle-expert
signs off on my choice, is a bicycle (waiting with bated breath at my keyboard, Wes!). In