To iPod or to DS?

They say you should be careful what you ask for because you just might get it… Well, I got it… I have always said how much I love gift certificates… In my mind their the perfect gift… Now that christmas is over I have a few to go use but this year there is a catch… Many of the banks that offer gift certificates now start charging on the balance after a specified period of time and this year it seems I have six months to figure out what I’m going to do with them before the banks start charging…I’ve narrowed my interests down to two items so far… First is the Nintendo DS… I don’t really need a mobile gaming unit very bad, but at the moment with three of us and two PC’s, it would be nice to have a game to play while the PC’s are tied up… I played around with a DS in the store the other day and I must say it was very impressive… The graphics were fast and high quality, the unit was a good size, and the display was easy to read… While I like the fact that it will play the old Game Boy Advanced games I really don’t care for their quality and there aren’t many DS games in production yet…

One of the down sides is there aren’t many of the style of games I like to play for the DS… I’m really into adventure/action games and while Super Mario 64 DS is a very nice game and I’d love to play it, the Mario thing has just been overdone in my mind and there aren’t any other titles currently in production that are similar… This may change at some point in the future but at the moment I find it a serious limitation…

My second option is an iPod… I have a small MP3 player currently but it’s only designed to hold a very small amount of music and has a short battery life… When I first got it I wasn’t sure I’d use an MP3 player that much but now between eMusic and registering WinAmp so I can burn and copy CD’s to the PC I’ve decided I’d like to take the next step and get a high capacity digital jukebox… The leader in the market appears to be Apple with their iPod… It appears to be a very well rounded unit with a good following which is important when it comes to accessories…

They also have a new unit coming out later this month which falls more into my price range I’m considering called the iPod Shuffle… While this doesn’t have nearly the capacity or features of it’s bigger brother, many of the accessories I’m interested in are already in production and available… It also has the ability to double as a memory stick which, working with computers as much as I do could come in handy…

It is my goal to eventually be able to take my music with me from car to office to home in one compact tool… It is possible that the iPod Shuffle could help with this…

My mind isn’t made up yet and the iPod Shuffle doesn’t hit stores till later this month so there is no rush… Which ever way I go I’ll report back here with a review of the product I end up purchasing…

Random Acts of Manure

Interesting thing happened to me on the way home last week…

To better understand this article you need to understand what my daily commute is like… I drive 45 minutes each way to and from work… It's a long drive and my work is at the base of the mountains so it's a very pretty drive too… I'm also the type of person who can't just leave work at work… Often on my drive my mind is multitasking on work problems or private projects… Many of my better ideas have come to me while I was driving down the road with the stereo cranked up as loud as I can handle it…

So there I was, one evening last week, driving down the road with my mind focused on other issues… Traffic wasn't busy at all… In fact when the event (oh the humanity of the situation) occurred, there weren't any cars to be seen either in front of me or behind me… I was startled from my thoughts by a loud thump on my windshield… The most inexplicable item in the list of items that could attach themselves to your windshield was just inches from my nose…

A fist sized glob of manure had fallen from the sky and splattered on my windshield… To think, when I got in the car to drive home I thought it was going to be just another drive home… Nope this day I had the attention of the powers that be and they were feeling mischievous… It is going to be a good year to be sure…

Say cheese!

It’s that time of the year… Family picture time… We had a special request do get it done early this year… This is for a present for Lori’s grandfather as a gift… He’s turning 90 this year…

It was allot of fun doing this with the timer on the digital camera… Even Millie (the dog) managed to behave long enough to get a good picture… If I get the time I plan to touch it up in a photo editor before sending it off…

Grateful Bread?!

Some times strange things just happen… Turns out this was one of those weeks…

I was helping Lori get Quinns lunch together this weekend and the task at hand was a peanut butter and jelly sandwitch… As you may know, sometimes the jar/bottle has just enough in it that you can’t quite throw it away… This being one of those days, there was so little jelly in the jar that you couldn’t even scrape it out with a knife… Instead I held the jar upside down and shook…

You can imagine my surprise when I was done… I had put the jar down and went to get a new jar… When I came back I stopped in my tracks and called Lori over, “Honey, do you see what I see?”… As she looked at the plate she started laughing, “A gummy bear!”…

I just had to get the camera and share…