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iPod: iFriend or iFoe?
August 09, 2005

Portable Digital Music has evolved quite a bit over the years to the point where you can play your MP3s on your PDA and even your Mobile [phone], but most have a specific device for this. I have had a few specifc devices myself but never really fell in love with any of them. Recently (within the last two months), my girlfriend and I had been going back forth over the iPod- her for, I against. My arguement was that you already carry a PDA and a cell phone, why should you carry something else as well especially when you could just get an SD card to hold your MP3s on the Cell/PDA? I mean, when are you going to need 20 gigs of music anyways?

Then, like most "new" devices I broke down and bought one for our trip to Cleveland. I got a great deal $250 for the 20 gig iPod with an iTrip (FM Transmitter) and Car Charger - Not too shabby. This doesn't happen very often, but I admit, I was wrong about the iPod.

The selector wheel is "fun" and an innovative way to select playlists and songs. The iPod even has fun games like breakout and a fun Music Trivia with your songs - Great for airplane rides. The FM Transmitter works great going from the car to the stereo in my cube. The one drawback to the iPod I have found now is the size limit of yes the 20 gigs. I wish I had purchased the 30, 40, or even the 60 gig model. I have barely started ripping my CDs and I am already at 13 gig and that does not include any new music I buy.

So, now the only problem is stopping myself from buying addons and downloading too many songs from iTunes. Overall, I would say the iPod is a good addition for any gadget person and even for those that are not.

Cruising to the Looney Bin

June 27, 2005

I, like most people my age, have enjoyed Tom Cruise movies while we were growing up all the way through college with the classic "Closer" Top Gun or hearing the roar of Days of Thunder. These days, however, Tom seems to be on some Scientology agenda. I must admit that I truly do not know a lot about $cientology, but the things that I am learning are a little frightening. 

"Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion"
L. Ron Hubbard founder of Scientology

Have you seen the clip of Cruise on the Today Show? It is crazy. First he "brainwashes" Katie Holmes and now he is going after the staggering number of Americans on Prescription Anti-Psycotics. While I agree that a vast number of Americans are on these drugs when they shouldn't, I also see a place for them. As you watch this clip, you will see what I mean about Tom's agenda. Let Matt talk for goodness sake!

I am by no means saying that I am going to stop watching Cruise's movies, but I think that I may take a step back and wait until they come out on video.