iPod Love

Yesterday Steve and I searched the entire South of England for the old style, shiny iPod Nano. I have been thinking about getting one for ages to replace my old mp3 player, which no longer has a working screen (probably because I just shove it in my sports bra when I’m running and I don’t think it was actually designed for those conditions).

iPods have groovy armband holders to keep them away from the heat and sweat of your body, and I really wanted the original shiny one because the new “remastered” version (apple’s words, not mine), has a metallic finish that feels funny.

Well, every shop we went to had no more in stock… I had almost given up when we found a Comet that had one left. It was the display model, but it was in a locked case and still wrapped up so I bought it. Full of joy for my new ipod, I took it home only to find that it didn’t work. It wouldn’t turn on, wouldn’t reset, wouldn’t power on from the computer or the mains adapter…

I left it on charge overnight, but still nothing. Finally, after reading the entire apple support pages, and lots of worrying comments like those found here, I took it back to Comet today and they swapped it over for a new-style metallic silver one.

Me and the ipod went out for a run this afternoon (as I am definitely doing the Great South Run next year, and with a year’s training I will be superfast).

I thought I was going to collapse after a crappy 1.82 miles, and it was cold, and my ears hurt, but ipod handled it wonderfully in it’s little green carry-case. What a relief :-)

In Game Graphics

I was playing Prey this evening on Xbox 360. It’s a great game, rated 18, but similar to Halo in playability. Suddenly I came across something rather peculiar on the floor of the level I was on, and I took a picture of it, so you could see it too. Incidently, just before I took this, a mutated man jumped out of that thing and tried to kill me.

Hmm.

Pelican Eats Pigeon

10. No really, it did.

This was on the BBC news website today. The RSPB man said “Their diet should be stricly fish”, but I guess the pelican was bored with his usual menu and decided a dry, feathery, pecker would be a much nicer dinner instead.

This reminded me of something I saw ages ago about an alligator, so for your reading pleasure today I’ve made my top 10 list of I’ve Got Eyes Bigger Than My Belly And I Don’t Care stories. With the Pelican the latest entry at number 10, feast your eyes on this lot.

9. Teacher’s plan to feed pups to snake
OK, not really an actual eating, but the photo montage is particularly effective, with the cute, scared-looking, big eyed puppy in a cage.

8. Frog eats bat, no wait… bat eats frog!
I guess that’s what happens to rock-climbing frogs and bats that like a quick dip in the pond.

7. Praying mantis eats hummingbird
Yuk. And to think I saved a mantis in Australia once. If I’d have known I was handling a bird-killer I would have done more than put it in a seethrough plastic bag to take it outside.

6. Python eats electric blanket
Shocking. I’m guessing it was switched on at the time – the snake must’ve thought it had hit the jackpot while it was swallowing the warm, fluffly blanket. “Yum yum, ah just love this snack someone’s left lying on the bed here…”

5. Python eats alligator and explodes
A bad ending for all involved really.

4. Snake eats person
Eugh. I’m not sure what’s worse – the possibility that the photos are real, or the possibility that a man actually crawled that far into a dead python in order to fake it.

3. Python eats pregnant sheep
OK, lets face it, pythons just eat everything. If I’d known this back in 2000, I wouldn’t have climbed into that bush to take a picture of one that was resting there (”python eats stupid tourist, and camera“). And while we’re on the subject I also wouldn’t have gone snorkelling in that rock pool back in 1997 that contained the lion fish (”stupid tourist dies while swimming with lion fish“), not to mention regretting the time I got out of the safari truck to look at the crocodiles sunbathing on the river bank (”stupid tourist vanishes while on safari“), or the time I sauntered past a baboon because he was just sitting on the narrow path in front of me (”tourist loses leg to hungry monkey“). Now that I am older, and aware of how dangerous these things are, I go to Cornwall on holiday.

2. Shark eats granny
Oh I know – it’s not funny. But you’ve got to love the evocative journalism: “Her red swimming cap floating on the swell was all that was left.”

1. Heron eats rabbit
No no no no, oh god no! Look at that cute little bunny – what was the heron thinking??

And finally, only because it highlights how pathetic we are in comparison to the brutal yet entertaining world of nature:

Man eats 13 cockroaches to win iPod

Sigh. Aren’t you just proud to be human?

5 Minute Catch Up #5

Motivated by my amazing friend Belinda who was visiting at the weekend, I’ve spent nearly all this evening working on the draft website spec and copy text to send over to my designer (my designer – I like how that sounds. Of course, he’s not really mine, he works at a company I approached to do the design, but he’s still mine in the sense that it’s my baby he’s helping me create – it’s so exciting!). I’ve gotten a reasonable chunk done this evening, so that’s pretty good.

I’m trying to think of something else exciting, funny or weird (or all three) to tell you about, but apart from work-work and home-work I can’t think of anything else at all that’s happened today, except for the amusing email I got from my old boss explaining how he and his friend long-distance fired several whole potatoes over the valley he lives above with the aid of some plastic tubing and BBQ fuel.

Now that’s what I call home entertainment.

Great South Run 2006

Yesterday was the day we’d all been waiting for (well, except me – I’ve postponed to next year because I knew I wouldn’t beat my 2004 time because I didn’t train hard enough). Pictures below of before the race, as afterwards my fingers were too cold to operate the camera…

The Great South Run took place in awful weather – it rained non-stop for the entire race, and the four of us returned home at the end cold, wet, stiff, and exhausted (and all I did was watch!). We had a great day, and despite the weather and the distance – we’re all doing it again next year, woo hoo!!

great south run

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