Well, it's official. I'm going to DC for the 9/12 project. There's a slight hitch in the git-up though. I had signed up to room with three other guys to keep the costs as nominal as possible, but everyone else is just wanting a single roommate so I have to pony up more cash.
We will be traveling to DC via bus. Yes, I'm not looking forward to it. Limited computational time due to no A/C to recharge the battery and no wireless access. On the flip side, it will give me time to catch up on some reading.
While I love my iPod Shuffle, I want to carry more music with me than the shuffle will allow. This isn't about wanting to listen to more music, this is about having more music with me that isn't on a laptop. To that end, I am highly considering a purple nano. Rumor has it
that there may be new iPods announced September 7th which should bring the price of the current gen way down. The problem there is that it's too close to leave date for DC and therefore would require overnight shipping which may not get the goods to me fast enough. I can get a refurbed 8 GB for $99 off of Apple's site atm, but the money is in the wrong place. Perhaps I'll pick up some unexpected overtime between now and then and this purchase will make more sense in time.
Because of the trip to DC, I'm considering canceling Sidewalk
this year. At this point, I haven't talked to my Aunt and Uncle in the 'ham where I have stayed years past. Furthermore, going to DC and loosing a weekend of overtime is bad enough, but twice in a month? That's just unacceptable.
It's a shame too. I naively tweeted Kevin Spacey about our fair festival and I purchased m0bil30n3 specifically with Sidewalk in mind. Last year the festival itself was a drag. I spent the entire time at panels discussing film instead of watching film. I'm not really expecting anything better this year.
I do, however, need to purchase a camera between now and then. I still want a Nikon DSLR, but it's looking like I'm going to have to settle for a coolpix. I'm not happy about this either, but the good news is that the coolpix will be more than sufficient for taking snapshots which is the point. I think I'm going to have to make a decision between the camera and the iPod. The right decision would be to not spend money on the iPod because I already have one and this point, long distance traveling like the DC trip is the exception and not the rule.
The new shuffles would do me just fine except for the fact that I can't use my Bose® In-Ear headphones. And navigating through the amount of music I want to put on the thing would be impractical without a display. So despite the new shuffles being at the right price-point, Apple fucked themselves out of a sale. In short, I want a nano for all the reasons that ehowton listed
. *le sigh*
The right thing to do is buy the portable, over-priced snapshot machine and sell it when I have the cash next year to get the camera I want.
In other news, I plan on spamming the web with several film reviews this weekend along with other writing projects despited a packed weekend. Stay tuned.