A boring week…

…to say the least.
I just felt like I did nothing productive the last half of this week.
It got my mojo completely messed up, I hate not having my “regular schedule.” It’s not so much the schedule though that bothers me, it’s that I psyche myself up for work, ready to go get after whatever the day will bring. Then I do nothing. Drives me nuts!
I’ve been off all weekend too for the same reason, I think I got it back a little bit today but tomorrow is a new day, I just hope it sticks.

I’m working on rebuilding my main desktop downstairs right now, just backing up everything and double checking that I’ve got it all. Then comes the wonderful task of setting everything back up, iTunes playlists and junk, Quicken files, bookmarks, and the 300GB of data that I have to move around, that takes forever to move around via USB.
I really need to clean out my data, consolidate my hard drives and organize myself better. At least for data recovery efforts.
I’d better get back to backing up.

Only 1 star, does that make me unpatriotic?

I’m sitting down in the basement tonight, jamming, surfing, basically just messing around and wasting the only free night I’ll likely have this week.

Last week Amazon gave away a bunch of patriotic music for Veteran’s Day, I just got around to listening to it, I just gave The Star Spangled Banner 1 star and then when Come on Eileen by Save Ferris came I gave it 2…Does that make me a terrorist? Or at least a little be unpatriotic? I don’t think so, here’s why: I use stars to build my playlists, 1 star is something that will never show up on my random lists of music. Either because I don’t like it or I don’t want to hear it necessarily while I’m driving or at work. Thus, I am not a terrorist.

This week is going to be extremely busy at work and there’s still tons to do at The Green. I’ve got about 35 hours of work to do between now and Friday afternoon. I think I’m going to book it through the next two days and see if i can slack a bit later in the week and still get it all done, if not I’ll stay late on Thursday too probably.

I’ve got an eye doctor and dentist appointment tomorrow so that’ll take a little time away from work but I need to go to both desperately.

iTunes Plus: Everything you need to know – Crave at CNET UK

Don’t think that just because of the new iTunes DRM-Free thing that you can share and distribute your songs all over the Internet to anyone you please:

Be warned: your account information is stored in every file

Although iTunes Plus files feature no copy protection, files downloaded still contain the email address you have registered with iTunes. So although files can physically be shared with, and played by, friends and family, any of your purchases that end up on file-sharing networks, for example, can be traced back to you.

via iTunes Plus: Everything you need to know – Crave at CNET UK.

I don’t particularly care to share my music all over the world, I just want to be able to share it all over my world, all my devices anytime I want.

Apple cuts iTunes pricing, DRM

Apple is cutting the price of some songs in its market-leading iTunes online music store to 69 cents and plans to begin selling all tracks without copy protection.

via Apple cuts iTunes pricing, eases copy protection – Tech and gadgets- msnbc.com.

I checked out my songs today, only about 70 or so of them are available with DRM right now. I’m excited to see what music becomes cheap and what music goes for $1.29, hopefully it won’t be stuff that I would want to buy.

As far as the DRM stuff goes, I would love to have DRM-free music but I also have totally bought into the iTunes service, complete with a car stereo that directly connects to my iPod (one of 3) and so on. But in the end I do believe that DRM is bad for music and should be stripped. I’ve been burned by the authorization issues with iTunes before and would be happy to see them disappear.

AppleInsider | Rumor: Apple’s iTunes going DRM-free

AppleInsider | Rumor: Apple’s iTunes going DRM-free starting Tuesday [u]

Apple is believed to be on the verge of an end-of-year push that would start by finally offering unprotected iTunes Store music from all major labels…

Yeah, I could be pretty excited about this except for the fact that it may not be retroactive and I’ve bought over 1,000 songs over the last 4 years. Is that a lot????

CNET says:

No, none of the deals is final as of Monday afternoon and one source told me it’s unlikely Apple will have anything to announce regarding DRM-free music from the top labels before the end of the year.

So alas I will wait until I know something more but if this is true, it’s pretty exciting. DRM is bad and seems to usually hurt people who aren’t doing anything wrong just not within the narrow rights they are given.

Apple mulls unlimited music bundle – FT.com

Apple mulls unlimited music bundleBy Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in London

Apple is in discussions with the big music companies about a radical new business model that would give customers free access to its entire iTunes music library in exchange for paying a premium for its iPod and iPhone devices.

This is pretty exciting for me. I would love to have a premium price put on the device or perhaps and addon cost that would allow X songs per month for download or even an unlimited plan. I’m ok with the DRM on iTunes, I have several iPods and nothing else so it really doesn’t even come to be an issue.

What I’d really like to see with this is an iPod priced at say $200-$250 and then an additional cost of $100 per year for 20 downloads per month (240 songs for $0.42/ea.). This would not only make it much cheaper per song, but if all unused songs are forfeited at the end of each month (you can’t carry them over each month) then potentially the profitability of the songs would rise both for Apple and the record companies.

I’m looking forward to seeing this program come to light, I’d imagine it’ll be announced later in the summer, probably at or around WWDC when the Beatles will also be released on iTunes. Two predictions in the same sentence! Yeah!

We’ll see when Jobs wants us to see, I guess.

The tube is off!

After the game tonight I left my grandparents’ house and headed home as usual. I needed to stop off to get some bleach and laundry soap at Meijer, because it was on sale and I hate going to Walmart on any evening. Nothing unusual yet.

I put my headphones on and turned up the iPhone and headed into the store. A little podcast listening while I walked the store was amazing! I didn’t hear the annoying overhead loud speaker asking so-and-so to call such-and-such. Just my podcasts and a little music. I headed up to check out and took out the earbuds long enough to pay. No one said anything and I didn’t notice any weird looks really.  After I paid, I drove home to the sounds of the new Starbucks Free iTunes songs. Not bad really.

Once I got home and had everything put away, I cleaned the bathtub quickly with my newly purchased Comet. A little bleach in the toilet and a quick scrub finished off the chores for the evening.

Now it was “my time.” I could do what I normally do and turn on the TV and just sit here numb and watch whatever the Tivo caught over the last few hours or I could do what I’ve been really meaning to do and start reading again. Books. Not blogs, not weird websites, not Wikipedia. Books. With pages. I went through my bookshelf the other day and moved all the books I own but haven’t read to one side of one shelf. There are about 12 that need to be taken care of. Some fiction, mostly non-fiction. I also realized that I ordered 3 books last week that were going to have to be read. I find that I keep buying books and never read them. Gotta change that, I’m going to start reading again. Books. Tonight I read about 50 pages in a book I’ve been working on for months about the origins of Freemasonry. Its dry admittedly, but I started it, made it 100 pages in and now I am going to finish it. I’ll probably try to alternate between fiction and non-fiction, much like I do with Netflix, a documentary, an Office disc, then some random movie, and back around again.

Changing my choices like that keeps it fresh for me. Sometimes I can be analytical considering the consequences of the actual decisions of others, and other times I can let my imagination run wild, thinking of what the characters and scenes actually look like and hearing them saying their lines.

As usual I’m changing things in life for the sake of change mostly. But honestly I haven’t even wanted to turn the TV on tonight and it’s been kind of nice just sitting here in the quiet calm of the late fall evening, just me and my thoughts. Peace, of the mind and of the world, is greatly under appreciated.