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July 02, 2005

Triumvirate of Coolness

I have, after many years of careful, methodical plotting and scheming, achieved the triumvirate of coolness. I possess, with great pride and geekness, a Tivo, a Roomba, and, as of yesterday, an iPod. Possession of these gadgets by themselves is a geeky achievement, but to have all three in the same room creates a Zen Zone, an insular cocoon of technological gooey goodness.

Other stuff I'm geeking out to:

I bought an older iMac in order to play with OS X, which I'm using to type this very entry. I must say I'm very impressed. Linux is nice and Open Source, but it still requires too much effort to run on the desktop. OS X *just works* and is still NOT Microsoft. Kudos, Steves.

I watched an *ahem* early DVD release of Episode III in order to fulfill my pledge to never give another dollar to The Bastard George Lucas, who, with Episodes I and II of Star Wars, mangled my generation's religion and Source of All Meaning into mind-numbing sci-fi twiddle. I have to admit--to my pleasant astonishment--that I liked it. The Bastard actually produced an enjoyable, Star-Wars-esque movie without the maddeningly expositional, purposeless tangents (pod race, Jar-Jar, everything young Anakin says, etc.).

The magic movie marketers Netflix have supplied a non-stop stream of movies I have to recommend. First, Appleseed. Coolest anime since Ghost in the Shell and Akira. Stunning CG backgrounds with cel character animation. Astounding. The Returner, essentially a live-action Cowboy Bebop, was a cool Japanese sci-fi. If you like blood and violence, John Woo's Hardboiled and A Better Tomorrow (the superior film) fit the bill. Netflix is essential for the breadth of their DVD selection.

By the way, the iPod, with the FM transmitter attachment thingy, will play on the stereo across the room as well as the car radio. Oh my god. Can it be any cooler?

Posted by tat at July 2, 2005 09:32 PM

Oh wise sage... guru of computerland. I have about $2100.00 to get a nice laptop or a new desktop. I realize that I would need to talk to you, and I am wonderig if you have time to help me. If not, can you reccomend a chain to help me pick what is rigt for me?

Posted by: Paula at July 3, 2005 12:29 AM

Starbucks. Minivan. Roomba. iPod. Dell laptop. Pottery Barn. Gamecube. Beetle. Tivo.

Surely you must qualify for a yuppie-boomer-consumer honorary member card...

Please let us know when you get a camera phone, a juicer, a Showtime rotisserie, an SUV, an espresso machine, a Nordictrack, a bucket of Oxyclean, a Sony Aibo, a massaging recliner, an Ionic Breeze, a Soniclean toothbrush, shoes with lights in them, anything from Tommy Hilfiger and the complete Jerry Bruckheimer movie collection on Blu-Ray disc...

Posted by: ToddDrevers at July 7, 2005 11:03 AM



an iPod,

is just an iPod...


Posted by: hareball at July 10, 2005 03:01 AM



Automatic disqualification for owning an SUV.

Double disqualification for owning a "crossover" type SUV.

Triple disqualification for owning said "crossover" SUV and not having any kids.

A $30 cigar still cost $30, Dr Freud.

Posted by: ToddDrevers at July 10, 2005 12:16 PM

I think there is something to be said for trying to get away from the bombardment of commercials in our society. Both the Tivo and the iPod help us work toward that goal especially since Molly. These products also help us select the type of music and tv programs that we want Molly to be influenced by. There is also something to be said for good design. To find a product that is aesthetically pleasing along with funtionality constitutes quality which can be hard to come by.

Posted by: Denise at July 11, 2005 08:25 AM

I'll agree with that. I'm only pokin' fun. I know where your guys' sensibilities lie.

Posted by: ToddDrevers at July 11, 2005 08:59 AM

Okay guys, join Nik and myself in the land of Sirius Satellite Radio and we shall all walk the walk of the yuppy together....

I LOVE my iPod, my iMac and my SUV. :) Oh, and I DO have a Dyson vacuum cleaner! :)

Except, we are still DINKs...

Posted by: Deb Taranik at July 15, 2005 01:11 PM