Thursday, September 18, 2008

the story of my second ipod

This is story is a little boring, honestly.

As promised, Apple released its new ipods, and after returning my old version due to the faulty rewind, I prepared to enter the 21st century.

After much weighing of classic vs. nano pros and cons, I finally realized that I don't have 120G worth of music in the first place, nor was I going to crack out an ipod classic to watch a movie in my hand when I have a perfectly good television. So I finally decided to get an ipod nano. Instead of green, I bucked tradition and got purple. I am a rebel.

It just came last night. The color is great, and it's really light. It's like holding a cracker. I think what won me over at first was the ability to play a game that only required me to tilt it around in my hand like little Wii remote. Neat.

I haven't put all my music on it yet or used the new "Genius" feature. This feature is supposed to collect information about what songs people listen to in a big "cloud" and then tell me what songs go together. I kind of enjoy making my own mixes and not having data about me collected by any sort of technology disguised as harmless condensed water. But whatever, maybe I'll like it. Who knows!

The shuffle feature is pretty neat. All I have to do is shake the ipod and it will shuffle the songs. I was worried it would be too sensitive and shuffle all the time, but the smart people at Apple figured out how to avoid that.

And yes, this one does rewind.

I have much more to post-- especially about how all the following are related:
my recent graduation from an online course, toy blocks, toe nails, and autumn. See the link? I will save all that for another day. I also have something to say about telephones.

Last week, before I got my new ipod nano, I became completely distracted by the show Monk. By "completely distracted" I mean that I've watched Season 1 and Season 2 in a little less than 2 weeks.

I've been trying to avoid pushing God to the side in favor of the easy escape. Watching three episodes per day of the endearingly brilliant OCD detective Adrian offers me no lasting peace, however. So I have done my best to keep searching for the reassurance that will last.

Here is the most recent reassurance I have received:

"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands."
Isaiah 49:15-16

Picture those nail-scarred hands. He did that for you and for me-- to save our lives from this sin-infested world-- to give us something better that we do not deserve. He promises to redeem our pain, to give us new life, and he gives us all this by grace.

"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me.
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your love, O LORD, endures forever-- do not abandon the works of your hands."
Psalm 138:7-8

No matter what storms we face, no matter how we feel, no matter how uncertain and bleak the future may appear, he does not forget us.


Sarah said...

it's funny, I just came home from small group where we talked about how long God is silent in Scripture - Abraham didn't hear from God for thirteen years between Ishmael and Isaac, David proclaims over and over his frustration about God's silence and how he feels attacked - not to mention the 500 years of silence between OT and NT...

It's so hard to remember his faithfulness sometimes. But he is faithful, and just.

Love ya.

emily said...

Is THAT what the genius feature is???? I'm so confused by the new iTunes...but just got in on my computer today. And guess what, it's fixed and you're getting the first message sent from it! Woohoo!!! Had to check on the blogs of folks. I hope this iPod works. Honestly when everything else sucks, I'm quite pleased by something as simple as my iPod working, and quite a disaster when it doesn't work. Makes no sense. My staycation has been, um, not exactly a staycation. More an exercise in intense personal growth. Hmmmm....I'm trying to tune into God on this one. I let him know my Anger. You would have been proud of me. I think that is why he 'took' mycomputer away. So I would tune back into Him. Hmmmm...Anyways, I await the update and connections b/w toenails and such. What else? I forget...something else in your blog. I'm scared to sync my iPod with this new iTunes. Yikes. Okay, oh...MONK. How could I forget. I think I will watch my last episode of this season right now! I have never seen season 1 or 2 and jsut got hooked this season. I love that show (as you already know!). So glad you like ti too...but you are soon as the TV goes off...BOOM. It all comes back. This is the longest comment ever. Should have written an email. Ah, oh well. Later alligator! Love, Em