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I finally burned the CD of the Indigo Girls bootlegs and interviews I
wrote about months ago. Because of the way
they broke up the MP3s of the German interview, there were separate
files for him asking the Girls a question and then his retranslation
in German of the question and answer. This allowed me to create an
.m3u file that was just the English interview segments while still
burning the whole thing. If I wanted to I could listen as it actually
occurred or listen to just the logical view of it that is the
English. Obviously, I could do the opposite with the German if I so
desired. Cool, no?

I wanted to listen to the interview in English during the car trip to
Augusta but I plain forgot how to play an .m3u on my iRiver SlimX. I
really enjoy this device but its biggest drawback is the complexity of
use. There are plenty of things that I know I want to do that I can’t
figure out the combination of short or long clicks and button presses
to make it happen. I don’t have a whole lot of gee-whiz gadgets nor do
I typically buy them. I’m not an early adopter, I’m more of a “buy it
used when the early adopters sell it for the next thing” kind of
guy. The Handspring Prism is my only other real gadget, and that’s
getting ever farther from the cutting edge. I really like everything
about it other than the fairly sad battery life. You can tell you are
an apologist for the shortcomings of a device when you begin to buy
accessories to bolt around its weaknesses. Thus I have three, count
them three, chargers for this. One desktop charger/cradle for
hotsyncing, and two travel chargers – one AC one and one cigarette
lighter one.

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Ugly day here in Atlanta. As it turns out, being gone this weekend
wasn’t that bad. I saw footage of the traffic, which gridlocked parts
of the city, all of which are very close to the part I live in. Lenox
Mall was shut down early both Saturday and Sunday by fire marshalls
because it was too full. Crazy shizznit.

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My wife wants it to be known that she heard about this report of Zevon
passing only from one guy at school and not from any legitimate news
sources. I wasn’t trying to present her as a source of erroneous
rumors and I apologize for that.