As a PC user who loves mac products (I [heart] my ipod), I'm so excited to see that HP and Apple have teamed up to provide even more ipods on the market.
Honestly, I'm not really sure why HP is pimping this. I think it's because HP realizes the ipod is better than anything it could make . . . but it still looks the same. I thought HP was going to have a different color or something to distinguish it. I wonder if the back looks different.
As far as what's in this for Apple, I can only assume that Apple wants more exposure to the PC market. Sure, web junkies and those who read consumer reports know that the ipod works on a PC just fine. But this will put the ipod out for general consumption by everyone who shops at any computer store, since I'm sure HP will place this alongside all its computers.
Exciting news, that's for sure. Hopefully, it helps Apple and HP become even better know as providers of quality peripherals.
I totally did it. I led nine freshmen around Seattle for two and a half days, and they all had fun. Some had more fun than others, but the feedback and evals all rate the trip as a great experience.
I am so relieved that people enjoyed themself. My trip was quite different than all the other ones; instead of taking kids into an outdoor environment where we had to bond, dammit, because there was nothing else to do, I took freshmen to a big city where we became ultra-tourists.
The past few days have been so amazing and filled with activity that I haven't even had time to write. On Wednesday, I moved from my parent's home into Seattle into my apartment at school with the help of my wonderful father. Moving went smoothly, and I have almost all my stuff unpacked already (actually, all I have left to unpack are clothes. I have a few things to get from home, but I'm practically all here). Then, that evening, I started Voyager Leader training.
The Voyages is a new program at my school modeled on successful programs that my university's president has started at other schools. In this initial pilot year, there are 68 students going on 7 trips. Each trip is a different experience designed to challenge a group of freshmen. My group (which I'm coleading with another girl) is going to Seattle to experience a Pacific NW urban setting (aside: I'm so excited to show them around my wonderful home city!).
The Voyager training has been intensely wonderful. I've gotten to know a great group of people, and we've had a wonderful time playing games, learning risk management techniques, doing team building exercises, and really just preparing to be leaders and role models for freshmen.
I've got some great pictures of things we've done already. I can't even write well about it yet, but hopefully I'll get some photos up in an album so I can show everyone what a great time we're having.
I'm so happy to be back at school and spending time with people. Not that I don't love my friends from home (because I really, honestly do -- I've got a good core group of people that I adore), but it's delightful to have people who are close by who also understand the exact situation I'm in right now. I've got two great roommates (and we're picking up our final roommate in a week), I've already hung out with several friends, and I'm even meeting new people. Tonight, my roomies and I went out to see King Arthur at the local theater with one of our friends, and it was so nice. It's just great to wander around town and be at school without school things to worry about. If my summer living on campus last year has been as nice as my last few days, life would have been much better. I don't even have my car right now, so I've been relying completely on my feet. Everything is great. I really hope it stays that way, because it looks like this will be a wonderful year.
yet another post to apologize for not posting much recently. It's been a really busy time. I'm preparing to take my graduate school exams (tomorrow morning! eep), finishing up my last day of work (today, yay!), seeing all my friends before I leave, macking heavily on one of said friends, and in general just getting reading to move (in two days or so, more eep).
It'll be about two weeks before I'm fully back on line. I truly apologize for this horrendous break; however, summer is just not a productive writing time for me, and everything else has truly taken up all my time.
I wonder if there are any statistics on what kind of mail passes through the post office? I personally love the post office, and I use it all the time for sending postcards, packages, ebay stuff, and netflix movies. I wonder what the effect of ebay, netflix, and other mail-order services has had on the United States Postal Service.
In the past week, I've been to the post office three separate times to email ebay stuff (I'm trying to sell like a mad fiend, and it's working decently). I'm even getting to know the post office staff; one guy has served me practically every time I've been there. When I bring packages up, all he says is "more CDs?" It's nice, because the transaction goes smoothly.
Anyway, today, there were a couple of people at a card table outside my post office. When I left, they asked me if I had any time. I didn't, really, but I gave them a few minutes in which they talked off my ear about voting. And it wasn't just ANY voting; they were no normal canvassers. No, they were LaRouche people.
I've joked around that I'm going to write in Michael Dukakis for my vote. It might be at about the same level as voting for LaRouche.
I don't know much about the guy, but I do know he's a candidate out in left field. I've got to leave for work in a minute, so I'll read his page later and post if there's anything interesting. I think he's in jail, or was in jail . . . and people campaign for him in every election.
According to the people at the post office, his new thing is supporting Kerry -- to get Bush out of office -- and then trying to get the people to press on Kerry and the Democrats in general to make their platform better for the standard American citizen. Again, according to the POP (post office people), the poorest 50% of the country aren't represented in government, don't have a voice, and aren't even polled in the predictions for the election. The POP were convinced that, if we could just galvanize all the marginalized members of society in key battleground states (ie Oregon -- they were so excited to learn that I'm living there right now), then we could make a difference in the country.
I ended up leaving with some booklets . . . . I'll give one a read, I think. Can't hurt. But, still . . . I'm a little skeptical. I didn't donate any money to them, because I have no clue where it would go (really, if I wanted to donate money to a political cause, I'd send it to move on).
I'm saddened, tho . . . I don't know if these kids will actually make a difference in the election, or even tons of people like them. I'm not sure if it'll even matter. Hell, I'm not even sure if there will be an election; word on the street is that Cheney wants to put into action a plan to "postpone" elections in the event of "terrorist actions."
Um . . . wouldn't it be really convenient if they paid some terrorists to do something so they could "postpone" the elections until the "terrorist threat" is deal with? As most of the political writers I've read all agree, terrorism is a problem that's here to stay. And it'd be creepy if we had a law that allowed our own government to hijack elections because of terrorism.
Anyway, just some thoughts, and more to follow as I flush this out a little more in my head.