February 26th, 2006


Gaming and iPods + a Dream

Looks like the PBEM News may have moved to a new site. I'm not sure if this place is connected in any way with the Irony Games site or not, but I have noticed that the one that was at Irony Games has not been working in a while, so I'm glad I found this new version. It seems to work a lot like the Irony Games version did.

Ardaea: I've written a character sheet for Tarran Glennis and turned it in to Suse's Ardaea site. I'd like to see if the two of us can dovetail our ideas for evil Arianrhod worshippers, or if we want to keep them separate.

iPod: I looked at iPods today and almost bought the 30-gig one at iTunes. The ad said that I could buy one for 'as low as $7 a month,' which I took to mean that I could perhaps arrange an installment plan at a higher rate of payment if I wanted. I could manage six months at $50 a month easily, but $300 all at one go is a bit more than I'm willing/able to stomach, especially with tax time coming up. Unfortunately, the $7/month thing is only for $7, and you have to get a MasterCard through Apple, which I neither want nor need. I am not willing to be in debt to Apple for over four years, just to pay for a piece of electronic equipment that I don't really need--especially when I could easily pay the thing off in six months. Forget it.

I think what I'll do is set aside $50 for the next six months to finance this--or I could simply wait until the price comes down and buy this as an older variety. I really can't foresee a need to download over 7500 songs from iTunes, when each song costs $0.99. I only want an iPod for playing music; if I want to see a video, I can watch TV.

I'm wondering how many of 7500 songs Beethoven's Fifth Symphony would take up? I plan to fill my iPod, when I get it, with a lot of classical music, which is why I decided against buying the iPod Shuffle or the Nano. I'm also blissing out at the prospect of having Hildegard of Bingen's complete works on an iPod.

*faints in the throes of musical ecstasy*

Dream the morning of February 26, 2006: I dreamed I was an ocean creature that I read about once in a book by Anne McCaffrey--I was the size and shape of an oriental rug, and I moved about in the ocean via a 'distortion of parallelograms.' The upper side of my body was like a solar panel, and that's how I gained nourishment. I skimmed just below the water's surface--couldn't go too much lower because that would block out the sunlight. In the dream, I remember swimming and moving about a lot in the water to avoid sharks. There was something else going on in the dream that I found intensely interesting, but I forgot it when I woke up. *sigh* I was able to both be myself and look at myself.
  • Current Music
    "Babe, I Love You" - Queen

Savings Account Geekery

I finagled my savings account a bit, today. What I used to do was deposit $100 a month into it. Today, I switched it to $25 weekly, which will give me $1,250 in a year's time, plus interest. Not much of a quantitative addition, but every little bit helps. It will be up to $2,500 soon, and when it hits that, I can convert it to a money market account, which will earn a higher interest rate that will be compounded monthly, so I'm looking forward to that.

Yes, I know; I am the same person who was whining about spending $300 in one month to buy an iPod. The thing is, I would prefer to pay for that out of my checking account balance, not out of my savings account balance. There's not much point in having a savings account if I spend what's in it every chance I get. So...I get my iPod in August.

I should create a savings icon. Maybe later.