May 11th, 2008

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iPod Softwares, Anyone?

Charlie's iPod
To date, I've only rarely put anything at all on my iPod. It was originally Marilyn's mistressmarilyn -- an iPod Nano G2, which I adore.

I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but this iPod sat in the original box unopened for a year -- so it wasn't Marilyn's in actual use for long. (smile) Anyway, she passed it on to me when she got her iTouch for her bday. Very generous of her, I have to say!

Marilyn is the expert around here about the use of iTunes. But because I didn't want to mess up what already loaded on my iPod (from when she had it), I was nervous to try iTunes on my own computer. The whole music syncing thing confuses the hell out of me...

So I downloaded and used Floola -- a free software that allows you to manage music on your iPod without using iTunes.

Have any of the rest of you tried it? (I know a number of my friends also have iPods, so...)

I think I'll donate to the site, considering the ease of downloading and using it! Very impressive.

So I added some music, anyway. Of course, I did put the "Paint Your Wagon" soundtrack on both Marilyn's iTouch and my iPod -- and that required me to actually give every song a name and designate the album. So I have done a little bit with iTunes (over on Marilyn's computer).

Having embraced the iPod at long last, I do love my sweet new toy. Even if it's not the Nano 3G, I'm quite happy with it. (I tend to wear it around my neck like a necklace, even when I'm not playing it. And when not wearing it I pack it around with me. Just in case! Music can be so soothing when the need arises.)

There are a couple other softwares out there that are highly recommended that I'd like to check out at some point. There's also one that's $25 and has caught my interest in the past, but I might skip it if the free ones prove okay. (Why spend the $$$ unless I really need to, after all?)

We went to the St. Johns Parade today (it's in St. Johns and starts at noon). We ran into Mitch, saw Rich and the Street Team (which we'd decided not to join this year), and stood with Jessica and Mandy (and Jeff, at one point).

I got my usual 'hat salute' from the Royal Rosarians (a must for me), we saw the court and Leslie and Mark and others. And ran into Lucy (the curator from Pittock Mansion) and her husband. Very social day!

And Marilyn got her hair done, while I stayed home and did dishes and some laundry.

On the coding front, is anyone else amused by the fact that you have to use 'title' to get the 'alt' to display in Firefox? I'm now so much in the habit of using both, that I don't tend to give it a second thought! I frequently will also use the title code for links (which is what it's really for), too. I guess now that I do so damn much hand coding, I don't think much about it these days...

Well, more about my 'busy life' soon... It's time to head to bed! (Well past it, actually.)

Feeding the Hungry

I really admire the National Association of Letter Carriers for the annual campaign to help feed the hungry of this country. (By the way, they've had an entry in the SL parade for as long as I can remember. I used to always make a point of seeing them on parade day and talking to them.)

Stamp Out Hunger Food DriveMarilyn mistressmarilyn and I always participate in their annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, that just took place yesterday (Saturday, May 10).

Years ago, we had on carrier complain about the size of our bag being too large -- but that was only one time. Generally the carriers are delighted with large contributions.
Yes, our bag is always a big, heavy one. Sometimes we even put out two bags. And we don't fill these with cans of stuff we don't plan to eat, either. We put in the same, good food we like to eat. (Why palm off stuff you'd just as soon dump? That's not being generous...)

I know this effort on our part is only a tiny drop in the bucket. But just think what it would mean if everyone would take part -- it could make quite a difference!

Actually, this food drive does make a difference -- the amount of food gathered is significant. But it just strikes me how much more it could be if people weren't indifferent to something so simple to do. Take out the bag left for you and head directly into your kitchen (and/or pantry). Fill it up with food. Put the bag near the front door when it's full. On Friday night, stick it out on the porch (so you don't forget). That's all it takes.

This reminds me of how my parents used to go to the store and while shopping fill up an extra shopping bag with food -- then donate it in those Sunshine Division food barrels that would be near the door. They couldn't always afford to do it, and yet they still did. (Bless you both for every generous thing you did. I appreciated it growing up and continue to appreciate it now that you're gone...)

I realize that we'll probably never entirely eliminate hunger in this world. But we certainly can't if we don't even try!