Bag of holding for my preciousssss, yes



Or more bluntly, I really want a happy owl red clutch bag for my iPad.( Not my Ipad 2. Because I don’t have one of those.)This has got pocketseses for putting things in, but I have a horrible feeling that it’s a smidgeon too small fir the chunky original. And awkward to get to the Uk. And out of stock. And that causes me woe and despair.




So After much searching, I’m looking at a Mini-Kinie from etsy.

I can still WANT a happy owl, tho, right?

Dead Trees, Pixels & Soundwaves.

I am become Dys, Devourer of Words.
Well, to be fair, I always was, there’s no becoming about it. My imagination requires feeding, and I go through stories like a …like a thing that goes through things, to coin a discworld type metaphor.

My eReader has gone the way of the dodo. I hauled it everywhere and then when I upgraded to my shiny Ipad I handed it over to Neice C who made appropriate purring noises. It finally kicked the bucket a little while back. I think the e-ink wore out. However, just managed to get a good deal on a reconditioned kindle to replace it for her. My eardrums havent recovered yet. We’ve just done the setup by phone/email and voila. All done.

It kind of brought home to me the fact that the advent of technology has not reduced the number of books that I buy at all. No. Now if I really like them, I buy them THREE times.

Dead Tree – for reading in the bath and hoarding

Pixels – for portability, buses, trains, planes, lunch breaks and in bed.

Soundwaves – for long drives and sleeping.

I’m not really sure where the RealBook(tm) folks are coming from. Yes, I have a handful of actual books that are precious to me for one reason or another. I’ve got a copy of Carpe Jugulum, signed by terry pratchett – made out to Frogjuice ( cough ). I have some out of print and out of any sort of print format books that I can’t replace, and I have an awesome books of british myths and legends that I adore that was given me by my grandparents. For me the value of most of my books is the black scribbles in the middle that allow me to disengage my brain from the outside world and start it going elsewhere and elsewhen. I get that not everyone thinks like that, but I’m able to disconnect just as easily with pixels and soundwaves as ink.

It’s a fairly safe bet that I’m going to buy things in paper and short of a tree killing apocalypse, I’m not going to stop. I’m even being very good these days, and I even give some of them away. If they seem to be of the type that I’ll not read again. I do miss Borders though. Civilised bookstores. Open till 11pm, with armchairs and coffee and us paperbacks that I couldnt get anywhere else. Moving from headingley has reduced the casual purchases from the oxfam usedbookstore as well. Which is a shame. Ahem. Nowadays its just amazon and waterstones.

Ideally, I’d like for somewhere like THIS

This is a second hand bookshop in Inverness.



I would like to advise, that for the record, I do not have an overt fondness for cartoons, animated films, or cgi graphics.
It is therefore completely a coincidence that awesome-shiny-not-a-stupis-little-car(tm) needed a better, shorter name, and Toothless happened to get drawn out of the hat.

The other choices, should anyone venture an interest, might have been:

  • Gru ( again, coincidental )
  • Sithling ( As if I’d put Jedi on the census . pfft )
  • Uncle Fester ( Lightbulbs in mouth, the fester/fiesta thing… and yet… )
  • Agnes -I direct you to Evidence item A Which ad describes this as awesome. Reminds me of emma the pixie and Sis B also

However, given the utter shininess of my shiny little aquisition, plus the fact that it mostly obeys my vocal whims, earning minion status, and that it had a Start button ( desired since Honda S2000 first seen at the bike show in 1999 ), Then Toothless is adequate.

At last – My iPod lives again

At the beginning of October my 11 month old u2 iPod developed the stomach churning Sad iPod icon – Nothing would make it live again so I shipped it back to Apple under warranty. About 10 days later I got back a replacement.

  1. Efficient repair service
  2. New iPod = very very shiny
  3. New iPod = very very dead

I took it out of the packing foam hit the button and Sad iPod< wailing and gnashing of teeth deleted> So that one got sent back to Apple. I got my replacement replacement last week. This time it worked. It’s still working. So far so good.

Of course by this time I’m out of original warranty. I have 82 days of replacement warranty left. If it goes pop after this I’ll cry.

I can justify replacing it – considering I spend most of my life with my ears plugged into it.

 I just dont want to make that swap from 4G to 5G if it means I lose firewire support. Longer battery life & a bit more storage = is the only upside I can see. I’m not bothered for watching videos on it and I don’t particularly want to walk around gazing at the screen to marvel at the album art so colour screens aren’t a bonus. Firewire on the other hand …

 I have two USB ports on my iBook and 1 firewire. iPod into the firewire everything else [ 60GB HD with all my music / microphone / mouse / graphics tablet ] goes into USB. Swapping to 5G means that I can have either my Music HD OR my iPod plugged in … hmm. I could buy a USB hub but frankly it’s kind of a rats nest of wires already. I have so many cables gadgets and gubbins that if I wouldn’t be able to find it anyway.

On a related note – 3 cheers for my 1st Gen 10GB iPod. It’s been languishing in a drawer for 11 months. Neglected…. In desperation I retrieved it fed it and voila!!! It worked. I shall treat the scratched little brick with more love and affection for helping retain my sanity during the ShinyPod warranty problems. I guess they dont make ’em like they used to anymore.

3 years old – dropped, scuffed, abandoned, signed in triplicate, lost,found, filed, misfiled, fed to bugblatter beast of trall…and its still in excellent working condition