it really worked!

OK, so you know how I got my TiVo as part of a deal to get a free 40BG iPod? Well, Apple stopped making the 40GB iPod a few months ago, so I assumed that the company offering the deal either had a stockpile and would send me one, or would send me a check for the value of the iPod (as the terms and conditions stated). I got this in the mail yesterday:

Yup, that's a fuzzy cameraphone close-up of a check for $399.99! Assuming it clears, the thing wasn't a scam! With my student discount, I can get a 30GB iPod Photo for $319. With the 2 year protection plan and a case, the total comes to something like $390. Needless to say, I am pleased. I will of course post pictures when I get my iPod, which of course, I won't order 'til I get home to deposit the check. (Sometimes banking at my dad's bank an hour and a half away is a small pain in the rump.)

And yes, I do know the responsible adult thing to do would be to keep the check and use it to pay bills and buy gas and groceries. However, I can use the iPod for school purposes, such as transporting files from home to the design lab, and I can also use it as a backup drive for other important files. And when I get a real digital camera, I can keep backup copies of all my photos on it, and that way if there's ever a fire or anything, I can just grab my iPod and have all my important documents and treasured memories with me. As you can tell, I have put a lot of thought into rationalizing this purchase.


let there be light

It's almost 2:00 A.M. I just finished the lamp I have to turn in tomorrow morning for my three dimensional design class. I thought I'd share the glory of my futuristic lamp constructed of found objects with you, dear readers. (Unfortunately, you can also see a small fraction of the mess I made.)

(Sorry the quality of the pictures is poor. I only have my camera phone here.)

The silver round base is made of two aluminum vent covers riveted together into a column. You can't tell in these pictures, but there's also a column of plastic lime green can coolers in the middle which make the base kind of glow green when it's lit. And that's copper tubing in the spiral around the outside. Sometime I'll try to take pics with a better camera, so you can see the details better. I don't love it, but it meets the requirements of the assignment. Futuristic is not a direction I would go if I were designing a lamp under my own free will.

For those of you who don't know, this is finals week, which means, of course, I'll be blogging way more than usual, because it's an excellent method of procrastinating.


It's my birthday and I'll blog if I want to...

Today I am 25 years old.

On the day my mother turned 25, she gave birth to me, her first child, at 11:20 p.m.

It's 11:14 p.m. I'm glad I'm not on the verge of having my first child, even though I always thought it would be so cool to have a kid on my twenty-fifth birthday, too. Or maybe I'm just telling myself I'm glad. If I had have been married for a few years, I probably would have planned to have my first child as close to May 2, 2005 as possible. But, then again, maybe not.

Who knows? Maybe I'll have my first on May 2, 2010. Or 2015, even.

It's 11:20 p.m. Happy Birthday to me. (And my mom.)