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Some Friday Randomness

Alright, I don’t really have anything coherent to say at the moment (do I ever?), so I’m just going to splice together a couple things I’ve been thinking about/meaning to write.

1. Does this bizarre weather have something to do with the Tsunami? It snowed in Texas on Christmas. It’s 60 degrees in New York in January. What’s going on here? I’m sure someone’s written about this, but I want to know.

2. I’ve been sick. I don’t like being sick. Luckily, I’m feeling better. Although according to others I look pale. I kind of think I always look a bit pale, but who am I to judge?

3. Happy day after your birthday Leah.

4. Don’t know if anyone noticed the link, but Jeremy Hiebert took my Top 50 Albums and made a Webjay playlist out of it. How cool is that?

5. While I’m on a bit of an ego trip, here’s an entire blog post talking about my “Coming of Age” article from American Demographics about mobile technology and its effects on youth culture.

6. I’m rethinking my plan to definitely buy the new Mac mini (from the post “Barebones Mac on Its Way?”). While I love the idea, once I price it out with everything I want it’s around $800 and wouldn’t that be money better spent going towards a Powerbook. I’m not really the target on the Mac mini (as shown perfectly by this chart). According to the chart (and I agree), that target wants:

Low price, even at the expense of performance and features. Basic utility outweighs performance. Cool design can inspire impulse buy if the price is right.

I’m much more of the Powerbook target:

Design, features and performance regardless of price. Most storage space. Best features. Best performance.

Yup, that’s me.

Gotta give this thing some thought.

UPDATE: PowerBook G5 is on it’s way [via Engadget]. It’s coming the 2nd Quarter of 2005 and I can officially announced that the $800-some-odd that I would have spent on a Mac mini is going into the PowerBook G5 fund.

ANOTHER UPDATE: After doing some more reading it appears I may have bought into some less-than-true information. Not too sure about this Powerbook G5 thing. But I can dream, can’t I?

January 14, 2005