Did you know that the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport now features iPod vending machines? Really, now, how often have you said to yourself, “Shoot! I forgot to buy an iPod! Thank goodness this here machine will take my $150 (or whatever they cost) now in exchange!”
In the interest of full disclosure, I must say that I do now own a small white iPod, (NOT purchased from said vending machine) and am tentatively joining this world of “modern” that I glimpse on the Boston “T” system. (I know, it’s not very “simple” of me, hmmm).
It's planned uses are running “companionship” and aerobic workout inspiration. After the first test run on the rather grey, dull gravel roads near our house, I pronounce that a success.
But what I’m really impressed with is the world of podcasts. I had NO IDEA one could download and listen to things like Italian lessons, Nat’l Geographic News, Grammar Girl and knitting shows, for free! I would have killed for such listening diversity years ago while living in the middle of nowhere, far from public radio.
Now, I feel vaguely disloyal to my trusty Minnesota Public Radio, and almost like it’s cheating if I listen to other shows “by myself” when the rest of the listening public is obediently listening to the currently broadcasted show. Is that weird? I’ve been such a public radio junkie for a long time, but I suspect that this podcast thing can be truly democratic “public radio,” i.e. anyone can make a podcast which can find it’s way to my ears.
But I also find that my life does not easily lend itself to diligent iPod listening (ie no subway rides for me) unless I invest in more “stuff” like speakers or radio transmitters. Sigh...
I’m also a month late in sharing Miss Lutsen’s fame on a hilarious (yet gloomy) Canadian blog. Over 40 people voted in the Lutsen poll, which really did capture her personality quite well. Ha!