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Headphone recommendations, anyone? Nothing too expensive - maybe around £50/$100 or so. Wireless would be nice, but not a priority, especially if it'd eat into the sound quality. Noise cancellation or isolation would be good. Easily tucked away into the laptop bag without risk of damage would be very good, as would being generally durable, and with wires that won't lose their flexibility after two years, or fray through as they enter the 'phones.

Say hello to one of the office neighbors. ^_^

If you don't like the iTunes Store arrows in iTunes 8, this hint notes how to invert their behavior, so that clicking on them brings up all the tunes by the same artist, and option-click goes to the Store instead, whilst this one removes them entirely. Nice to see the new visualiser, though - a jazzed up Magnetosphere. Very cool.

Kewl! I think I have a reasonable keyboard now. ^_^ It's very beaten up (both ends are ducktaped, and one key at the high end is missing), but £11.50 for a Fatar Studiologic 1100 seems pretty reasonable - only MIDI (the 1100 predates USB), but for an 88 key hammer-weighted keyboard, overall, not a bad deal. Assuming it works. =:)

From a lagomorphic recommendation, lapine sorts might enjoy this posting of the entire (all 16 pages =:) 1931 children's book, Uncle Wiggily's Fishing Trip. Quite charming. ^_^ (Or, if you'd prefer a single zip file with sequential filenames for the images within, peek over here)

So, I've taken the plunge, nudged on unwittingly by the heroic slycat - I've left Zen, who remain, by a wide margin, the best non-LLU ISP in the UK, for the speedier pastures of Be, who, by using their own equipment in the exchanges, can circumvent the relatively relaxed speeds offered by BT Wholesale, maxing out at a nominal 8Mbps down, 448k up (sometimes 768k, though usually only on expensive business offerings). Be, on the other paw, offer up to 24Mbps nominal down, and more impressively, 2.5Mbps up, if you're willing to give up a meg or two of the downlink. (Yay! The modem's just arrived, so it's now just a matter of seeing when the big switch gets flipped over at the exchange. From which I'm only about 1km, apparently, so with any luck, the throughput should be quite good; not that that compares to said kitty's 320m =:)

This image via randompics stars a NSFW hyperendowed pink pig costume. *cough*

And here's the view as I set off on the mighty trek into the aforementioned salt mine; the odd cloudy lighting caught my eye, with the clear weather in the distance, and the cloud overhead.

 
 
 
 
 
 
£11.50 for 88 hammer-weighted keys!  Sounds tempting, but really I wouldn't know what to do with a MIDI device.
Train the cat to play chopsticks?

I'm really looking forward to playing around with it! The Keystation 49e (which may finally find its way to the new place this weekend) is still a very good device, but the feel is clearly completely artificial. It's a bit of a pity there just don't seem to be any "shorter" hammer action keyboards around - it's all synth-action at the 49-key end, with a few semi-weighted going up to 61 keys, and hammer only at the full 88 key end.

Here, it'll be going straight into a USB converter, then into Logic and some choice synths and libraries. The next step will be getting the salt mine into a condition where I can get back in the evenings and feel energised by the thought of noodling around musically, rather than compelled to just flop down on the bed. Perhaps part of the puzzle will be getting working from home accepted as an essential element, rather than needing to head in every day, especially for 8am. =:P

Maybe I should give the guitar a try, too. eBuyer have a simple electric guitar & amp setup for £40.. ^_^ Probably nothing anyone serious would dream of using, but hopefully good enough to get a feel for a plucked string instrument. (Reminds me, the coworker's landlord has/had one for sale, too. I need to get him to find out what sort of money he'd be looking for - obviously, there'd be no sense in me spending anything more than the minimum, just to find out it's the fastest route to ultimate frustration =:)