Pretty sure I'm old. Because the husbeast bought me an iPod Shuffle (a 'just because' present, he says) (no, he is MINE you cannot have him) and it got here last night. I synched it with the computer, loaded on THIRTEEN HOURS' worth of music, and turned it on. It sounds great, wonderful digital sound. A battery charge lasts around twelve hours. What makes me old about all this? (Other than the fact it took me this long to get an iPod.)
LOOK AT HOW FUCKING SMALL IT IS!!! That's IT. Battery, music, volume control, EVERYTHING. It's a freaking postage stamp!!! I had a first generation Walkman, for crying out loud... this solid state digital age stuff is making my head swim.
But it is cool.
So last night I put on my ol' head phones and dug in to do some spinning.
At one point I noticed the Husbeast was standing in the door laughing at me. I turned down the music and said, "What?" he kept laughing and said "It's the contradition that is you." I said "Huh?" again. This went back and forth for a while. I really wasn't getting the clash of high-tech iPod and medieval tech spinning wheel all in the same place. But the Husbeast was mighty amused.
Sekhmet has proven, yet again, the extreme lengths she will go to, to find a sunbeam:
I've hit kind of a dry spell on books; I've read everything new, and my next order of books won't get here until this weekend (a book to teach myself chemistry, and another book on the history of textiles). So I pulled out this art history book I've got, that's, um, like 900 pages long (I've been meaning to read it for years, instead of just looking at the pretty pictures). Then I started at the beginning and started to read. I'm up to classical Greece now, and have reinforced all my previous thoughts on art and history: the stone age and neolithic are fascinating; textiles and clothing are fascinating; jewelry and other gemstones are fascinating; and I don't give a rat's furry ass about statuary or Great Paintings. I'm seriously thinking about skipping ahead to India or China; Greece is for the birds.
Anyone know how to knit a toga?