Why My iPod Is Better Than Your Cloud

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I saw the movie, Baby Driver, this week and it was fantastic. Not only do I love a good car chase and quirky characters, but one of the central components of the film was the iPod Classic, (multiple generations, too!).  You read that correctly – the iPod Classic. Not the iPod Touch or the invisible Cloud, but the golden device that started it all, the iPod Classic. It took everything I had not to cheer right there in the theater, (especially when I saw Baby had both generations of iPods that I currently own and use) because I firmly believe the iPod Classic is still the best device out there for multi-media files.

Over the last year, I’ve noticed iPods have gained some popularity among the smartphone generation. My 9th and 10th grade students stare in awe, not disdain, at my 6th Generation 160GB iPod Classic. That awe only grows when I explain how it works (they truly have never seen anything like it) and why it rocks:

⇒ It doesn’t absolutely require the internet. Songs can be uploaded straight from DVD or MP4 media files. Listening to songs or watching videos requires no internet, either, which means it’s good on planes, road trips, dead zones, or anywhere else.

⇒ I don’t have to pick what to download, I can have it all  with 160G of pure space. It’s basically a portable hard drive that works waaaay more efficiently thanks to a simple filing system of music playlists and file categories for TV Shows, Movies, and Audiobooks. After 9 years, I still have 50G remaining!

⇒ I don’t have to worry about data usage because I’m not using the internet while I watch movies or listen to music.

⇒ Battery life rivals any smartphone. Although, I will admit this applies mostly to music and audiobooks. Videos can kill battery life much faster.

⇒ It does music and video and audiobooks with a simple flick of the click wheel. I know smartphones and iPads do this, too, but you likely need the internet or have a limited number of choices based on what is downloaded. My iPod is a complete entertainment system with everything I love, not just a small selection.

⇒ I can plug my iPod into any speaker, TV, or projection system if I want to enjoy media files without my earbuds. This is why my students have seen my iPod – I plug it into a speaker in my classroom all the time. They like my Disney and 90s Retro playlists while they work. And, again, I can do it without the internet!

⇒ iPods are incredibly reliable if you take good care of them. Mine is 9 years old and it still works perfectly. I have a 13 year old 4th Generation Classic that still works beautifully as well.

Now, I know the iPod Classic is grossly archaic to some people and that’s okay. It’s not that I hate the Cloud (I do use it for a number of things), I just prefer not to be totally reliant on it. Maybe I’m just tragically nostalgic, but for me I’ll be using my iPod until the day it dies. And then I’ll probably hunt one down on eBay.

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c.b.w. 2017

Poem A Day Challenge: April 3-4

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In the continuing celebration of the  April Poem A Day Challenge and National Poetry Month here’s another round of daily poetry:

April 3, 2014
Prompt: Write a message poem.

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Please come quick,
distressed ship

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Iceberg hit,
damaged hull

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Please come quick,
distressed ship

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Lifeboats full,
not enough

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Please come quick,
distressed ship

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Sinking fast,
out of time

Tap. Tap. Tap.

CQD!

CQD!

Anyone?

Tap. Ta …

Inspiration: Titanic (with DiCaprio and Winslet) was on TV and I actually watched it even though I have the movie on DVD. The music played in my head for days, so I had no choice but to write a poem about the ill-fated ocean liner.

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RMS Titanic, 1912

 

April 4, 2014
Prompt: Since _______. Fill in the blank and make this phrase your title. Then write a poem.

Since 2000

Two towers crashed down
and started a war
Money bubbles popped,
all innocence lost
Computers are flat
and don’t need a desk
Books lost their pages
to downloads and screens
VCRs retired
and took tapes with them
Lockdowns in airports,
GPS in cars
The art of travel
has lost its compass
Smartphones invaded
and killed the payphone
Buttons lost the fight
to touchscreen icons
The virtual world
replaces the real
Too busy too care
or even look up
When the lights go out,
can we face the dark?

Inspiration: I often marvel at how much has changed over the last decade or so. Almost daily, my students are in awe that I didn’t have a cell phone when I was in high school (I had a pager) and that phones didn’t have cameras.

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How goes your poetry month?

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c.b.w. 2014