February 20, 2006

Did someone order a pizza with extra dork?

My to-do list for today, since I don't have class or work, consists of art projects and blogging, with some reading notes starting around 4 pm when I realize I'm not on vacation for the rest of my life.

First, a sketch for one of my upcoming patches.

The way I see it, I could try to deny my love of obscure out-of-context jokes, but since it becomes obvious upon talking to me for thirty seconds continuously, isn't it kinder to announce it loudly and give people fair warning? It's Andrew Marvel, from "To His Coy Mistress", and if I can figure out how to coordinate two colors I'm going to make that beet a nice valentiney red.

Edit: shit. I remembered the line wrong and didn't even notice it until I went back and re-read the poem. Damn damn damn. Guess I'll be revising that sketch.

Next up,I recently gave in and bought myself an iPod Shuffle. They've come down in price so much that it was hardly more expensive than buying a new CD player to replace my poor dying skipping one. Besides, it's so small and convenient to carry around!

There's just one problem.

I passionately hate the tiny Apple earphones and all others of their ilk. They don't stay in my ears, which are apparently unreasonably large and/or strangely shaped. The ones that do stay in do so by burrowing into my ear canal, Babel fish style, which is profoundly uncomfortable. And none of them, staying-in or non-staying-in, do anything to prevent me from hearing everything going on around me, which in my opinion is the primary function of headphones. If I wanted to hear other people's conversations, I'd use ear trumpets. So there's nothing for it but to carry around a pair of over-the-ear headphones so large that I can very nearly fit my Shuffle inside them. I've contemplated taping it to the outside of one of the earpieces to save on having to deal with all that cord, but the bundled cord is three times as large as the Shuffle anyway so it wouldn't be much more convenient.

You can make me join the 21st century, but you can't make me do it well.

Posted by dianna at February 20, 2006 01:58 PM

Those headphones make me think of military jet pilots, because my mom had a flight helmet with similar headphones built into it (for hearing, I suppose, radio communications while cancelling out all the jet/wind/whatever noise).

This leads, of course, to the suggestion that you buy a helmet to wear and put your headphones in that. This would allow you to listen to music and ensure that nobody will talk to you, while also providing head protection in case of emergencies. Granted, it would cause people to spend a lot more time staring and pointing at you, but thanks to the headphones you wouldn't have to hear their nervous whispers! Or see them, if you have the blast shield down!

As I think about that helmet, my mom also had the air mask/tube that attached to the bottom, covering your whole face. While this would serve no functional purpose in everyday life as a Berkeley student, I feel it would really help to complete the ensemble.

Posted by: Zach S. at February 20, 2006 03:36 PM

I will pay for one of those patches.

Posted by: Arianna at February 20, 2006 08:51 PM

Oooh! Excellent -- since you're interested, I can ask your opinion on how to fix it. Is it better as "my vegetable love should grow" or just "my vegetable love" (which sounds like a band name, possibly competing with My Chemical Romance)? Sadly, I think it sounds better as it is, but knowing it's a misquote I just can't leave it.

And no, no paying for it, except in advice as noted above.

Posted by: Dianna at February 20, 2006 09:30 PM

I think it's the whole quote that's so amusing - Marvell, you sly dog - so "My vegetable love should grow". You're absolutely right about shortening it; I'd rather not see "My Vegetable Love" t-shirts at Hot Topic.

Posted by: Arianna at February 21, 2006 04:00 AM