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March 06, 2003

And So To Bed

I cannot put my children to bed. Or rather, I can put my children to bed, but not so it sticks. Now that Jonathan's in a bed, rather than a cot, he can get out. And then he can go anywhere he likes. That would be Marianne's bed. Which would be ok if he went to sleep, but in fact they laugh, giggle, talk, play, fight and scream. For hours, punctuated by my putting Jonathan back in his bed periodically, and him shouting 'but I donwanoo gotobed' and getting up again straight away.

We don't need a bed for Jonathan; we need a cage. Which reminds me of one of the Great Mysteries of Our Time. Why is there a cage in the Sunnydale High School library? I mean, I know it's a book cage. Why would anybody want to cage books? They're a lot less dangerous than toddlers.

In other news, I raped Mike's iPod, thereby causing me to acquire mp3s of a lot of albums I used to own, and a fair few that I still own but had not got round to ripping yet. Also a lot of dodgy 90s easy listening. Mike, orderly person that he is, bought an iPod only after calculating how much space he'd need to rip his entire CD collection. I, on the other hand, thought '10GB of music; that's enough for anyone', and was, well, sorely mistaken.

But the rot has already set in; I've just ordered Gattaca after being reminded of its existence by listening to the soundtrack, and I've decided to go see Michael Nyman at the Royal Festival Hall in June.

Because having a lot of pirate music on your system reduces the amount you spend on music. Didn't you know? For example, Lilian pressed Lemon Jelly's Lost Horizons on me a few weeks ago. I'm going to take Marianne to their kids' matinee on Saturday, and I'm pretty sure I'll buy both albums and at least one piece of merchandising tat while we're there. I even have it on good authority that there are dancing moose.

Finally, I celebrated Flylady's "Reduce Your Credit Card Debt" week by doing more discretionary spending of money I don't have than I think I've ever done in a single week before. I don't want to say too much more until I'm holding it in my grubby hands, but the note in the coffee column about waiting to buy a Powerbook is just so last week.

Posted by Alison at March 6, 2003 11:48 PM


"I don't want to say too much more until I'm holding it in my grubby hands, but the note in the coffee column about waiting to buy a Powerbook is just so last week."


So which model did you get? I'm holding out for a revised 15" with integrated bluetooth.

- Neil.

Posted by: Neil Ford at March 7, 2003 06:40 PM

I really, really want to have it in my hands before crowing about it. Just superstitious or something.

Posted by: Alison Scott at March 7, 2003 11:05 PM


Awaiting developments with baited breath.

Posted by: Neil Ford at March 8, 2003 07:49 AM

So, has it arrived yet? Enquiring minds need to know.

For cases, check out Tom Bihn, http://www.tombihn.com (from whom I picked up a lovely rucksack / slip case combo, now superceded by a Lowpro Stealth Reporter 650) and Radtech, http://www.radtech.us/ who produce some really lovelly stuff.

The other possible source would be Lowepro, http://www.lowepro.com/.

Hope that's of some help.

Posted by: Neil Ford at March 17, 2003 10:37 PM

I love a nice simple question I know the answer to. A school library book cage is to keep the hands of any but specially authorized students' off of books that are particularly old, rare, in delicate condition, or valuable. Somewhere other than Sunnydale, that might be rare books, or books so old that they're in danger of crumbling if not given expertly careful care when opened, or collectibly valuable books, and so on. My high school had one (okay, actually it was a small separate room, not a cage, but it could have been), which included a collection of magazines from early decades in the century, for example.

In Sunnydale, one might like to think that the is where the actual demon-y type books are kept, rather than relying on simple lack of interest keeping those books out of the hands of the rest of the students, but ghu knows. (Maybe a simple spell keeps students from every noticing the magic books on the shelves?)

Anyway: as we say, HTH!

Hope you don't have mono, by the way, or any other lousy virus. As a member of the "been there, done that," club, I sympathize.

Posted by: Gary Farber at March 18, 2003 02:29 AM

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