September 18, 2008 |
WHAT'S on your iPod? It's a great way to get a quick snapshot of somebody's cultural temperature and political leanings. Bach or Beck? Franz Schubert or Franz Ferdinand? Moby or Toby Keith? Tell me, and I can size you up . . . in an iPod-nanosecond. Show me a guy whose playlist is weighted with Rascal Flatts and Vince Gill, and I think can predict his choice for president. And I'd wager that the guy who has downloaded the entire Jay-Z catalog is not likely to be ga-ga for Sarah.
January 25, 2005 |
So this is random. I'm walking the dog for her morning constitutional, with the new Apple iPod Shuffle hanging from my neck like a sleek, white IV line. The Shuffle has had its pick from the 3,932 songs stored on my computer, and what does it come up with first? Radiohead's "Bones. " Good iPod. It's the same route the dog's plowed for most of her 10 years, but we feel different today. "Life is random," the ads say. Must be. Dizzie Rascal's up next, Brits coming in pairs.
June 4, 2006 |
Highlights of my recent trip through the streets of historic Philadelphia with the new "Constitutional MP3 Audio Walking Tour" downloaded onto my iPod: Highlight No. 1. Damian "Junior Gong" Marley singing about injustice in Zimbabwe and his own revolutionary stirrings as I turned away from Independence Hall and walked toward Old City Hall at Fifth and Chestnut. Very educational and emotional - "In my lifetime I look back in paths I walked, where savages fought and passengers taught," Marley sings.
February 8, 2006 |
Barry Gottlieb is a humor writer based in San Francisco The Declaration of Independence says that all men are created equal. Unfortunately, the founding fathers didn't cite any scientific studies to prove this, most likely because there was no government yet, hence no cushy grant money available to sponsor the research. But the simple truth is that people aren't created equal. If they were, would a 20-year-old Caltech student be able to unscramble a Rubik's Cube in 11.13 seconds, while other people are lining up to take a course on how to use their iPods?
July 25, 2012 |
DEAR ABBY: I'm a 12-year-old girl and I hope you will print this because it's about something important. I have an iPod Touch. My friends and I wanted to text, so I asked my mom if I could download a program to talk to my friends. She said it was OK. I really like "The Hunger Games," so I went into a "Hunger Games" chat room and started talking with some boys. The next thing I knew there were three men texting me, asking me questions about sex and asking for pictures. (It started with them asking if I was fat, and when I said no, I was asked to send a picture of me in a bathing suit to prove it.)
October 6, 2011 |
The breakfast bustle is in full swing at Conshohocken Cafe and the waitresses bounce from table to table - chatting, refilling coffee, clearing plates. When they step into the kitchen, it's only to fetch orders, not put them in. In fact, you won't even find pads and pens at the cafe. Staffers key in orders on iPods and iPads linked to the kitchen through the cafe's WiFi network. SEE VIDEO Meanwhile, from anywhere in the world, the owners use their iPads to monitor the operation - seeing which tables are turning over when, and noting that, say, cheese omelets are the day's best seller.
December 28, 2005 |
The other day, I had a near catastrophic experience: My iPod wouldn't charge. Terror spread across my face. It was that look a 5-year-old gives you right before he urinates in his pants. My whole life flashed before my eyes, and I've owned my iPod for only two months. How could I work out if Gloria Estefan wasn't shouting "1, 2, 3, 4 . . . come on, baby, say you love me"? I know many of you can sympathize with this nightmare, and therein lies the problem. We live in society that demands to be entertained every moment of every day of our lives . . . where white earphones magically growing from one's pocket are just part of an ensemble . . . where music has become a moment-to-moment necessity.
March 15, 2007 |
It's a beautiful morning on Kelly Drive. Late-winter sunlight shimmers on the Schuylkill. But I'd really rather be anywhere else. That's because I'm in the midst of the most miserable moments known to man: those first few minutes of a run, before the heart rate is really going, or adrenaline has kicked in. What is the point of this wretched pursuit? Why am I doing this, exactly? Luckily, or perhaps not, the Crystal Method is giving me a pep talk. Like nearly every other jogger along the river, I've got my iPod in hand and earbuds in place.
December 11, 2003
YOUR Holiday Shopping Guide was a welcome sight in the Dec. 3 Daily News. But once again, it gave short shrift to Center City, whining about parking while barely mentioning that you can get downtown by trolley, El, rail, bus, foot, bike and ferryboat. Your reporter seeking Apple's new music player stated flatly that department stores "don't sell the iPod. " Just a few pages later, good old Strawbridge's display ad was featuring just that - the new 20 gigabyte iPod, no less.
June 22, 2011 |
ROME - The Vatican is betting that an iPod beats "Shush!" in lowering the tour-guide noise level in basilicas. It will even lend you one for free to try to prove its point. From a tiny booth in the back of St. John in Lateran, the Holy See's pilgrim agency has been quietly asking tourists if they want to tour Rome's oldest basilica with an iPod in hand loaded with an app specially designed to access the place's art, architecture, and Christian history. It is a bid to cut down on the noise as well as to raise appeal to the young, not your typical pilgrim, the Rev. Caesar Atuire, chief executive officer of the pilgrim agency, said Tuesday.