gifts to self

John Otter news

Yesterday was a pleasant day off. I went to see how much large-scale full-color digital printing costs and buy some things. I was pretty impressed with the quality of the digital prints I saw and the variety of material they can be printed on. I think I’ll go with banner material with grommets in the corners.
Bought a file portfolio folder dealio from Staples. I’m hoping to sort through some stacks of paperwork – mostly things that never had a specific place to be filed like health benefits and investment portfolio information. I think if I file and organize my paperwork I could actually file my taxes early this year. I’m waiting on a couple bits of paperwork before I can start and everything else is pretty much in order.
I stopped at Styles Music to look for something electronic to play with, the Folk Music Center doesn’t carry much in the way of electronics (come on, what about electro-folk?). Anyway, I bought a Boss Micro BR digital recorder. I like it a lot. Its small, can be battery powered and has a built in mic for field recordings, and records multiple tracks. It has a lot of built in drum samples and loops but I’m not too fond of them, I think I’ll use computer generated rhythm tracks. It stores tracks on an SD memory card and links to a computer via USB 2.0. Its my second day of playing with it and there’s still a lot of options I haven’t figured out yet. The user interface isn’t that great or simple but I figure that’s what’s sacrificed for the size. It definitely seems powerful. I also bought a 60 gig WD Passport portable hard drive. I wanted to buy a hard drive and some were better values as far as gigabyte per dollar, but this one is small and looks cool. Yes, I suppose I’m a sucker for the design of technology more than its function. The most recent cell phone I bought was more expensive than others but its small and black with rounded corners – simple but cool. The WD Passport is something between a flash-drive and an external drive. Small enough to carry around easily, its actually about the same size as the Micro BR.

Advertisements

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s