..or rather, I need a shave, and as it would happen, I’ve lost the cord that makes the razor work. Damn.
So yes. Christmas has come and gone now, and it’s that time of year where I end up thinking “Hey, it won’t be like this again for another year!”
This always happens. And yes, I have just realised how depressing this is beginning to sound. So I shall cut to the chase!
Well, Christmas has been very jolly indeed. Still being of the age where I recieve presents rather than buying them, I am now the proud owner of an Acer 22″ widescreen LCD display. And for those who don’t know what having a 22″er is like, imagine the whole of Canada sitting on your desk. The difference is simply incredible. Even with my shiny newish laptop everything looks so much less cluttered.
Fig.1 The desk, however, is still cluttered.
Now, as I believe I wrote about some months ago, I received a computer from school a while back. It’s now my main Linux computer – for the internet it is seriously good – but it’s always been plagued with a problem. It came fitted with what is quite possibly the worst screen in the world. 1024 x 768 pixels with something that sure as Hell wasn’t truecolour. However, now it has been turned to the side of the desk so I can get to the sockets and now Ubuntu looks smashing in 1680 x 1250.
Of course, I didn’t just receive gifts. I did attempt to buy things in return on my somewhat limited budget, but they unfortunately don’t measure up to a 22″ monitor.
The monitor wasn’t the only thing by a long margin. Next on the list is a shiny (or rather matte) ZEN Stone Plus.
Fig.2 It’s very small indeed.
The ZEN Stone Plus is a particularly groovy MP3 player. Apart from the fact that it looks damn cool, it also has genuinely high build quality and a speaker in the back which doesn’t sound like it’s coming out of a biscuit tin. It also works with music purchased online, which is a definite plus because no-one buys CDs anymore.
I also heard the other day that apparently ripping CDs in the UK is now illegal. How bizzare.
So yes. I haven’t actually got around to buying any music yet so all it has on it are two BBC comedy podcasts.
Fig.3 Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down.
I also received this rather excellent TEXET digital photo frame egg. Calling it a frame is a bit of a stretch because the screen is rather small, but it looks pretty and it’s a nice thing to have on my desk.
One rather nifty thing about it is that it doesn’t have a flat bottom. Instead it has a weight rather like an old Weeble toy and is quite fun to knock around.
Well, those were the headliners. There were of course other things, like a WALL-E DVD (Which I insist that you buy) and lots of other little novelty things. I will never lose my 30 cm long Giant Biro.
Oh, and because I got bored and had the camera, here’s a picture of my Wii.
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