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musings of a snob

Why, Apple!

So, at the start of this year when I started work again (I’m on a massive re-training), when my iPod suddenly showed its age. Anyway, I bought it eight years ago, I think, so I’m willing to part with in. Or I thought. It is a 80 gig Classic and everything’s okay with it except for the headphone jack. Nothing’s coming out of the right speaker.

Of course, the first thing that I did was bring it to Makati Cinema Square, an old mall here in Metro Manila where there are shoppes that “fix” broken gadgets. The first that I saw said he can fix my iPod so I left it with him. After work, I went back to his shop but suddenly he said that he can’t find the old jack that he can use to replace mine. Well, if you ask me, I know that my headphone jack doesn’t need replacing. I just knew it!

So I went to the shop right beside him. And this time he fixed my iPod. And I went home happy as I could be. But the next few days it started acting up somehow so I returned it. And, again I went home. But this time I noticed that what’s coming out of the left speaker IS also coming out the right speaker as well. And I could hear a lot of frequencies being canceled out because of this. In short, he made it worse. It’s like he made my iPod worse than mono.
Well, the good news is that I fixed my own iPod. And it’s as simple as the steps below.

Daz Men

What do you do when you’re frenemies with your guitarist? Why, you put up a band Electafixion – with your frenemie. And semi-inculde Johnny Marr.

Les Misérable

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Sitting here alone listening to the Smiths!

Pearl Jam Twenty (from an old blog)

Woke up at 4am this morning and for some reason I couldn’t stop thinking about Pearl Jam.  It had to do with an article I read about Cameron Crowe’s documentary about them called “Pearl Jam Twenty”.  I just couldn’t shake it off me – Pearl Jam is now twenty years old.  Just, wow.

I first discovered Pearl Jam when I was around 18.  I saw their now iconic videos for “Evenflow” and “Alive”, which I happen to videotape on Betamax.  I was instantly hooked.  I couldn’t wait to go home from school so I could watch those videos – much like how it is when we have new cassettes/vinyls/CDs of newly discovered artists.  There’s just something about them that’s refreshing and raw.  And Eddie Vedder’s now famous growl and snarl just struck me (in a good way).  Mind you, this was the very early 90’s when rock and roll singers still did their best (or bad in some cases) impressions of Robert Plant’s high-pitched wails.  Eddie had a growl…and he’s not even in a thrash/hardcore band.  And the lyrics, how fragmented and incomplete they seem, yet so comfortable.  Those were words I could have written.

Then it finally arrived, their debut album “Ten” became available in my country (late from the rest of the world as always).  And I ate up that record everyday, every guitar nuance, every breathing, every sigh that was recorded I consumed.  The height of my love affair with this band reached its zenith when they came to Manila around 1995 during their “Vitalogy” tour.  And as bonus, they had Mudhoney in tow.  That was a night I would never forget.

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Now, twenty years after and their songs are still significant. Twenty years is a long time for a band.  Twenty years is a long time for almost anything.  Just to put things in perspective: I am now more than twice my age when “Ten” first came out.  Another way of seeing that span: someone born on that day would now be older than I was when “Ten” was released.

I’m glad Pearl Jam is still around.  I no longer listen to them as much as I did during my youth. But it’s a nice feeling knowing that some people are still making worthwhile music.

Watch “Home Alone” on YouTube

RIP David Bowie 😢

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Last Monday I greeted you along with your gazillion fans Happy Birthday. And now you left us. 😢😩😖

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Violent Femmes: the only album I have in three formats. Favorite?  I believe so, too.

Happy Anniversary To Me

In a few hours from now would be the first year since I had a stroke. I still remember it like it happened yesterday. May I never get sick again.

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This was the last picture that I inadvertently took. I didn’t think that the GoPro was on, I think.

And this song was from the album I was playing last . (Big Audio Dynamite)

Watch “I Got Your Mail, BarakaPDub! 😊” on YouTube

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