e martë Maj 02, 2006

Acquiring my own 21st Century Work of Art


Well last week was my birthday and I decided I really wanted something tangible this time. I absolutely could not live without a new video iPod. We discussed earlier the differences between 20th Century art (a urinal) and 21st Century art (an iPod) here.

I guess I have to confess that I haven't yet downloaded an episode of "Desparate Housewives" or "Lost" from iTunes in order to test out the video quality of my iPod. Maybe later. I have been loading up on my favorite music. As a traveling consultant I am surprised at how noise polluted our environment is. I fly every week, walk around the streets of New York and take subways. In each of those environments the noise from the jets, the traffic or the trains can overwhelm the music from the iPod. Even with noise pollution music has the ability to produce a strong emotional response within me. As Shakespeare said,
"Now, divine air! now is his soul ravish'd!
Is it not strange that sheep's guts should hale souls out of men's bodies?
"
("Much Ado About Nothing," Act 2)

Music isn't the only reason to have an iPod though. You can improve your mind through books on iPod and even college lectures. I have loaded up an overview of philosophy entitled "The Consequences of Ideas" by one of my favorite lecturers. I have also seen some courses packaged at Barnes & Noble called "The Portable Professor" that I have had my eye on for some time. Also, podcasting is the latest rage on the web and many sites offer mp3 downloads that can be stored on the iPod and reviewed later on those long flights.

For an approach to the video iPod that I had not even considered I commend to you Greg Papadopoulos' thoughts on the topic. (While mentioning one of my favorite brainiacs/MIT grads, check out his thoughts on the real meaning of Moore's law here.)

Got to go, I think some Dan Folgelberg is coming up the iPod rotation.

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