About 19 years ago…

I wrote on my old blog (long since wiped from the servers, but still up on WayBack) that my iPod had a bad hard drive.

Being 2003, iPods were still somewhat mechanical. The old clicky spinning platters in the miniature hard drives weren’t ever too happy to receive a hard jolt while playing music. It’s possible that’s what did mine in.

I did get it repaired and it worked fine. But then, a few years later, I became entranced by the iPod Gen 5, aka the “iPod Video.” I promptly sold my original iPod and bought one. That sucker was my commute and travel companion through four different jobs.

It too, eventually died. I never got it repaired. It’s been languishing away in a box, in a drawer, in the garage for quite a while…

But no longer!

With Apple discontinuing the entire iPod line (killing the device that saved them, *sigh*) I decided to see what could be done with my dead iPod. As it happens, quite a lot.

So, in approximately 2 to 3 weeks, my old iPod Video will return to me with:

    • a new battery
    • a solid state hard drive
    • a new front face, and
    • a new Wolfson DAC!

As a guy who knows his hearing will eventually fade, I’d like to pump as much good quality sound into my ears as possible… as soon as possible!

I can’t wait.


So, about 25 years ago…

I bought this domain. It wasn’t my first choice.

See, at the time, I was addicted to Space Ghost Coast to Coast. My original domain was actually Zorak.Com. I was all about the villains on the show. But after a few years, Cartoon Network came calling. Rather than claiming that I was infringing upon their works, they realized that my site was free publicity. Still, the name “Zorak” is one of their trademarks, so they wanted to buy the domain from me. I could keep posting audio clips from the show (which is what I mainly did at the time) but would need a new domain.

Keeping true to my original Zorak theme, I purchased lonemantis.com, backed up my old site onto a firewire drive, sold Zorak.com, dumped all of my previous work onto the new domain (hosted by what was then “Midphase Electric”) and I’ve been up here ever since.

For probably the better part of the last decade, I’ve mostly ignored this site. Sure, I upgraded from Moveable Type to WordPress years ago, but not many posts.

When I was seriously posting, it was mostly hyperbolic posts about my boring daily life.

…I might do that again.