Silly iTunes

When looking up Dr. Horrible on iTunes to see whether I would buy it for myself or put it on the birthday/Christmas list I realized that a number of the songs on the soundtrack were shorter than 30 seconds and being sold for $0.99. With free previews which contained the whole song.

It is possible to snag the 30 second preview of a song. I’m not sure how it works, but they show up on mp3 search engines for new songs when the full version isn’t available all the time. Why on earth would iTunes try selling those individually at all, let alone for 99 cents rather than 69 cents? On that note, while I’ve seen plenty of $1.29 songs since iTunes destandardized its pricing scheme, I have yet to see a single $0.69 song, even though they supposedly exist. If the eight second long Dr. Horrible theme song isn’t deemed to be worth less than $0.99, what could be? Donkey’s braying? Dogs barking?

There must, somewhere on iTunes, be a recording of Steve Jobs sneezing once, which is priced $0.69- the only item in the entire store at that price.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog is great, by the way, and you can watch it for free on the website. Go do so, it’s only 42 minutes long. Believe me, it’s worth it.

Self-Portraiture

The advent of cheap photography has led to an inconcievable number of people taking pictures of themselves. These pictures tend to be divided roughly into two catagories.

1. I am beautiful. Model poses, pursed lips, uncomfortable angles.

It looks rather silly.

2. I am silly. Making faces, funny poses, etc. Can also be construed to include many digitally edited shots.

Yes, you are.

Other than the photo editing (which is more easily construed as art, and who am I to define art?), I don’t particularly see the purpose of this ceaseless self portraiture. Do they want to see how their looks change over time? I doubt it. Plus, that would take one photo a day (or week, or month) not fifteen in a row.

The vast majority of these photos simply seem to be taken while bored. I want to make a face and see it. I have a camera. Boom.

Maybe this is just me. Maybe only I am dissatisfied enough with the way my face looks that I don’t particularly want it preserved unecessarily. It’s not that I don’t like it, but I’m not overly fond of it either. It’s just my face, not a work of art. If it was a work of art, I would demand a refund. The chin is wrong.

Still, when I need to know what I look like (rarely), I do have something I use. I would recommend it to all those amature self-portrait makers as well.

The mirror.

Printing Blanks

I’m deathly afraid that this website (http://blanksheetofpaper.com/) is not a joke webpage. The premise of the sight is that it will allow you to print off a blank sheet of paper should you need something to write on.

I fear that there exist people in this world who are unaware of the paper drawer.

Perhaps they buy a new printer each time it runs out of paper. Or bring someone in to service it.