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02 November 2010 @ 10:05 am
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If I do nothing else today (and when I say “do nothing else”, I mean write, go buy some baby ibuprofen, grocery shop and finish the laundry, all of which must be done), I will get the goddamned laundry room cleaned. While I’m at it, I would like to solve world hunger and bring peace to the masses.

Michelle Sagara is writing a really fascinating and insightful series of posts about having an Asperger child, which was prompted by the bullying posts a few weeks ago. They’re good reading (long; she keeps apologizing for that, but if you’ve read any of Michelle’s books you know short isn’t in her vocabulary), and a lot of it is probably relevant to any parent. Start at the bottom, since that tag just hits all the posts. :)

I seek Internet Wisdom. I want a digital stereo. What I want, however, for lack of a better term, is a solid state one. I don’t want something to plug an iPod or its ilk into. I want something with an internal hard drive which I can load music onto. I want the ability to create playlists on that stereo, which means an interface large enough to read and easy to navigate. I genuinely don’t care if it plays CDs, since the whole idea here is to go digital with the music. I don’t care about upgradeability, either, because anything I buy at this date is going to last me a long time because I simply don’t buy very much music. A terabyte or two is not going to fill up fast.

Anyway, so that’s what I want. Does such a thing even exist?

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Autopopeautopope on November 2nd, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
What you want sounds to me to be a Brennan JB-7.

Is this a good match ...?
kitmizkit on November 2nd, 2010 10:04 am (UTC)
I should've known you'd be the go-to guy on this. :)

That is...just about perfect. I'd like more than 7 playlists, but the obvious flip side of that is part of the reason to go digital with the music is so it *all* gets listened to, so having a limit of 7 is maybe not a bad idea. They could, after all, be very simple lists: blues, rock, classical, etc. Just break 'em down by genre. (I said, talking to myself.)

Wow. Yeah. Yay! Thank you, Charlie!
Autopopeautopope on November 2nd, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
I will admit to drooling all over the JB-7, but winning my shiny! saving throw -- I have a high-end amp and speaker in my office, plugged into an Airport Express to stream music from my iTunes library, and the JB-7 would just duplicate that functionality. On the other hand, going the iTunes route involves the Airport Express (£70), the amp and speakers (£100-$BIGNUM depending how much you want to spend) and messing with iTunes on your Mac or PC. It could easily cost more than the Brennan and require a lot more headaches.
kitmizkit on November 2nd, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Since I have nothing even vaguely resembling a digital setup, the JB-7 is probably very practical for me. But yeah, not so much for you. Well done on resisting the shiny. :)
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on November 2nd, 2010 10:06 am (UTC)
My god, I thought that only existed in Private Eye.

Not cheap though. Still, even the smallest will hold one heck of a lot of MP3s.
kitmizkit on November 2nd, 2010 10:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, not cheap, but I wasn't figuring on what I wanted being cheap. (Neither is an iPod and accessories, so.) But spread over ten years or so, it's not expensive, either, and I tend to regard purchases like that in light of how many years' use I'm going to get out of 'em.

THIS IS NOT LIKE WORKING. *goes to write*
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on November 2nd, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
iPod and accessories? True: the now-expired Creative MP3 player + these Shure earbuds (blame autopope for that) together cost about what the top-end of that Brennan range come in at.

Amortise that over sufficient time, and yes, you're right, it's small change.

I also don't tend to think of how much the original CDs will have cost over the years, but what I'm plugged into has 5,500 tracks on it, and trying to replace that little lot would cost much, much more.
cainle_bean on November 2nd, 2010 10:44 am (UTC)
DROOL... I know what I am adding to my want list.
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on November 2nd, 2010 11:21 am (UTC)
And of course, the price + worldwide shipping puts it into the "probably not this year or next" category for me. Unless of course Hollywood comes through with that hush money (see me not holding my breath). Bah.

But nice, very nice.
Geek of Weird Shit: weldinggows on November 3rd, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
Wow . . . just got caught up on all of Michelle's posts about her son, and all I can say is that they're fascinating and utterly brilliant.