Will Bueché



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iPod engraving

Posted in Personal by Will on Saturday, September 22nd, 2007 ~ 4pm

So I am finally going to get an iPod. It was eleven months ago when I first decided to get one, but I wanted to see the new iPod Nano before getting it. So, I’ve seen it, it is ok, so I’ll get one (one of the new Nanos).

I’ve retrieved my list of possible engravings and the top contenders then are still the top contenders now:

no power in the ‘verse
can stop me



I’m leaning towards “shiny”. Because it is simple and true (the back is shiny) and happy, and because “no power in the ‘verse can stop me” is so confrontational, it is like a dare. “I dare you to stop me, ‘verse. Betcha can’t. Betcha. No, you are!”

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  1. Will said,

    on September 23rd, 2007 at 1:02 am

    To the asswipe Ben, whose reply I deleted, Firefly is not a fad, and iPods do not have anything to do with “DRM”. If you meant that iPods were a fad, that notion is disproved by the longevity — a lack of longevity being part of what identifies a fad. (Maybe if you’d made that argument 2 or 3 years ago. Too late now. Beyond a fad. Now it is about interoperability.)

    About the DRM, you may have been thinking of the iTunes store, which I heard sells DRM tracks, but I wouldn’t know, since I am not a customer.

    I’m not sure where you got the idea that iPods had anything to do with presenting an appearance of being elite (“copying those above you in the social hierarchy”, you wrote), since iPods are affordable. Perhaps you are just really out of touch on how common Apple products are. They are common. They may look spiffy, but aesthetics aside they are commonly available mass marketed products. They’re sold in Target for heaven’s sake.

  2. Will said,

    on September 23rd, 2007 at 1:27 am

    Alright, here is Ben’s Zune-lovin’ comment:

    “I’m ashamed of you, Will. You disappoint me by placing a fandom quote on the most common current fad. Not because of the quote but because things like fandoms are about originality while fads are all about copying those above you in the social hierarchy.

    So thank you, Will. Thank you for assisting is crushing freedom with your corporate-loving purchases. When DRM rules the world, I will cry and point to people like you. 🙁 “

    I countered the notion that iPods were a fad, and the claim that iPods have something to do with Digital Rights Management (DRM) in the reply above. But here’s something less relevant:

    Fandoms are indeed about originality — or, if as some contend there is nothing truly original, then they are at least about celebrating the creative and effective presentation of certain themes or ideals that one has an affinity for, or which one sees as positive. (Of course there’s an irony in that fandoms’ celebration of an author’s creation usually involves careful replication — cosplay, for instance, or recalling a quote — but, sometimes the ideals within the work develop within a person’s identity and are expressed in the “real world” in small but perhaps meaningful ways.)

    In this particular case, I don’t see a contrast between a Firefly quote on an Apple product. Apple is the minority party in the computer population. Apple is not “the Alliance”. If Mal had a portable music player, it would be an iPod.

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