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Sunday 14 September 2008

4th Generation iPod Nano

Apple recently (September 9th) released the new and revamped fourth generation iPod Nano. It seems that Apple has decided to go back to the original design (thin and long) rather than staying with the replaced 3rd generation design of small, wide and commonly referred to as "fat" nano. Apple has made the new nano curvier and an all-aluminum and glass design.

New features includes:- 

"Genius" - finds songs that goes well together in your library creating a "Genius" playlist.

"Rock & Roll over" - you can now tilt and turn your nano according to your preference and the screen real estate will change accordingly.

Shake to shuffle - shake your nano and your music will get "shuffled".

Games - games are now more interactive with the tilt and turn option.

Screen - high resolution 2" widescreen

Further explanation of features and other new options are available here.

Design changes were made so that users can view videos in landscape mode, sharing the design aspect of the Touch and iPhone, seeing as the screen real estate of the previous Nano was criticised to be too small to view videos properly.

All colours available (shown on pic) are offered in BOTH 8GB and 16GB at $199 and $279 respectively. Red is exclusive to Apple.

At this stage I do not have a personal judgement on the product as I have not viewed it in person, stay tuned though and I'm sure I'll have something to say about it once I do see it.

Monday 8 September 2008

Sippycups are for Chardonnay...first blog!

Sippycups are for Chardonnay has been mentioned in my blog a few times. As promised, I'm going to write about each of the blogs that I've enjoyed. This is the very first blog that I felt inclined to read from start (archive) to finish (present/current) and then re-read some more. The writer describes her blog as;-

"Musings of a 30 something stay at home Mom, former stationer, hospital widow, Martha Stewart/barefoot contessa wannabe."

The writer is a Doctor's wife, a Mother of two young children and a witty woman who is not scared to speak her mind. I adore her honesty with all things that she encounters, she is truthful with her experiences and does not try to simplify nor beautify things that were just plain annoying, I love the way she decorates her home, the effort she places on every celebration, most especially her children's birthday parties and just the entire blog has enjoyable posts about her life.

Photos below are the daughter's nursery in their previous home, which the Doc's wife designed on her own. I love the color scheme and the feature wall with the use of a different wallpaper. I appreciate the fact that it's classic, not too childish and still whimsical enough for a child. I adore the individual lettering hung with pink ribbon to spell out "Baby Girl's" (Daughter) name.

The Rauths

The Rauths, found through Sippycups are for Chardonnay's blogroll, is the second blog that I read from start to present. Being quite a new blog (since June) I re-read this blog several times. Like Sippycups are for Chardonnay, this is a personal blog. The writer's (Mrs Rauths) first post  was a great introduction to who she is and beautifully put too:-

"I'm a wife, striving to "let" [my] speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, "living each day with an attitude of gratitude, enjoying the simple pleasures all around and appreciating God's grace. This is my journey through the joys and challenges of living consciously everyday.

I treasure hand-written notes (giving and receiving) and I love you scribbles. I believe a fair argument can only bring my husband and I closer. I eat peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread everyday. The sun, a smile and a song changes my mood. Emptying the garbage bag and replacing a light bulb makes me cringe. Please, thank you and yes ma'am are the oxygen of kindness. Sherbet ice cream makes everything better.

Let the journey begin..."

What a beautiful introduction and I cannot wait to see what is yet to come. I appreciate The Rauths blog as I feel I have certain things in common with Mrs Rauth, including browsing for adorable baby items without an actual baby to buy for. An example of a beautiful image found in The Rauths blog. 

Sunday 7 September 2008

Toast to my Blog

I haven't been writing much on my blog, the truth is that I have been feeling quite inadequate about this lil blog of mine, as I've been glued to my Macbook reading other people's blogs. I've been so entertained that I've read a few from Archive to present, then re-read some! Whilst these newly-found blogs are so beautiful to read it left me feeling inadequate about my own blog. With such beautiful and creative blogs around in the mass why would anyone want to read mine?

Putting all negativity aside I've decided this blog was never meant for readers alone, it was meant to be for me and my family and friends and yes for those that may find what I write about interesting enough, but I'm doing what I love and that's all that matters. I love writing and I certainly love blogs as I've recently discovered, so here's to my blog, whether it has one reader and writer combined or maybe one day another individual reader.

Spring has broken

Photo courtesy of Fotoplatforma.
Spring has definitely broken here in the Southern hemisphere. We've had the much needed and anticipated Spring rain timely arrive in the first week of the season. Today however, the first day of this season where it's shining brightly outside...time to do laundry LoL!

Spring is a personal favourite of mine, not only because it's my birthday season but it represents the start of celebration season for my household. As previously posted, this season brings forth a special occasion for each of it's three months. Commencing with my birthday, Mr's birthday and then our anniversary. Summer then comes and brings forth Christmas and New Years and Valentine's Day, so as you can see it's the beginning of a multitude of much awaited celebrations.

I also love the weather of Spring. It's the perfect halfway between not being too hot and yet not too cold, but that perfect sunny, beautiful weather, there's not much more words to describe it's weather but PERFECT! That's not even mentioning the beautiful and colourful palette of flowers that bloom in this time of the year.

So here's to the start of Spring and everything beautiful the season brings.


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