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Nov 05, 2006


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Loved it, Ed - quiet solitude is indeed underrated. I like mine on a mountain bike, hurtling down a root-infested gully at usafe speeds or simply leaning against a tree and daydreaming. No batteries needed!

Kirk D.

I live about a half mile from the Civitan Club here in Colfax, so on the weekends from September to December, if I go for a walk at night, you can sure as hell bet that my iPod is plugged into my ear and cranked up. I'd much rather listen to Okay Go then to the sudden, frightening POP POP POP of the locals shooting.

There are times when silence is great. I don't think that running is one of them though. Many people use their iPods as a way to motivate themselves to keep going or to pass the time as they push themselves to go further (or even to run in the first place). If you like to walk in silence and listen to your dog and the wind, that is great. But don't look down on those that like to enjoy rock and roll or Bach and Brahams. To each his own and the fact that we *can* listen to these things (and podcasts, and much much more) as we are out and about is a great thing indeed. Especially when they are so small, light and cool.



I don't have a cell phone, or iPod.

And I totally used to do (and try sometimes to sneak out even these days) what your great-grandfather did - go far away from noise and just be quite for a few hours.


I love silence and solitude as well, but I also love my iPod. They aren't mutually exclusive. Hooked up to my stereo at home, my iPod gives me hours of nonstop music for parties or for doing work around the house. On road trips up to Delaware or on vacation I no longer have to comb through my CD collection to decide what to bring - my entire music library comes with me.

And when I want silence and solitude, I simply leave it home.

Joe Killian

I realized about a year ago that, for the most part, I don't enjoy silence and solitude. I can't make my mind work properly in it. Now whether carrying my MP3 player and cell phone everywhere is a cause or a reaction to this is anybody's guess.

Still - I think and write best to music, or at least a little background noise.

I'm not an iPod man myself - I have an iRiver H10 that I think beats the iPod any day of the week and twice on Sundays. But people buying the Zune deserve what they're in for...


For the most part, I agree, however, we have a DVD player in one of our vehicles, and we love it. We tend to take rather long road trips (12 hours one way) on a regualar basis, and it helps our son, who will be 5 next month, stay calm during the trip. Now, we don't have it on for trips around town, or for shorter trips, but if we're going to be on the road for a long time, yeah...we use it. It makes the trip much easier.


I worry about all the people I see around that are constantly plugged in. The dangerous distractions from driving, and the effects of being disconnected from the here and now...I don't have a problem with listening to music whenever but more connection to present reality needs to be there. I think it's part of our society's problem - kids are growing up expecting to be entertained constantly.

Joe Killian

I agree with that last part.

I've watched the kids of two seperate couples who are friends of mine in the last year or so. One family doesn't have cable, doesn't allow their kids to veg out in front of the television or on the Internet, has exactly one (eductational) video game in the house. These kids can entertain themselves for hours. Their imaginations are frighteningly well developed.

The other two kids, raised in a house much like mine where TV was king, need to be stimulated constantly.

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