Thursday, September 07, 2006
Hits just keep on coming
Jazzy's in the hospital. I'm trying not to think about it. They say he's doing well but there's a small chance that what he has won't respond to the treatment. In the meantime, he's hanging out behind the counter at the vet and being popular. It kills me that he's being cute and lovable and I'm not there to share in it.
Reading for distraction. On the El: After the Fall, by Judith Kelman. Was an arbitrary selection from the bookshelf. A psychological thriller, not that well-written, but interesting enough that I will stick with it to find out what really happened. On my nightstand: The Plot Against America, by Philip Roth. I generally enjoy Roth's writing and this is an interesting bit of alternative history. Kind of a frightening commentary on how charisma can make voters forget even the most deeply personal offenses.
Spent about an hour this morning trying to figure out how to hack the Overdrive DRM on the Chicago Public Library's audiobooks. They currently can't be played on iPods, which sucks since Overdrive is the library standard across the country and iPods are the most popular audio player. I could pay for software to do the conversion, but I refuse to do that. The only nonmonetary solution I can find is to write the audio files to CD, then import the CD audio to the iPod. This seems like a waste of CDs, though. I'm going to look into capturing an audio stream and let my PC play the books to itself during the day.