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A Guy's Moleskine Notebook

Thoughts and reflections on works of fiction and literature. Pondering of life through pictures and words. Babbling about gay rights. Travelogues and anecdotes.

  • [1] Annie Proulx: Brokeback Mountain
  • [2] Arthur Golden: Memoirs of a Geisha
  • [3] Yu Hua: To Live
  • [4] Alan Hollinghurst: The Line of Beauty
  • [5] Colm Toibin: The Master
  • [6] Carlos Ruiz Zafon: The Shadow of the Wind
  • [7] William James: The Varieties of Religious Experience
  • [8] Charles Higham: The Civilization of Angkor
  • [9] Graham Greene: A Burnt-Out Case
  • [10] Dai Sijie: Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch
  • [11] Alan Hollinghurst: The Swimming-Pool Library
  • [12] Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita
  • [13] Colm Toibin: The Blackwater Lightship
  • [14] Alan Hollinghurst: The Folding Star
  • [15] Ross King: Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
  • [16] Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov
  • [17] Jonathan Franzen: The Corrections
  • [18] Colm Toibin: The Story of the Night
  • [19] John Banville: Shroud
  • [20] Leo Tolstoy: Resurrection
  • [21] Peter Hessler: River Town, Two Years on the Yangtze
  • [22] Ian McEwan: The Atonement
  • [24] Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Love in the Time of Cholera
  • [25] Ignacio Padilla: Shadow without a Name
  • [26] Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose
  • [27] Richard Russo: Straight Man
  • [28] Fyodor Dostoevsky: Notes from Underground
  • [29] Alan Hollinghurst: The Spell
  • [30] Hermann Broch: The Death of Virgil
  • [31] James Baldwin: Giovanni's Room
  • [32] Ken Kesey: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • [33] Xingjian Gao: One Man's Bible
  • [34] C. Jay Cox: Latter Days
  • [35] Harper Lee: To Kill A Mockingbird
  • [36] William Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew
  • [37] Daniel A. Helminiak: What The Bible Really Says about Homosexuality
  • [38] James Baldwin: Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone
  • [39] Kenji Yoshino: Covering - The Hidden Assault of Civil Rights
  • [40] Italo Calvino: If, On a Winter's Night A Traveler
  • [41] Arthur Phillips: The Egyptologist
  • [42] George Orwell: 1984
  • [43] Michael Warner: The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and Ethics of Queer Life
  • [44] Andrew Sullivan: Virtually Normal
  • [45] Henry James: The Wings of the Dove
  • [46] Jose Saramago: Blindness
  • [47] Umberto Eco: The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
  • [48] Dan Brown: Da Vinci Code
  • [49] Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go
  • [50] Ken Follett: The Pillars of Earth
  • [51] Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace
  • [52] Michael Thomas Ford: Alec Baldwin Doesn't Like Me
  • [53] Jonathan Franzen: How To Be Alone
  • [54] Jonathan Lethem: The Fortress of Solitude
  • [55] Matthew Pearl: The Dante Club
  • [56] Zadie Smith: White Teeth
  • [57] Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Double
  • [58] Jose Saramago: The Double
  • [59] Andrew Holleran: Dancer from the Dance
  • [60] Heinrich von Kleist: The Marquise of O & Other Stories
  • [61] Andrew Holleran: In September, the Light Changes
  • [62] Tom Perrotta: Little Children
  • December 01, 2006

     

    My New iPod Nano


    The serious consequence of my leaving the iPod Mini at home in Hong Kong is that now I have no music to pamper me to sleep. Don't laugh, I have made it a habit to put on some music, usually classical and easy listening, that will put me to sleep, since nobody is telling me bedtime stories. So for my birthday I treated myself a brand new iPod Nano with 8 GB. Unfortunately it is only available in black and red (odd combination of colors). I opted for the black it for a more slick look at the Apple Store on Stockton Street.

    It's one delicate piece of toy that, until the arrival of the iPod case shipment, I have to toss in a roll (maybe not a roll) of saran-wrap to protect the fragile screen and keep the dust out of the control knob. I registered the new iPod on iTunes and set the update mode to manual. I have a pet peeve of not being in control of things: The automatic update mode, although very quick and convenient when you connect the iPod to iTunes, does not categorize the songs into respective playlists. I like certain songs to be grouped together under a playlist by the year of the albums' release, by artists, or whatever. And since most of the entries on my iPod are Cantopop (Chinese pop), for display purpose, I set the language to Chinese. The next acquisition would be the exquisite iPod dock by Bose.

    2 Comments:

    Blogger matty said...

    Yay! iPod! ...you know, I think the Red one is for the AIDS fund chairity. I think. Like Gap, Apple created a Red iPod/Nano for it.

    ...Or, I could be confused.

    that happens. ...and, with me -- more often than not.

    matty

    12/02/2006 6:11 PM  
    Anonymous Chris said...

    You have your iPod set to Chinese?? How queer. Ok next time we hang out you have to show me. How much did you spend on the 8 GB?

    12/02/2006 6:27 PM  

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