I’ve been rather busy packing up my life. It’s a time-consuming activity, one which raises questions like “how did I get so much stuff?” and “how did I get the money to buy so much stuff?”.
In spite of packing, I did have time to attend that Harry Potter party, get a copy, and read it in one 4-hour go into the wee hours of Saturday morning. I really enjoyed The Half-Blood Prince. No spoilers here, but I liked the overall feel of the book better than the last. I guess I prefer plot and world exposition to inter-character angst.
While packing, I’ve also been keeping myself busy re-ripping new music. At some point, probably during a recent software update, my copy of iTunes switched from the AAC encoder to the MP3 encoder. In addition to wasting my time by requiring me to rerip all of our recent purchase, it also wastes space on my hard drive and my iPod because it’s encoding at 192 bps instead of the 128 bps that AAC uses.
Speaking of my iPod, the addition of almost 2.5 days of music that my dad has accumulated over the last year has exceeded the capacity of my older 15 GB 3rd-gen iPod. At the moment, I’m just letting iTunes pick what gets loaded automagically, but I may prune my library or manually select what actually gets copied.
Such decisions will probably wait until I am settled in Boston. So many things to do.