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Why I won’t be getting an iPhone.

June 29, 2008

It pains me to say this, it really does.

I won’t be getting an iPhone.  I was looking forward to retiring a few items I would be replacing with my iPhone.  Things like my rather antiquated iPod, my cell phone, even my Nintendo DS.  I thought, given the plans everywhere else in the world, that maybe Rogers would offer a decent plan.  I was wrong.  I’ve spent the last few days trying to convince myself that purchasing the iPhone would still be a good idea, but to be honest even the cheapest (mandatory) plan doesn’t include enough of what I need to justify the purchase.  It isn’t even data I really need but a decent amount of text messages and call display, both of which just become added expenses on an already expensive plan.

So here is what I’m hoping:  So far all the evidence seems to be pointing to a massive dissatisfaction with what Rogers is offering.  I hope that people, even apple freaks like me, realize that we’re being screwed and don’t buy the iPhone.  If demand is slack rogers will be forced to rethink their strategy and reprice.

If that fails I have another hope.  This is that when the ongoing spectrum sale by industry Canada comes to an end we will see the emergence of another national carrier with GSM capability.  Heck, I even hope Bell gets in on the action.  Only when there is real competition will prices go down, but I’m not holding my breath.

My only consolation is that by 2009 there will hopefully be a newer, better iPhone.  An iPhone with plans I can afford.

Some links that brought me to this conclusion.
iPhone in Canada: iPhone pricing incurs Internet Revolts
Matthew Wingram: Rogers iPhone, Get a Second Mortgage
Update: Commenter Roger has a post where he breaks down some of the numbers here, also encourages people to sign a petition here.  I should mention that this petition is also pointed to by iPhone in Canada as well.

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Rediscovering lyrics.

June 27, 2008

I’ll be honest.  I could never stand Bob Dylan.  I know his songs are brilliant, I love how Dave Matthews Band does All Along the Watchtower.  I just can’t stand Bob Dylan’s voice.

The reason I say all this is because I’ve also been known to turn off a catchy song with a great melody because the lyrics are retarded.  The first time this happened was about five years ago with a (surprise, surprise) Limp Bizkit song.  Since then it has happened more frequently.

I still can’t listen to songs, no matter how good the lyrics, with poor production value.  I need hooky music, but I’ve also come to appreciate the need for good lyrics.  I’ve discovered a few lyricists who I like and thought I would point them out.  In no particular order…

John Mayer,
The first song of his that popped into my head was “Stop this train,” a song that reflects the fears of getting older that even I sometimes feel.  The line “So scared of getting older, I’m only good at being young” resonates with me.

Aaron Marsh, from Copeland.
I’m not really a huge Copeland fan they are ok, just not my style.  However I’ve just discovered “I’m a sucker for a kind word” which is fantastic.  The money line for me is “On the softness of her laugh I could almost make my bed but the racket of her absence draw in the sirens blaring.”  A very poignant line.

Ben Gibbard, Death Cab for Cutie
This is another band I’ve been off and on with.  I’m sorry I missed them in Toronto recently.  Their lyrics are frequently, profoundly sad.  In Your New Twin Sized bed he talks about someone who has gotten rid of a queen sized mattress in exchange for a double, believing they’d be alone.
You look so defeated lying there
In your new twin sized bed
With a single pillow
Underneath your single head

Strong but depressing stuff.  Brothers on a hotel bed is another such song. 
You may tire of me as our December sun is setting because I’m not who I used to be
No longer easy on the eyes but these wrinkles masterfully disguise
The youthful boy below who turned your way and saw
Something he was not looking for: both a beginning and an end

Finally, for this post, I need to throw in Dave Matthews.  Possibly my favorite contemporary lyricist.  It’s hard to pick a single song.  I would have to post all Grave Digger here so instead I’ll point you to it on Youtube.  The first stanza of Dodo is also incredible.
Once upon a time
When the world was just a pancake
Fears would arise
That if you went too far, you’d fall

But with the
Passage of time
It all became more of a ball
We’re as sure of that
As we all once were when the world was flat

Any thoughts?  Any lyricists you think deserve mention?  By no means do I believe this list is comprehensive.  These are just a few people who came to mind.

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Question…

June 15, 2008

…How do you get a nerd outside?