Monday, November 01, 2004

...about us, and and they talk to some...

First, a few people have written to correct me about yesterday's post, to wit:

Dear Neil, You may want to let the under 21's know that the Thea Gilmore gig in Philadelphia (at Tin Angel) is 21+ If people want to get a reserved table near the stage (it's a pretty small venue all told, capacity circa 150) they can do so by having dinner at the attached restaurant downstairs, Serrano. Just tell the person taking the reservation that you are also going to the show. Or make a reservation when you buy tickets by phone or in person. Since it's a folk club hopefully we will get a Ramones or Buzzcocks cover... Should be a great show.--lapis

Yup. I missed the "over 21" thing on Sorry for getting anyone's hopes up.

And the next two posts are positively the last word on iPod batteries (unless someone discovers that iPod batteries can cure cancer, transmute base metals into gold, or levitate frogs).

Neil, on the subject of iPod batteries, you and your readers might find this link helpful.
It explains how you don't need to drain the battery all the time, but it's good to do occasionally to help keep your indicator working fairly accurately. They recommend every 30 cycles. All batteries of that type have a 2-3 year life; it's not a failing of the iPod ones in particular. They actually have a longer lifetime if you use it more often. If you're not using the battery for a long period of time, you may be able to prolong it's life by leaving it in a cool space at a 40% charge.Not necessarily as interesting is some additional information about warranties from Apple's site ( service for eligible repairs is available at no charge for twelve months from the date of original retail purchase ("date of purchase"). A $29.95 shipping and handling fee will apply to all warranty repairs performed six months after date of purchase. Apple offers two service options for iPods that are no longer within warranty. If your iPod requires service only because the battery's ability to hold an electrical charge has diminished, Apple will replace your iPod for a service fee of $99, plus $6.95 shipping. If your iPod requires service for any other issue, Apple will replace your iPod for a service fee of $249, plus $6.95 shipping. All fees are in US dollars and are subject to local tax.

and also, because the FAQ was really good,

Hi Neil, I was given an iPod two weeks ago (1 week before iPod Photo was released doggoneit!) and I've been doing some research on the iPod battery. I've found this site to be of great help: Perhaps you and some of your readers might too?
Cheers and looking forward to your next audio cd. I see that DreamHaven has it listed on already. :)

And I went and looked and discovered that "Speaking in Tongues", my next audio CD, does indeed have its own page at DreamHaven's -- (In the end they went with a moody Michael Zulli watercolour of me as the cover, which is now up, and the me-and-the-angel drawing is on the inside.) It should be out very soon.

Hey Neil, Happy Halloween. In case you didn't already know, there is a small piece of enjoyable Halloween fiction by Susanna Clark in The New York Times today. Dennis

And I've used the New York Times Link Generator to make a link that will not die: Click here to read a new story by Susanna Clarke.

Right. Now I'm going to write more novel.