Little White Beast

If there was ever evidence of the Devil’s hand in the affairs of men, it would be the little white beast which has perverted society to the point where people carry it around with them willingly, its tender white tendrils enwrapping the masses drawn in by the oh-so-innocent promise of joy, even as those around acknowledge how short lived that joy would be. Anything else that makes this many people this anti-social would have been legislated to the nth degree, as concerned parents and civil libertarians alike argued about the harm to society in the long term.

But no, they’re all in it. All tempted by the sweetness, the deceptively simplistic and straightforward appearance, as though it was something that made your life better. Oh no, dear friends, it is an addiction. The very definition of hedonism. Once it has you in its grip, it’ll never let go. Ever. And when you’re deprived, the sweet white drug there but just not quite, you’ll curse and wail and will wow “Never Again!”, even annunciating the capitals. Because that’s how frustrating it is.

But at the end of the day, when you finally make the breakthrough, when everything is on the road to recovery and the metaphorical horizon stretches out in front of you, promising a return to those cherished memories, you’ll take back those words, you’ll laugh at why you were frustrated, and you’ll just cross another one of those nine lives off, wondering if this one will last a month or six; you can never quite be sure, can you? C’est la vie, they say.

24 thoughts on “Little White Beast”

  1. sigh…. I didn’t need to hear that. I am still innocent and naive and I still believe that mine will be different! DON’T TAKE THAT HOPE FROM ME! it’s the only thing I have left…

  2. Don’t worry Fay, mine’s fine. I use it regularly and got it before Karan got his. Maybe his is cursed.

    CURSED!!!!

  3. oh if you get a Nano all you have to worry about is the scratches & the LCD. Mine occasionally has the hard drive tic of death, which sounds very nasty but can be fixed with a bit of a shake (believe it). plus, I believe the new ones are a lot more reliable.

    I think mine is just used a lot (3~4 hours a day at least) and gets thrown around a bit, which is probably not the best thing to do…

  4. ^_^

    so what are you going to do with it now? fix it urself (with more shakes) or give it to the ipod shop?

  5. it’s not broken >.< it just occasionally freezes (i.e. can go days at a time no probs, or perhaps an hour, it varies) and i have to reset... and sometimes go through a longer process where i reset it, put it in disk mode, reset it and then it's working again.. and if not i listen for the tic and give it a thump... It's working dammit >.< any other $600 product with this much quirkiness would be branded criminal, but when it's good, it's good. hint to future buyers: get the extended care plan.

  6. Hehe, my ipod is relatively okay, but does freeze occasionally. Not dead yet though. That thing is amazing…

    Your comment reminded me of the bill gates/GM response that you’ve probably heard before, but here it is:

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    At a computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated: “If GM had kept up with the technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.”

    In response to Bill’s comments, General Motors issued a press release (by Mr. Welch himself) stating:

    If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

    1. For no reason at all, your car would crash twice a day.

    2. Every time they repainted the lines on the road, you would have to buy a new car.

    3. Occasionally, executing a manoeuver such as a left-turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, and you would have to reinstall the engine.

    4. When your car died on the freeway for no reason, you would just accept this, restart and drive on.

    5. Only one person at a time could use the car, unless you bought ‘Car95’ or ‘CarNT’, and then added more seats.

    6. Apple would make a car powered by the sun, reliable, five times as fast, and twice as easy to drive, but would run on only five per cent of the roads.

    7. Oil, water temperature and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single ‘general car default’ warning light.

    8. New seats would force every-one to have the same size butt.

    9. The airbag would say ‘Are you sure?’ before going off.

    10. Occasionally, for no reason, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key, and grabbed the radio antenna.

    11. GM would require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of road maps from Rand-McNally (a subsidiary of GM), even though they neither need them nor want them. Trying to delete this option would immediately cause the car’s performance to diminish by 50 per cent or more. Moreover, GM would become a target for investigation by the Justice Department.

    12. Every time GM introduced a new model, car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

    13. You would press the ‘start’ button to shut off the engine.

  7. lol, you can tell that joke is a little old now =)

    Also,

    6. Apple would make a car powered by the sun, reliable, five times as fast, and twice as easy to drive, but would run on only five per cent of the roads.

    should probably be

    Apple would design a car that came in white and lacked any obvious controls other than a touch-wheel in the middle of an empty dashboard. You could never actually turn the car off. It would be obsolete in 6 months.

  8. hrmp well my ipod has died for the 4th freaking time!!!!!!! argh karan i’m sure u can walk up to the apple head quarters and bomb that joint
    do it!!! do it!!!!

  9. omg i just tried to turn on my ipod and instead of giving me the normal folder with !
    it gave me a flat line
    its dead… gone for ever
    bomb it i say!!!! *shakes fist* at apple people for not giving me a refund 2 ipods ago *cries*

  10. Chicky, I recommend Creative. Do not listen to Karan’s evil, evil “iPod is sweet” message. Come, to the Dark Side.

  11. Hehe, well hey, I’d prefer the black. Anyway, I do feel for you guys, I know it’s a huge pain when the music’s gone.

  12. I think I’d snap Nano’s like *THAT*. I agree the Nano is the smallest out there for size…but its so bloody expensive for the things it does! I’d rather spend the extra and get a fully grown iPod.

  13. they’re not actually that easy to snap, they just look delicate. It’s not that much more expensive than comparable flash players, and while yeah, its price per GB is pretty high compared to the full iPods, there’s the issue of affordability. Plus, they’re just so dang tiny that they probably are worth it.

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