I found that an empty eye glasses case makes an excellent travel case for the 2nd gen ipod shuffle. This one is big enough to hold the shuffle, dock, and earbuds. Since the case is lined to protect glasses it does an awesome job of protecting everything.
And it makes it so much easier to find in my backpack! The first thing everyone says when they look at it is “I’d be so afraid of losing it.”
I bought this shuffle a few months ago after I’d quit smoking and reached the 3 week point. I love it, and it easily gets as much use as the 30GB ipod video my parents got us for Christmas.
You can see the full sized pic in the Gallery or at Flickr.
When I was in high school and into the first couple years of college I spent a lot of time as a theatre technician. I worked on set builds, set moves, light boards, cat walks, and any of the thousands of tiny jobs associated with putting on a stage production, but my most favorite was working sound tech. It gave me an appreciation for music and sound engineering that I had never experienced before.
As the years have gone by I’ve often wondered just how well my hearing has fared in comparison to those days when I could pick out a feedback loop before anyone else could hear it. Unfortunately I don’t have any previous test to compare against, but this site helped me get an idea of where I am now.
The basic idea is that humans are born with the ability to hear between 20 Hz (low end) and 20,000 Hz (high end). Over the years your ability to hear the top range will naturally lessen, and the site will help you figure out where you hearing is now. Just listen to a few mp3 clips and if you hear the high pitch tone it’s within your range. Keep in mind that once you no longer hear the high tone you are outside of your range. You’ll still be able to hear a noise in the mp3 just not the high tone itself.