posted on January 2, 2007 at 9:39 pm

gee fiendss
i hate to start the day off
with a negative feeling out there
but i think my fucking ipodd
just had a severe personality crisis
it cant get off the apple emblem
its going on and off n halfway on halfway blank
and to tell ya the truth i feel quite dismayed
i feel a little sick n worried that my carefully tended
hand selected filled with love n devotion machine
has contracted lunacy and is acting like a gone-un
i mean if it was my horse i’d have to shoot it
oh boy i hope i kept my warrantee
ha ha nervous laughter
sk : this isnt blogg i’s expecting to write
muse : get over it and stop crying over yer dead little friend there
sk : it cost like 600 bucks!
muse : what were you gonna listen to?
sk : the equatorial stars by f and e
muse : damn i like that that one too
sk : boo hoo
muse : when did you find out?
sk : just now! when i tried to turn it on..
muse : cant you get it fixed?
sk (miserably) i dont know….i dont know
muse : but a lovely view here nonetheless
sk : yeah…but i wanted some music
muse : course someone out there is thinking you should
play eye choons from ye olde lappy instead but…
sk : i cant cause im…
muse : on someone elses computer
sk : still i say boo hoo…
muse : describe your surroundings
sk : yer just trying to get my mind off my podd!
muse : shall i help you?
sk : go ahead…im fuckin’ too devastated here…
muse : sk is sitting in a study, a real study
like you might find leo g carroll or someone in
its walls are deep red
one door leading outside is black
another door leading to a room where e and m are asleep is wooden
the floor is wooden n polished
books line the wall
old tomes, medical textbooks
biographies of people long gone
the table he sits at seems to be a big plank of wood
with all its grains swirls whorls n stuff
outside the window are trees
strange pine-y looking trees with green mottled bark
a creek fed by the sea is still
as are the trees
the sky is a wan reluctant blue
sk is dressed in a black p=a tshirt brown shorts n explorer sox
he is tanned and trim but his face reveals tiredness n excess
sk : easy there…!
muse : down the south coast….where he loves it
sk : the south coast between sydney n melbourne
is some of the most beautiful, pleasant-climed
spiritually inspiring country in the world
muse : where your father died…just down the road
sk : yes…and that too…
muse : hows your mothers book going…
sk : was enjoying it till russell mentioned many !s
almost every sentence finishes in a ! (!)
muse : so what…?
sk : well i cant stop noticing em now…
muse : gentle birdsong fills the air
sk : im on holiday….
muse : by the seaside
sk(sadly): no keethy urbane though…
muse : its better this way…
sk : he wouldnt care if his ipod exploded…
muse : no i guess not
sk : is this the best we can come up with today?
muse : you wanna be fuckin’ lord tennyson every day?
sk : its just that, well, my readers…
muse : they cant expect baudelaire when ya pods kaput, man
sk : but…its just so unsatisfactory this way
muse : i know…we had a good blogge planned for today
sk : i was gonna reveal everything about…
muse : and all that deeply personal stuff about …
sk : shhh! ive changed my mind…im already being sued
muse : oh i forgot
sk : actually i was gonna tell the true story about..
muse : too soon too soon…keep that for later, ron
sk : yer right…as usual
muse : well i guess that is it then…
sk : yeah
muse : and yer trusty subscribers….
sk : fuck it! they better unnerstand im in shock n grief
muse : for a machine…some bohemian spiritual seeker…ha!
sk : im everybody and still a no-one

88 Responses to “hidden and unbidden”

  1. avatar
    Fandorin | 2 January 2007 at 9:45 pm #

    eeww— interrupting equatorial stars. naughty podd!!! all the best nevertheless, and a grande new year…!

  2. avatar
    John Garratt | 2 January 2007 at 9:56 pm #

    Being sued? For what?


  3. avatar
    veleska1970 | 2 January 2007 at 9:57 pm #

    your ipod’s kablooey already?!??!! wow~~you must have put some serious mileage on it. πŸ™‚ could russell take a look at it for you?

    about the warranty~~even if you don’t have the paperwork, you might be able to still do something with it through the serial number on the ipod…..good luck.

    lotza love….

  4. avatar
    a2 | 2 January 2007 at 9:59 pm #

    ipod probably just needs a reset – google ipod and reset to get a link to the instructions for your model – all will be good then – though hitting the nevets reset button may also be helpful

  5. avatar
    fantasticandy | 2 January 2007 at 10:03 pm #

    steve,try draggin’ ‘n’ droppin’ contents over to nearest computer as hard drive failure may be the problem. no frippertronics?,how frustrating. oh,joycie and i share a common habit don’t we!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good luck with saving the music,luv,andy L.

  6. avatar
    leelinau | 2 January 2007 at 10:06 pm #

    Yeah, thats how my sisters got fried. Apple symbol wouldn’t go away. Best Buy geeks said buy new battery and then refused to help OPEN it [they will not touch them w/o warranty] which is a MAJOR major chore. Replaced the battery and no, it wasn’t the battery, the hard disk was fried.

    Sorry mang. Hope its just buggin and will cooperate sooner… or later.

  7. avatar
    mandn | 2 January 2007 at 10:10 pm #

    oh my dear Orpheus, another fruit the cause of your woes? Apple and Eve? you’re still in Paradise this time right?
    so it can’t all be bad.

    K Urbane not stopped by to shower you with millions yet?
    How rude. He knows you’re there.


  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 January 2007 at 10:28 pm #

    You paid 600 bucks for that little black box! I love your dedication to music sk, I sympathise my sweet, hopefully by the time you’ve read this, all has been fixed.
    Sounds like a beautiful place you’re at with the Twillies, try to enjoy it while you can.
    Maybe give us the deep and meaningful tomorrow, ok!
    Love you always,

  9. avatar
    captainmission | 2 January 2007 at 10:40 pm #

    where’s laticia when ya need her, she’s an apple wizard but it sounds as if ya just need it reset.
    ah well there’s always the trusty ‘paperback’ there’s very little that can go wrong with a good one and its a fine way to kick back and relax while on holiday.
    best wishes

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 January 2007 at 10:42 pm #

    heard u were being sued a while back somewhere somewhen and funnily enuff was trying to work out yesterday with a mate by who…
    names popping up were nick ward (unlikely surely!) or maybe the commonwealth games organizers accusing you of not being invisible enuff at the opening ceremony. in any case, best wishes whatever the pending case may be.

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 January 2007 at 10:57 pm #

    muck wick nard!!!!!

  12. avatar
    triantelope | 2 January 2007 at 11:07 pm #

    That’s what happens when you buy a Crapple, unfortunately…. all too common.

    Hilarious blog tho…

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 January 2007 at 11:14 pm #


    Good day. How are you doing? I think last time I wrote it was still 2006, and now it is 2007, I hope your celebrations were good. It didn’t change much to me, maybe I’d feel a difference if I took one of those dragons of yours, but I’m afraid of these things, once I drank mushroom tea and started to cry like a baby, absolutely desperate, and later I laughed like craze, I just felt ok and enjoyed the trip after I got into a waterfall, then I felt that the sunrays beaming the rocks around the pool were made of gold, but it took me almost one hour (in a badtrip) to get there. So, it’s been a while since last time I took any little pill. Which means nothing is really happening here, where your night meets my day. Looks like not much is happening there as well. Your ipod’s gone wrong, Saddam is dead (what a shock to see the guy dead, broken neck and stuff, I mean, I grew up with that figure on TV, TV hosts saying Iran-Iraq, Gulf War, strange echoes of the past, and now the guy is dead, now I realize that I felt he wasn’t more than a historical figure, like Mussolini or General Franco, and that he would remain forever with a stiff arm, a shotgun pointed to the sky, like a statue, feels as if someone got Mussolini out of the books and hanged him, an absurdity, a tale from wonderland, and what a disappointment to see a tyrant killed by a tyrant… Myths from all around the world always taught us that the real magic is in the little David demolishing giant Goliath, but Goliath versus Goliath doesn’t change anything for us, doesn’t encourage anyone, makes me feel opaque), wheels keep on turning, etc.

    Anyway, despite ipods and all the rest of it, happy new year. Hope you get what you’re looking for, you’re a belcoeur…

    Hugs and best wishes,
    Dolly Lamb.

  14. avatar
    craig1.618 | 2 January 2007 at 11:43 pm #

    i never had the iPod do that but have had hard-drive malfunctions on the G5….i don’t know if this will be helpful or not but you might try picking up a copy of DiskWarrior….it’s very good at sorting out hard drive malfunctions and making sure file directories are in order….perhaps your friend the mac guru may be of assistance…if all else fails and you pick up a copy of DiskWarrior, and you need help, just send me an e-mail and i’ll walk you through it……hope it all works out

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 January 2007 at 11:52 pm #

    how did we ever live without it?

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 January 2007 at 12:23 am #

    This will give you more time to work on your blog – your subscribers demand it!!! (oops – know you hate the exclamation points).

    If you ever need Apple Mac advice, I’m a techie that works on and supports over 400 of the buggers for a living. Glad to give a hand if needed.

    ed in fl

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 January 2007 at 12:38 am #

    Happy New Year Steve and best wishes to you and those close to your heart.

    First. Go to the place you brought it from and ask them what the procedure is to have it repaired under warranty – or they may be able to suggest to you what needs to be done to fix it immediatley.

    Second. make sure that all your music on the iPod is backed up on your laptop for immediate download should the pod shit the biscuit completely.

    Third. Had a phone call from MWP last week in repsonse to a query I placed on his web page recently. Only problem was when I picked up the phone and heard “Hi, it’s Marty” I thought “I don’t know a Marty”. Then “It’s MWP from the Church” me thinks oh yes this is a windup good n proper”. But it wasn’t – it was MWP and we chatted for about 10 or 15 mins Yeeehaaarrrr!!!!

    Fourth. Am seeing yon crunchies at Sandalford end Jan can’t wait.

    Fifth. have contacted Eoin Cameron ABC 720 Perth breakfast announcer ref plugging for the church like he did with the Go-Bewteens last year. As crazy as it sounds but Eoins morning program is the highest rating breakfast show in Perth (from both am and pm). Shows demograhic is peoples 36+yo. We’ll see where it goes.

    Sixth. UTMWT was played on ABC yesterday afternoon – do you guys not get any royalties from radio??

    Seventh. Loved your blogge this morning. All will be good.

    Thanks Steve


  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 January 2007 at 12:41 am #

    Steve, this is your perfect opportunity to wander over to Keef and Niks and see if you could borrow a spare ipod? Then one thing will lead to another … you know, the music connection…perfect πŸ™‚ I can only offer sympathy, but maybe you could get the cup of tea from there too! Good luck!


    ps go Joyce!!!!!

  19. avatar
    CSTCoach | 3 January 2007 at 12:43 am #

    God’s teeth man, this is a crisis!

    I feel yer pain. I have a cheapo Sansa MP3 player. No probs yet, but the menu dis-organizes itself and I can never find nuthin. Nearly had a crisis on that recent expedition to the far north. Was waiting for a helicopter out, injured, holed up in a ruined quonset hut 200 miles from the nearest person, stuck there due to weather, with a few days of food to eke it out. Wuz staying in my sleeping bag to keep warm, listening to the choich, when the batteries ran out. My photographer had taken my spares when he continued on, but thanks to providence I found some stashed away in that hut. Woulda been a long 3 days without it, day and night blending together, nothing to do but wait, and think…

    “the south coast between sydney n melbourne
    is some of the most beautiful, pleasant-climed
    spiritually inspiring country in the world”

    I think I need to go there. Would you be interested in bumming around there with me, showing me SK’s south coast, if I can get a travel mag assignment to do it? The money sucks but we’d eat and drink for free LOL. Seriously, though. I’m game if you are.

    “brown shorts n explorer sox”

    See, yer already kitted out πŸ˜‰


  20. avatar
    stealthblue | 3 January 2007 at 12:47 am #

    Sorry to of your troubles with the micro-machine. I hope that matter resolves itself soon. Seriously, that can be a pain in the ass. Ya know, that is actually the way my poor little noggin is functioning (or NOT functioning I should say)today…the little apple insignia in my eyes just flashing just like your ipod. I think it is some sort of after effect from my treble night of parties and my poor CPU and liver are just kinda fried. ( I would have never said THAT 10 years ago!!) I tried to do some recording with my nifty new machine, but as my personal processor is not up to par today, I just said fuck it, went on upstairs, laid on the couch with a “blankey” and quivered, and turned on the movie “Cars”. Did you see it?? Quite good really, I would even say it was excellent as far as Pixar animations go. Plus, it is a great story about route 66 which is cool.

    Anyway, hope you’re well otherwise. All the best to the family. Happy New Year to everybody!! Think I’ll go back upstairs and quiver again πŸ™‚
    Lots o’peace and love,
    Ben V.

  21. avatar
    Steve Hassell | 3 January 2007 at 1:20 am #

    hey steve, do you own any steve roach? just curious.

  22. avatar
    Stephen Dennis Alouishes Patrick McGinney O'McHassell | 3 January 2007 at 1:23 am #

    cause if you do, please bring a few over here that I can borrow when you come over (I assume you are still coming around to everyone’s house and thanking them personally). thanks.

  23. avatar
    indigoruby | 3 January 2007 at 1:47 am #

    My ipod nano (which I only bought in October) has done that before too, but it wasn’t hard to fix – angst-causing, tedious and often time-consuming though these things are. I tried to turn it on the other day and it so desperately needed recharging that it was too feeble even to give me the Apple logo!
    Early on it seemed to have a really short battery life (which you DON’T need on a Sydney to Melbourne coach trip where there is a squawking baby!!) so I rang up Apple Support to complain. You get to speak to someone in India, but, as I discovered, that’s not always a bad thing. Anyway, the first guy I got was hard to understand as well as vague, so I rang back. The next guy I got was fantastic and I kept him on the phone for an hour and a half asking every question I could think of about the ipod and taking notes and getting him to take me through the instructions he had given me. (Turns out he had won a prize for customer service – an ipod of course!) I did a battery test and the thing played for even longer than he said it would.
    Something I was told: in order to be able to claim on your warranty you have to register your ipod by calling Apple Support and giving them the serial number.
    Good luck! Em

  24. avatar
    mi | 3 January 2007 at 2:47 am #

    your beautiful muse

  25. avatar
    e.r.e.i.a.m.j.h. | 3 January 2007 at 3:07 am #

    would i ever leave you?

    think about it
    this is not easy

    or hard
    it just

    yes. that cliche’
    or that one.

    no matter,


    bind us


    and woman




  26. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 3 January 2007 at 3:23 am #

    Ipods have a one year warranty, so you can get it fixed or swapped out if it’s still under that..Or maybe just restore it to factory settings??

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 January 2007 at 3:38 am #


  28. avatar
    metal_petal | 3 January 2007 at 4:09 am #

    Try a reboot.

    You should be okay.

    Otherwise it is dead battery and that’s easily fixed, too.

    I made the silly mistake of trying to move iTunes to an external hard drive when laptop memory ran out. And lost about 40% of my collection.

    I’ve left the problem ‘half-solved’ rather than facing the horrible truth, so my heart goes out to you. But I reckon your problem is easily sorted.

  29. avatar
    ambnt1 | 3 January 2007 at 6:14 am #


    I hate to say this, but you asked fer it. Don’t you know computers n’ music don’t mix? Computers just fuck everything up, squeezing brilliant music into tiny little files so aural magic is lost. People downloading songs and albums instead of buying CD’s. People burnin’ CD’s for their friends so the musicians lose out. Why, didn’t you know I bought the only copy of ULTC (on Ebay, that promo copy that sold for $300) and then burned 5,000 copies and sold ’em on the black market and to friends?? That’s why your royalty check is only for ten cents. And then what do you do when the computer/iPod breaks? You lose all your data. Now if you had the Eqqy Stars CD and a good old-fashioned cee-dee player you wouldn’t be in this mess! See, you should’ve bought a $20 CD player and a few CD’s and put the other $580 into a car built this century. But you got it all backasswards!! Oh SK, you’ll never learn, why do I even bother?! (as he sends more hard-earned dough via the evil Paypal, which took 50% of the only dollar Chris donated to the TB).

    What’s the uh, deal, with those iPod headphones anyways? It only goes in one ear?? How can you hear anything in decent stereo that way? I’d rather carry around a big ol’ CD player and plug in a pair of those big bulky Sennheiser earmuff type h-phones than carry a toy iPud (soundz like you got the iPud, the knockoff version of Apple’s). I would never buy anything called an “Eye-Pod.” Sounds like something out of a no-budget horror flick (“And then a large UFO crashed in the desert and hundreds of little eye-pods jumped out and started eating humans”)

    Sorry to rain on your iPod parade (looks like that already happened anyways), but I’m scared one day soon there will be no more album covers, no cee-dee’s, no liner notes, no lyric sheets, no record stores, just a computer chip you purchase off the Internet and plug into your cerebral cortex.

    Have fun w/ the iPlod (I mean iPod)!

    DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this comment do not necessarily reflect the views of Ambnt1 or any of its affiliates, and Ambnt1 takes no responsibility for said text being misinterpreted or used in legal action by above said companies. In addition, this comment should not to be misconstrued as “advice” but rather “food for thought.”


    n.p. Sostrah Tinnitus (named after the synth player blasted out his eardrums playing his low-rumble ambient drone too loud)

  30. avatar
    dig | 3 January 2007 at 7:17 am #

    Hey Sk

    Re: ipod

    1. If you ipod is under 12 months you don’t need to find your warranty (should be identified by model # and expected to be sold in a particular period of time),that is, all products have a compulsory warranty for a min of 12 months anyway.

    2. Even if your warranty has expired, it still really doesn’t matter, cos legally there’s an implied warranty, that is;
    -fitness for purpose and/or
    -merchantable quality

    3. Apple have received a heap of complaints for this type of thing so the process should be easier by now.

    4. Call Apple and ask what they are going to do about it, if not happy;

    5. Call Consumer Affairs, they should be able to point you in the right direction.

    6. You might have to write a couple of letters to get it fixed i.e to apple Aust

    7. They will probably not offer to give you a new one though only fix the one you bought, although you could;

    8. Call Apple Public Relations (in Australia not India) and tell’em your’re a huge fucking rock god with a massive cult following all over the world and you are a listed artist on itunes and have more cred than Bono and;

    9. Tell em you used the ipod as a note book for demo’s for future albums/reference, that the demos can’t be retrieved and you may sue for loss of future earnings.

    If you still have any problems
    email me:

  31. avatar
    Samosanx | 3 January 2007 at 7:24 am #

    I don’t have an ipod so cannot offer any advice however I have found that taklking to technology and lettting it rest for awhile often works.

    It’s true!

  32. avatar
    aidin | 3 January 2007 at 7:37 am #

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  33. avatar
    verdelay | 3 January 2007 at 7:52 am #

    I heard that Apfel have just released a basket that you can download all your eggs into.

    Costs a bird in the hand.

  34. avatar
    verdelay | 3 January 2007 at 8:08 am #

    …oh, and ambnt1, your humble servant harryflowers* is making an effort on the digital-only music front.

    An unconnected amateur, I release my songs entirely online in a digital format, with the website itself acting as a defacto album cover (with all the trimmings). Not the same, no, but it’s as close as I can get for a budget of nearly zero.

    Y’know, I’d love to release a seedee, but for the likes of me that would be a costly, speculative exercise in commercial suicide. I don’t have much of a head for business, but my antennas twitch wildly whenever I consider such a prospect. I don’t want to end up like that minor character in Peake’s Titus Alone who carts around remaindered copies of his unsold novel.

    Digital music allows fringedwellers like myself a way of getting stuff ‘out there’ without passing through a hungry filter.

    Does anybody actually listen…?

    Now that’s a good question. Not many, but those that do (my glamorous few) seem to like it, and that plants a grin in my regarden…

    You can download my little babies for free to hang in your basket up the stormy tree, waiting for the winds of wilful fate to blow your circuits away, away, I must away…

    *nb harryflowers is entirely fictional, and bears no resemblance whatsoever to anyone living or dead, especially himself.

  35. avatar
    davem | 3 January 2007 at 8:31 am #

    Unlucky with the ipod SK, but I’m trusting that your T-shirt was free….

  36. avatar
    Anothermouse | 3 January 2007 at 8:36 am #

    You could be sued for ‘passing off’ as the name Anonymouse is the very similar to anothermouse!

    There’s a few lawyers in here ain’t there, strange attraction don’t yer think!

    But quitely fuck off Ambnt1 or else…


  37. avatar
    isolde | 3 January 2007 at 8:48 am #

    sk wanted to be a lawyer

  38. avatar
    daniel 30, 5 | 3 January 2007 at 8:50 am #

    So you’re “sitting in a study, a real study
    like you might find leo g carroll or someone in
    its walls are deep red
    one door leading outside is black
    another door leading to a room where e and m are asleep is wooden
    the floor is wooden n polished
    books line the wall
    old tomes, medical textbooks
    biographies of people long gone
    the table he sits at seems to be a big plank of wood
    with all its grains swirls whorls n stuff
    outside the window are trees
    strange pine-y looking trees with green mottled bark
    a creek fed by the sea is still
    as are the trees
    the sky is a wan reluctant blue”

    and still complaining about a malfunctioning Ipoddie?
    Why don’t you just enjoy the silence for a while?

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 January 2007 at 10:59 am #

    Have you tried switching it off and on again…?

  40. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 3 January 2007 at 11:26 am #

    yeah sk
    my computer died on me about two months ago
    i.e. no recording studio!
    it’s driving me to the point of distraction
    i cop internet time at work
    or my mom’s house
    how’s that for living a rockyroll lifestyle!?!?
    good luck with your ipod
    i hear you, man
    i feel your pain
    ps…new comp comin’ soon!

  41. avatar
    eek | 3 January 2007 at 11:58 am #

    I hope your ipod isn’t toast, Steve. It’s so damned irritating when electronics quit. I’ll send ipod healing vibes your way.

    Gotta say I love the conversations between you and your muse. πŸ™‚

    And quit giving your mum a hard time about the ! I’ve seen a fair number of them in your blog sometimes. πŸ˜‰

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 January 2007 at 1:02 pm #

    The same sort of thing just happened to my iPod and, I know, it really sucks. BUT I have figured that to keep it running and from flucking up I can’t ever turn it off or else it has problems getting to the screen where I can choose to play songs or podcasts or whatever. So, if you can at least play a song, when you are through just switch the lock button on and don’t ever turn it off by holding play/pause button and make sure the batteries do not run out. And do not cry over it cos tears or any wetness (or even extreme humidity) will fluck it up. UGH. Let us know how it goes.

  43. avatar
    restaurant mark | 3 January 2007 at 1:22 pm #

    hey, hope your i-pod problems get sorted out…may not be anything major. don’t borrow one from keith though…his music selections might not be to your tastes. fripp-eno/brooks-dunn…totally different. thank god!!!

  44. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 3 January 2007 at 1:46 pm #

    muse : hows your mothers book going…
    sk : was enjoying it till russell mentioned many !s
    almost every sentence finishes in a ! (!)
    muse : so what…?
    sk : well i cant stop noticing em now…

    That is bloody hysterical!

    Joycie and I love to use !

    Hope your filled with love n devotion machine is working fine now and is over it’s severe personality crisis.

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 January 2007 at 2:47 pm #

    Is the Brian Jonestown Massacre on your ipod?

    Do you like them like Anton likes you?


  46. avatar
    gareth,notts | 3 January 2007 at 3:08 pm #

    just re-setting it usually works on mine….anyhoo,things could be much worse,you could be living in england,at this time of year! i’m sure the suicide rates must go through the roof…man,it’s fuckin grim oop north(ern hemisphere)!

  47. avatar
    Daberhasher | 3 January 2007 at 4:11 pm #

    ah yes, the bloody little buggers do drop the digital ball from time to time… reset, reload and resume will hopefully be your path there… probably wont be the only hiccup, sad to say… but i 2 do feel your pain, why just the other day i took a nasty fall on me skateboard and reefed my fretting ringo finger and left a lemon sized bump on my knee… my “good” knee at that… oh how that all paled when i later realized i landed on my nano as well, and my screen displayed what appeared to be a backdrop for the Acid Tests…
    initial despair was morphed into subdued glee when i found the little jewel still played my blessed music… “i don’t look at the damn thing” i thought, and sk8ed away, 40 year joints humming to the tunes….

    best of luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  48. avatar
    kat | 3 January 2007 at 4:41 pm #

    sorry about the tunes outage. there is always the ever popular but frustrating gmail. πŸ˜‰

  49. avatar
    davidcwelker | 3 January 2007 at 4:46 pm #

    the trumpets sound and mr sk’s eyepod is carried off in a golden chariot

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 January 2007 at 5:40 pm #

    dis-con-eck-ted from the thyme bein’

    adrift on a raft in the middle of the ocean (medusa?)

    i need mah fix man!

    olde king phillip of espana buyin and stealin all the hieronymous
    he can get his grubby paws on

    excuse me, you know i hate to complain.

    i never argued and i hate to explain.

    i understand and ahm sorry ’bout yer ipod.


  51. avatar
    ambnt1 | 3 January 2007 at 8:24 pm #


    “Fuck off??” Sounds like you have some issues. Pretty rude if you ask me. And the “or else” bit. Is that a threat? I thought this was a hate-free blog, but guess I was wrong.


  52. avatar
    JJ | 3 January 2007 at 8:38 pm #

    My son’s fried, but the Apple Store sent it in – and he got a refurbished one of similar age. They were still able to transfer all his music from one (stuck one) to the other.

    Don’t know if Apple has retail stores in Sydney though (?)

  53. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 January 2007 at 8:58 pm #

    I never knew musickers wore their own merch.

  54. avatar
    fantasticandy | 3 January 2007 at 9:13 pm #

    jeez,theese must be the dullest set of comments ever. no offence everyone, but yawn,yawn,yawn. luv,andy L.

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    Anonymous | 3 January 2007 at 10:26 pm #

    Take a deep breath and throw it out the window.

    John Garratt

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    Anonymous | 3 January 2007 at 10:51 pm #

    Restaurant Mark, hey there πŸ™‚ No, the plan is to load all of Steve’s songs onto Keethy’s ipod before he returns it, incl. the latest killah c/w song. Corner the market with a new genre … “country alt.spacerock”

    But i quite like John Garratt’s plan

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    restaurant mark | 3 January 2007 at 11:02 pm #

    oh…well then that’s just fine sue cee! love that idea…keethy will never be the same.

    country alt.spacerock…hmmm…i’m gonna have to think about that one for a while. there could be some serious consequences.

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    B Raine | 3 January 2007 at 11:26 pm #

    I choose to wear this stigma on my neck
    as i sleep my pillow holds the door to a key i never did see before

    but that aint the fact jack

    a key to cols breakfast
    lies with the paintings you set aside

    it lies with the lines on new years eve
    it lies on beeing fucked up
    tell me when is it right\
    when is it wrong
    it”fealt” fucked up

    and I actually dont smoked thank you…

    years of growth
    turned upside down
    poor me
    yeah poor mother f’ing me
    where were you when I
    was hungry
    where were you when
    I ached to spread my soul
    and I was covered and caught
    with a glass bottle

    so so easy to add it all up
    absoluteley O part in my LIFE]
    BUT YOU are the all knowing GOD

    That cannot take critisism
    I will defend myself
    from false claims

    and if annyone can say
    theve never been” fucked UP”
    driving with a buddy
    talkin and listin to music

    If Lines on the mirror
    tell you its ok once a year
    than what does each drink say
    as it washes away the pain

    change the chemical
    chnge the chemical

    sum me up in a jar

    time doesnt matter when isolation sets in

    and theres no blAIM \



    its f0—cked up that
    you tell me to shut the F UP
    and Im full Of S**t

    U never cared if or if could change

    all those ….subtle blowoffs I recall
    And when it came to a head..You were quick to make things “not feel right”

    Tell me “NO TRUST”

    Tell ya what U dont get My trust
    as one who can listen

    as one who cannot be bended
    or fathom That You put me in a category

    and instead of dealing w/ an issue
    You chose to beleive
    Your default


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    leelinau | 3 January 2007 at 11:59 pm #


    hmmm.. .

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    CeciliaGin | 4 January 2007 at 12:18 am #

    My Dad’s solution to fixing anything (iPod included):
    Go get a hammer or have something to eat.


  61. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 4 January 2007 at 1:16 am #

    I’m printing out this blogge’s comments, as i just bought an ipod and feel the TB tech support supporters may come in handy for meself at a later day.

  62. avatar
    missionman | 4 January 2007 at 1:36 am #

    Dump the apple,(unless their paying you)go with a wma/mp3 format and get paid for downloads like I do.


  63. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 January 2007 at 1:39 am #

    Does anyone know how Zoe went?

    Did she reach the no 1 spot?

  64. avatar
    veleska1970 | 4 January 2007 at 2:00 am #

    missing you, steve. πŸ™‚

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    Anonymous | 4 January 2007 at 2:22 am #

    where are you?

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    shawn_el | 4 January 2007 at 2:27 am #

    I have gone through two $400 ipods in two years and have resolved not to sink my money into those pieces of junk until they improve. Hopefully yours came with a good warranty.
    In any event the news today about the Home Depot exec cashing out for $210 Million (US) makes me wonder whether I should be spending my money supporting corporations like Apple at all…

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    eek | 4 January 2007 at 2:39 am #

    anon at 12:39 — re: Zoe
    I’m pretty sure she finished in second for the last month. However, the contest continues. The winner is out for more, but others continue. So she’s in it for another month.

    I just went to vote for her and she was in third. When I cast my vote it pushed her up to second! What a thrill! So if everyone votes everyday this month maybe we can push her to the top. πŸ™‚

    Maybe someone else could post a clickable link in this comments section again as I can never seem to get it right….

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    Anothermouse | 4 January 2007 at 2:40 am #

    Dear Ambnt1

    Your right that was really rude, was just meant to be a bit of a joke……..but yeah it was poor taste…..I can see that it was pretty rude now that I reflect on my comment. I’m actually very embarrassed now…..and there there is no threat…was just a bad joke.

    Sorry about that!


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    (('{~_~}')) | 4 January 2007 at 3:18 am #

    Here’s the link to vote for Zoe

  70. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 January 2007 at 6:21 am #

    Dear Steve- I promise I will not say ONE WORD about ipods.

    Yer the best.
    c escherbach canada

  71. avatar
    ambnt1 | 4 January 2007 at 7:10 am #


    thanks. I forgive you. (hug).


    where’s S.K.??? Missing my daily dose!

  72. avatar
    muse | 4 January 2007 at 7:15 am #

    we’re driving the apple down to eden
    and having a holiday
    and a secret conversation
    sorry …

  73. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 January 2007 at 7:29 am #

    Hey brother,

    Where fore art thou?

    driving up the coast or praying for the salvation of yr poddy?

    2007’s getting lonely…..

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    fantasticandy | 4 January 2007 at 7:49 am #

    the SK junkies need their regular fix. quick!

  75. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 4 January 2007 at 8:43 am #

    Looks like he’s taken a sickie.

  76. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 January 2007 at 8:46 am #

    Well he’s not getting paid for it….he hasen’t accrued enough sick leave since 22/11.

    Firm but fair.

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    syrinx | 4 January 2007 at 9:12 am #


    Then, one day when the muse needs to rest, maybe you could just copy down your podlist like the coolest hit parade ever for your blog entry. Downside: everyone has something on their mp3 player that they might feel the need to (ahem) explain. I have Kylie Minogue on mine. But damnit – I will NOT explain!

    (oh eye kain gettchu outta mah haid..)

    Just a thought. Sounds like some people have doable solutions for you. I’m not particularly trendy – I have a Sandisk Sansa. Will get all trendy when it dies. Good luck and may the tech gods be with you.

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    whorls n stuff | 4 January 2007 at 10:19 am #


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    Anonymous | 4 January 2007 at 10:22 am #


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    relic | 4 January 2007 at 10:49 am #

    I think Joycie read his nye blog and grounded him!

  81. avatar
    Robert Yellin | 4 January 2007 at 12:20 pm #

    Hold the middle roundel while pressing the menu button, that should re-set the bugger;
    No pussyfooting ain’t bad either.
    All the best from the foothills of Mt.Fuji

  82. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 January 2007 at 1:25 pm #

    these people have paid……..

  83. avatar
    persephone2u | 4 January 2007 at 6:37 pm #

    Don’t feel bad, Baudelaire would’ve been weeping profusely into his absinthe if his iPod had fallen prey to the gods of machine failure as well.

  84. avatar
    davem | 4 January 2007 at 7:03 pm #

    Where art thou SK?
    Have you got the ULTC T-shirt on today?

    Dave M

  85. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 January 2007 at 8:30 pm #

    fucking addicted again…withdrawal symptoms. kilbey, whats going on????? dont tell us you have a life oustide this hey!!!

  86. avatar
    colin | 4 January 2007 at 11:04 pm #

    I’ll bet you 50 bucks that you are dyslexic, you won’t be alone in this many of histories greats had this gift / affliction.

  87. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 January 2007 at 9:05 pm #

    Your voracious readers await you…

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