I scored some epic loot this weekend.
On Friday, a package arrived with this in it:
That’s a Pelikan M400 fountain pen, in the White Tortoise color pattern. Robin doesn’t care for the tortoiseshell striped celluloid barrel, but I think it’s purdy-like, so there. It’s not the brown Torty, but it was #2 on my list, and someone had this one up for trade on the Fountain Pen Network classifieds, so I made an offer that wasn’t refused.
Then, on Friday evening, Robin ordered some stuff on Amazon, and then informed me that in addition to a Razer Naga gaming mouse for herself, she had purchased one of these for me:
That would be a Mac mini. It’ll be my first new desktop Mac since, oh, 2001 or so, and I’m pretty stoked about it. The ION box I put together works fine, but it’s not a Mac, and this box will handily outperform it while taking up even less space. (Ever seen a Mac mini in person? It’s ridiculously small , like five or six CD cases stacked on top of each other.) The ION shoebox will go back behind the TV to serve as a media center and household file server, a job for which it is eminently well suited due to its big hard drive, low power consumption, and fanless design. When I had it hooked up to the TV before, we were watching iTunes flicks off the hard drive and playing World of Warcraft on a 32” screen, which is good fun.
So yeah, I made out like a bandit this weekend. Now I just need to wait for the Big Brown Truck of Happiness to bring me my new Mac mini. This time, I’ll try not to compulsively refresh the tracking information at UPS every three hours.