2014 has seen some substantial changes in my life, but of course all are temporary and thus of no significance in the grand context of eternity.
Perhaps the one I notice most just now, however, is that 2014 was the year that I at last overcame my prejudice and bought an Apple product, to wit an iPod Classic. I was forced to do this by the fact that an upgrade to my PC had rendered my old way of making playlists (Sony Atrac 3) otiose and unusable. The iTunes promise was one of a sunlit future of almost magical control of playlists, and at first so it proved. Indeed the iPod has on it two utterly splendid playlists, one called “Picnic” with over 600 tracks on it, and another called “Nice Enough To Eat” with over 400 tracks on it. For the significance of these names to me, please see way above in this blog. Unfortunately, since September iTunes has steadfastly refused to recognise and identify the CDs I feed into the PC, so playlist making has ground to a halt. The good people at Apple are foxed by the problem, and I must admit that I am at a bit of a loss to know where to go from here.