austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

No psychodrama city, don't need none today

The Pickwick Papers is really long, but it was useful in regards a stack of blank CDs I bought in maybe 2002. Maybe that needs explanation. Way, way, way back sometime or other I bought a set of blank CDs, when I thought I might use them to make the regular backups that I was always going-to-do and never quite got around to. (I think I've only once suffered a serious loss from hard drive failure, but still.) I was almost as good about this as you figure, and the roll of fifty blank CDs shrank very slowly. But if I need my thesis data that I didn't use again, I've got it, on a disc helpfully labelled ``THESIS 3a'' or something like that, with only a 25 percent chance that something didn't go wrong during the burning and I was too cowardly to throw out the disc, so there are other ``THESIS 3a'' discs out there.

Mostly the roll sat there taking up space (and I don't think I took it with me to Singapore anyway), occasionally taunting me with its continued existence. Don't think I didn't consider throwing it out, but That Would Be Wasteful.

Anyway, last year, I took to the habit of copying audio book CDs from the library into iTunes, as protection against the books coming due before I'd finished listening to them, which had interrupted my hearing of several books. I only recently realized I could just burn the ripped copies onto these blanks. And by compressing the audio files into 32kb whatnot, and burning them as data discs which it turns out I can too play in my car, I could (a) fit most ordinary books onto a single disc, and (b) put all these unused blanks to good use.

And that's how I came down to my final two discs of this ancient spindle. The Pickwick Papers, at 25 audio discs, comes in compressed at something like 800 megabytes. And so despite the offensively large amount of free space being split across the two discs, I've now used them all up and have a completely empty spindle ready for me to accidentally step on.

I'm definitely not buying a 50-disc spindle to replace it, that's for sure.

Trivia: Oxygen for Alan Shepard's Mercury spacesuit entered through his torso and left through the helmet. Body odor was drawn off by the use of activated charcoal. Source: This New Ocean: The Story Of The First Space Age, William E Burrows.

Currently Reading: Live From Cape Canaveral: Covering The Space Race, From Sputnik To Today, Jay Barbree.


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