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Jeff Vorva's Editor's Notebook: Tuff Shuffle, snow records and are you Cy-rius, Miley?

Jeff Vorva's Editor's Notebook:

 

jeff columnDuring several of the many snowstorms – including Monday’s    – I was out with the snow blower jamming to a hot mix of Kraftwerk cover songs.
On an old iPod shuffle. One that my daughter, Lauren, had back when Hillary Duff was putting her makeup on a Saturday night.
Last week on a cold, cold night, my son, T.J. and I were in a broiling hot Apple Store in the Orland Square Mall and replacing his iPhone which suffered some recent software and hardware woes that came with a bill that made me say “woe is me.”
To date, our four-member family has purchased five iPhones, five or six iTouches, three iPod Classics, two iPod Nanos, two Shuffles and an iPad. And that’s doesn’t cover the uncountable number chargers and headphones we have gone through.
Most of these expensive items have had garbage software problems. To this day, I have no idea why my second Classic crapped out. That was unfair.
Some suffered hardware problems.
My son’s iPhone and daughter’s iTouch both suffered cracks at the same friend’s house in Wheaton. In different years. T.J.’s was mangled playing basketball. Lauren’s crack came while her device was in my wife’s Maggie’s purse and we presumed safely put away in a closet.
Nope.
Some of the younger kids got into the closet and must have had a hat dance with the purses.
I have a lot of problems with Apple and its products and judging by the many message boards out there in the Internet world, I am not alone. They make their products to be broken.
But through all of this, our little blue 1 GB iPod shuffle, is still going strong.
It survived a lot of stuff.
It’s hit the floor a few times. It was lost for several months. It’s been in freezing cars in the winter and steaming cars in the summer. It fell in the snow a few times.
It survived the wildest variety of music you could fill it with. My daughter’s teenybop pop, my son’s rap music and my wild music that includes crazy rockabilly and loud metal-industrial masters Laibach and Rammstein should have melted its innards long ago.
But it’s still working.
So, it appears that Apple accidentally made a product that can’t be broken.
It’s a miracle.


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Saturday’s forecast is for more snow!
I believe that it has snowed every Saturday in 2014 so this is no surprise.
While most of us are sick of snow and cold, the word is that this is only the third highest snowfall in the Chicago area and we are about 20 inches short of breaking the record.
The question I will throw out to the floor is this: Do you wish for another 20 inches in the next month or two so we can brag that we survived the worst winter in history? Heck, we’ve gone this far, why not go for it?
Or do you just want this #$%#@ snow to end once and for all on Saturday?
While standing knee-deep in snow at the end of the driveway caused mostly by the plows on Tuesday morning, I think I know my answer to that question.

Wrong about Miley
This week Miley Cyrus was performing a concert in Tacoma when someone threw a thong on stage.
Cyrus picked it up and put it in her mouth.
Unless the thong was thrown by a plant in the audience (the maybe-late, great Andy Kaufman used to use audience plants all the time) the thong thrown from the throng could have been anywhere, and this goof is putting it in her mouth. Who knows where that thing has been?
Kids, don’t try this at home.
I remember when Cyrus was the TV star on “Hannah Montana” I thought there were times when she had some comedic chops and timing and if she worked on it a bit more, could have been in Lucille Ball territory.
But instead of becoming a really good comedian she is turning into a sad clown.