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Story outtakes, celebrity confessions and the latest pop culture news in the Bay Area

About Me
I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

My Articles

MY PICKS
CD: Common:"Be"
Music Video Eminem: featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Trailer: The Year of the Yao
TV: Harvey Birdman
Videogame: Fable

MERCURY REVIEWS
Art: The New Art of India
Bar: Boswell's
Book: Jill Scott
Club: Forum
DVD: Kinsey
Movie: Cinderella Man
Music: Sleater-Kinney
Restaurant: The Melting Pot
Theater:The Mambo Kings

SICK SITE
Earth and Sun Kiss

MY PLAYLIST

1. R. Kelly: "Trapped In The Closet"

2. Weezer: "Hold Me"

3. Bright Eyes: "First Day Of My Life"

4. Ringside: "Miss You" and "Criminal"

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  • East Bay Livin' : Ellen Lee's EB hunt
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  • SiliconBeat: News about tech money and innovation
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2005

    Ipod vs. PSP

    Yesterday my friend Danny and I had a debate on if we had tax return money, what best to use it on?

    Ipod (20 GB) vs. PSP?

    Here's our thoughts:

    Cost
    IPOD = $300, $1 a song; cheaper in the long run
    PSP = $250, $30-40 a game; way more expensive
    winner= IPOD

    Cool factor
    IPOD = the white headphones have become iconic
    PSP = judging from the demand, it's the got-to-have toy of the moment
    winner = PSP

    Fun factor
    IPOD = listen to any song you want when you want
    PSP = why just entertain your ears when you can get the eyes involved
    winner = PSP

    Breakability
    IPOD = small and able to fit into your jeans' back pocket
    PSP = a little clunky, so you have to have some big jeans to fit these
    winner = IPOD

    So that's a tie. But, PSP has already sold me (and I have both) so I would go for the PSP

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