UP Saga 4-8: This Nifty GADGET for Media Scholars
I can now officially chase after interviewees without having to worry about running out of tape.
Meet Nobu-kun. I named him after Nobu from Nana because he’s so small, just like the manga character. Chitchat told me about this MP3 recorder from CDR King but when I got there (two branches of CDRK, in fact), it was no longer in stock. So I went in search of another electronic shop. I was led to The Electronics Boutique. The first digital recorders they pointed me to were so damn expensive. I was already running out of budget (and you’ll know this because I’ve resorted to shooting hoops in Timezone as I’ve only got free games left on my card).
Nearly on the verge of crying, I asked the salesman if they had tape recorders. Wah. I was that desperate. I’ve got a deadline to meet for my Communication 302 class and I badly needed the recorder. When he showed me the clunky looking things priced at P2,500, I was aghast. I would need to buy mini tapes, too.
He then remembered that there was one more gadget I hadn’t seen and he took out the Philips GoGear. It was cheaper than the Sony tape recorder and I didn’t even need to buy mini tapes. He said that I could also listen to music (225 songs) when I’m not recording. I asked if it wouldn’t be too dangerous to run after interviewees with something so small (it’s tinier than my palm) and he replied that it came with a neck strap. Cool!
(I was just a bit weirded out by the salesman when he glanced at my credit card and said, “Beatrice pala pangalan mo.” Oro?)
When I got home, I suddenly saw that it had a CD and it needed Windows XP or Vista. Ehh??? But the worries were blown away because I saw that it works like a USB when charging on a Mac. Hehehe.
Anyway, I’m going to wait for this baby to charge then I’m testing it. I’m not a fan of iPods, musical cellphones and such, but for media research, Nobu-kun would have to do.