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I'm going to Malta next week, and to Spain at the end of September, and so I have decided to get a new MP3 player so that I don't kill myself while on the lovely, incredibly dull British Airways planes, and the car journeys that invariably follow. I was thinking of getting one of those 5gb Creative Zen Micros. I don't want an iPod, because A) they're more expensive and apparently do less, B) everyone has the bloody things and I don't want to have to write my name on the back of it, and C) they don't appear to play WMAs. What does everyone think of the Zen Micro? Does anyone have any horror stories they can tell me? More importantly, does anyone have any money they can give me? Also, I was wondering if anyone knew of any players that are capable of playing .ogg files? Or any players which double as firearms which can pass through metal detectors without notice? And finally, the most important part of this post. What does everyone think about badgers? meles-cub-1a.jpg Badger is the common name for any animal of three subfamilies, which belong to the family Mustelidae: the same mammal family as the ferrets, the weasels, the otters, and several other types of carnivore. There are 9 species of badger, in three subfamilies: Melinae (the Eurasian badgers), Mellivorinae, (the Ratel or Honey Badger), and Taxidinae (the American Badger). The name is possibly derived from the word badge, on account of the marks on the head; or it may be identical with the term noted below, the French blaireau being used in both senses. Typical badgers (Meles, Arctonyx, Taxidea and Mellivora species) are short-legged and heavy-set. The lower jaw is articulated to the upper, by means of a transverse condyle firmly locked into a long cavity of the cranium, so that dislocation of the jaw is all but impossible. This enables the badger to maintain its hold with the utmost tenacity. The collective name for a group of badgers is a "cete". A common nickname of the Badger in the British Isles is to call it a "Brock". This was mentioned in "The Badger", written by Ernest Neal in 1948. Many years ago, people believed all sorts of things about badgers. These old sayings and stories (folklore) seem very strange today! For instance, people used to say that badgers had legs that were shorter on one side than the other. This was supposed to be because badgers often walked on sloping ground on the sides of hills! Some people thought that badgers could bring bad luck. This rhyme dates from about 200 years ago: Should one hear a badger call, And then an ullot cry, Make thy peace with God, good soul, For thou shall shortly die. So, according to this bit of folklore, if you hear a badger call, then hear an "Ullot" (an owl) hoot, you are not long for this world! American Badger (Taxidea taxus) The American Badger ranges over the greater part of the western and central United States as well as northern Mexico and southern Canada. Like the Eurasian badgers it is a powerful digger, but some of its behaviors differ from those of its relatives. T. taxus is more carnivorous than the Meles species, and does not inhabit a permanent sett, or hole. Unless it is courting or rearing young, the American Badger lives apart from others of its kind. It hunts, wanders and sleeps in temporary burrows within a given territory, often inhabiting holes excavated by other animals and sometimes even sharing space with the original tenants. Badgers and Humans The badger's skill at digging has led to folk beliefs that the animal's paws give good luck in childbirth. The Pueblo people consider the badger great healers and believe them to be intimately connected to their shamans. Japanese legends include shapeshifting badgers. The badger does not usually seek to attack, but, when driven to bay, its great muscular power and tough hide render it a formidable antagonist. Consequently the animals were used in the cruel sport of badger-baiting. Badgers are listed in Appendix III of the Berne Convention, but are not otherwise the subject of any international treaty or legislation. Badgers are hunted in many countries, either as a perceived pest, or for sport. Many badger setts in Europe were gassed during the 1960s and 70s to control rabies. Badger Digging Badger digging is the process of digging a badger out of its sett. Terriers (a type of dog) or dachshunds (or badger dogs) are used to locate the badger in the tunnel, after which the diggers attempt to dig down to the badger. If the badger tries to dig to escape, the dog will attack. Sometimes radio transmitters are attached to the dog to help in its location. The captured badger may sometimes be released elsewhere, but is more often killed or used in badger baiting, in which a badger is put into a pit and made to fight dogs. Badger Aphorisms The phrase "Don't call the badger a bishop" derives from the practice of badger baiting. To call the badger a bishop is to imply that the badger's overwhelmed condition somehow makes it virtuous, when it is, in fact, just a badger. Thus, the term means committing the fallacy of projecting virtue on to the oppressed or disadvantaged. Finally, do you think that badgers have and use MP3 players? What would a badger choose and why?




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#2 13 years ago

I love badgers. My cat eats them.




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#3 13 years ago

Does it use any kind of sauce? I hear that badger meat is quite dry on its own. Hairy too.




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#4 13 years ago

i <3 badgers, but i havent got a cat :(

as for mpmpmpmpmpmpmpmpppmpmpp players i have an iriver ihp 140 (i bought the 40gb as it was only £20 more than the 20gb, it plays ogg files also mp3,wma and wav, but i dont think its made any more, although there may be some still available. the new version is similar but has a color screen.there is no software with it as its just plug and play also you can tranfer photos directly from a digital camera apparently, i might look for reviews on it as i use my 140 as a backup device not just for music. also use it in the car by plugging in one of those cassette adaptors

http://www.iriver.com/

the one i have is still available at the usual mp3 websites after having a look, the new version is around £280 for the 40gb


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#5 13 years ago

a review courtesy of good old tom

http://www6.tomshardware.com/mobile/20041005/


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#6 13 years ago

That one looks good, but it's pretty much in the wrong price range for me. As I'd probably never use 20gb, much less 40gb, I'm sticking to the mid-ranged versions at about £120-£150.




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#7 13 years ago

ah ok mr matt san, just found this site which lists all the ogg players if thats what you are looking for

http://wiki.xiph.org/index.php/PortablePlayers


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#8 13 years ago

ooh as for firearms well i dont know how to use them, and i dont like loud noises, and the sight of blood makes me sick, and what are you going to do with a firearm disguised as an mp3 player?, and have a nice time in malta and spain, and send us a postcard, and dont get sunburnt, and dont get drunk and act like a typical brit on holiday, and :cya:


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#9 13 years ago

The controls on the Zen are a little bit too crappy and insensitive for my liking, there better on the ipod. But I'm biased, although I have used a Zen Mirco, I actually own an iPod Mini.