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3RD GENERATION IPOD SHUFFLE
While the latest iteration of the iPod shuffle is
certainly the most prone to being left in your pants
pocket and meeting a spin-cycle demise, that's a
small risk to take for the cutest little MP3 player
you ever did see. So small you forget it's there, the
new four-gigabyte gadget - which holds approxi-
mately 1,000 songs - takes the music-on-the-go
efforts of Apple's shuffle concept to their most
ridiculous high yet.
At 1.8 inches tall by .7 inches wide and weighing
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only .4 ounces, the third generation shuffle hardly
seems big enough to be real. Many flash drives
of comparable size don't even have as much hard
drive space, not to mention their inability to simul-
taneously play music and make their owners look
like pretentious-yet-endearingly-cool hipsters.
And at such a light weight, many joggers - one of
the shuffle's main demographics - can listen with-
out being weighed down.
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So perplexingly awful an anti-matter bomb somewhere
inthe city. Symbologist Robert
even Robert Langdon Langdon (Tom Hanks, "Charlie
.d d Wilson's War") is summoned to
can decode help prevent the destruction of the
city using his knowledge of reli-
By HANS YADAV gious doctrine and cryptogram-
Daily Arts Writer deciphering skills.
What made the book "Angels
It comes as no surprise these and Demons" different (and per-
days when a film adaptation of a haps even better) than "The Da
highly success- Vinci Code" was its incredible
ful novel falls far suspense and fast tempo. This also
short of expec- * made it a stronger contender for a
tations. What is j movie adaptation. Yet the film still
surprising, how- moves so slowly. The moments
ever, is when a Demons between action sequences crawl at
movie repeats olumbia a snail's pace, with dialogue serv-
the same mis- log no other purpose than to keep
takes that made Aihe Showcase the audience abreast with Lang-
its predeces- don's god-like ability to discover
sor banal and clues where there almost certainly
unwatchable. Such is the case with can be none. It seems Langdon can
"Angels and Demons." Like "The say whatever he wants, whether it
Da Vinci Code," it is slow-paced, makes sense or not. For example,
shallow and offers nothing new to he calls a statue of a dove an "angel
viewers already familiar with the of peace" while scouring churches
highly successfulbookupon which for angelic or religious symbols.
the film is based. Doves are not angels. Because
The movie revolves around the of time constraints, Langdon's
age-old feud between the Catho- explanation-less comments throw
lic Church and science. Following the audience at the whim of any
the mysterious death of the Pope, additional absurdities scattered
Vatican City comes under threat throughout "Angels."
from a secret cult of dissidents, But statements like this can be
the Illuminati, who have hidden See ANGELS, Page 9