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♫ Mah na mah na ♫ (or: The Search for a Ringtone and What It Means To Me) 
24th-Mar-2008 09:07 pm
byron glacier, alaska

It's been a while since I said hello to the small world that reads my blog, so... Hello!

I recently acquired a mobile phone for use here in the Netherlands. Yes, I have been disconnected for almost three months. In many ways, it was nice. But I found several reasons to jump back on the bandwagon, so here I am.

Another thing I (re-)discovered was this wonderful song performed by the Muppets: Mahna mahna (whatever that means).

I looked up the video after reading comments on this shirt design (which I love). As I was listening and reading, I thought it would be nice to have this sound on my new phone. So, I pulled it out, looked around the menus, and learned that it has a recording ability. Then, I'm somewhat embarrassed to say, I attempted to record off of my MacBook speakers the sound from the YouTube video. It was difficult, especially since every snippet of laughter and applause became nasty white noise on the miniature phone speaker.

Well, there had to be a better way. Perhaps I could find an MP3? Of course! Google led me right to mahnamahna.mp3, a decent quality recording without audience interruptions. So, yes, I next attempted to record that off the speakers. I really shouldn't be telling you this, should I?

But wait, this seems silly. (I finally realized.) Doesn't my phone have Bluetooth? I wonder.... So, I opened up the Mac's Bluetooth preferences pane. Let's see if we can ping my phone. Searching... nothing, yet. Okay. Maybe I need to enable it on the phone. Digging through more menus. Aha! Bluetooth: on. Got it!

I wonder if I can transfer a file. I can! Let's download that MP3 and send it. Ta da! Set as ringtone... done.

Well, suffice it to say that this was an enlightening adventure. I'm not usually a ringtone kind of guy. I'm too cheap to pay to surf the web on my phone and download some $2/€2 ringtone. And I'm generally too lazy to care. But this song has a special place in my heart. It just makes me smile whenever I hear it. So that is why I went to all the trouble.

Now, I just want people to call me so I can hear my phone ring. Unfortunately for the caller, however, I may not answer before the call switches to voicemail.

25th-Mar-2008 04:55 pm (UTC) - Total mahna mahna (and that means nonsense)
Why, hello.!! (yes...in that order of punctuation.)

Gosh...you're just going crazy with the music and currency symbols there. :P

I tried calling (yes...I really did), but I got a different kind of music. A kind that alternates between two very specific tones. It didn't really sound like Mahna mahna...but oh well. I'm really not even sure the call made it all the way to your phone.
25th-Mar-2008 07:04 pm (UTC) - Re: Total mahna mahna (and that means nonsense)
Thanks for trying, but, you're right, it did not make it to my phone. Also FYI, my US number should forward to my NL number, though it does cost me a bit for that call.
27th-Mar-2008 05:47 pm (UTC) - Re: Total mahna mahna (and that means nonsense)
Okay... FYI is duly noted.

PS: Mahna Mahna is nonsensically aaawweesoomme. The harmonies look like cows to me somehow.
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