Friday, November 11, 2011

Recent and Random (bonus: Introspective)

Hello and welcome back everyone, it has been a slightly off week so far, as I came down with a little cold/cough/sicky thing, and so doing anything besides lying around like a log has been rather difficult. I have decided, however, that it is time to write a little more. Since I don't really have a specific topic in mind, I was hoping for more of a general update on what I've been up to since the last time I sat down to write. It's been a pretty exciting week in the world of tech, specifically for me but also for the population as a whole. After I reviewed life with an iPad/bluetooth keyboard case combination (henceforth known as my laptop as I really hate saying "my iPad" but saying "my tablet" just doesn't sound right either) I have used it a few times. Mostly the case comes in handy when I'll be doing more than a little bit of typing, but I also very much enjoy the variable reading angle the case affords as compared to the smart cover which allows for reading at about 10 and 80 degrees, or flat on a surface. The battery life has also been great, I charged the keyboard once although there was no indication its battery was low, it had just been about a week. All in all, the keyboard is very responsive and it feels extremely natural to touch the screen when the use requires is as opposed to reaching for the trackpad or mouse, which is exactly what I was hoping for. I don't feel at all awkward doing this, which is a small relief.

Secondly, I made another technology related purchase this week, and finally received it today after almost 50 hours of waiting (God Internet, why can't you do things faster? Just kidding I love you!) I finally got my hands on it. I ordered a Mophie juice pack air, which some of you iOS users may recognize from the apple store as one of those cases you see on the shelf which seems pretty well designed and looks fairly appealing but it's crazy expensive. Well, obviously with spending almost 700 dollars on my phone I'm going to want to give it a small amount of protection. On that note though, I had always told myself that if I was going to spend money on a case, it was going to be absolutely perfect or have some other thing which sets it apart. In the case, both of those demands were met, though one of them was only realized after the case arrived. The first, and more important point is that this case has a battery built in, one which provides an equal amount of power as the phone's does, and so in theory will double the effective life of the phone. While the battery life of the iPhone has never really been an issue for me, it is nice to not have to worry about recharging the phone when you're about to leave the house, knowing that with the flick of a switch you can extend your battery by at least one more day, or that if your battery is at between 40-50% after a full day of use, you don't have to worry about charging the phone the following day because you can just apply your battery pack and go. The second reason, this being the one which I only discovered after trying the pack for a few hours, is that the geometry of the case (wherein the battery and requisite electronics are packed into the base of the case) means that my thumbs don't have as far to reach to get to the keyboard, and so typing is much more comfortable than without the case. While this case was about 90$ with tax included, I really do think I will get enough use out of it to justify this cost, and I will continue to make purchases like this in order to experience life the way I want it to be.

Finally, on a more serious note, I would like to share a little about the thoughts which have been running through my head. I have been going through various life options in the last few months, as part of a more pressing issue which revolved around my realization that I have no idea what I really want to do for the rest of my life. I have put out applications and filled out forms at a few of the establishments which are most important to me, but somehow I still feel rather unsatisfied. Maybe this is because I haven't found my calling in life yet, even though I do have some ideas. Assuming a 100 year lifespan, which is quite generous even given modern medicine, I'm 1/4 of the way through my life. I think to myself that by I now I should have a general idea what my life should be about. I realize that in the current iteration of the world that many people are just like me who are wandering aimlessly through across the earth, but I know there's something huge I'm meant to do with myself. I have been made aware in various ways that I'm not just an average human being, but I can't quite bring myself to be extraordinary enough to turn any heads. In a world of 7 billion people, it is clearly very easy to get stuck in a situation where you are clear you don't belong but aren't given any obvious escape. While I know there are many things I could do above the average proficiency of individuals who make a living doing a given job, I am not going to just be noticed and given the right job for me. If I want something of this nature to take place, I will actually have to apply myself and make it happen. Maybe I should put in the extra effort to actually make this happen and things will change for me, but finding the motivation for such a monumental shift in the way my life has been for so long is going to take quite a bit of working-up-to. History tells me I will probably be okay, but nevertheless I'd really like something more substantial soon, another year like this would really have me questioning my potential. I can't say for sure that writing more this week won't turn very philosophical and introspective again, but I can't really know that for sure. However, here's hoping! If you do actually get through all of this to the end, thanks very much for reading! I'll give you a cookie when I see you, as I probably won't read this myself ever again, with the possible exception being sometime in the distant future when I'm an executive in a very successful business doing great things for myself and for the world!