Today, Apple announced the official release of the computing world’s worst-kept secret, the iPad. I highly recommend viewing the video for it over here at Apple’s official website. Of course, we’re all unsurprised by it for the most part. My initial observations were these:
"It looks like a giant iPhone!"
"The way they’re holding it makes it look like a Kindle."
The video even admits that it’s a lot like a big iPhone, and I’m really impressed by all the advancements Apple has made with touch-screen technology. While the tech has been around for a while, it has been iffy and without physical commands that have proven amazing in using my iPod touch: the pinch, the rotation, the swish of a finger.
As for the Kindle comment, it is indeed like that, only BETTER. It’s fully functional as a computer and you could also read articles and books on it easily in PDF form. As one of my friends on Twitter said, if Apple got the textbook companies to sign on, they would make BANK. If we could get away with not having full-size textbooks and save money that way too, then hell yes, everyone would be buying. At least everyone in my demographic.
Finally, the price is amazing. $499!? Yes, please!
[This leaf brought to you at the suggestion of writeoneleaf- go check out that awesome tumblog!]
A. I’m very annoyed by these community-type tumblogs taking advantage of the ability to submit questions. It’s one thing for an individual’s blog to do it- yes, we know who’s running it and you’re asking a single person the question. On the other hand, if it was really a community, we’d be able to fully comment upon each other’s actions, but as it is, it’s one person responding to the hundreds who follow. It’s political to me- this idea that one person is running the community and we ask them questions regarding their opinion on something? As if they were some sort of authority? No, most people running tumblogs are people just like you and me.
B. Bad grammar runs rampant on more and more communities. IF you’re going to be one of the go-to communities for something with a huge fanbase, you should consider that you’re going to have to take a more professional tone. Again, like with my last point, there’s a time and a place- specifically, memes. But beyond that, I want to see apostrophes used in the right places and proper uses of “your” and “there”.
C. Finally, disregard everything I’ve said if this is your individual tumblog. You’re not speaking for anyone but yourself and you can express yourself in whichever way you like. I don’t mind un-friending you if I can’t stand your spelling or grammar- it’s another thing to be forced from a community because you can’t respect the people running it.
Paul McCartney: [x] One of your parents died when you were young. [x] You are the oldest child in your family. [x] You do well in school. [ ] Your favorite color is blue. [x] You are fairly quiet. [ ] You are tall. [x] You are conventional. [ ] You are a vegetarian. [ ] You were born in June. [ ] You had sex at the age of 15 or younger. Total: 5
George Harrison: [ ] Your parents are still together. [ ] You are the youngest child in your family. [ ] You don’t do very well in school. [ ] You were born in February. [ ] You love gummy bears. [ ] You are religious. [ ] You are younger than most/all of your friends. [ ] Your favorite color is purple. [ ] You are shy. [ ] You are mysterious. Total: 0
Ringo Starr: [ ] Your parents separated when you were young. [ ] You are an only child. [ ] You get sick a lot. [ ] You were born in July. [ ] You are one of the oldest of your friends. [x] You are picky about your food. [ ] You really like your independence. [ ] You have blue eyes. [ ] Your favorite color is red. [ ] You are short. Total: 1
Las Cruces, and New Mexico in general, is a car-driven society. Things are spread out and we rarely have buildings taller than two stories. The day my husband moved here from Oregon, he walked nearly three miles in 100-degree weather to get to Wal-Mart, the only grocery store he knew about. There weren’t sidewalks for most of the walk.
The lack of public transportation here in Las Cruces is ghastly- buses come every thirty minutes (or more). While it’s a nice effort, it’s frustrating. Also, the “NMSU University Corridor” is really dangerous, with the sidewalks narrow, broken, and dangerously close to the flow of traffic.
That’s why I drive a car most places. Even to the University, which I live within a mile of. It’s sad, but true- it feels dangerous. It even bothers me that Joe walks, but he insists.
I just can’t say no to a glass of red wine. This has proven problematic in the last month. When someone offers that anti-oxidant juice of happiness, I find myself wanting to have an entire night of wine tasting. That being said, it’s been bad for my digestion lately and I’m beginning to feel like the lush I’ve only previously JOKED about being.
I don't need this ugly brown particle board shelf any more.
Stuff clutters up my life, and these are the first three things I’d get rid of.
Ugly brown particle board shelf
I don’t need this one because it is ugly! And it was given to us by a former roommate who was a complete asshole. Furthermore, it spent more than a year in a storage unit that looked infested by multiple creepy crawlies and goo.
While I would love to use my toaster oven, Joe broke a vital knob off and we don’t know what temperature things are at. It’s just sitting on top of our refrigerator- and even if it did work, we barely have room for it on the counter.
We only use the microwave once in a while. And also, it’s another left-behind from a former roommate. It sits on the floor of our spare bedroom (office/yoga room/etc.).