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Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:35 am Post

Bravo.

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Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:57 am Post

Here's another proud owner of a Moleskine Notepad! For writing, however, I use a simple pencil, which (in my case at least) produces an even more delicate contact with the paper than a fountain pen. But opinions may vary on this point too!

And as far as mobile phones are concerned, I really would like to live without them. But with a wife with two jobs and two young children this is becoming increasingly difficult. So now I have a Nokia 6300 - recommended! - with a 2 megapixel camera, a radio and a lot of other useless stuff; but nowadays it's utterly impossible to find a decent mobile phone which is just a phone. I use it two or three times a week, for conversations of fifteen seconds at most.

Never say never: but presently, it seems highly unlikely to me that I'll ever buy an iPhone.
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Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:06 pm Post

I confess to owning an iphone, but only for because:
1. My RIO media player died
2. My Sansa media player died
3. My USB thumb media player died.
4. M employer decided to confiscate all Blackberries then tell me I was required to be reachable 24x7.
5. I own a mac.

Had #5 not existed a nokia or blackberry would have been my choice. But seeing as I have decided that I "want my tools to just work", one provider for me.

As a "tech guy" I have never had a better experience of "it just works". Thank you apple for catering to the idiot majority. Thank you more for leaving the geek in me access to the heart of the os. Oh yeah, and giving me an IDE, compiler, UI framework, a full suite of apps and a great net work of L&L style shops to do business with.
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Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:15 pm Post

As we are crusing merrily off-topic, I'll put in my 'hell yeah' for the Moleskine large ruled notebook. I have no laptop or iphone, and I have found that I do some of my very best writing in pubs. At least one here in Eugene has a 'no laptops' sign at the 4 stool bar.

Mostly I worry about keeping a pen handy.
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Sat Jun 27, 2009 11:58 pm Post

"Short-sighted"... "Narrow-minded"... Myopic man Keith? Never!

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Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:46 pm Post

Timotheus wrote:Apple is an American company; and just under the surface of American society illitteracy is lurking everywhere.


Agreed. And it can only be just under the surface because there isn't much else beyond that.

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Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:18 am Post

I am in the process of doing a lot of research an American intellectual life and I (as a German) can't say I find it superficial. Quite to the contrary.
Yes, the "American Way of Life" seems appallingly materialistic and vulgar at times. But, please, where are we Europeans different?

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Thu Jul 02, 2009 3:24 am Post

rochefore wrote:I am in the process of doing a lot of research an American intellectual life and I (as a German) can't say I find it superficial. Quite to the contrary.
Yes, the "American Way of Life" seems appallingly materialistic and vulgar at times. But, please, where are we Europeans different?


Please understand, as an American myself I don't believe our culture is entirely without merit, but we seem to exist on a diet of pure intellectual junk food.

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Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:39 am Post

Trust me, so do we. Just because we are generally speaking more liberal and tolerant doesn't mean that we are intellectually more curious.

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Fri Jul 03, 2009 5:01 am Post

Timotheus wrote:Here's another proud owner of a Moleskine Notepad! For writing, however, I use a simple pencil, which (in my case at least) produces an even more delicate contact with the paper than a fountain pen. But opinions may vary on this point too!

I use a Moleskine notebook, but the small version (with 192 pages), with the squares. Allows writing, pictures, indents, etc. Perfect for use and fits in most of my shirt pockets. I have found the Micron Archival pens work really well, but I occasionally use a Zebra, 0.5mm and even a G-2 Gel.

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Fri Jul 03, 2009 5:35 am Post

Yikes! We have practically an identical get-up, except I prefer plain or lined to grids. :) Another good pen is the Copic 0.3 black. It's a little expensive, but both the nib and inkwell can be replaced for the cost of a Micron.
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Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:00 am Post

I use a Pilot Birdie fountain pen with my small Moleskines. It is just the right size to fit along the longer side of the notebook, held in place by one of those red elastic bands* of which a free supply is to be found on any pavement in any town or city of the United Kingdom...

Sadly, I don't think the Pilot is available any more.

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Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:42 pm Post

Apple is doing what a successful business will do. Making money.

Simply put, right now the iphone is all the rage. Everyone wants one. Reminds me of the walkman when it came out. Because the demand is so high right now of course Apple is focusing most of its attention towards the iPhone and its development. Because in the long run it will right now generate the most profits. This is because of consumer demand.

Lets face it. People are stupid. Once we come to grips with that its easier to cope with.

At the world's fair in the 60's the next big technological achievement was to be the video phone. In science fiction movies since then people always communicated hands free and with video. That is where everything was headed.

So lets summarize why everyone is "stupid".


Simple.


The most advanced "phone" is primarily used for typing out letters in a "text" form and then sending it digitally.

Think Fax 2.0

Phones advanced from pecking out letters on a numeric pad, to having qwerty keypads to now having touch screen keypads. That is their "great feature" that many people look for. A good texting device.

The humor? We are using a PHONE as nothing more than a miniature typewriter/fax machine instead of dialing 10 numbers and TALKING hands free.

Our greatest advancement in communication was to go backwards 30 years.

To think. Maybe in another 15 years people will be amazed with a device that allows you to dial 10 numbers and actually talk to someone rather than having to "thumb" out a message in great detail.
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Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:38 pm Post

Well, to be fair, there is a substantial difference between a text message and real-time voice communication. The former is relatively without time demand whereas the latter is highly time-sensitive. So much as a pause in communication can signifying meaning which in many cases can be misinterpreted as hesitation or an unwillingness to tell the truth. A pause in textual communication is rarely considered notable.

The text message is also much lower "profile". You can discretely send and receive short bits of information without broadcasting at least one half of that information to everyone around you, or even with the skilled, others knowing you are communicating at all.

Secondly, voice communication is very brain-intensive. It requires much more attention to parse and respond. Text communication can be read in a flash and then dumped to low priority while the individual continues doing what they were doing prior, while composing a response before typing it in.

I don't think its right to say that optimally everyone should be communicating with hands-free voice, let alone video where a whole new phalanx of communication wiring must be brought to into the active mental calculation: reciprocal body language.

Text communication occupies a valuable, and prior to the cell phone explosion, impossible alternate method of low-bandwidth yet instantaneous communication. Rather than a regression, I see it is a pretty big new formation not only for technology, but humanity.

As with flying cars, the old science fiction predictions of ubiquitous video telephony was simply just wrong; it's a narrow solution to a problem with greater depth.
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Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:01 pm Post

Ever notice how in science fiction novels with video phones, the first thing everyone does is turn the video channel off? Video phones assume that everyone wants to be seen on camera, with no notice, whenever the phone happens to ring. Does that description fit anyone you know?

Meanwhile, the advantage of text communication -- email, text messaging, blogging -- is that it's asynchronous. If someone sends me an email, I can think it over at my leisure, and respond appropriately. I can control when (and if) my day is interrupted. And doing so is considered normal and polite, where routinely ignoring your phone is considered eccentric at best.

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