The Joys and Sorrow of Fitbit

fitbitA Fitbit falls firmly in the category of items I would never purchase for myself.  It’s trendy, it’s techie, it’s expensive.  But when the craze hit, I was mildly (if remotely) curious.  So when a family member unexpectedly got me one a little over a year ago, I decided to check it out. Continue reading

Million Dollar Book Swap Idea!

book-swapI’ve got a multi-million dollar book swap app idea!  Are you ready?  Here it goes!  Okay, so it’s not original to me.  Goodreads.com actually did it first, and it was great, but then they stopped doing it, and I was sad.  I used it a few times, sent several books, ordered several more, the most it ever cost you was the postage.  You earned credits for every book you sent away at no cost to you.  Earn ten credits, and you don’t even have to pay the postage on the next book you acquire.  That’s right!  Give away ten books you don’t want anymore, and you can get one book you really do want, yours to keep, absolutely free! Continue reading

Netflix is winning

Netflix-and-ChillNetflix is winning, or at least it seems that way sometimes.  As of this morning, I am 3 books behind schedule in my Goodreads reading challenge.  I’ve only set a goal of 65 this year, as my work schedule and other time demands make attempting to read any more uncomfortable, if not impossible.  But now I have discovered a new obstacle. Continue reading

Black Mirror

black mirrorHow had I never seen this show before? It combines dark psychological twists with intriguing exploration of the philosophical issues associated with the current (and near-future) state of cyber-tech and its potential impact on the human experience.  A week ago I had never heard of the show; I have now binge watched every episode on Netflix, and am desperate for more. Continue reading

Life, Once Removed

selfie lifestyleMy son and I ran a 5K this weekend.  It was for a good cause, and it was fun.  The weather was brisk, and we weren’t trying to break any speed records, so we enjoyed some good conversation.  Overall, it was a good learning and bonding experience. Continue reading

#incapableoflivinginthemoment

Caught a brief excerpt from Conan O’Brien’s speech/routine at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.  He said something to the effect of:

for those of you live-tweeting this event, don’t forget to use the hashtag “#incapableoflivinginthemoment.”

Like so much of comedy, it’s only funny because it’s true.

Don’t we see that?  People so eager to tweet about some exciting experience they are having that they cut the full experiencing of it short?  Continue reading

Waterproof Books

Now that's what I'm talking about!

While watching one of those “invention shows” a few months back, I thought to myself: “you know what would make a great invention?  A waterproof book.”  I wasn’t entirely serious (although they would be great).  Now it looks like somebody beat me to it.  Kind of. Continue reading

www???

Where did they go?

Has anyone else noticed that you don’t have to type in “www” before entering a website address anymore?  You don’t have to type in “.com” either.  In fact, you don’t even have to type in the website’s name accurately.  I’m serious.  Check it out.  Go (preferably after having finished reading this post) up to the top of your screen in the web address window thingy (or whatever it’s called), type in the first couple letters approximately representing the site you want to go to, and BAM, there you are, your internet browser provides the rest.  Yeah, it’s kind of freaking me out. Continue reading

Books vs. Kindle: Two Months In

Not so fast...

Two months ago, my dad very generously bought me a Kindle Fire for Christmas.  Knowing that I am a book lover, this was a very thoughtful and seemingly perfect gift.  That is, if being a book lover equates to being a Kindle lover.  But I’m here to tell you that, two months in, I’m not so sure it does. Continue reading

Facebook makes me lonely!

A lot of interesting studies on the psychological/social/emotional impact of Facebook have come out lately.  I think I intuitively suspected some of what the studies have revealed, but it is still fascinating to see it empirically quantified.  Bad or good, Facebook (used here as synonymous with all social networking generally) has completely, fundamentally, and permanently changed the way we interact.  Is that good or bad?  And if bad, then what?  Continue reading