No, we don’t do this every night. Most nights I come to bed later than Jessi, though lately that’s changed.
We both have owned iPads since the 3G model dropped, but I think this is the first night we both have wanted to read (I need to finish “Freakonomics”) and get smarter (she’s watching TED videos) before we sleep.
Macworld held some meetings and an end-of-the-financial-year party this week, so the company flew remote folks like myself out for the action. I’ve worked at home for the past five years, so I haven’t been in a traditional office meeting since I worked on campus. Back then, the majority of us used notebooks for notes and to access other information for input during meetings.
About seven of us around the big conference room table were using iPads to take notes, myself included. Aside from one MacBook, the rest used old ‘n busted “pads” made of “paper.” At first I just thought “hey, cool, shiny new tech being used for something more than playing Angry Birds.” But then I realized something else felt good about the scene: the human element was back.
Almost all the iPad owners were using Apple’s case to prop up the device at a gentle angle for viewing and typing (I’m a fan of the MoviePeg. But even propped up, iPads don’t block people’s torsos or faces like open notebooks can.
Apple’s philosophy of making the hardware blend into the background of the software experience spreads to a social setting when an iPad is used like this. The technology was there, but it didn’t create a visual barrier between participants in the conversation. It was refreshing.
These excuses are mere cover for what Republicans who have blocked the extension really want to make life hard as possible until November. This, they believe, despite their disgraceful record at holding out-of-work Americans hostage to their ideology, will somehow give them cachet to trash the Democrats. And for what? For failing to achieve economically what Republicans have done everything in their power to keep them from achieving. They take their leader Rush Limbaugh seriously.
Paul Krugman describes them as the coalition of the heartless, the clueless and the confused. Right on the first count. But unconvincing on the second two. The heartless are neither clueless nor confused. They have a clear-headed agenda: economic terrorism. They’re the real-life version of Saw. And their shameless goal is straightforward: worsen the economic situation for millions of Americans’ in hopes of scoring more seats in Congress so they can cause even more damage to people’s lives.”