New toy: PDA. The idea (I mean, beyond the toy aspect, which was the main idea to begin with) was to get a device to replace the internets functionality of my laptop when I'm running around town. The laptop, while only 5 lbs, really wears on ya when you're doing 5-6 miles of walking in an afternoon, which makes it a big brick when you're only using for an hour during your afternoon of running around.
So last Friday I did the normally geeky crap with it: used it as an IR remote for the TV and stereo (can't wait to cause trouble with that in public), connected to the internet with the built in 802.11b, and used it as a remote desktop with my media PC. On Saturday I found its coolest use, which I wasn't even aware of before I bought it: using my cell phone as a wireless gateway with bluetooth as a link. After a few google searches I figured out how this is done on Cingular's network. I already pay for unlimited internet with my cell phone as I have been using it to check my email at work as yahoo and google mail are blocked on the network, so everything was already in place. It works great. I used the whole setup today to conduct some non job related bidness in my car over lunch. With both items used together I've basically got a more configurable and open version of a blackberry.
So now that the configuration of my around-town-toys have changed, I will of course have to buy a new
manpurse small messenger bag, probably one of those 12x12x2" dealies that all the cool kids carry these days.
So while on the can this morning I noticed one of the usual trade mags sitting there, so I picked it up and found a BOM (Bill Of Material) for the ipod nano. Later I found their website which has breakdowns for other electronic devices like the xbox 360. As I've said before there is no magic in the nanopod, all the electronics in there are off the shelf components, with the exception of the processor probably being an ASIC (but with the majority of the chip likely coming from an existing purchasable product). All the "magic" is in the aesthetics and design, something that very few consumer electronics firms place enough emphasis on. Anyway if you have an EE background the webpage might be amusing.
I've been meaning to get into this for years, and finally last week I came across a link on mefi to a book on the subject and started reading. It's some flavor of Buddhism. I like their idea of finding truth through empirical observation / experience (to me that's the only way) and potential for cultural deprogramming, so I'm basically sold. After reading through the first exercise section, I spent 25 minutes trying to meditate. I sat on my bed with legs crossed and my back against the wall (my posture is terrible so I thought I'd start with that) and all told it went pretty well. I was able to control my breathing the whole time and made a reasonable first attempt at having my mind focused exclusively on the experience of the breathing. About 15 minutes in I got some nice "floaty" sensations, and after I was done I was very relaxed for the remainder of the evening. As I've been an unfocused ball of stress over the past two years, I think this is going to become a nightly activity.
Boy, if my mom reads this, she'll know for sure that I'm going to hell now.
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