I like to pretend that my favorite time of year is summer, because if I don’t, I’ll spend the whole summer lying face-up on the sidewalk in my underwear, crying about how cruel the universe is to have created humidity like we had a few weeks ago. I know, I know. We don’t get it as bad here in Chicago as some other places in the country, but I have a hard time tolerating it.
The big secret is that fall — the like two weeks of it that we generally get here, although autumn is shaping up pretty well this year — is my absolute favorite time of year. It’s back-to-school season! So many different produce items are in season right now! I can leave my apartment without instantly dying, which isn’t true in summer or winter! Halloween is coming up! It’s liberating! Keep reading »
Not to sound like a fall cliche of a human being, but this weekend I went apple picking on a small farm in New England. And as these activities which snap you out of your everyday routine tend to, apple picking led to my own mini-spiritual awakening. As I was harvesting my bushel of fruit and feeling one with nature, I had a few bite-sized revelations: Keep reading »
I couldn’t care less about Apple‘s BIG! EXCITING! ANNOUNCEMENT! today, since I can still barely operate my iPhone. But it has come to my attention that Apple’s new gadget’s name — the iPad — is the most period-y sounding product name in history. (All right, maybe not as period-y as the iTampon. Don’t give them any ideas!) To 50 percent of the population, a pad is something you stick in your panties and bleed over before you toss it in the trash. In reaction, Twitter is abuzz with cracks about the iPad’s name, including my fave, “I hope the iPad has wings for extra nighttime protection.” Women who work at Apple, couldn’t you have talked Steve Jobs out of this grave sanitary napkin error? [CNN] Keep reading »
I would certainly describe myself as a bit of a technical prude. I mean, when I make dinner plans I don’t enter them into the complicated calendar on my BlackBerry—I pull out my day planner. I haven’t yet traded in my book collection for a Kindle, and instead of pricing out an iPod Touch this Christmas, I was looking for a used record player. Don’t laugh. I try to keep up with the times. Really I do. But I’m scared that we are reaching the death rattle of real, in-person communication after hearing about some new tech trends. After the jump, some 2010 phenomena that make me nervous. Keep reading »
To all of you who have ever engaged in the BlackBerry versus iPhone debate, well, I hate to say it, but BlackBerry-toting owners are laughing today. It appears that the iPhone has a major flaw—it can be hacked via text messages. I know, I know, it’s terrifying. But try to remain calm. Take a deep breath and keep reading. Keep reading »
Remeber those things, what were they called? Oh yeah! Albums. Back in the day, before we had iTunes, Limewire, YouTube and other internet-y things we actually had to physically buy disks containing music from a real, 3-D store! Well those days are over. But wait, Apple is saying, not so fast. Keep reading »