After upgrading from a basic phone to an HTC Insipire earlier this year I was happy for a while until I realized all the bloatware that comes preloaded with any ATT phone and apps constantly run in the background and are impossible to remove unless you pay someone to root your android phone or do it yourself. Even though I am a tech and gadget buff I didn’t use all the apps, beyond Angry birds or wassup to chat nothing else, and I still like taking pictures with my cameras (amateur photographer), I own an Ipod Classic 160gb where I carry all my music library and I know its bulky to carry all that stuff around but its not like I carry it all in satchel. So needless to say I changed back to a basic phone. Now my wife asked me what phone I want for christmas? First thing that came into my head was that I want a manly phone, a cell phone so manly it needs a shave, so salty, hairy that it makes the burliest of men feel inadequate, the most rugged son of bitch out there. I had no idea where to start but I had an idea to start with. Iphone 4s (a bit girly plays well with my macbook but still not feeling it): samsung galaxy S2 (big screen has netflix but i dont think its manly to watch movies in anything smaller than a 42 inch with a beer at hand and some chips). BlackBerry Just doesn’t cut it anymore. I still wasn’t sure if I wanted a smartphone but after surfing the web for an a hour or so I came across this and the clouds opened up, light shined down and AC/DC was playing in the background (no not highway to hell but close) MetroPCS contracts are not manly either!
I have conflicting emotions about the new kindle Fire tablet, after all, the last simple technological gadget that was not filled with the esoteric lights and sounds that shake our minds into an over stimulated exhaustion climax was the Kindle. What it was, simple, easy, reliable and a focused gadget to read books in a convenient way, still promoting the almost dead art of stimulating our imagination and exercising our brain. I’ve comed to grips with the idea that the traditional book is dead and it is not convenient to try and set up a library with many expensive first editions, encyclopedias and many leather bound books like Ron Burgundy put it, in a 3 bedroom house when you have kids on a middle class salary, but how is Hemingway or Robert Frost suppose to compete with Angry birds and Facebook on the same device that I am trying to read a book on. I know this might sound like an old man going out on a rant, but all I’m saying is when I’m Planning on revisiting Ham on Rye and trying to focus, how can I? when I can’t stop looking up facebook for Cindy’s latest pictures of her trip to South Beach in her tini tiny bikini and I feel the constant itch that I only have 8 levels left on Angry Birds without five stars, Its madness! I am only human I can barely keep it together trying to go through the everyday conversation with average joe. And as much as you want to say that’s not me, we are all human and we can barely focus when loud and shiny things that demand our partially evolved primate brain’s attention.