Thursday, October 07, 2004

Some Geek Moments

So I had a couple of geek moments today. The last and most astonishing, to me, was the sudden desire to have a phone/iPod combo. I was walking across campus to the car, listening to my iPod, Buddy Holly I think, when suddenly my cellphone rings. I yank my earbuds out, cursing because I almost step on them (I'm not very tall), then nearly dump out the contents of my purse trying to get to my phone (I really hate purses). So after talking to my husband, who just wants to tell me he's going to the hardware and that the kids are at the neighbors and could I order the pizza, I think, damn wouldn't it have been great if I just could have hit the "phone" button which would have paused the song, and voila, I'd be talking and then could go back to listening when I hang up? I tell my husband about this when I get home (he's a geek, too) and he says, well duh, don't you think they've come up with that already. And I'm thinking, where's the marketing campaign? So, of course, I Google it, which brings up on two items. A concept photo for the iPod/phone combo and the n-gage which is an MP3 player and a phone, but the site is so flashy that I can't tell if it would work in the way that I just described. I think it's a cool idea anyway.

My other geek moment came when my boss walked in and I was blogging away and I had to confess I was a little addicted. (I love my job, though. I mean, I got paid for that blogging. :) )Now this was work-related blogging. I've had a work blog on my server there for a while, but I've become increasingly obsessed with it. It's even better than usenet and listservs--other forms I was once obsessed with and still use. I'm a bit of an information hound, I guess--or maybe it's a communication hound because a lot of the blogs I read and enjoy don't necessarily provide information; they are often discussions of key issues related to topics of interest to me. There's just something nice about finding people who share my interests. I live in a big city, but aside from the people I work with, I don't regularly run into people who are enthralled with all things technological as I am. In fact, many of the people I know are kind of horrified by it--they hate tv, for example. Some of them are simply frugal--technology costs money and they don't rank it highly on their expenditure list. We do. I mean, we plan for computer replacement the way most people purchase homes and cars. We're working on a second Tivo purchase--with better tv attached--as I write. I have other obsessions. You'll find out about them later.