Gadgets and activities

Let’s write a blog post about something else than last year’s 365-project, shall we? I’ll let the mind flow and type whatever pops up.

The new little helper

A few months ago I ditched my old Nokia 6290 phone I used for over seven years in favor for a iPhone 5S. As one might imagine, the change was pretty drastic. At first I hated the idea that I’ll become a slave to the small screen like everyone else in today’s world, but slowly adapted to this new life style.

My old clamshell symbian phone retires and replaced by the monolith iPhone.

My old clamshell symbian phone retires and replaced by the monolith iPhone.

The first week together wasn’t really love at first sight as I still was concerned how it would impact my daily habits. I almost hated this new technical marriage even though I needed to move forward with this.

Funny enough, one day as I headed for work and let the phone decide in shuffle mode what to listen to for the very first time, it picked David Bowie’s “Absolute Beginners” from my iTunes music library. What a song to start our fresh relationship.

First "art" creation I made with my iPhone.

First “art” creation I made with my iPhone.

Well, as the weeks and months went on I became used to my new companion. Communication is far better with others now and it’s actually pretty nifty for some creative breaks with all the photo-editing applications. Even though I spend my time a whole lot more with it than my old phone, but I don’t consider myself a clear addict yet, as my social media activity has remained pretty much the same, in other words rather quiet.

(Edit: I wrote a whole lot more about my impressions of the iPhone and why I didn’t choose an Android, but deleted all that because who really cares).

Reviving activities

What else? Just now I’m trying to revive my forgotten hobby of drawing again. Simple paper and pencil stuff. I even bought a book about human proportions, Yes, I’m that motivated to level up my skills.

So far it has been a relaxing and rewarding activity. Oh the magic of creating something out of nothing and wondering how the brain figures out so easily what it is or what it is trying to represent. And simply just having an activity that doesn’t require electricity is somehow liberating.

I also took my first jog of the year. That felt pretty sweet too. Hopefully this unpredictable winter weather will allow me to do it on a regular schedule again, I clearly need that sense of physical accomplishment again.

Running data shows there were some rather slippery areas that forced me to slow down quite a bit.

Running data shows there were some rather slippery areas that forced me to slow down quite a bit. Interesting, isn’t it!

Going to the documentaries

I also went to the DocPoint documentary film festival a few weeks ago. With a 10-ticket screening card, I picked variously themed films without that much thought. I just wanted to make sure I stay clear from the television for a moment and enjoy the newest in documentaries with an audience.

All of the films I saw were watchable, with maybe 35 Cows and a Kalashnikov being my personal pick of them all.

There we have it, a blog post of random thoughts. Don’t expect I’ll try to come up with anything better next time, there is no demand for it here. Thankfully.

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