My friend Bil has a new iPhone, his first. Bil is very technically sophisticated, one time he broke the screen on his iPod Touch, and replaced it himself, and it worked! He never needed to prove his electronic prowess to any of us ever again. Why it took him this long to get an iPhone lies somewhere beyond the scope of reason. He had an iPod, and an iPod Touch before any of us, and he had the first iPad in the warehouse. Further, to make maximum use of his time, he had the device constantly at the ready. If he was waiting for the elevator he would have iPod in hand performing some small screen gaming miracle, saving or obliterating entire communities, playing chess with people from across the world, making words where there were only tiles, or moving cargo from point A to point B in a speedy, efficient, point producing manner, all with a casual gesture of his thumb, while firmly holding a coffee cup in his other hand. Honestly it is poetry in motion.
Bil is the person who really impressed upon me the power of the iPod. He showed me a slide show he had assembled using pictures of his son on a carousel, deftly adding speech bubbles and musical accompaniment, taking simple pictures and turning them into a powerful, moving presentation where fantasy and reality combine to make magic. It changed my iPod touch from a simple game playing, music listening wonder into a trans-formative electronic machine with supernatural powers of transmogrification An act for which my wife has never forgiven him. Since they don't often see each other it is not a big deal for either.
As is plain to see Bil and the iPhone are made to be together, it was inevitable. In many ways it was like a heavyweight boxing match, (incidentally, Bil is the only person I know who has ever participated in chess boxing, not that it has anything to do with this, but it is another interesting fact about Bil), where Bil and the iPhone were circling, waiting, feinting, jabbing, counter jabbing, (not unlike a date, really) until they could no longer stay apart. And in a mad rush to the center of the ring they opened on each other with a flurry of lefts, rights, hay-makers, and round houses, punch after brutal punch, locked in a death match, pounding away at each other until they were both lying, flat on their backs, unable to move in the center of the ring, as the referee counted them both out. Well, maybe not quite like that.
Let's just say it was long overdue. So, wherever you may be reading this, whatever else you may be doing, please put that aside and join me in giving Bil a round of applause. He may only have one L but he has an iPhone, plus, he is a pretty cool guy.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Welcome, Friend, Iss. 1, Vol. 2
There is not much to say, but, for those who find any offense, please remember these are only stories, jokes, and have no relation to reality. Kind of like life.
I like life, and hope it lasts a long time, but it does require some explanation, that is why these blogs exist. To help people navigate times and events that make no sense.
Here are a few places you can find a few things.
The Original Life Explained. Where it all started, a little rambling and a lot of nothing important.
Life Explains The End Views on humanity's race to self extinction. I hope I am wrong.
Life Explains Smiles Because everybody likes it when you smile.
Life Explains Aging Getting older is not always easier, but it is worth the effort. And a few small things can make it much more pleasant.
Life Explains Traveling and Commuting Mostly commuting. Driving bugs me and working bugs me so driving to work is the ultimate insult of modern life, and I like to complain.
Life Explained Explores History. The real problem with history is there is so much of it. It is all over the place. But, if you take the time to look at the small pieces it is fascinating.
Life Explains Music Music is a universal language. I like guitar based rock and roll, but there is a little bit of a lot here.