When I first started this blog one of the things I casually mentioned about myself was that I didn’t own a smart phone. The unfortunate thing about that is that we live in a consumer society where both planned and perceived obsolescence come built right into many of the items we buy. My little flip phone had long since past the perceived obsolescence phase, and I was getting made fun of for having it quite frequently. Fortunately perceived obsolescence doesn’t work that well on me, and several other people, and I will use products until I break them, which is probably why manufacturers got greedy and came up with planned obsolescence. My phone was coming up to about 4 years of age, which wasn’t a huge deal to me, it still was capable to sending and receiving texts and I could phone people on it. It did it’s job, and that was fine with me. The part that wasn’t so good was that it wasn’t holding a battery charge as long as it used to. I could reset the battery, and it would charge a little longer for a little while – but it was certainly fading. Another big problem was that I didn’t have long distance on it and in order to get long distance I’d have to go on a plan – and most plans were just as expensive as one with a data package would be anyways. One of my main arguments for staying with a basic cell over a smartphone was that my monthly fee was only $30/mth and most of my friends were paying at least $60/mth + for their smart phones. When my cell phone provider came out with a pay per use data plan I was sold, my bill hasn’t been more than $40/mth since February, and I can check my email or the weather if I feel the need to.
So as you can see from my flip phone on the right, I used the hell out of it. For my new smart phone I stayed with Samsung because I do like them quite a bit, it’s one of their Galaxy models but it’s the “Ace” so it’s a baby compared to most of them, which is ok – because most of the Galaxy phones are huge if you ask me, they are practically tablets. The Galaxy Ace is pretty comparable in size to an iPhone, which I really like – but I like the Android operating system better so I’ve been pretty happy with it. The apps are nice too, I have one that is helping me practice my French, and another I can use to count my calories, and did use for the first 2 weeks… and then it got tedious… maybe I will try again. It’s nice to know it’s there at least.
Another thing I really enjoy is that if I see something really funny or that strikes me in any particular way I can take a picture of it and upload it to the internet right away. I have always been one to carry my camera with me anyways (and I still do that) and these pictures from the camera are obviously lower quality and have more of a throw away art feeling to them, but they’re still funny to me. After posting them to facebook for a while I decided to make a tumblr account to post them to as well, because contrary to popular belief not everyone is on facebook – and certainly there are people who I don’t have on facebook who might enjoy these pictures. So that tumblr can be found here:
As for me – I guess I haven’t been around here too much lately again, but the good news is, my final exams are over! I have a bit of a break from University now until the end of June when I have signed up for a photography class twice a week. I am really looking forward to that and perhaps it will provide some material I can share on here. I am also looking for a job. At one point I had three jobs. Now I have one, that I work about 2 hours a week at – I do love it, but 2 hours a week doesn’t pay the rent. So I will keep that one and keep looking for another one to replace the full time one I unfortunately lost due to budget cuts (I lost my other part time at the Derek Zoolander centre for kids who want to learn how to read good due to that too – tough times people!) Here is a video that explains planned and perceived obsolescence if you wanted a good explanation. It’s from the documentary The Story of Stuff, which is really good if you have the time to watch the whole thing.
Hope everyone is having a great spring – out here in Saskatchewan we are still experiencing the winter that will not die, but the snow is trying to melt at least… I thought I saw some grass the other day. It wasn’t green, but it was grass. There’s hope?!