Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's just a hobby

[Update: It's probably quite few people who actually think it's "nuts", I think, upon reflection. Ah well.]
Some people think it's "nuts" to be as interested in and pleased by gadgets as I am. But for frig's sake, it's just a hobby.
And I'm nowhere near the cutting edge, look at this.
"Mr. Libin, chief executive of Evernote Corp., a start-up that makes list-keeping software, carries around a backpack that weighs 26.2 pounds. Speaking of lists, the backpack contains: a 17-inch notebook computer, an iPad tablet, a Samsung tablet, two phones, an SLR camera, two lenses for the SLR, a headset for making Skype calls, an in-ear phone headset, a wi-fi router..." (it goes on)

Me, I carry three or four gadgets (or often just my iPhone, it can do most of it after all). Of course I own rather more than that, but the thing is simply that I like them, they are fun for me. I've noticed that for many people they are scary, they are intimidated by gadgets. So I can see there is a cognitive break there.

I am aware that most people don't have strong interests. For them, their work five days a week, TV in the evening, and sleeping late in the weekends is enough. But some people need more. So they have hobbies. One guy likes gadgets. Another has ten aquariums. One has $70,000 worth of hi-fi gear. One likes climbing mountains, the steeper the better. One collects rare butterflies. One builds ship models.

4 comments:

TC [Girl] said...

Eolake said...
"Me, I carry three or four gadgets..."

Me, the same! I'm out "scouting" for elk to "shoot" (pictures, people! Pictures! lol! :-) so I lug my 2 camera bodies and lenses along; and...I like to bring my laptop along, in case I need to write e-mails on the run (too cumbersome on the phone!); and...as you sed...a handy cell phone (an Android, in my case!)

I love being able to locate stuff in an instant w/my new phone, rather than "schlepping" through the GOBS of menus I used to have to use, on my old phone!

And...w/the navigation app, I can have a nice lady direct me to a place in the city that I haven't spent but a couple of minutes looking up, beforehand! That is *the* COOLEST feature I enjoy on my new phone! No more prior researching a place; creating a map and having to print it out or sending directions to my old cell phone. I LOVE the new technology! It just makes life more FUN and EFFICIENT! Cuts down GOBS of time just looking for things and places and being able to just get GOING to them! :-D

"(or often just my iPhone, it can do most of it after all). Of course I own rather more than that, but the thing is simply that I like them, they are fun for me."

I agree! For me, too! :-D

"I've noticed that for many people they are scary, they are intimidated by gadgets."

Yes, I, often, have to show people how to do stuff on their cell phones, even! So much technology "WASTED" on these people! lol! ;-)

Dave Nielsen said...

It seems to be not so much gadgets as Apple gadgets. I kind of pity anyone who doesn't have at least one hobby. And if you've got the bread to really indulge it, why not?

Anna said...

Needless to say...

eolake said...

Indeed. Thanks.

I think less than a third of my gadgets are Apple. They are more likely to be worth writing about though. Most brands are beige even when they are black! :-)