Well, the software project has been all-consuming of late. No posts to the blog. No walks along the Charles River, either early morning or late at night. No more than a few minutes a day to touch the piano, to let her know, yes, I remember you, you are still part of my life, please bear with me – soon we will make music again till the wee hours of the morning. Nonetheless, I did have time for one indulgence: an iPad, ordered by mail, to avoid the crowds. Despite the scorn of my fellow geeks, it is a wonderful device. Indeed, magical! No doubt I am too close to the reality-distortion field emanating from its A4 processor – an undocumented feature of this piece of electronics:-)
What is the iPad for – for m? So far just a very few things, but important ones. (1) Rereading Moby Dick. I had forgotten a detail of the book: an emphatically stated (and oft-repeated) message of racial and religious tolerance. Remarkable considering its 1851 publication date. (2) Watching a film on the Netflix app with a friend. Japanese film, Departures. Sad, moving. iPad is fine for an audience of one or (better) two. (3) Best of all: the art apps. Below are some samples, not intended to show off any great artistic qualities, but just to show what is possible in a few minutes of finger-painting. As for content creation versus consumption, this is an absurd debate. The creators need the consumers and vice versa. In any case, fingerpainting is fun, whether it is an act of creation or (for adults) evasion of reality.