[NTLK] [OT} Re: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 + Einstein = Match Made in Heaven?
wheresthatistanbul-newtontalk at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 3 11:45:33 EST 2012
>I was in a department store looking at iPad accessories one day and I overheard
>a conversation right >next to me between a young woman who was buying a new iPad
>2 and a salesperson...the conversation >was about getting a case for it. The
>salesperson suggested she should get a case because a) it would >help protect
>the device from accidental bumps and drops...and 2) it would also protect it
>from theft, as it >wouldn't be obvious what it was to "prying eyes".
Maybe it's just me, but personally, I found the second purported advantage to be
dubious as hell. : /
(Was this salesperson on commission?)
>The young woman said, "But it's PRETTY! I don't WANT to cover it up! How will
>people know that I >HAVE an iPad?"
There's something ineffably sad about this. Maybe I'm being oversensitive here,
but my heart dropped into my boots when I read that. I mean, is that all she
has going for her, her toys? I hope not. I can't help but think that if
someone's sense of self-worth is tied up too tightly in their stuff, they are
going to move through life in a state of constant disappointment.
(Congratulations to the folks in charge of Apple branding though. You know,
credit where credit is due and all that.)
>I'm not lumping all the people here in the Western US as idiots...but from what
>I've seen, with the >exception of Los Angeles (which at times has appeared to me
>to be almost like a West Coast version of >New York City), people don't seem to
>me to be as cautious here.
Being a denizen of the Western US myself, I wouldn't classify much of what I see
going on around me daily as idiocy so much as mind-numbingly intense
self-absorption (to-may-to, to-mah-to, perhaps?).
I remember trying to navigate a parking lot with a friend of mine when this guy
went sailing by in his car, steering wheel in one hand, enormous fountain
beverage-style cup in the other (one of those massive, 64-ounce bladder-buster
jobs). Now, tying up one driving hand by clutching an enormous beverage in it
is a total Bozo no-no to start with, but -this- guy had his massive plastic cup
raised to his face in such a way that, if he could see where he was going in his
moving vehicle, he certainly had me fooled.
My friend, a laconic type, turned to me and dryly remarked, "A man with
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