March 10th, 2010

pacman inkee

Writer's Block: Kids or child-free?

Whether you've chosen to have children or live child-free, how and when did you (or will you) reach this decision? If you're in a relationship, did you (or will you) decide separately or together?

i got knocked up at 15. i didn't really have a chance to consider my position. the irony is that i would have been childfree if not for the children, and i would have missed out on the best parts of my life. not that i am knocking anyone else's choice to be childfree, i just would not have considered it because, as a teenager ultimately i was a selfish little brat. children definitely tempered that in me (to a certain extent. touch my white chedder popcorn and i will pop YOU one) and made me much more patient, loving, caring, responsible, etc. and once they get out of the leaky, larval, disgusting stage they are pretty fun too.
pacman inkee

end of an era

end of an era, originally uploaded by hep.

this isn't quite right, but you get the gist. everytime i got it right on it was tilted so the reflection blew out the screen jeje!

but yes, the end of an era. i have had a sidekick since the very first black and white "hiptop" back in like late 2002. from then on i had the internet in my pocket, irc, aim, all my friends. i irced from jail (twice) during the 2003 anti-war demonstrations in san francisco, having gotten caught up in street sweeps while covering the protests. i internetted from boats, planes, trains, etc all on the same trusty device for 8years. but all good things come to an end, and in the last year i have felt confined by the sidekick os instead of free. i wanted to be able use more than one app at a time, i was tired of daily unexplained crashes, and the downtime and data "misplacing" only sealed my dissatisfaction, despite the heroic efforts of the various friends who were working at danger at the time.

i picked up a motorola cliq, android os, and so far i am super pleased. it is a little bit of a pain to press the keys, but it's easier to type on than the sidekick, and i have yet to accidentally turn it off midtext (the power button on the sidekick had the most unfortunate placement) i have replaced all of my essential applications, and have found some super fun new ones to try. it's easier to check my email and stay on top of text msgs (it uses conversational style texting a la ichat, much easier to figure out wtf you just txted to that person when you are txting 10 people at once. even moving my contacts over was a breeze. the clincher is that we can all now use the same calendering system and keep a shared calender that is easy to edit by everyone in the house.

it felt sad to say goodbye to the sidekick, something that has been so much a part of my everyday landscape for almost a decade, but in no time at all, less than 3hr i felt comfortable in my new phone. i still fumble a bit, but already things feel more free, and i spend less time waiting annoyed, or just altogether avoiding using my phone and thus being frustrated. what phones is everyone else using these days? any other google services users out there? i am hepkitten@gmail for all things google (reader, gchat, etc)