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Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Ok, as any regular reader of this site can see, this has been a busy time. So busy that I have posts in my head that I haven't written and can't squeeze in. Besides, I'm sick of child sex predators and Congo East, otherwise known as Iraq.

Since people have been asking me about my experiences with the MacBook, I can kill a couple of birds with one stone.

While the Apple cult eludes me, the MacBook is the handy little laptop that could. The keyboard is nice and wide, the screen bright, and plays back DVD's really well. It's a nice machine and I thank you for making it possible.

But the idea that OSX has some innate advantage over Windows is well, not so much. They do much of the same things in slightly different ways. Not enough that you couldn't figure it out, and yes, OSX crashes as well. But the main advantage is that you can toss the machine into a bag, walk around with it and not feel like you're on one of those 50lb 20 mile runs the Army tosses at people.

It's also small enough to be used. Only the Lenovo laptops match in size and usability, but that stupid knob irritates me to no end. Dell has some insane monster laptop weighing 21 pounds, but that's hardly going to be used by humans.

But I really like it and have placed my Windows laptop back in the case for now. And I like my Windows laptop. A lot.

Jen is lusting after some tiny, useless Vaio which is twice as much as the MacBook. Not that she'll get it, since she's waited two years to replace her now 11 year old computer. Yes, you read that right, 11 years old.

I've known a few women in my life, but only a couple who actually were game for doing things I liked. I've known one who is a sports fan, and then there's Jen. No, she hates sports. Absolutely doesn't see the appeal of it, doesn't really like watching it with my friends, mostly dated guys who were indifferent to sports. Never once asked her to get up and watch when I played football. Which would have been insane, since she's a sleepyhead

But she likes killing zombies.

No, she really likes killing zombies. Well, video zombies.

I mean, the more killing the better. Deer, aliens, dope fiends, Jen relaxes from work by killing things. Not every night, but when she can muster up the energy.

Now, I can walk into my friend's bar and watch sports with guys any night of the week, but to know a woman who actually likes video games? I mean, it would be nice if she would wake up to watch the Giants over brunch, but then it would be nice to live in a penthouse.

Recently she said to me that her two favorite gifts was the iPod Nano and the PS2 I gave her. Now, if my 11 year old nephew said that, it would be expects. Hell, I'd expect that from my 26 year old nephew. But it was a pleasant surprise from Jen.

In the past, I had been lectured about my penchant for games from women, which I found to be the standard.

A long time ago, I was in the Wiz, a now defunct appliance chain, when a guy was buying a Sega Genesis. The look on his girlfriend's face was priceless, ie, are you 12? She was not happy, because it was obviously for him and one look could tell that.

But with Jen, I get the opposite reaction.

I had asked her if I should get a PSP. I really want to play sports games, and I find the PS2 a pain to hook up and use. The odd thing is that I've seen more adults than kids with PSP's, women. Why? Because we all need a minute to relax, go someplace else for a little while. Half my job here is reading. Books stare at me, silent, accusing, wondering why I haven't opened them. They are my work, as much as writing this. There is scant comfort in books as relaxation.

Now, asking Jen about technology is like asking one of my friends if watching sports and drinking beer is a good idea. A no answer is unlikely.

She was, of course, enthusiastic about the idea. She even had recommendations on which games to get. Which is insane, on some level, grown adults debating which video games to get. But then, my 70 something mother owns a Nintendo DS and is quite happy. We come from a gaming family:) My father prefers his gaming in person. But I did watch my sister play Tetris for hours once, while her kids slept.

But then, when my nephew was seven, he took his Christmas money to buy a PS2 game.

I think most video game users are adults, the average age 29. Which isn't surprising, because of the intricate nature of many games, and the fun deprived lives of people. It is amazing to hold something the size of a large Ghiradelli chocolate bar and play a fully functioning game.

Jen, of course, is an enabler with both books and games. We were in her favorite bookstore, St. Marks, and if we didn't flee, we would have bought more books. I had given her three review copies that very night. She had given me a book she brought back from Scotland. Yet, there we were, trying not to buy books.

I think I said, "hon, if we don't get out of here, we'll buy more books"

She said "I can spend two hours here by myself".

Yeah, that helps matters. Lucky we didn't wind up pushing a shopping cart out of there.

Now, it's not like we spend all our time gaming, we don't, but it is nice to know someone who shares that technolust.

posted by Steve @ 7:17:00 PM

7:17:00 PM

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