Cell Phone P0rn

Ok, back to some of the basics, such as cell phone p0rn.

Anyone in the same boat as me? So the next iPhone is likely going to be introduced very soon. 3.0 seems to be just what I’ve been waiting for. The App Store has anything and everything one could want, and I’ve even read in a few places (ok, likely one report regurgitated 100 times) that AT&T may reduce the monthly charges by $10.

So, is it time to take the plunge?

I’m been pretty damn happy with my Curve on Verizon. The Curve keeps me entertained just enough to feel like it’s the right device, but I’ve got a wandering eye.  The Storm 2 might be nice if I’m going to just end up staying with Verizon.  People reasonably satisfied with the first one?  Know anything about the second one?

Palm on Sprint? Not that crazy about it. I actually don’t like the form factor too much. Just doesn’t do it for me. Stick with Verizon? It is the best service around, and now that we’re settled in this new metro area, I STILL hear people saying that AT&T service leaves much to be desired (I’m in Mamaroneck, NY and have been working in Stamford, CT).

Conveniently enough I forget to think about the cash that would have to leave my hands for the switch to the iPhone. That cash is, of course, multiplied by two unless I am truly desiring being single again and not live with the two cutest boys on the planet. Pay for setup, phones, apps…just coming off 5 years of being broke ass (well, still broke ass for now until my dissertation is done) is not the best time for this. But…

Folks still happy with their iPhones? Anyone gotten used to a keyboard like the Curve’s and then made the switch to just typing on the screen? I’ve gotten pretty fast, and I know there are folks that can’t live without a real keyboard. Personally, I’d like to be less tied to any device, but well, I take that back. I probably do.

Added 5/26:  I also wonder how many Blackberry apps will be available that remotely come close to what works on the iPhone/iPod Touch.  I am a Mac user so it’s obvious which device will be a better fit.  I’ve been thinking that I’ll go freaking bonkers if AT&T’s service sucks, and maybe it’s time to just go iPod Touch. 

Wait for a newer model after June?  Wait unti they’re sold with 3.0?  Anyone happy with their iPod Touch AND Verizon phone?  Might be a good time to cut back on the Blackberry $30 expense, too, then.  But BBM, some email, being online, etc. seem like nice bonuses.  The Touch would be more like a pda and toy only.  Hrmm…

Do you call yourself an “environmentalist?”

Anyone else feel that this is a vague and inaccurate label or term? “Environmentalist” means you are…what? Aware of the environment or ecology or systems theory or what? The environment, that awesome and nondescript place. But beavers kill trees, so is a “good environmentalist” supposed to club beavers? (Blatant “Arrested Development” hoist) It’s just more of the same display of vague language that dilutes any meaning and specificity that could potentially increase positive discourse.

Maybe someone should start a movement for “technologists.” Wouldn’t that ruffle some non-endangered species’ feathers? How about this exchange:

“Yeah, I work as a computer programmer.”

“Oh, so do you technologists believe that our technology can help our society progess?”

“Ummm, I make graphics for Mac programs, so I’m not sure what you’re talking about exactly without more information.”

“But all you technologists care about are computers.”

“Ummm, I work for about 40 hours a week and have lots of hobbies and a family and yes, use some cool gadgets to help me live a balanced life.”

Anyway, I’ve beaten that point to death. But how weird is it to be called an “environmentalist” when I really spend my energy dealing with river issues, for instance. I also am just shy of officially becoming a “psychologist.” The word “environment” carries a very large amount of importance in my work, too.

Hrmm, maybe I should call myself a “social environmentalist” then. There’s social ecology, too. No wonder I’m confused.

And when did the phrase “Global Warming” hijack anything and everything that has to anything to do with conservation and ecological issues?