More “Not Agin ‘Em All”


 
In June, 2010 I wrote

Years ago “I’ve been agin’ ‘em all” was my husband’s and my favorite joke. The world has probably deteriorated even more since then, but at the moment I’m having too good a time to worry about it.

At the time I was talking about my Kindle, which is a boon to people like me with bad eyestrain. I think a lot of things in the country and in the world have deteriorated even more since that post, but I’m now subscribed to audible.com and have a wealth of books read to me via my mp3 player. How’s that for luxury? And the thing that prompted this post is a new $0.99 iPad app called Digits:
 
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Notice the big numbers on the main pad. Another boon for my poor old eyes. But the thing that makes it special to me is the record of my calculations on the left. If I do any lengthy calculations I usually use an Excel spreadsheet so I can check to make sure I’ve put the correct numbers in. This little app means I don’t have to fire up Excel.

Also, if I want to reuse a number I simply highlight it and pull it over into my new calculation. This is handy when I calculate the gross receipts tax on items we’re replacing using our insurance from the fire. I also expect it to be useful in a couple of months when I work on the income tax.

Yes, I know. I do get excited by little things. And I know such enthusiasm isn’t cool. So it’s nice — thanks to The Thundering Herd — to have some kindred spirits in the world:

 
Typhoon-1
Oh, boy. Oh, boy. A walk. A walk.
 
typhoon-2
Come on, kid, we walk all the time. Act like you have done this before.
 

No, I think I’ll stick with being uncool. How about you?

Thanks to Mike, Rummuser, tammy, bikehikebabe, Cathy, Nick, Maria and Elvierose for commenting on last week’s post.
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10 Responses to More “Not Agin ‘Em All”

  1. Mike says:

    No, we’re definitely not “agin’ ‘em all.” We both have relatively new laptops and, just recently, switched from old Palm cell phones to the iPhone 5. We have had our Kindles for well over a year — I’ve barely set foot in a bookstore since we got them and have spent far, far less on books, though I’m reading just as much as before.
    Mike´s last blog post ..Moving.

  2. bikehikebabe says:

    “The world has probably deteriorated even more since then, but at the moment I’m having too good a time to worry about it.” Jean

    We do enjoy the little things. Here’s Ursula being “uncool” on your last post:
    “…it was disaster that befell me and when all was well again guess what: I was so stupidly happy. Stupidly happy to be where I’d left off a few hours ago. Back to square one. Yet, stupidly happy. Ah, the human spirit.”

  3. Evan says:

    Definitely one of the uncool – and happy about it
    Evan´s last blog post ..Beyond the Non-dual There is the Satisfaction of Deep Connection

  4. Jean says:

    Mike,
    This is a great time for us techies, isn’t it?

    bikehikebabe,
    Years ago a fellow did a study of happy people and found most of them had been through hard times but decided they wanted to be happy rather than miserable. Presumably their previous hard times, like U’s recent one, contributed to the elation.

    Evan,
    Glad to hear it!

  5. >the thing that makes it special to me is the record of my calculations on the left.
    – Cool!

    >Also, if I want to reuse a number I simply highlight it and pull it over into my new calculation.
    – Even more cool!

    Although Daddy would frown at all this “wizardry” and mumble something about it making us “dull”. Ha ha!

    >Yes, I know. I do get excited by little things. And I know such enthusiasm isn’t cool.
    – Flaunt the uncool ‘tude, Jean. Uncool’s the new black. And I love black. :-)

    >Oh, boy. Oh, boy. A walk. A walk.
    – Oh, boy, oh, boy indeed!

    I used to get as excited as our doggies, Hector, Sheba, Braun Fels* and Black Pie**, when I got their leashes out. See? I told you I like black. :-)

    Kate

    *I had named our brown-to-my-8-year-old-eyes golden lab-and-something mix after a warship in a book that Daddy was reading when we adopted Braun Fels. Rather, when Braun Fels adopted us.

    **Black Pie was thief who never got rid of that nasty street survival trait. “Like a magpie”, I chided her hoarse when we got her at age 10. (My age, not Black Pie’s.) And yes, she was black. And a, um, no breed. No, not a pariah. How rude that would be. ;-)

    From earliest memory to date, all our fur and feathered family members have been from off the streets.
    For You, Daddy!´s last blog post ..A New Day Has Come

  6. Jean says:

    Kate,
    Both Sammy and Montana are rescue dogs but not off the streets. And in the past I spent a lot of time with the dogs at the animal shelter—there are no dogs on the streets here. We have a great volunteer group that finds forever homes for them.

  7. tammy j says:

    see… and here i am thinking you are super cool!
    LOL. it’s in the eyes of the beholder i guess.
    every now and then lately i am having a feeling that i’ve had a few times before. i tend to be happy usually. it’s my nature.
    but this is an actual moment of joy. joy is different somehow.
    it’s fleeting. but i recognize it as being different. it’s a shy visitor.
    tammy j´s last blog post ..the wren house

  8. Rummuser says:

    I am happy for you and share your joy in finding that app. I am the uncoolest dude you will meet in my patch of green!
    Rummuser´s last blog post ..Broken City.

  9. Jean says:

    Tammy,
    I’m glad your move is bringing you such joy. You deserve it.

    Rummuser,
    Yay for being uncool!

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