English: Alarm clock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Like every other breathing human being, my life is a churning dynamo of ups, downs, and decided neutrals (better know as the mundane). As I slowly gain greater sense of awareness of the moment and the fleeting aspect of each of these moments, I am also becoming more aware of the “I” that can look at the “me” that is going through all of the changes taking places and, frankly, getting its chain yanked regularly and, usually, suddenly. The challenge is to reside ever more in the observer “I” and not let the roller coaster of “me’s” experience drive me.
How does this manifest itself in everyday? Consider this short episode:
I’ve noted a sea change in education and learning about which there has been quite a bit of virtual ink spilled. The phenomenon known as a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has been added to the education lexicon, much to the joy of futurists, learners everywhere, and to the consternation of a number of university and college administrators. Like most things, I can see the light and the dark, along with the difficult.
English: Illustration of “A Mad Tea Party” in chapter in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in which Alice meets the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse. Text on Hatter’s hat reads “In this style 10/6″. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I just had a rather “Alice in Wonderland” experience.
I have pretty severe lower back problems and have a hard time finding exercises I can do that don’t further injure me. I did some research and found that one thing I can do is work out on a recumbent stationary bike. The only thing that hurts after a work out on that is my legs….
I did some online research and found a particularly well reviewed bike. It was the same price on Amazon.com and at a local ‘big box’ sporting goods store, Dick’s Sporting Goods. Since my workout room is on the second floor of my home (a long story…), I chose to shop at Dick’s, since they would not only deliver the bike but hoist it to my workout room and assemble it as well for no additional charge! What a deal!
Mac App Store (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Well, this was a short series. My sixth month experiment as a PC-turned-Mac user is now complete….and I have a few things to report:
- I really liked the speed of booting up or restarting.
- The MacBook Air I used was extremely light, which was helpful given my lower back problems. Years ago I had an ENORMOUS Lenovo ThinkPad which weighed a lot. I liked the screen real estate, but had to take a deep breath to lift my computer bag in the morning….
- Firefox on the Mac is a speed demon, unlike on my Windows machines. Chrome clocks in about even on either one for me.