Archive for February 22nd, 2007


I’m a big gadget fan.

Yes, even if they sometimes mystify me.

Alright, I’ll try and stop and get off the Apple Train but I am consumed. My little poll isn’t helping me. It’s current results are sitting at an even 50/50. I think part of the problem is that I’m not used to spending large quantities of money on myself. I’ve never really had any money so I have always lived a rather frugal existence (barring hypomanic spending sprees that have resulted in ridiculous amounts of debt–and regret–later.)

I have a terribly impulsive habit of buying things and then letting them sit to gather dust. Will this new “toy” encourage me to pursue more creative outlets of days long past? Can I make it into a useful tool?

There are (and have been of late) rumblings and eruptions in the workplace. I am trying not to think of losing my job. I’m not leaping over the edge into catastrophic thinking but surely you live in a bubble if you think that your job is safe at all in today’s world. My MacBook would surely help me if I needed to go back to school and (eek!) think of pursuing a career in Nursing again. Or something else. Or it could perhaps just amuse me as I lay in bed completely depressed that I had lost my job. Or it would again gather dust because I would be so distraught I would not be able to move.

Anyway, enough of that talk! I am reasonably sure that my job is safe…for now at least.

I emailed a friend of mine, my “Mac Guru” for his advice. I haven’t heard anything back. I will surely need his assistance. He helped me the last time, well, actually the last two times I bought old PowerBooks and loaded me up with all that I needed and got me up and running. They were both second hand machines so virtually useless. He’s a whiz and I’m a dolt so I will need him.

But speaking of some “non-technical” toys, I bought a couple a while ago.

The first was a Newton’s Cradle. I’ve wanted one for years! It’s really cheap though. I want a better one! Again, perhaps I am too frugal. I don’t know who likes it more, the cat or myself. Probably me because I have a slightly longer attention span? Granted, with this sort of thing, since it’s a real “stim” toy (i.e. self-stimulatory behaviour) I could play with it for hours! I love watching the motion of it, staring at the shiny metal balls and hearing the steady click-click sound that it makes.

The sound reminds me of a metronome we had in the house as a child. I loved that metronome. I can not play the piano but my sister managed to teach herself when she was younger (lucky girl!) No one else in my immediate family plays but somehow she managed to aquire some innate musical talent. She can also play guitar but she hasn’t really touched either in years.

I get upset with my Newton’s Cradle, however, because it won’t keep going! I never want it to stop. I become transfixed but I need to keep setting it in motion again and again. Because of this fact, I try to play with it only when I am alone. I fear that my obsession with it will drive anyone else around me and it completely bonkers. I was tempted to bring it in to work but that would not be a good idea for several reasons. Apart from the point previously mentioned, I already have too many other “toys” on my desk and in now looking around…well, it’s always in a complete state of chaos. It would only add to the mounting clutter–just not a good idea.

I also bought a Mancala set. If you take the time to read about it in the link, this game is very old. I first played it while on vacation with a friend and his children in Antigua many years ago. It is deceptively simple but you can try to employ strategy. I’ve taken to actually setting it up and playing it by myself to try and see how to strategically “win” this game. It’s a little difficult, however as there are variations as to how you can actually play the game.

I used to play chess as a child. My father taught me when I was young as I was curious about it. When I was about 10-12(?) instead of playing and running and jumping about the schoolyard with all of the other children, I had two other boys that I used to play it with when we had breaks from class or “recess.” Yes, I was an absolute geek. But when we all advanced to a new school, the two boys went off to different ones and I lost my chess mates. And at home, things were growing more and more out of control and it seems I had lost my father as a chess mate as well. I’ve never played chess since.

As for games now, I will play anything that has to do with Trivia. You can’t keep me away from it. I may not have a clue or sometimes I may score well but it’s always fun.