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The drive onto the Manhattan bridge is a bumpy one.

If you felt out of sorts yesterday, it may have been the mobile navigation world getting turned on its head – or just a case of the Mondays. At least in my part of the world, I was shocked and awed when Google Maps led me astray and Apple Maps came to the rescue.

I have an iPhone 4S, and life as an iPhoner was peachy until the iOS 6 update. I don’t use 3D mapping, so I’m not bothered if Apple Maps depicts a bridge in Europe melting into the Abyss. However, the lack of subway stations is frustrating. And I was annoyed when the GPS had me doing U-turn donuts in Brooklyn.

I had a client meeting in Westhampton. With the Brooklyn snafu fresh in my mind, I went old school and printed directions from Google Maps. The sheet of printer paper sat loyally in the passenger seat and guided me to the hamlet of Westhampton. Continue reading

Futurama Cat Lady actually bears a resemblance to the lady I overheard.

Last month, I was blessed with a free ticket to see a Broadway show called Relatively Speaking. Cool Mum was out of town with the boys, so I went by my lonesome. Not only was the price right, but so was the seat: orchestra middle right, just 5 or 6 rows from the stage.

During an intermission, a woman leaned against the stage and surveyed the audience milling around. Then I heard her declare to a bystander, who may or may not have been with her party:

“Look at everyone, just texting, texting. Stupid world! Texting, texting.”

As she made her anti-technology rant, her cheeks seemed to flush almost as red as her fuchsia shawl. She was genuinely upset. I looked around and confirmed that about half of the audience was occupied with their phones. In the middle of checking Twitter myself, I was already thinking of how to report the situation in 140 characters.

But then I recalled a camp that my band played at a few years ago. I had already moved to NYC, so this was a sort of reunion. During lunch, a few of us were checking our phones, eager to divide our attention between the here and now and the elsewhere and now.

One of my bandmates called us out on it, and I’m glad that he did. It’s something that I often remember when I start wandering online instead of focusing on the present. I still need discipline in that area. Or it’s just that I’m making sure to get my money’s worth for my data plan. Yeah, that’s the ticket…

Do you text/tweet more than you should during social gatherings?

As the tech world continues to mark the passing of Steve Jobs, I’m compelled to give my two cents worth of iTunes credit and explain how, after over 10 years of resistance, I finally forsook the Empire of Bill to join the Cult of Steve.

When I graduated college and entered “the real world” (as real as the world of a Christian rock musician not using his engineering degree can be), I was finally responsible for my own big purchases. Since Macs hadn’t reached ubiquity, it was pretty much a no-brainer. The price, performance, and geek points for building my own Windows-based desktops made them the obvious choice. Continue reading