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Thursday, January 22, 2004

We Love/Hate Cellphones

I had to chuckle when I saw that according to an MIT survey the cellphone is the most hated yet most needed piece of technology. When I was flying down to Orlando and back, I was amazed at the number of people talking on cellphones. 95% of the conversations went something like this, "I'm at the airport. The airport. No, I'm not on the plane yet. I'm still at the airport." A couple of people were conducting business too, but the majority were using theirs as a way to kill time. I whittled away my time playing yahtC or listening to MP3s on my PDA.

In a mostly unrelated note: I wonder how Chicago O'Hare airport got the woman from the opening sequence in Half-Life to do their pre-recorded announcements. It was especially odd hearing that on the moving sidewalks. Thankfully, no goateed guys with orange and black jumpsuits came running by, screaming about "containment failures."

In a absolutely unrelated note: It was interesting just to sit and listen as I waited for my return flight from Orlando. Next to me was a British man talking on his cellphone. Beyond that were two German men in black turtlenecks talking about something on a laptop. To my left was a family speaking Spanish. A little further down was a family speaking (I assume) Korean. Quite the melting pot experience. I don't get to see that much in Northern Wisconsin.

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