Sunday, May 8, 2011

Trying a new blog for a while...


All,

I've grown kinda bored with Blogger, so I'm giving Tumblr a try. Check out my new blog (for the time being) here:

Check out my new blog:
Rubin on Wry - I'll Tumblr For ya

Saturday, May 7, 2011

How an iPhone can completely transform your life (whether you like it or not)


My friend Geo nailed me recently when I was talking about not being too materialistic and he said, "Dude, you have an iPhone!"

OK, fair enough. But I think it's worth discussing what having a good smartphone can do to you. It's a powerful shift in your life, like getting a car in some ways. It gives you almost unlimited freedom to information, and the Apple knife cuts both ways:

Pro: You are never alone. You can contact people in multiple ways at anytime, even from the subway or other inconvenient places.
Con: You are never alone. You are able to access your friends whenever you want, so you risk becoming that annoying person who whips out their phone while talking to you because they are bored / distracted. I've been trying real hard not to become this person.

Pro: You can entertain yourself at any time. All your games, podcasts, songs and websites are there with you at all times.
Con: You are simply given too many options to piss away time. It can be overwhelming. And this leads to my next point...

Pro: It's so freaking easy to access anything you need, like recipes, email, news, etc. etc.
Con: I've found that it's been difficult to read actual books (or comics!( since I've got my iPhone.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Thoughts on Osama Bin Laden's death


So CNN is jabbering and filling airtime while they wait for President Obama to speak. And I feel very strange inside. He killed thousands of Americans in a gross and horrific act of terrorism. I wanted him to die very badly in 2001 - I prayed for it, even.
Now, so many years have past, it's tough for me to get in touch with that bloodlust again. Certainly it is justice - whether death or imprisonment, he deserved to pay for his crimes. He is a terrible and evil person without a doubt.
And yet I don't feel like celebrating. It no longer seems appropriate to be happy about this for some reason. I'm not sad - I don't really feel anything.
And the fact that I'm NOT happy is disturbing - not because I feel I should be, but because it shows what strange and emotional creatures we are, and how "justice," whatever that means, varies over time.
Wolf Blitzer and John King keep talking about what a historic moment this is. It seems weird that history can balance on the death on one man hiding in a cave in Pakistan (probably). It doesn't feel historic, even if it is. Maybe it's just too big for me right now...

What's the proper way to address a celebrity?

So you meet Bristol Palin. Or Joan Rivers (Dianna did both last night at the White House Correspondent's Dinner). How do you address someone whom you "know" through the media - whom everyone knows, really - but you've never met before?
Here are some options:

1. Hi. I don't think we've met. My name is.... (Dianna said this stinks)
2. Hi. My name is....
3. Hi. Big fan. I'm...
4. Hey Bristol. I'm....
5. Bristol, you don't know me, but my name is...
6. All these do indeed stink. Better answer, please?