Texting: not SO bad… if you’re smart.

January 23, 2009

I’ve often thought about this, especially when I just got into cell phones.

I guess you could say I’m relatively new to the cell phone thing.  I’ve had a cell phone for about 5 years now I guess, but it’s been the same cell phone for that entire time.  It works/worked for me, so why bother updating.  No camera, no full keyboard, yada yada yada.  So I didn’t jump on to the RAZR or iPhone train when they both came out with all their crazy texting abilities.

*sidenote*  Oooh, it’s snowing!

Anyways, I came across this article today, and it mentioned how texting was previously thought to ‘dumb down’ our ability to spell, but when I started texting, I was thinking the exact opposite.  Now unlike many people (apparently), I HAVE TO BE grammatically correct when I text, it’s just a huge pet peeve of mine when it comes to texting.  I’m not alone either, because I’ve met people who think the exact same way.texting_n_driving_544x408

There are many ways to keep your brain active.  Texting can be one of them, if you do it smart.

There are the obvious smart ways to texting:

  • Sweet peanut, don’t text while you’re driving, I’m sure it can wait.  I don’t even talk on my phone while I’m driving… My philosophy: I talk on my own time, not because someone might need an immediate answer.  I have caller ID, so if it rings, I check it then put it back down and call them back in 5 minutes when I’ve stopped somewhere.  My friends bitched at first, but then they got the jist of it, and knew I would probably call them back in 5 minutes.
  • Take your time…
  • If there’s that much to talk about, REALIZE THAT YOU’RE USING A PHONE.  It’s primary use being that you can speak in one end, and hear from the other.  Yes, texting’s typically cheaper and it comes in handy in terms of long distance, but the stuff most people text over the course of an hour could probably take 7 minutes on the phone.

Then there are the smart ways to, well, make you smarter. Like I mentioned earlier, I’m grammatically correct when I text.


‘C U L8R!’

‘See you later!’

I know, crazy, right??!

It might be annoying at first, mostly because you can feel your brain working, and most people aren’t used to that… so give it a go, even with word recognition on, and use big words!  Texting’s cheap right?!  Get some big words in there!!!  Ha…!  Sometimes I use the word recognition almost like a spell check.  If I’m not totally sure how to spell it, I start it out the way I know, then it lets me know (‘indubitably’ is actually in my phone)… now the spelling is burned into my head, along with a small tumor.

If you need a pair of these, you’re probably texting a little too much.

Unfortunately, my texting days are on hiatus, seeing as I cracked my screen in a drunken frenzy over the holidays.

P.S.  Don’t be like this girl, and use your phone to text about your phone.


Yet another meteor…!

January 19, 2009

Meteors are pretty cool, straight up… Everybody remembers the meteor that streaked across Alberta a couple months ago, and the wicked footage caught on the dash cam of a police cruiser.

Well a new one just shot over Sweden on Saturday, and it’s eerily similar, and similarly awesome..!

… I just love how long the tail stays in the sky after the meteor’s burned up.  That’s all for now…!

The most depressing day may be approaching… for you.

January 19, 2009

How I remember an article from 3 years ago, I’ll never know.

But I guess this one struck a chord when I read it, even though it didn’t apply to me back then.  The most depressing day of the year can be mathematically derived.  Interesting stuff… I searched for the article on CBC.ca and actually found out it was from 2005.

A professor derived the most depressing day to be January 24th (of 2005) using values representing the time since Christmas, the cruddy January weather, your personal debt, and whether you’ve kept to your New Year’s resolutions.  It might be a different day this year, but you’d (somehow) have to plug in the value yourself.

Personally, I’d like to watch him go through the equation. I’m curious as to how you can put a value on the weather, and substitute it into an equation, then relate it to your debt and time.  Here’s the equation:

1/8W+(D-d) 3/8xTQ MxNA

Oh yeah, ‘M’ represents your motivational levels, and ‘NA’ represents your ‘need to take action’.  I have no debt and wicked motivational levels, so I think I’m pretty solid… any mathematicians out there want to figure out my most depressing day?