The Problem with Smartphones

If you read my blog, you will discover that I love my iPhone. It is a wonderful piece of technology that makes my life extremely easy. However, it does pose a few problems, and the most prominent problem for me is photography.

“Why do you say that, Cat?” you might ask. “iPhones make taking pictures so easy!” And that, my friend, is the biggest problem.

This technology makes it so simple to take a picture that it happens all too often. I will snap a shot of something cool here or something nice there. When there’s something on my screen that I want to capture, pressing the lock and home buttons together gives me another picture! I have too many pictures. Then, when I go to organize them, it takes forever, and I find myself not returning to them very often. What pushed me over the line was seeing this post in my reader, which suggests I should take a picture every time I lend someone something. Where would that picture even go?

I know there are apps and what not to organize my photos, but I find the sheer quantity and sometimes less than great quality makes the task daunting. I am finding myself deleting pictures now more than ever. But I am curious – what do you do with your iPhone photos?


App Love: Typic

I never thought I would have a need for the category “technology”, but alas I feel like I will be posting my favourite apps quite frequently, so here we are. I have had a post in the works for months now that highlight my favourite apps, but it will get done a lot quicker if I just do short posts here and now.

So, with that said, here is my inaugural app love post, featuring a new app I just downloaded yesterday, called Typic. It takes pictures that you have and transforms them into these beautiful icons within a matter of seconds.

All it takes is five easy steps:

  1. Take or choose a picture
  2. Choose a filter
  3. Write your caption and choose your font
  4. Make some final adjustments
  5. Share or save

I have been in love with filters for a little over a year now, and this app just takes things to the next level. I may print some of these out/blow them up and put them in my living room. Here’s one I did yesterday in about 45 seconds:


hitting delete

for those of you who know me, you’ll know that i absolutely love to play games. online games, games on my phone, board games…as long as it has some game element to it, i am hooked.

recently, i purchased an iphone. i knew that one of the things i would really have to watch would be my gaming. with free apps (that are so fun) flowing in from all directions, it’s easy to get distracted. lately, i have been distracted by one such game known as muffin knight. pretty much you are a little guy killing enemies and collecting muffins. sounds simple, right? well, it is. and it’s so much fun. so much so, that i spent 50 minutes playing it this morning. this is not uncommon.

thus, after my little spree this morning, i have decided to delete this game. clearly i do not have the self control to limit my game time to 5 minutes, and i don’t want this to stem into a deeper addiction. this screenshot happens to be the level that i have been spending oodles of hours on. it is a little tough to know that all my “hard work” beating each of these levels will be erased, but this is definitely for the better.

here’s to making better use of my time!


iphone up

i have always been anti-iphone. i don’t any own apple products, and save for using a pat’s ipad to play fruit ninja, i’m a blackberry and pc user to the core. i have tried relentlessly to distance myself from the apple brand. however, i recently read a book called always on (brian x. chen) that talked about the perks and also the downfall of the iphone phenomenon. i must admit, it’s impressive what they’ve done and the way they go about it. still, i tried to cling to my tactile keyboard and amazing encryption (which for my purposes really doesn’t matter).

but now, it seems my apple-less existence is over. i have been looking for the past few months to switch my number, and perhaps my provider. in the wake of the iphone 4s release, it seems i have no more excuses. kelvin is a true apple user, and has secretly…or perhaps not so secretly been trying to bring me to the dark side. so this morning, after countless pep talks about how amazing the iphone is, and how great this plan is, i signed up. i pre-ordered my white (of course) iphone 4s, on a plan that is more unlimited than i have ever experience, and i am looking forward to receiving it in the near future.

i cannot promise that i won’t be downloading games onto this…