Typing with my iPad

I recently got myself an iPad and wireless keyboard as my Xmas gift and figured why not test it out as a supplement to my computer when I don’t have it with me. Thus far I’m enjoying the keyboard that I got based on a review I read. It’s a great little keyboard made by Microsoft and feels almost as good as a laptop keyboard. More importantly it was extremely affordable ($39.99).

Currently I’m using the WordPress app to type this away and am also testing out the split screen feature to test how well I can multitask in comparison to a fully functional computer.

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Thus far multitasking between Safari and the WP app was pretty seamless, though it’s still more convenient to do these things on a computer. Also it seems to take forever to upload photos on the post via the app.

After waiting for what seemed like an extremely long time I decided to just log on to WordPress via Safari like I would on a regular computer and was able to post a picture with ease. This was definitely eye-opening. It seems the web, even if it’s mobile web, is still more functional than web apps despite the arguments to the contrary.

All in all, not a bad first start with this experiment. Tune in when I start using the Stylus I bought by 53, as a supplement to  a pencil and drawing pad. I’m trying to get back to my old hobby of drawing and may spur on an old childhood dream to become a cartoonist (though I still feel that is far fetch).

Enjoying Amazon Prime Programming

So it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been thinking what plans do I have in store for this blog or for blogging in general. In the meantime as I’ve mentioned in the past I’ve been gorging on media consumption. And what a feast it has been for 2014 and the beginning of 2015. I finally went back to Amazon Prime to see the second season of Alpha House which is a great political comedy about for Republican Senators that share a house together in DC. It’s written by Gary Trudeau of comic strip Doonesbury fame and it’s as good as it’s ever been. 

Another great new Amazon show that I discovered is called Mozart in the Jungle.

In this show, you follow a cast of zany characters that make up the New York Philharmonic. There newest Maestro “Rodrigo” has some interesting and radical ideas and brings his new home into a crazy and wild ride that has everyone wonder if he knows exactly what he’s doing or if they should bring back the former Maestro “Thomas Pembridge”. There are of course other subplots in this show. We follow Hailey, an oboist whose dream is to join the prestige classical music symphony but is still fresh and is also harshly criticized by senior oboist, Betty.

It’s a fun comedy that brings you into the world of classical music, union battles, the chemistry of everyone involved in the symphony and what it takes to keep a concert hall running.  I highly recommend this as a must watch.

On to the other critically reviewed Amazon show, Transparent.

With Pandora One Expiring Thinking About Slacker Radio Plus Once Again

 So about a year ago I made the decision to choose iTunes Match and Pandora One for my music needs. By December 20th, my Pandora One subscription will expire and I’ve decided to use Slacker Radio Plus this time around. As much as I enjoyed Pandora One, I missed listening to radio stations offline a lot more than I thought I would. Also I’ve noticed that I in fact cannot tell the difference between 190 kbps (Pandora One sound quality) or 128 kbps (Slacker Radio). Since I cannot tell the difference between those sound qualities, Slacker’s music library and ability to cache their stations for offline listening seems more appealing to me than Pandora this time around. Also, unlike Pandora, when I’m listening to a genre of music, Slacker’s music stays consistent within that genre. That wasn’t always the case with Pandora. Sometimes with Pandora there would songs that would be completely out of left field of the genre that I would be listening to.

So Pandora One is out and Slacker Radio Plus is now in. And what about iTunes Match? Oh that’s still in. You can’t beat all your songs backed up for only $24.99 a year.