Movement and Alarm

I’ve moved into my fantastic new apartment and have nearly unpacked everything that needs unpacking. I couldn’t be happier with my new place, really. My bedroom has a large loft that I really enjoy. I can’t help but think of Ken‘s infamous loft whenever I’m talking about it. The living room has high ceilings that give it impressive accoustics to match the view the skylights grant. I have two fantastic roommates and Gwen visits often, so in a social aspect it’s a very pleasing place to live. I’ll try to have some photos to share later this week once we have internet access at the apartment.

Before moving into the new place on September 1st, I spent a day hanging out with Sara, April, Pam, Robin, Shauna, Allison, Andrew and Chris for Sara’s birthday. Most of us had a nice outing to Point Pleasant Park, where we toured the Montebello Tower. At the tower a government-employed guide went off about how much he doesn’t trust or need the government for a long while. We then visited the beach before meeting up with Chris, Andrew and Allison for a visit to a coffee shop. We took a bunch of photos during our adventures, and you can find them in the Sara’s Birthday album.

I’ve been reading The Immense Journey: An Imaginative Naturalist Explores the Mysteries of Man and Nature for the past couple days and have been enjoying it a great deal. Loren Eiseley wrote in a manner that brought evolution and related studies to life as an enjoyable read rather than the dryness many treatments of naturalism and evolution carry. I was heartened to find such a creative voice and even more so to share in his love of the Mystery, however limited the scope of inquiry. Though dated, it’s a compelling and worthy look at evolution, including some comical early interpretations of it.

What happens when the web and its wonders invade your alarm clock? Chumby.

Introducing chumby, a compact device that can act like a clock radio, but is way more flexible and fun. It uses the wireless internet connection you already have to fetch cool stuff from the web: music, the latest news, box scores, animations, celebrity gossip…whatever you choose. And a chumby can exchange photos and messages with your friends. Since it’s always on, you’ll never miss anything.

It’s based on open source software, will allow anyone to develop widgets for it and be very easy to mod. It looks like it will be the next big thing in the gadget world. The potential for the little piece of tech looks immense. Last week I discovered the gadget and ever since I’ve been itching to try one out.

4 comments on “Movement and Alarm

  1. I love your new place so much. It has so much character and is so beautiful, and well having you there just makes it the bestest place in Halifax! (especially since even when you aren't there April and Jana are 🙂

    I want a chumby!

  2. I love your new place so much. It has so much character and is so beautiful, and well having you there just makes it the bestest place in Halifax! (especially since even when you aren't there April and Jana are 🙂

    I want a chumby!

  3. Furthermore, I have started reading House of Leaves. Well technically I have only finished the introduction, but I am without a doubt in love with the book. It is beyond amazing! It may take me awhile to finish since I am hiding in my thesis, and will not surface until it's finished, but I am very excited by it!

  4. Furthermore, I have started reading House of Leaves. Well technically I have only finished the introduction, but I am without a doubt in love with the book. It is beyond amazing! It may take me awhile to finish since I am hiding in my thesis, and will not surface until it's finished, but I am very excited by it!

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