Thanks to the light traffic headed northbound to Chamblee on a Sunday, I had my first experience on an empty MARTA train car.
Giddy with freedom, I ran up and down the aisle, tested the strength of the handles by swinging on them (passed) and also tested my theory that the train would move under me if I jumped up (disproven).
If you only have full-load experiences on MARTA for weekday commutes or during big events, I recommend taking a relaxed trip on a slow Sunday for a change. It’s a different world.
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Q10 with OS 10.2.something.
No SIM card yet, so I’m still on the iPhone for another day or so.
Tomorrow I’ll install a beta of 10.3.something at work (I need a windows machine for that). That’ll clean up these ugly icons and add a few nice things, like finally, emojis!
This has an FM radio, which is pretty cool. But the earbuds are required as they act as the antenna. iPhone earbuds work just fine, BTW. BB doesn’t ship earbuds with this phone, at least not in this country/market.
I plan to replace that Verizon logo on the chin plate, below the keyboard, with a blank plate. Apple did a good thing keeping cell carrier’s logos off of their phones, it’s a pity nobody else followed suit.
There are a lot of blingy parts available online, but I’ll resist.
I used to have one, back in 2008-2011, a BlackBerry Storm. I loved it, but the draw of the iPhones pulled me away and I traded it in for an iPhone 4S. I have had a love/hate relationship with that phone since then.
Initially, it was the shock from coming from the BBOS environment to iOS. A lot of things that I could do with the BlackBerry were not possible with the iPhone, and I raged on about that. But eventually I became numb, forgetting about those issues and learning to appreciate the iOS way. The camera was much better, the apps much more plentiful, and as the OS was updated each and every year, some of those BlackBerry niceties began to appear on my iPhone. The new iOS8 is especially plentiful with such features.
I installed all of the iOS8 betas on my phone and raved to my sane, normal wife about the things she would soon be enjoying (being sane & normal, she stayed away from my offers to install the beta on her phone). It is a very nice OS. The best yet.
But here is the rub, it still falls short compared to BlackBerry’s OS. And the new iPhones are ridiculously large, and I was in the market for a new phone. iOS8 will likely be the last update for my 4S, Apple deprecates phones after three years. BlackBerry still supports and sells their old, old BBOS7 phones. You’ll see them on that link above.
So after watching Apple’s keynote last week, I decided to return to BlackBerry. The Q10. It is a fine phone, has security that even the NSA had trouble with (but later cracked, with a dedicated team). There is no native Tumblr app, alas, but this thing can run Android apps, though I am loathe to do so. But that does open up a world of apps, but that is cold comfort for BlackBerry stalwarts.
Stay tuned for updates. The phone is here, but the Verizon SIM is not.
As a woman, I’ve slowly been written out of the phone world and the phone market. That extra “.2” inches of screen size on each upgrade simply means that I can no longer do what I enviously observe men do every day: Check messages one-handed while carrying groceries or a bag; type a quick note while on a moving bus or a train where I have to hold on not to fall.
I must put down everything in my hands and use my phone with both hands for everything.
There is no rule that says the screen size must get bigger with each upgrade in memory or capabilities, and yet it does. For most men, it’s just one small, added benefit. For many women, though it’s a reminder that the tech industry doesn’t always remember or count your existence.
Just so we are clear: I don’t want a pink phone, I don’t want “women’s applications” and I don’t want ruffles or hello kitty on my phone.
I merely want a design that acknowledges that women exist, and women often have smaller hands than men.
The Portman Zone, Downtown Atlanta: great for looking up, not so much when looking down
Along the Peachtree Street corridor in the historic center of Atlanta, there’s a large block of prominent buildings from architect John Portman. Built during the late 1960s through the 1980s, the collection includes iconic towers that help to define the downtown skyline. His work is credited by some as having revitalized a struggling district after the disinvestment that followed the suburban-flight frenzy in the 1960s-70s.
When you’re in the midst of the Portman Zone, you can look up and see some great building-top views — and they make for a nice skyline. But at the street level, many of them are dead. Blank walls, loading docks, and a lack of retail spaces make the experience of walking past some of these building bottoms a bore and leave the streets lacking in good urban activity.
To add insult to injury, the network of Portman buildings is connected with pedestrian bridges — aka ‘gerbil tubes’ — that further reduce activity by removing people from the ground. These tubes were popular in many cities during the 1970s-80s urban-renewal era, allowing office workers to bypass the sidewalks. They might be convenient in rainy weather, but they make for lifeless streetscapes, lifting people away from view and giving street level activity almost completely, in some spots, over to cars (see above, bottom pic).
1. Walk up to the Peachtree Rd Farmers Market and get food items
2. Take the trains to Decatur to enjoy the Decatur Book Festival
3. Go to Dragon Con
Upon arriving in Decatur (temp 90-something degrees and sunny) I headed out of the MARTA station straight into the air conditioned comfort of my favorite bike shop, Houndstooth Road. There I met my buddy, Cameron Adams, who has a pretty cool blog, http://atlantastreetfashion.blogspot.com/ where he photographs stylish Atlantans (I am not on his blog). After lunch we stopped for ice cream, and Cameron got one of the owners , Cora, of the ice cream business, the Queen of Cream, to climb up on her ice cream cart.
I had the coconut rum.
I then encountered a Hyacinth Macaw and his friends at another nearby restaurant.
A curious thing about the Decatur Book Festival (the largest independent book festival in the U.S.) is that there is only one bookstore around there, The Little Shop of Stories, and it sells primarily children’s books. They do have an aisle of grown-up books, and they have a quite good selection. But they also have a book bus, which I didn’t know. I don’t know the plans for it, but right now it has faux books in the windows, which the Decatur Makers created, along with a retractable awning.
I was then identified by another Atlanta Bicycle Coalition member, Andre Furin, who rode her bike here, and as it turns out, is also an author (Elder Craft). She was slated to talk about her book at 5 pm, just in time for the huge thunderstorm that struck. She had to cut her talk short, but she managed to autograph my copy in the rain before helping to hoist the tent walls to try to keep the weather out.
After the bulk of the storm passed I headed home, with a book, a t-shirt, and lots of literature about photography events (?) in hand. I didn’t want to drag all of that to Dragon Con.
~80,000 people attended the book fest last year, and I imagine the numbers are similar this year, but once again, I leave the specter of many, many tents full of books, and crowds of people, to your imagination.
I have a 4 day pass to Dragon Con and have exactly one photo so far, of the new streetcar line. This is a couple of blocks south of the DC2014 festivities, so you won’t see any costumes in this shot.
This is the Peachtree Center Station, named after the MARTA station which is collocated here, on the right, though the trains are several hundred feet below.
On the left is the “Ellis” hotel, a boutique hotel. It used to be called the Winecoff Hotel, but that name is associated with an unpleasant chapter of Atlanta history, where in 1946 119 people lost their lives in a fire here (no sprinklers, no fire escapes, “fire-proof” building). So now it’s the Ellis. I want to stay here some time. It has a nice bar.
Just beyond that, with the BIG “200” sign is the old Davison’s department store, where I bought my first pots and pans (a cast iron set that weighed a ton, and I had to drag to the bus - I still have them). It then became a Macy’s, and then a vacant building. I think now it’s some sort of “event space”, with some kind of telecom/network switch room on one of the floors. So I guess it’s still a vacant building. A pity in downtown Atlanta on the main drag.
So what’s this got to do with Dragon Con? I dunno, but this seems more interesting to me. I guess I’m not that kind of geek. I did attend one panel discussion, on the Wizard of Oz.
I mean, I went to art school. I apprenticed with an amazing photographer out of Dallas, TX named Dave Shafer who taught me more about life with a camera than I can thank him for. I was getting clients and I was taking pictures.