Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

The hazards of modern technology

Sometime before Christmas, my Kindle decided to pack it in. It was the second Kindle I'd had (of the classic horrible-keyboard variety), and it died exactly the same way the previous one had: one moment, the screen simply "smeared", and nothing would fix it. (From here on out, I'm concluding that putting it in a case would be a good idea.)

Kate promised me a new one for my birthday, and today gave it to me as a sort of "pre-birthday" present, so that I'd have something to read while I walk. (Yes, I read while I walk. Always have done, since I was a small child. Reasonably safe, provided you train yourself properly to keep your peripheral vision alert, your ears open, and put the damned thing aside whenever you cross the street.) It's the fancy new "Paperwhite" model, which includes a backlight -- useful since walking home from Davis in the evening, along the Somerville bike path, is *prime* reading time.

I needed a few things from CVS and Shaw's today, so I decided to try it out. I immediately realized that I had a problem: it is freaking cold today. Okay, technically it is awfully windy. Regardless, the wind chill was something like ten degrees, so gloves were a necessity.

Note "fancy new model" -- with a touchscreen instead of the traditional buttons to change page. On the new Kindle models, you touch the right-hand side of the screen to go forward. Which is great, except that my old-fashioned gloves don't work on a touchscreen worth a damn. (I have reason to believe that there are touchscreen-compatible gloves in my future, but I only get one pre-birthday present.)

What to do? The gloves were a strict necessity, but turning the page was impossible with them. Only exposed skin will work on a touchscreen, and I was tightly bundled up. And then it dawned on me.

And so it was that anybody passing by today on Cedar Street was treated to the sight of me walking along, reading -- and periodically whapping the Kindle against my nose, like a monk out of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Undoubtedly looked ridiculous, but it works perfectly well until I have a better solution...
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