Mac, Technology

Magic Trackpad?!

Anybody who’s been subjected to me talking about my computer setup/injury prevention/productivity obsession knows that I love using a trackball* the vast majority of the time. So far the only exception I can think of is Minesweeper, but now that I’ve completely switched over to a Mac slash Apple products in general, this awesome clone of Minesweeper on the iPhone quells my bomb-defusing addiction.

ANYWAY, for me, today’s Apple announcement about the Magic Trackpad boils down to this:

magic trackpad plus pogo sketch

(In case you’re not into input devices, that second item is a Pogo Sketch, which, along with their Inklet software, can turn trackpads into pressure-sensitive tablets. And yes, of course it comes in orange. And yes, I have a Wacom tablet, but I got it before they came out with the Touch line. Sigh.)

* The Kensington Slimblade FINALLY has programmable buttons. I was happy with it even without, but now that it can do more than just zoom/pan and control music, I wholeheartedly recommend it as a badass and very sexy trackball. I just need a wrist pad. And to stop obsessively cleaning it whenever I am meditating on something at work.

** I should probably also mention that those icons in my quick graphic up there are from a set called BlackStroke.

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Purchases

Birthday presents for my siblings

I have two half-siblings – a sister on my mom’s side and a brother on my dad’s. Angela turned 10 on June 1 and Kevin will be turning 2 on June 6. Here are pictures of them because I can’t express how adorable and lovey they are:

Angela and Adrian on the cruise

Angela and Adrian on the cruise

Kevin and Adrian at Thanksgiving

Kevin and Adrian at Thanksgiving

So anyway, here’s what I bought for Kevin:

Imaginarium Train Table

Imaginarium Train Table

It’s a table with a storage drawer and a reversible playtop, AND it has train tracks, trains, a crane, a car, a truck, a helicopter, cargo, people, and so on and so forth. It’s amazing! I saw it at Toys R Us and knew I would have to buy it. And here’s what I’m hoping will come to fruition this summer so that I can buy it for Angela before they come to visit. It’s especially appropriate because she’s a rabbit in the Chinese zodiac. Apparently it will even have changeable clothes!!

Mobiblu Miffy MP3 Player and Dock

Mobiblu Miffy MP3 Player and Dock

Ah, Gizmodo. You even serve my cute needs.

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