It’s all in the eyes

The quick, telltale glance at the laptop screen, when a new email arrives.

A piece in the New York Times recently gave me a chuckle. It was about the way that it has now become acceptable to be rude during face to face conversations by constantly checking your smartphone or laptop.

Indeed. We have become so attuned to the movement of the eyes in this modern culture–and I often have to remind myself of this. It seems like such a tiny gesture, while speaking to someone with my laptop open, to just glance at the screen when the text shifts downwards and a new email arrives in my inbox. But I have to remind myself that from the other side of the table, even that brief glance downwards is noticeable. I’ve taken to folding down my laptop if I’m talking, because glancing at the screen has become semi-involuntary. If it’s there, I’ll do it–or I’ll be distracted by the effort it takes to keep my eyes averted from it, even as tiny movements (new mail!) are visible out of the corner of my eye. Continue reading

The IPad.

I have only recently invested in a much-yearned-for iPad (photo to the left is of the back of my iPad, with the gelaskin I’ve applied to it to protect the surface from scratches–and of course, to add a steam punk flair…), and in truth, I’m still adjusting to this keypad, which is inconvenient at best. I suspect, for instance, that I will soon be expunging apostrophes from my usage just so I do not have to break off and navigate one menu down in order to get to the apostrophe. Misused apostrophes are a peeve of mine, and so I would not trust that auto-correct would fix them, given its nasty precedent with “it’s” (auto-correct always adds in an apostrophe, even when it is not appropriate to do so–an apostrophe which I then always have to go back and fix). Continue reading