A Sociology Of The Smartphone

This morning I was streaming “CBS Sunday Morning” and viewed the piece on “It Had Us At Hello” ( 10th Anniversary of the iPhone)  There are very few devices that have changed the world as much as the iPhone and all the smartphones that have followed in its path.It is hard to believe the iPhone sparked such change only 10 years ago.

At the same time I’m also reading a fantastic web post on the smartphone – A Sociology Of The Smartphone“. This is a long read but well worth it.

A smartphone is often “the last thing we look at before sleep each night, and the first thing we reach for upon waking.”

“The smartphone is the signature artifact of our age. Less than a decade old, this protean object has become the universal, all-but-indispensable mediator of everyday life.”

In this blog I have written 53 posts where Smartphone is the major topic. That is 14% of my total posts over a 5 year period.  Anecdotally, I personally use my smartphone 2 hours a day. My wife says “Maybe 3!”  On any given day I use my Nexus 6 smartphone for the following

  • email
  • phone calls
  • what’s app texting
  • calendar
  • calculations
  • measuring my walking distance
  • Photography/Videography
  • News
  • Maps
  • Facebook
  • Taxi rides
  • Ordering Takeout Food
  • Listening To International Radio Stations/Podcasts

Having a smartphone means I no longer have the following

  • photographs in my wallet
  • wrist watch
  • digital camera
  • calendar
  • radio/ipod
  • maps
  • rolodex
  • pad and pencil (in a pocket)

Very shortly smartphones may lead to the elimination of:

  • corporate security passes
  • boarding passes
  • keys
  • credit cards
  • cash

I often use my smartphone when I am bored. At dinner with friends, if the  conversation does not interest me, I hop on my phone. Yes, it is rude but that little device holds so many interesting possibilities.  It pulls like a magnet. Sometimes it is easier than joining in conversation.The Smartphone is almost always in my hand when watching television or a movie on TV. If I am completely, honest it has become an appendage of my body.

Last week I left the house and realized too late that I had left my smartphone on my desk. My day was planned so that I could not easily return to my house for the next six hours. I wondered how I would get through the day not checking my email, checking Facebook , snapping photos and a plethora of time saving tasks.

The end result was that I made it through the day without any severe side effects. The lack of a smartphone did make me aware of how many times I escape into the ether of the Digital World to ameliorate human contact.

But that is another post for another day.

 

 

 

 

Salmon, Scallops And Paiche

Eating salmon increases your cardiovascular health. Salmon contains high levels of the omega-3 fats, EPA and DHA.  When eaten two to three times per week, salmon can protect you from problems such as heart attack, stroke, arrhythmia, high blood pressure and high triglycerides.

Scallops are the new power food. Scallops are more than 80 percent protein. One 3-ounce serving provides 20 grams of protein and just 95 calories. They’re also a good source of both magnesium and potassium.

Paiche a 6 oz. serving of Paiche contains the following nutrients

Calories 178 Sodium 1 mg
Total Fat 2 g Potassium 0 mg
Saturated 0 g Total Carbs 0 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 0 g
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 0 g
Trans 0 g Protein 40 g
Cholesterol 0 mg

The usual suspects will also be available for purchase- Fresh Rainbow Trout, Organic Tilapia, Smoked Salmon, Smoked Trout and Organic Shrimp

You can find all of the above at the following locations this week

Monday 6/19  Bayou Cafe (Los Fresnos y Arirumba) 2:00 -3:30 pm

Tuesday 6/20 Sunrise Care (Calle Larga y Ben. Malo) 9:00 -1:00 pm

Saturday 6/24 Santa Canela (Calle Larga 3-82) 10:00 – 3:00 pm

 

 

How To Master Google Photos

It’s no secret that I like to take photos. I now take all my shots using my Nexus 6 smartphone. My go to app is Google Photos. Today I found an exceptional post by the Verge

How To Master Google Photos

There are a lot of great takeaways. The three best for me are the following:

  • SEARCH IS THE KILLER FEATURE
  • FREE UP STORAGE ON YOUR PHONE
  • SHARED ALBUMS

What else do you do with Google Photos?

 

Alexa Just Got Smarter

It’s been 8 months that I have been sharing my office with Alexa and her two smart speakers, the Echo and the Dot. For the most part I have been very satisfied with the products.  You can see one of my early reviews here 

I sometimes have to repeat requests but for the most part I am very satisfied and use the devices for

  • Listening to my Amazon music collection
  • Finding the correct spelling of words
  • News briefings
  • Manage our Capital One Account including making payments
  • Timers
  • Reminders

The last two I use several times a day and the Alexa app lacked the functionality of telling me what timer was going off and to name my reminders. That changed in the current update and now I can say ” Alexa, remind me in two days at 9:00 am to pay the electric bill.”.

 

Foodie Quiz

Put on your thinking caps because the winner gets a prize. What food has the following qualities

  • high in omega-3 fatty acid
  • rich in potassium
  • excellent source of Vitamin B-12
  • source of forgotten selenium

If you guessed Rainbow Trout then come on down to The Bayou Cafe (Los Fresnos y Arirumba) tomorrow May 29th  from 2:00 – 3:30 pm and ask me for your Rainbow Trout Surprise. Chef Sebastian will be cooking and the Rainbow Trout is on sale.

24 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer

A great article by  that you can find here  Here are the ones I found especially interesting.

  • Duolingo – Learn another language
  • Khan Academy – A fantastic way through youtube to learn about interesting subjects.
  • MIT Open Courseware – free college courses online
  • Investopedia – the subject says it all
  • Quora – find experts to ask about almost anything
  • Geography IQ – select any country and access virtually every facet of useful information
  • TED – my favorite site on this list. Superb talks by interesting people from around the world.