I was scheduled to write a completely different story for today’s post. I thought I was being all very organised and focused, keeping the blogging going and that I had the next 4-6 weeks planned out and then out of the blue came a knock at the the door and a packaged thrust into my hands by our friendly postie, actually it must have seemed a bit like a reception committee as there were three of us standing around talking near the door when the bell chimed. What could it be? I wasn’t expecting anything apart from some jiffy bags for sending off the rapidly dwindling pile of stuff I have been getting rid of. It is always exciting or for some anxious making receiving the unknown but for me the excitement out weighted the angst. Within a moment I was looking at an Apple Pencil, My initial reaction was to think “what the……?” as there was no message, no evidence of where it had been sent from and no way of knowing for what reason I had been selected to receive this wonderful gift. As the excitement wore off the realisation that a pencil without a pad is useless right? So then I am left with a thought going through my head “could it, could it really be.. accompanied by er well one of those fancy new iPad Pro thingamajigs. So now I am sitting at kitchen table scratching my head as to what happens next when the phone rings. I’ll cut a long story short and spare you the conversation from the phone suffice to say that I have been gifted the above mentioned iPad for helping out someone who had been though a rough time and wanted to show there gratitude in a way that they thought I would appreciate. It’s funny how life twists and turns and I am now wondering if my luck is like a procession of London buses (Number 6’s for the bus geeks out there) as not long ago I was gratefully receiving a camera and now a tablet, what could be next? winning lottery numbers? Suffice to say that I was a little bit overcome over this random act of generosity however I always remembered my grandfather saying “accept the gift in the manner it is given” to which I have done.
So how does this all tie in the the onebagonelife project? Well for a start off it takes up way less space and weight over my now ageing MacBook Pro which seems to weigh the equivalent of a breeze block compared to these modern Mac computers. A slight aside, I am trying to find a new home for my Crumpler bag collection as I have the Goldilocks range of messenger bags, now with none of them really being right for me so I have bunged them on that popular auction site but have had no takers, what is wrong with the bagistas of North London?! All this to say that I had to ditch my Crumpler addiction for a far more sensible and subdued backpack due to developing back problems from seemingly lumping around what most people thought was the weight of a planet when I was in the big smoke. I will keep the baby bag which will hold the iPad nicely and hopefully have no side effects.
But I digress and getting back to the reason for this post I am now looking at a much more compact digital office. However I am not getting rid of the old stalwart just yet as there are a couple of things that I just can’t do on a pad, yet. But the plan is to be able to downsize the office to a much more manageable space. Without going into the tech side of things this is a step up for me and I am looking forward to seeing how it responds to the tasks that I carry out at the moment much of which is pretty lightweight usage. One of the things I will be very interested to see is how well I can view media on it. It will never take the place of a lovely big screen but I am curious to know how much of an alternative to my laptop screen it is. It really is a brave new world for me and one that I have not had to risk my own resources to gain exposure to the iPad life style. Hooray to that.
I know there are plenty that run their lives and businesses from iPads (some I follow on podcasts) and I am curious to see how this will change my habits and productivity. I know that it cannot replace a desktop for pure power and many in the media world will say it’s not a really tool more of a play thing but I am sure that anything I attempt will never be on that level anyway.
The biggest thing about this amazing gift is the Pencil it’s self. I have always been a doodler, in meetings, in trains planes and automobiles (one of my desert island films) and just about anywhere else when I have an idle moment. Now don’t mistake me for someone who has any talent at this but what I do do I get enjoyment from. With the ability to now create digital sketches that can be saved away for prosperity and not just chucked into the blue recycle bag I am really excited to see what I can achieve. There is so much talent out there on the net that really show off the possibilities of iPad art all I am hoping to do is improve my efforts a little bit. Yes I know the “real” artists say that it isn’t real art but then I’m sure they said that about Van Gogh and Monet.
So let the fun begin and expect the next week in pics to come to you from a rather crispy new iPad Pro.