Half A Year With The iPad

Six months ago today, Jean gave me an iPad for Christmas. It’s barely been out of my sight since. (And yes, that means that today marks the halfway point to NEXT Christmas, meaning we’ll start seeing those holiday ads in just a few weeks. Almost time to put those lights up on the house!) Anyway, I thought this would be a good time to write a review of the iPad.

In short, it’s amazing. Maybe not “magical” like Apple promised, but it does a lot of things I never would have thought about before I got to try it out for myself. So many things, in fact, that it’s hard to categorize them. But for our purposes here, we’ll divide them, first, into two categories: productivity and entertainment.

Productivity

The first thing I wanted to try if I ever got one of these things was to use it as an e-reader. The Apple offering for books is called iBooks, and it functions both as an e-reader and …Keep reading

List: Top 5ive Albums Of The 1980s

Everyone loves lists, right? Well then, here comes a list: the best albums of the 1980s.

Any such “Top” list having to do with music is going to be controversial, of course. But this one may be less so than others, at least for me. These five albums simply stand out from all the rest. These were some of the strongest efforts by their creators, and helped shape both my life and the music business in general during that decade and for years thereafter. There are going to be other lists in Shoulblog in the future, some music-related, but I wanted to start with this one because it is, in fact, the most cut-and-dried.

Even though this exercise seems pretty …Keep reading

Playoff Season

It’s nearing mid-June and the temperature is well up into the mid-90s, which means it’s about time to wrap up the seasons for our “winter” sports.

This year, I think I’ve heard more talk about the NBA playoffs than ever before. I faithfully listen to “Mike and Mike” on my way to work, and have several friends, including my dad, who are enthralled by the playoffs. So I’ve more or less been following what’s been going on. But I’ll bet I haven’t watched more than 60 seconds …Keep reading