Checkpoint: Three Decades Edition

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Checkpoint - Three Decades Edition

I don’t like to celebrate my birthday but a significant force in my life began shining a light upon my history, so it’s difficult to ignore the fact that time has passed.

I divided my life along the year 2003, the year of my high school graduation. It shouldn’t be a surprise but details of my life are much more defined in the post-high school era.

Some of it could be attributed to the rise of the Internet and cheaper technology enabling us all to instantly mark a place in time. The ability to quickly and effortlessly post remark or take photo allows us all to create personal logs of our lives like never before.

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Checkpoint: Holiday 2012 Gaming Edition

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October is just around the corner. I still can’t believe it but the calendar doesn’t lie. With October comes games and lots of it. Here’s a list of titles I have intention of getting/trying and those that I have already pre-ordered.

Week of Sept. 30

  • Resident Evil 6 (PS3, 360)

Week of Oct. 7

  • Disohonored (PC, PS3, 360)
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PC, PS3, 360)

Week of Oct. 21

  • Medal of Honor: Warfighter (PC, PS3, 360)
  • Forza Horizon (360)
  • Killzone HD (PSN)

I’m Using A Calendar

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ical-logoI’ve never used a calendar for personal reasons. I never felt the need to. My life wasn’t complex enough to warrant plotting down events and reminders. It took a big move to my new house and all its moving parts in order to convince me to start plotting all this down.

But I didn’t start using a calendar until I got my iPad.

For me, a calendar needed to be on an easily and quickly accessible “always on” device. At work, my always on device was my workstation which I spent a majority off my time at. At home? There wasn’t such a device at home. I don’t own a smartphone and my Macbook Air isn’t always with me. And even if it was, it wasn’t as long lasting as an iPad to pull off the task of being “always on”.

Now one could argue that e-mail would be a more suitable fit to my criteria above and they would be right. But I don’t need (or want) to know when e-mail arrives which means for the longest time I could live without that instant notification. A calendar serves the much more important role of notifying me of incoming events that need my attention. I wouldn’t need a calendar with reminder notifications if I was willing to wait and check my events at my leisure.

Do I feel more organized since I started using this? Sure. Will I continue to use it after my move is complete? Why not? I will have many other things to track. But if you were to ask me if I was pleased by this decision to use it? My answer is: no. It marks the beginning of more and more obligations.