iPad for study and play


Behold the iPad in All Its Glory

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Not sure if I mentioned, my lovely boyfriend bought me a 64GB iPad for my birthday. I was in shock, as I’m not really an expensive gift person, in buying or receiving. But I was delighted, once I got over my sense of disbelief. I had been wanting one for ages but just couldn’t justify blowing my whole month’s pay on one…Until I went back for my final year at Goldsmiths, and realised that actually it would benefit my study so much, not just leisure/play.

– It’s so fast to type on using the on-screen keyboard, the layout is simple, and in just seconds I can email my lecture notes to the main Mac in my room, so the people moaning about lack of USB or disk drive should just do that (or use the Pendrive free app, or Dropbox, etc)

– The book store is excellent, in terms of variety. And the reader functions perfectly, where you can actually turn the pages.

– I use the Sketchbook Pro app for my Motion Graphics module, which is great for drawing with regardless of what stylus you use.

– Granimator allows you to create your own wallpapers and backgrounds (as seen above)

– VNC Mocha – this remote desktop viewer is awesome, it costs on the iPad, but is free on the iPhone, and somehow I tricked my iPad into transferring it free as it confused the versions. Free iPad VNC viewer is never a bad thing. I can control my main Mac from anywhere in the house, essentially turning the iPad into a mini version of my main base.

There are so many benefits I could talk about, but for me the main functions are: writing, reading, drawing, playing, storing, organising (e.g sync calendars with iPhone and Mac), and experiencing the web, videos and books in a whole new way. The iPad is not for everybody, but for someone like me who really makes use of every function, it’s worth having.


Elvis has left the building. Oh wait no I mean England

Oh man, England failed so hard it was like Mission Impossible only Tom Cruise wasn’t there to save the day. They clustered when they need to space out, and spaced out when they needed to be tight and united. It was like seeing an elastic band stretch and teeter until it finally snaps.

A very exciting game though overall, despite depressing. I’m not even a hardcore football fan anymore, I have no right to blog about it, but watching the World Cup has stirred the sleeping beast which is my past obsession with football. Back in the day (I’m not old but I like saying that) I was the only girl on the football team, and got man of the match from an excellent sliding tackle, which the boys weren’t happy about. They also weren’t happy about me beating them at chin ups on the famous tree branch outside the school, or arm wrestles. This was immensely strange because I was always tiny and skinny and not butch at all. I would talk about how I also won the furthest spitting competition, but that was when I was six years old so that doesn’t count.

This is all I had to say during the game:

Ruth Von Noakes: Ugh that fucking goal, if a tree falls in a forest and no one sees it the tree still bloody fell innit, on this level of reality anyway, and shut up string theory

Oh and also I was imagining how potentially more nerve-wracking football would be if the players were invisible. You’d just see the ball getting knocked around be like “oh my golly gosh who has the ball?” and wouldn’t really know until it went in a certain goal.

Elvis has left the building. Oh wait no I mean England.