Well, we are now into the final period before going on holiday. It’s measured in days now so things that should be done are now actually being done. Cases are down, t-shirts are folded up and thrown in along with more pairs of shorts than I knew I had to be honest and my camera things are scattered about undergoing an ‘Mmm will I need that thing whatever the hell it is?’ assessment but I am coming back to one remarkable conclusion. All that I actually need lives in my pocket.
Now allow me to quickly provide some context before you run away. My brain functions pretty much like this and I call it the ‘3 Stages of Me’ and it is applicable to all things I see
Stage 1 – I don’t need an iPhone, they’re not that brilliant anyway
Stage 2 – looks at iPhone… thinks ‘they ARE brilliant’
Stage 3 – Buys iPhone
And now that I have had the iPhone in my hands, and trust me it’s barely ever out my hands, I can capture stuff I never thought I could. Tilt-shift? Yep, HDR? Yep, 8mm films? Yep, Fisheye? Yep 360 Panorama? Yep…and the options go on and on and on.The dearest app has been £2.69 which is ridiculously cheap given what I can do. Sure a professional photographer would see the benefits of a DSLR with proper lenses but at my level this is just extraordinary.
So there you have it I’m an Apple Fanboy now, a fully paid up black turtleneck wearing ‘oh my God it’s so stylish’ spouting Jobby. I also repeated the ‘3 Stages of Me’ when people suggested I get an iPad just after I got the iPhone. So yep, when I am over in Orlando I am buying an iPad too. I can justify these things as utterly vital and crucial to my life, no really I can. Not that anything I have ever bought before was a spur of the moment purchase *what’s that you say RC Car?, oh pipe down I will play with you some day*. Anyway as I was saying the apps on the iPhone are utterly brilliant in a way my Android could only dream of. I love taking pics and filming stuff and despite my best intentions I still look at my 300d with slack-jawed bemusement and I have had it over 6 years now. Give me an iPhone app though and in seconds I am in full Scorcese mode and I utterly love it. I am not creating cinematic magic but by God it makes me happy and I know I will be filming and snapping a lot of stuff on my holiday that previously I could only dream of. As for the iPad well it is needed because whilst I can edit on the iPhone I don’t fancy creating holiday films on it for a few hours, plus when the cost of an app is at most a couple of pounds as opposed to a lot more for editing software for my PC well it just makes so much more sense and I wont need to worry about cables and re-formatting, I just sync my iPhone with my iPad and away we go….plus it’s SHINY!!!
This is some of the stuff I captured last week on my precioussss in Aberdeen
Away from my efforts to corner the world markets in gadgets I finally got my Kilt. Not got any of the associated bits n bobs for it yet as all my funds are tied up in tech now but after the holiday I will get the belt n’ shoes n’ shirt n’ well all the other stuff I need to make it look good and post a suitably impressive pic of me in full ‘Freeeeedom!’ mode. Have to say I am really pleased with how it looks so far and am excited to get the whole outfit together so I can wear it at my sister’s wedding.
Anyway in WDW news the time to depart is here, it’s almost bloody here! The cases are down and I win the ‘packed-first’ competition. It was closely fought but I easily trumped my wife’s claim of ‘my clothes are all laid out to be packed’ with a gesture to my case in the corner wherein all my clothes were already packed. Sadly there was no prize other than smug self-satisfaction. I also transferred my Lego Stormtroopers over from the old fanny to the new one, no really now, come on, stop sniggering. I came downstairs with my fanny on and well lets say my wife was speechless with how awesome it looks. I even had the chest-strap deployed which gives my fanny added support and let me tell you I looked good! I mean real good! I made Sinatra look like a hobo.
For all that I bang on about things I will buy and all the photography and filming I will do what I really cannot wait to experience are the feelings that being in WDW invoke. Riding the Monorail, walking under the arches to see Main Street, hearing the sounds as you enter Adventureland, looking at the neon of Tommorrowland at night. It all relaxes me and brings back great memories and nothing can top that….not even a Lego Imperial Shuttle or an iPad……well its perhaps a tie but it’s all good.
Anyway that sounds like mildly sentimental twaddle so I will wrap it up at this point.