The Daily EO: August 13th, 2012

I have my Yahoo! mail app on my android phone set to da-ding every time I get a new e-mail (not including spam).  I have 3 e-mail accounts and I have even set-up a different sound for one of my accounts.   That one sounds something like a cartoon bug being squashed.

Nonetheless, when my e-mail da-dings or squashes, I can hear it anywhere.  Even if the ringer is on low – I hear.

I’m known to sign up for e-mails when I am promised something for free, leaving my inbox littered with stupid excuses for companies to contact me.  It’s kinda like those valid reasons you dream up calling a boy you liked “Hey, you forgot your history book at my house after that group study thing.  I’ll like totally bring it tomorrow – but I just didn’t want you to worry.”  Cause he was so worried about his Social Studies text.

Anyways, all these da-dings with no satisfaction upon reading the e-mail is driving me crazy, so I started unsubscribing to stuff.  No more Canadian Tire, no more Right at Home, goodbye Mocha Sofa, no thanks Shape, finished with you Chatelaine, no more!

And would you know it?  I don’t get useless da-dings very much any more.

August 13, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  I am not sure reducing my unsatisfying da-dings makes me feel any better.  I think I liked the 5 seconds of hope of something good landing in my in-box better.

The Daily EO: May 25th, 2012

Today I signed up for a website called Run Hundred.   Every couple of days, I get an e-mail from them to tell me about new songs added to their site that are available for voting on.  40,000 people then listen to the songs and indicate whether they would work out to the songs.  There is a top ten of the month, top ten of all time, top ten work-out collections, etc.

To me, music is essential for working out.  My favorites right are Hello! (Martin Solveig featuring Dragonette) and We Speak No Americano (Yolanda Be Cool and DCup).  I hear those two songs, my feet want to start running.  I have about 55 songs on my workout mix now and I have probably heard each of then about 20+ times or so.  I am okay with that – because every time I hear one it signals to my brain that it is time to start exercising.  But honestly, sometimes I feel like I’m in Grade 9 listening to Richard Marx.  I’m hoping Run Hundred will help me keep my mix fresh.  I especially like running with my iPod as it focuses me on me – the running, the exercise.   It is not about anyone else but me.  Pass me, or I pass you, this is about and for me, not anyone else.

When I attended UVic in the mid 90s, I attended a seminar on how to use e-mail – because frankly I had never used e-mail before.  It was before spam, before blogs, before social networks, before the internet changed things.  I am approaching middle age, I guess – and there are children now don’t know what a World Book Encyclopedia Set is.  I still use the books – that my mom hasn’t recycled yet – to settle discussions when I return home.  But I wouldn’t suggest looking up cell phones, Russia, Geothermal Energy, American Idol, George Bernard Shaw or blogging.

I am not lamenting the old or the new.  Just amazing what we can do now, that just 20 years ago hadn’t even been conceived of.

Now, I can a summary of 40,000 people’s opinions on workout music delivered directly to my e-mail in-box.  If I like any of the songs, I can click (Amazon, iTunes, or Emusic) and have it delivered to my iPod and be running with it in 2 minutes.  My god.  Remember the Columbia House CD Club?  We thought that was pretty sophisticated.

May 25th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  A wish that the world’s children could experience both the convenience of the new and the romance of the old.

Maintenance May Day 25:
Made Beet Brownies.  Ate 6 Beet Brownies.  Beets or not, still pretty calorically dense.  (soul).