Thursday, 17 November 2011

Test Stress

Lately, I've realized that I mess up on tests simply because I start to panic and hyperventilate. It's strange because it has't really been like this for my whole life, just the last two years, and usually just for math. I've realized how conscious I become of time, and when I see people working hard and cramming down ideas I completely freeze.

Oh, how I hate anxiety. I think I need some extra time..

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Blackberry 9700

So this summer, thanks to some relatives I wound up with some extra cash. And what I actually ended up doing was hunting down craigslist and kijiji ads to find myself a "pre-loved" Blackberry 9700. Everyone at my school uses it, my friends uses it, I wanted to see the reason for its popularity. I wanted to see why people loved BBM so much!

So after a few months of using it, I've actually gotten a bit tired of it and wish to try out an Android next - Hopefully a Samsung Galaxy

Back to the Blackberry. To be honest, in general, with all the falling stocks and crashes, RIM has nothing on Apple. The whole user interface is not as user friendly, and to be frank the apps suck. Theres only so much you can do with it, and going back to iPhone just makes you miss it so much more. (For example, iPhone has a lovely Blogger app!)

But BBM, is actually pretty amazing. With its instant messages, and receipts its like a whole new world. In reality, it is, a whole new chat client. Just like facebook and any other program you have your own profile picture and message, of course this is much more exclusive, it connects only connects you to other BB users. As well, the delivery receipts are pretty darn useful. After it has reached their phone, you get a D for delivered. After they open it, a R shows up next to the message for read (of course there are ways to avoid this now). These receipts can be extremely useful, knowing if a person has gotten the message or not can allow you to avoid miscommunication. However; it can also be such a pain. It's definately made me a lot more conscious of opening messages. Lets face it, you don't always want to reply instantaneously - but somehow it just seems a little rude to read without replying. I know that I sometimes feel this way when it happens to me. This actually makes me feel more relaxed receiving texts because I know that I can put off replying to later.

Nevertheless this edge that RIM has had on Apple, was taken away just two months ago. Upon the release of iOS5, Apple users welcomed the arrival of iMessage, the "BBM Killer". Although it works jut as well, and feels the same with receipts, in my opinion the one thing it has missed is the use of Pins. Although they will, in fact, argue that this is one of its many advantages. Imessage incorporates itself with your address book, immediately switching between text and imessage depending on the receipient. Unfortunately from my point of view, having PINs allow you to add and meet new people without getting too personal. I say this because, adding someone and asking for their PIN is much less simpler than asking someone for their phone number. I have no real explanation for this but its true. In addition to this, if you ever get tired of that person or want to to disconnect yourself from them you're free to delete them! You can delete yourself from their phonebook without changing phone numbers which is a complete pain.

Anyhows, I know this isn't much of a conclusion but thats pretty much what I think of Blackberry and their BBM. Did I mention its an extra 10$ for this service? Nevertheless I have enjoyed its service the pass few months, but now I'm ready to move on.

Lazy, but I'm Back

Hey,

So I've kind of pretty MIA since the summer. I kind of completely forgot about the blog but I actually really like having a place to (almost) anonymously publish my thoughts so I figured I would come back. As you know these posts range from random thoughts, to little annoyances, to reviews and more. It pretty much covers anything and everything that I want !

So Clingy

The whininess and clingyness of a boy astounds me. Now I regret originally making talk and exchanging contact information. I'm still in shock and kind of put off by it ..

I also must add that he completely abuses the use of emoticons.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Judgemental People

What's seriously bothering me lately is the way that people make assumptions of me. First of all, I have my own visa card and I'm 17. No, my parents do not pay it off for me. I do, I get a statement every month and I pay it all by my self with money I have saved from working at camp, retail and instructing (and some allowance). Nevertheless people continue to assume that I'm some spoiled brat, which is totally unfair.I pay for other things like my phone bill, how is it my fault that making payments online can be easier than sending in monthly checks? What if I want to use my hard earned money to buy something that is online and only available to pay with through visa. Isn't it more independent being able to purchase orders entirely through ones self? I honestly hate the reputation that people who cannot control their spending have given to credit card users. I just read in the Toronto Star
An article critiquing any parent "crazy" enough to give their teenager a credit card. Call me crazy, but if they don't know how to teach them to use it early on who's fault is that? Obviously they might go on a spending free if they know they can make unlimited purchases but if they know that they at responsible for paying back each penny why would they blow themselves into debt?! Mentioned in some earlier posts I have a MacBook, yeah I didn't just get it as some expensive present like some of my other friends cause I didn't want my parents to have to pay for all of it. As well I know it's kind of an unnecessary luxury which is why I paid for all of it. This along with many other more expensive items that I own which makes me upset that people are always jumping to conclusions.