Happy Saturday! I am currently blogging from the Blogger mobile app, granting it a second chance since the first time I used it, which was an utter disappointment. Not only was the interface bland, the app kept lagging and force-closing on me.
Fast forward two years, and there seems to be some improvement with the program! The developers have taken a more minimalist approach to the interface and the app itself is more responsive. Alas, there still exists a flaw with this second attempt (only this time, it arose from my phone and not the app) -- it is impossible to craft a sentence without making a typo with every other word. (Note: Out of livid exasperation, I resigned to writing the rest of this post with my new computer, see details below).
For some reason, the keyboard (a Cantonese-English one) I am using on my phone is very touch-sensitive. Specifically, when hovering a finger above a key -- without the intention of hitting it -- it will still process the "touch" (or lack thereof, really), promptly entering the letter. It's been frustrating typing in English. Not wanting to sound like an illiterate cretin, I always close my half-finished texts/memos/e-mails in abject fury. I only conceded to keeping it upon my Mom's complaints about my abysmal Chinese.
I have no objections with staying rooted to my culture, but besides using it conversationally (upon coercion), I've really no practical use for Chinese outside of my distant relatives. You see, my household speaks predominantly English and I have maybe two Chinese friends at most. [sigh]. These are the downfalls to conformity.
Anyway, I am supposed to be finishing up on one of my readings (a whopping 20 pages on the importance of understanding media). Who knew studying English entailed reading up on the philosophy behind art? Unfortunately, first year BA English students are required to take courses that encompass different branches of humanities (they don't want us to confine ourselves to just one discipline). In the wake of these policies, I ended up with three electives and only two literature courses this semester.
To end this rather prosaic entry on an interesting note, I got a new computer! For the new school year, I got to choose between a Macbook Pro and iMac. I chose the latter upon being enticed by the shiny mouse. There can't be a more pretentious name than Magic Mouse for a mouse, but once I saw its immaculate, sleek design, I was sold. Ignoring the specs and features of each computer, I was adamant on getting the iMac.
In hindsight, a new, lighter laptop would have been more wise and pragmatic, because now I have to lug my boulder of an Acer to school. Blasted Magic Mouse. Looks like I'm an easy prey to the voracious Apple marketers.
P.S.: Regarding my phone, I understand that the logical solution would be to switch between the two keyboards for different purposes. But, it's far too cumbersome and I can't be arsed to do it.