In the Mind of the Other

Posted 2009.08.21 14.58 in Family/Friends, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

In a recent comment on her blog, my friend Lezley said:

I’ve always wanted to know what goes on inside animals’ heads. What do they think? Feel? How do they see the world and us? […] Human beings always judge animal behaviour through our own lens – resulting in no real understanding at all. Stupid humans.

This is one of those things that interests me.. the Mind of the Other, versus the Mind of the Self. Several decades ago, author H.P. Lovecraft wrote that there can never truly be a story told from the point of view of the vampire, wolf-man, or alien, simply because such things existed entirely outside our frame of reference. In the case of an alien, something truly that far outside our own experience would be so Other that we’d probably have a difficult enough time recognizing it for what it was, let alone understaning or relating to its emotions and thoughts. I believe Lovecraft’s story The Colour out of Space is an ideal representation of how our limited experience leaves us unable to fully perceive or understand things that are far from our own frames of reference.

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Surrendering to Apple

Posted 2009.08.21 5.57 in Computers/Internet/Technology, Music/Movies/TV by Stephanie

I’ve conceeded defeat. Apple beat me. I knuckled under and ordered an Apple TV. In spite of my best efforts, Apple is becoming the digital hub of my digital life. Music, photos, movies, tv… all that’s left really is an Apple-branded coffee maker withwifi and bluetooth, so I can summon up a coffee from my iPhone before I get out of bed.

Anyhow, this all goes back to a rant last week about not being able to watch a downloaded movie on my television. The cheapest solution would have been to simply go out and buy the damn movie on DVD, but I resented that since I’d already bought it on iTunes. Mind you, I also resented that my iPhone wasn’t compatible with my Apple dock + Apple AV cable combination. And I resented that getting new compatible cables would cost a wad more money. Then I resented that the cables were so expensive that it almost made more sense just to get an Apple TV.

Apple TV

Naturally, of all those resentments, buying the DVD was the one that burned me most. I mean, DVDs are so 1999. That’s 10-year old technology. Why invest in that? (Yes I’m being facetious.)

Actually what’s happened is the whole Apple TV thing has been rolling around the back of my mind, till suddenly I realized what else could be done with it, other ways to use it. They all sounded awesome in my mind yesterday when I ordered it, but now that I’m writing about it, I realize that maybe nobody else will see the importance like I do…

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