Gadgets: Further contemplating the iPad

This morning, I spent a half-hour or so in iTunes downloading a variety of free iPad apps from Apple’s App Store. In total, 12 iPad apps and two iPhone apps now live on my trusty old MacBook Pro. Now, I will answer the questions this revelation inevitably leaves you with:

• No, I do not own an iPad (or an iPhone or iPod Touch or any other device capable of running apps from the App Store).
• No, I have not ordered an iPad (or an iPhone or iPod Touch) and, therefore, am not simply preparing for the inevitable arrival of such a device.
• No, to the best of my knowledge I am not intending to purchase an iPad (or an iPhone or iPod Touch) in the immediate future.
• Finally, no, I haven’t the slightest idea why I spent a half hour this morning downloading software which is functionally useless to me.

Even with four resounding “nos” to those questions, I still had fun doing that this morning. Claims of me being a little weird could be entirely valid.

In other news:
• I’m seriously contemplating paying the $99-per-year for at least one year to join Apple’s iPhone Developer Program. I have in my head ideas for three iPad apps – one of which would apply directly to my current job; one of which would apply directly to my former career in athletic media relations; and one of which would simply be super-fun for my toy collecting alter ego.

Regardless of your personal opinions on the useful/lessness of the iPad, the device still strikes me as opening a remarkable and exciting opportunity for people like me who claim to be in the business of organizing, interpreting and distributing information to other people. Having something like an iPad on the receiving end of that information gets me pretty excited about new and interesting ways to craft it on the front end. My days are, for the most part, spent in a “type, cut and paste, e-mail and post” cycle that the iPad has the potential to destroy like a monster truck in a used car lot.

• For some reason, I waited until yesterday to watch “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” in its entirety. I have no idea why I waited. But the hole in my soul that I didn’t know existed until I watched its 43-minute entirety has now been gleefully sealed. If you haven’t seen this and at all enjoy ridiculous things, watch this. Neil Patrick Harris is amazing. Nathan Fillion is equally amazing. Watch the big thing; then watch their bit from The Emmys.


I spent an hour yesterday drawing Dr. Horrible; I suck and the drawings suck, but it was fun. 🙂

Andy Bartlett

By day, I am the executive director of communications and marketing at Bemidji State University. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, father of three, and proponent of super heroes, lasers, space ships and explosions.

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