curious, not creepy.

sounding out the city.
May 31, 2009, 5:09 am
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as i write this now, i am listening to music. i constantly have it playing while i’m at home. it is usually the first thing i do when i wake up in the morning and the last thing i do before falling asleep. since i live alone, it seems to make me feel as though i’m not all by myself. it helps create a comfortable environment for me, and knowing that i can take that comfort with me anywhere is great. just like the other people in michael bull’s book, sounding out the city, i used my iPod as a means of hiding while in public and creating a space of security while traveling through the city. 

however, this time around what i found most interesting about the book is his discussion of consumer technologies becoming apart of our everyday life. immediately it made me think about the evolution that can be seen from the birth of the walkman. after the walkman came portable cd players and then mp3 players. and in the mist of all this change in how we are able to listen to music we have the creation of the cell phone and the birth of the internet. now we have iPhones and blackberries that double not only as just a cell phone but also a music player that allows us full access to the internet at all times. 

Using a personal stereo appears to constitute a form of company for her whilst she is alone, through its creation of a zone of intimacy and immediacy. 

through these progressions in technology, we have become able to create our own worlds that we can carry around with us anywhere and everywhere. not only does our music allow us to block out the rest of the world, but now with social networking programs like myspace and facebook and now twitter you have total control of who you allow into your world. you no longer need to actually say anything to have a conversation, you can arrive to your destination without ever having said a single word and spoken to half a dozen people.

headphones are a social signal that the person who is wearing them is not interested in conversation. and now seeing someone fiddling with their phone also gives this same idea. 

Along with her personal stereo she now has a mobile phone which she also claims not to be able to be without. The arsenal of mobile technology becomes her ‘lifeline’ whilst traversing those empty but potentially fearful public spaces.

with these advancements in technology, we are now more connected to each other then every before. but at the same time, we have created these cocoons that enables us to maintain physical relationships. we are able to to go months without physically seeing a person and know what is happening in their life thanks to facebook. which doesn’t seem like a good direction to be moving in to me.


oh, technology.
May 21, 2008, 6:00 am
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for some reason today, i am having the absolute worst luck with technology:

the ipod is DEAD.

the internet is UNRELIABLE and will not open the pages i need it to. 

the swamp cooler isn’t working properly making it more bearable to sit outside then inside, UNACCEPTABLE.

my phone turns itself off whenever it feels like it, especially in the most INOPPORTUNE moments. 


the only thing that has gone as it should is being able to download the wanderlust reading. which i found very interesting and able to agree with some of the things it commented on. and thought it was pretty ironic that it talks about technology as all of mine falls apart.  

walking allows us to be in our bodies and in the world without being made busy by them.  it leaves us free to think without being wholly lost in our thoughts.

which i took into account today on a little stroll i took in my new neighborhood [ironhorse] which i noticed was a lot calmer then that which i had spent the last two years.  [west university] is only a few blocks away but has a completely different feeling. it is much easier to just walk around and think and observe since it isn’t on a main stretch of road and i don’t know my neighbors quite yet.  it felt like a completely different place, even though i’ve been there so many times before. while on my walk i kept thinking about the project that is due at the end of the week. i wasn’t sure what it was that i wanted to do exactly, but i think i have figured it out.  

when you give yourself to places, they give you yourself back; the more one comes to know them the more one seeds them with the invisible crop of memories and associations that will be waiting for you when you come back, while new places offer up new thoughts, new possibilities.  exploring the world is one of the best ways of exploring the mind, and walking travels both terrains.  

the plan is to give back to the environment that i so heavily rely on and hope it makes as much of an impact to someone else as it did me. 


hopefully the internet will be my friend again tomorrow. as well as my phone. and ipod. and swamp cooler. and if not, i’ll just go for another walk.