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Geek rule #27- do you live by it?

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The above comic is from mentalvasectomy.com, and brought to you via Google+Reader” target=”_blank”>Geeks Are Sexy. As far as geek rules go, this is one that I myself definitely live by. Just hit the break and I’ll prove it.

I stumbled across this comic earlier while I was reading RSS feeds in Reeder. It was more than a little bit ironic to see the comic as I was watching an episode of Two and a Half Men on my computer monitor while reading through RSS feeds on my iPad at the time. I couldn’t resist stretching over to my gear bag and grabbing my point-and-shoot camera to capture the scene before continuing:

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It got me thinking though about how many people use their tablets in similar fashions; as secondary screened devices while watching TV or something else. This is the main way I use my tablet and I’m infamous for having many things going on at once. Sometimes it causes a bit of an information overload, in which case I concentrate on just one thing, but I generally find that this way of doing things make me fit more into the limited time there is in a day.

Tablets are often considered couch surfing devices as well, which makes them especially well suited for doing this sort of thing. Heck, there are even apps now that are specifically designed to be companions to watching TV, which starts pulling mainstream consumers into this way of geeking out as well. Question is if this sort of multitasking is really necessary or if it’s just a side effect of having too many options of things to do and too little time to do it. Roger Waters’ song “Amused to Death” comes to mind, though I won’t turn this into too much of a philosophical issue.

So, do any of you go about business in a similar fashion, by rocking multiple displays and/or multiple devices? Do you find it relaxing, or does it just add to the stress?

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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7 thoughts on “Geek rule #27- do you live by it?

  • it’s societys overkill of possibilitys and the change, of our ways to think.
    i’m doing these things without thinking about them… after some time, i’ve just realized, i had a 6-unit plugbar, hidden behind a couchpillow in my bed, connected with some small speakerboxes, the ipad/htc/laptop energycables and from time to time some additional stuff. next to the bed, right in front of the window is my old syncmaster, connected to the netbook in my bed, for watching movies/pictures… :D

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  • When I’m infront of a screen I always have multiple screens infront of me. The only exception is at the theater. I respect others viewing pleasure when in this setting.

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  • Guilty. My laptop, TV, phone (when in use) and my iPad.

    Oh well :p

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  • Ha ha. I almost never do this. One screen kind of guy.

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  • in our livingroom, we have a 46″ Sony AND a 42″ Samsung right next to each other. most of the time, we have sports playing in the main 46″, then the other one is occupied by a person (either myself or one of my roommates) playing ps3/xbox or, depending on the time, some random shows.(Conan)

    then each of us have our laptops, and i use mine to catch up on googlereader or facebook while i watch the two LCD’s. oftentimes, our roommates will find a funny clip or picture and we direct our attention briefly to HIS 15″ screen. when i receive emails or mms, i use my phone which usually stays on our coffee table, and finally, tablets we have see various uses, but sometimes gets used for remote. (for appletv or xfinity remote)

    actually look very similar to yours andreas.. except i have 3 roommates.

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  • I live by that. Definately!!!

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  • I use my iPad while watching TV & texting on my mobile so I guess I’m joining the club.

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