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Lost and Wandering Downtown
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I missed my bus stop, coming home from school on Friday. The penalty for missing my bus stop is significant, as the next stop on the 135 Downtown route is at Main and Hastings -- not someplace where I want to jump off and cross the street to wait for an eastbound bus. The next stop that makes sense to get off at is, fortunately, Waterfront Station, at which I can catch the Skytrain to Broadway Station to get back home.

Instead of heading for the Skytrain platform this Friday, though, I headed away from the station and ventured into the concrete jungle. I was supposed to call darthmaus when I got off the mountain and I had a vague, pedantic feeling that, having stepped off the bus, I was somehow obligated to make good on the word of my promise. I didn't have a quarter on me, though, so I couldn't use a payphone to fulfill this silly quest.

It occurred to me, for the nth time, that it would be really useful to own a cell phone in cases like this. It then occurred to me that, even though I didn't have a quarter for a pay phone, I could go and purchase a cell phone through the miracle of plastic currency and thusly make the call. It was with this even sillier idea in mind that I set off to trek across the downtown peninsula.

Wandering around brought me near the main VPL branch, at which point I recalled a vague memory of having seen a Fido store around there at some point. Further wandering, and many false turns later, I eventually found it on the corner of West Georgia and Richards.

I've been wanting to buy a cell phone for a while now. Particularly since I've become a student, I've been hard to get a hold of and a cell phone would make it all the easier for my family and friends to find me. I'd also already determined that Fido offered the packages and handsets that appealed to me most, so this wasn't all done on a complete whim, just mostly a whim. I looked around the store (which was startlingly full--the trade in cell phones is apparently quite robust), and looked over the handsets available. I only needed (as opposed to wanted) a minimum of features, and ended up with a decent phone for $25, a $40 after-tax-and-gajillion-extra-fees monthly package and the ability to make that call! Victory!

Of course, frau Maus was out of the haus, so I didn't get a hold of her until I got home with my prize.

The moral of the story is: I've got a cell phone, now, and anyone who wants the number can send me an email to have me offer enlightenment.

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Yay! Someone who actually listens to the Presidents besides me! You can send me your number or not, but I don't really know you so I'm not going to go asking for it... but YAY! Presidents!

The Presidents are great! People only know two tracks off that album, but they're all excellent in that off-the-beaten-path way the Presidents have.

New York -> Vancouver might be an expensive call. If I'm ever out that way, though, I'll let you know!

I was supposed to call darthmaus when I got off the mountain and I had a vague, pedantic feeling that, having stepped off the bus, I was somehow obligated to make good on the word of my promise. I didn't have a quarter on me, though, so I couldn't use a payphone to fulfill this silly quest.

You're an inherently dependable person: not calling once because of unforseen circumstances is really *not* a big deal!

Silly boy. I love you. And I'm seriously thinking of switching to Fido so that I can text it to you at odd times of the day ;-)

Note that it was a "vague, pedantic feeling. . . that I was obligated to make good on the word of the promise." ;-)

I was just feeling silly, wanted to buy a cell phone, and was immensely amused by the fact that I did not have the coin to make a pay-phone call, but I did have the means to buy an entire phone.

Eventually, we will be at the point where the technology and the economics come together in phones the same way they have already in cameras: cheap, disposable, cardboard-shelled, air-time-built-in phones that you can buy at the corner store. Friday, I felt remarkably close to that reality. If there'd been a disposable cell phone I could have bought for ten bucks to make that call, for lack of a quarter, I would have. As it was, it cost me fifty bucks rather than ten, and I get to keep the phone. :)

You up to doing a survey about cell phone games?

;)

I might, though homework and Palm games are big competition for my bus-ride time. The games on it now are utterly deplorable, though, so something better on it might pique my interest.

Can you just SMS them to a given phone? Otherwise I don't think I've any way of getting things onto it--it's a rather simple beast.

Re: Playing Phonesies

So define "something better" and I'll see what I can do. I can SMS games, although "not right now". I use a data cable to connect my phone to the computer and do the downloading through that. Is that possible for your little machine?

Actually, I was thinking something more along the lines of this:
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BWC Marketing Survey

Date: May 13, 2004 Location:

1: Do you have a cellphone?
Yes / No

2: What kind?
Audiovox / Blackberry / Kyocera / LG / Motorola / Nokia /
Panasonic / Samsung / Sanyo / Siemens / Sony-Ericsson / Mitsubishi

3: Model Number?

4: Did you buy it in the past year?
Yes / No

5: Why did you choose it?
Cost / Features / Games / Applications

6: Do you play computer games?
Yes / No

7: What kind of computer games?
Single Player / One On One / Multi Player

8: Does your cellphone have games on it?
Yes / No

9: Have you ever played a cellphone game?
Yes / No

10: How often?
All The Time / Couple Of Times Daily / Daily / Weekly /
Just On Weekends / Monthly / Seldom / Never

11: Do you like the games that came with your cellphone?
Yes / No / They're "okay"

12: Have you ever downloaded a cellphone game from the internet?
Yes / No

13: Where do you get new cellphone games?
Cellphone Store / Game Store / Internet

14: Do any of your friends play cellphone games?
Yes / No

15: How much would you pay for a great cellphone game?
$0-2 / $3-5 / $5-7 / $7-10 / More

16: What is your age group?
<15 / 15-20 / 21-25 / 26-30 / 31-35 / Over 35

17: Married?
Yes / No / Yeah, still

18: Which is your favourite radio station?
90.1 CJSF / 93.7 New Country / CBC
94.5 The Beat / 95.3 Z / 96.9 Jack
97 KISS / 99.3 The Fox / 101 Rock
101.9 UBC (CITR) / 104.9 Clear FM

19: Which newspapers do you read?
Globe&Mail / National Post / Province / Sun /
Business In Vancouver

20: What part of the Lower Mainland do you live in?
Burnaby / Coquitlam
Downtown / Kitslano
New Westminister
North Vancouver / Port Moody
Richmond / Surrey
West End / West Vancouver
Port Coquitlam / East Van / Just plain 'old Vancouver

21: Income bracket?
<$10K / $10-20K / $20-30K / $30-40K / $40-50K / $50-60K / More

Thank you very much! Have a great day!

Re: Playing Phonesies

So define "something better" and I'll see what I can do. I can SMS games, although "not right now". I use a data cable to connect my phone to the computer and do the downloading through that. Is that possible for your little machine?

I don't think so, unless the charging connector on the bottom does more than the manual lets on. "Something better" would be something with more interesting game-play than moving a target around the screen to pop balloons until some unknown and arbitrary condition is met that results in losing the game. Snake is also a good benchmark for what isn't good enough.

Actually, I was thinking something more along the lines of this:

BWC Marketing Survey

Date: May 13, 2004 Location:


Ah! I see. Well then:

1: Do you have a cellphone?
Yes

2: What kind?
Siemens

3: Model Number?
A56

4: Did you buy it in the past year?
Yes

5: Why did you choose it?
Cost

6: Do you play computer games?
Yes

7: What kind of computer games?
Single Player, One On One, and Multi Player (when I can)

8: Does your cellphone have games on it?
Yes

9: Have you ever played a cellphone game?
Yes

10: How often?
Seldom

11: Do you like the games that came with your cellphone?
No

12: Have you ever downloaded a cellphone game from the internet?
No (I don't think this one can, otherwise I would have tried some)

13: Where [would] you get new cellphone games?
Internet (edit mine)

14: Do any of your friends play cellphone games?
No

15: How much would you pay for a great cellphone game?
$5-7 or $7-10 (depending on *how* great)

16: What is your age group?
21-25

17: Married?
No

Aside, the answer "Yeah, still" shows interesting humour.

18: Which is your favourite radio station?
CBC, 96.9 Jack, 101 Rock (in that order)

19: Which newspapers do you read?
Globe&Mail / National Post / Province / Sun /
Business In Vancouver


None of the above.

20: What part of the Lower Mainland do you live in?
East Van

21: Income bracket?
<$10K (now that I'm a student)

Re: Playing Phonesies

I don't think so, unless the charging connector on the bottom does more than the manual lets on. "Something better" would be something with more interesting game-play than moving a target around the screen to pop balloons until some unknown and arbitrary condition is met that results in losing the game. Snake is also a good benchmark for what isn't good enough.

Well, check out my website and see if there's anything interesting there that appeals to you:
http://www.everywheregames.com

12: Have you ever downloaded a cellphone game from the internet?
No (I don't think this one can, otherwise I would have tried some)

Yeah, I think you are right about that. Bugger.

13: Where [would] you get new cellphone games?
Internet (edit mine)

Noted and corrected. Thanks!

14: Do any of your friends play cellphone games?
No

Not even me? :))

15: How much would you pay for a great cellphone game?
$5-7 or $7-10 (depending on *how* great)

You are *MY* kinda customer!

Aside, the answer "Yeah, still" shows interesting humour.
One person I was talking to said it and I figured, "what the heck" :).

Thanks so much for doing this for me. I owe you a chocolate bar! (Mars, Snickers, or M&Ms?)

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