shiny things

12 Jul

Arguments against buying an ipad
– I am on a long vacation in Australia and even if I am sponging accommodation and cars from friends and relatives, vacations are expensive
– we might soon be leaving Abu Dhabi and moving is expensive
– we might be staying in Abu Dhabi another year, and living in Abu Dhabi is expensive
– I don’t have certain employment
– I already have an iphone
– I already have a netbook
– despite proof in pudding of two points above, I don’t actually like getting sucked into consumerism and unnecessary purchasing
– the enough project is pretty bloody sobering, and I don’t find this especially reassuring
– there is bound to be some weird-arse territorial reason that ipads bought in Australia and used in Abu Dhabi can’t download the things I want to download
– it will just be something else I have to try and manage along with the lads’ audiobooks playlists, my music playlists, their music playlists, the odd television show or movie, and the podcasts that I sort of have under control subscriptions-wise, but not at all listeing wise
– I already have a to-read list which I can’t get through unless medical science triples my life expectancy

Arguments in favour of buying an ipad
I want one


35 Responses to “shiny things”

  1. mary July 12, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    unfortunately i am with you on the pros

  2. fifi July 12, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    well you just get one. You desrve one if anybody does. So do I but I has not got a money.

  3. franzy July 12, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    I agree with your cons and to your pros, I say: if it works for Holden’s Special Vehicle Cashed-Up Bogan Division, it might just work for you:

    • ThirdCat July 12, 2010 at 9:59 am #

      I am not unrelated to a few people who would drool over that link.

      • franzy July 13, 2010 at 5:26 am #

        You are also failing to avert your eyeballs from the reply comment penned by a certain highly-educated blogger who also slows down his walking pace to appraise such conveyances.

  4. Deborah July 12, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    The reason you give in favour of buying an iPad is utterly compelling.

    • ThirdCat July 12, 2010 at 10:00 am #

      Yes, in my mind, it is certainly having no trouble over-ruling a substantial and worthy list against.

  5. Mindy July 12, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    As someone wisely said, I think it may have been Elsewhere, “We didn’t know we needed ipods until they had been invented, so how do we know we don’t need ipads” or something along those lines. I think she may have been struggling with a similar list to yours. I am growing tempted to check one out too. Fortunately fractious children have stopped me going to the Mac shop so far.

  6. Helen July 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    My parents’ oldies village (“Grannytown” as my son calls it) is including a netbook or iPad for every household this year in the yearly fees. They get to choose. I am trying to sit on my hands and NOT suggest getting a netbook and giving it to me.

  7. Kath Lockett July 12, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Love Chunks might not be living or working in Dubai but I’ve seen him longingly venture over to the ‘touch and play’ iPads in Dick Smith’s instead of getting the computer cables we need….

    …..and I’d love to get him one. (note to self – buy a lotto ticket)

  8. kate July 12, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    My current strategy is to chant “I’m waiting for version two”.

    • ThirdCat July 12, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

      yes, that is pretty much what I am doing too

  9. Cristy July 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    Paul really wants one too. I’ll be interested to see how long he holds out.

    Me? Sadly what I really want is a KitchenAid Standmix. Pathetic isn’t it?

    I have been thinking about it for around 5 years. This afternoon I told myself that I would buy one for my 40th birthday. (I’m 31).

    • franzy July 13, 2010 at 5:34 am #

      My best mate has both a Standmix AND an iPad. When I’m over there I spend more time looking at the mixer than the pad.
      -better looking
      -no software upgrades
      -makes CAKES

      • Cristy July 13, 2010 at 6:02 am #

        Yep, it’s really all about the cakes, isn’t it?

    • ThirdCat July 13, 2010 at 6:53 am #

      I do have a Kitchen Aid. I think I got it for my 39th birthday. The mister was very embarrassed about buying it, thinking it was the equivalent of buying me a vacuum cleaner. Which shows how much cooking he does, doesn’t it? Go and put one on lay-by

      • Cristy July 13, 2010 at 7:10 am #

        Do they do 9 year lay-buys?

        Paul has been trying to buy one for me for the past year, but honestly the cost makes me ill. I need to build up to big purchases very very slowly, otherwise they have no pleasure for me…

      • Cristy July 13, 2010 at 7:11 am #

        Maybe my 35th birthday…

  10. blackbird July 12, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

    Kate is right. Give it six months. And then, you see, you’ll either have left Abu Dhabi or will only be staying another six months.

  11. The Coffee Lady July 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

    I’m with blackbird.

  12. meli July 13, 2010 at 1:58 am #

    we just got one. do it.

    (well, michael actually bought one for work, but as we’re on vacation for the next two weeks, we get to play with it. he wants to hold out until they make them with cameras, so they will be super good to use with skype…)

  13. Stomper Girl July 13, 2010 at 6:02 am #

    I’m not going to weigh in one way or the other, but you made me laugh, you did.

  14. Mindy July 13, 2010 at 7:29 am #

    @ Cristy, I know what you mean about cringing at the cost, I went with a less expensive brand, buuuut – just think how much more they are going to be in 9 years. Maybe for your 33rd birthday? You will have two kids to make birthday cakes for then so it really is justified. Or a finishing the *thing which must not be mentioned or asked about* present.

    My boss has just bought an ipad. He emailed me from a borrowed wi-fi connection just to make sure it worked (he’s on holidays and apparently I’m the only person he knows who regularly checks their emails [I am an obsessive email checker though]). I am enjoying it vicariously. Apparently Google are bringing out something similar to an ipad soon. Will see how that goes and if the prices come down.

    • Cristy July 13, 2010 at 7:34 am #

      Oh Mindy, that’s brilliant! A thesis-completion gift. THAT I can justify – ’cause it marks my transition into permanent domestic bliss…

      Am emailing Paul now.

      • ThirdCat July 13, 2010 at 7:37 am #

        a happy ending!

    • Cristy July 13, 2010 at 7:40 am #

      The phone rang immediately: “I thought you’d moved on from that…”

      I had nothing to say and distracted him by asking him for dinner ideas. It worked, he had nothing to say back…

  15. Mindy July 13, 2010 at 8:10 am #

    I hope things go well Cristy. Or at least he comes home with one in a colour you like. Oh my the colour choice!

    • Cristy July 13, 2010 at 8:12 am #

      Red or ice blue are the clear standouts. (Oh I have given this far too much thought…)

    • ThirdCat July 13, 2010 at 8:15 am #

      choice? there’s no choice! Red. Get red.

  16. Cristy July 13, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    Yes, red would match other kitchen appliances better, but bloody hell I love that ice blue colour. It is so pretty.

    • Mindy July 13, 2010 at 9:12 am #

      If you go here you can check out all the colours (again)
      just click on a coloured square and that colour mixer will pop up. I think the price is in US dollars though.

      • PJ July 24, 2010 at 8:30 am #

        I don’t think that any colour combination is better than red and ice ble together, so a blue one will look great against the others.

  17. kate July 13, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    There seems to have been some sort of mix up. Cristy should have my partner. He can spend so long planning which phone to get he has to start the research all over again because they’ve brought out new models and all the plans have changed.

    Today, after a mere month of thinking about it and saving up, I went back to the bike shop and bought a doovalacky that hooks up the Bloke’s bike to the kid’s, turning the kid’s bike into a tag-a-long. The Bloke is mystified by my snap purchasing tendencies.

    • ThirdCat July 13, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

      mix up! Ha! Geddit?

    • Cristy July 14, 2010 at 4:59 am #

      I blame my father. He has been shopping (researching, price comparing, etc) for ‘the perfect grandfather clock’ since 1991 and for ‘the perfect teapot’ since sometime in the 70s or 80s. (He is an economist).

      Paul is not particularly impulsive either. He recently bought a down jacket after wanting one and all the rest for over 5 years. (It was 50% off).

      Oddly though, every now and then we shock ourselves with a large impulsive purchase. I never see them coming. (And generally they are kitchen appliances… What does this say about me?)

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