Thursday, September 1, 2011

Five Easy Steps to Not End Up with Your Cell Phone in a Body Cavity

Over the course of the past several months I have spent a good amount of time in waiting rooms, hospital lounges, and in public spaces where people are gathered. Between helping my brother come through his aneurysm to spending time at the vet's office with my recently-diagnosed-as-diabetic dog Rusty, I have seen some appalling cell phone behavior.

Cell phones are hardly new technology, having been in widespread consumer use since the 1990s, but you'd never guess that by the way some people behave with their phone. Below is a list I have compiled with friendly suggestions on how to keep your cell phone from being lodged into one of your body cavities by someone who snaps in your presence. Enjoy:

  1. It is never ever ok to have a loud cell phone conversation in public. Never. This means no cell phone conversations on buses, elevators, waiting rooms, etc. If other people can clearly hear your side of the conversation, you're too loud. If you have to take a call in a public space, excuse yourself and step away from where people are. 
  2. It is never ever ok to have a cell phone conversation while standing in line at a store. It is also never ever ok to continue that rude conversation while the cashier rings you up. When I worked as a cashier, I would not ring a customer on their cell phone up until they hung up. There is nothing in your life so important that you have to take that call while being waited on. And if it is that important, get the hell out of the store! Shopping can wait until you deal with your emergency.  
  3. If your keypad makes a sound whenever you push a button, turn it off when in a public space. Or at least turn it down considerably. No one wants to hear you pound out a long text message in an otherwise silent room. 
  4. Related to that, turn your ring tone off or down when in a public space. Vibrate options were made for a reason! Or you could try, I don't know, not being at the beck and call of your cell phone for a while? 
  5. When someone is having a conversation with you, don't check your text messages. This is not only rude, but can be problematic. If a nurse is trying to talk to you about your care and you just have to respond to your best friend with "Nothing, just in the doctor's office. What about you?" then bigger problems are afoot. 

Weekly Roundup

News of the Geek

Good Internet Reads
  • Gamespot offers this great review of a panel at PAX about married gamers. From the article:
    • Brown kicked off the panel by discussing how it is possible to use gaming to nourish a relationship, using himself as an example. Four years ago he and his wife Kelly were about ready to break up, but during that difficult time they knew that they had one thing in common: video games. In order to reopen the doors of communication, they used venues such as a podcast to spend time with one another and discuss subjects that they were both passionate about. Through gaming, the couple was able to create opportunities to fall in love again, and both are committed to living out their lives together. Anniversaries are now spent playing Rock Band together, and Chris acknowledges that his wife beats him at Mortal Kombat.
  • Can your favorite movies and television shows past the Bechdel Test? 
  • Despite Hurricane Irene, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was able to finish the home they were working on in Sussex County, DE
  • You may have read Alyssa Bereznak's article on Gizmodo about how she - *gasp!* - accidentally went on a date with Jon Finkle, the Magic: The Gathering world champion. If you haven't, consider yourself lucky. It's one of the most shallow things I've ever read, and that's saying something considering my affinity for frequenting forums about high end cosmetics. 
    • I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people I sort of know, including one of my co-workers. Mothers, warn your daughters! This could happen to you. You'll think you've found a normal bearded guy with a job, only to end up sharing goat cheese with a guy who takes you to a one-man show based on Jeffrey Dahmer's life story.
      • "Mothers, warn your daughters!"? Why? Because he's a gamer? A geek? Yes, all sweet and polite guys should be cast off because of their hobbies. This is why geeks have a hard time dating, and why we need to stick to our own.
      • But more than that, there may be something more salacious at play here. Forbes contributor Paul Tassi believes this was a serious case of nerd-baiting on Gizmodo's part. It's an interesting read, but I don't think the article would have gotten any better treatment with Jezebel than it did Gizmodo, as Mr. Tassi asserts. Jezebel may be a "snarky female empowerment blog," whatever the hell that means, but it doesn't mean a Jezebel reader doesn't know an asshole when we see one:
        • Rather, I want to look at the fact that as of the time I’m writing this, that article has 529,280 views. For those of you lacking a frame of reference, that’s an astonishing number, especially for something a mere 12 short paragraphs.
  • A beautiful story of love conquering all and persevering in the face of the worst kind of tragedy:
    • Blitz Wedding - St Bartholomew's Church, East Ham
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