Drew University Physics Softball

I am reminiscing about days that "have long gone by". I downloaded these from the Society of Physics Students website.

When I attended Drew University in the 1980s working on my Bachelor of Art in Physics, the Physics department had an annual softball picnic for faculty and students majoring in physics. I attended my first picnic in my sophomore year. It was also the first time I had ever played baseball,l, and although baseball isn’t a sport I enjoy, I did have fun figuring out how to hit the ball. Coming from the British West Indies, I grew up playing cricket, a sport that is also played with a bat, but is dissimilar to baseball. Nothing alike.

I don’t know the names of all the people in the photographs. Some were seniors and sophomores. Some became good but not close friends. Bhavna and I met at Drew, and our 30-year (C’90) college reunion is June 2020. Hopefully, I can reconnect with some of these Physics majors.

Drew University Physics Softball Circa 1988
Drew University Physics Softball Circa 1988

The first two days with my iPad

My iPad arrived just after noon on April 30th. I worked from home that day, ears keenly tuned to the sound of my doorbell chime. From my window seat, I saw the FedEx truck pull up to my driveway. Before the delivery person had time to ring the doorbell, I ran to open the front door. Bhavna took a photo as I eagerly opened the box.

I took the iPad out of the box and marvelled at its sleek futuristic appearance. I turned it on and was instantly seduced by the attractive user interface. I immediately plugged it into my Mac mini and launched iTunes. I have already downloaded some iPad apps and am waiting to be installed. I also configured the iPad to sync my television shows, podcasts, favourite playlists, and Google Contacts. I knew that my kids would be with me while attending a physics symposium and party to honour my retiring college physics professor on Saturday, so I loaded on a copy of Harry Potter and A Night at the Museum.

My iPad arrived shortly after noon on April 30th. I saw the FedEx truck pull up and run to the front door. I had the door open before the delivery man could ring the doorbell.

Being a news junkie, I launched my favourite newsreader for the Mac ( and now also iPad ) - NetNewsWire. Reading blog postings via NetNewsWire is a killer app experience for me. I can quickly find a story that interests me, read an excerpt, and pull up the whole article with a quick tap of the headline. Another quick tip, and I can post a quick link to Twitter.

Harry {Potter, Netflix
About to watch Harry Potter on the iPad.

My kids, friends, and family entertained themselves with the iPad all Friday night. I recharged the iPad overnight and spent most of Saturday morning reading the NPR and BBC apps news. My kids got bored listening during the symposia (we physics majors can be über geeky ), so I let them use the iPad. I think the iPad was in use for about 12 hours before the battery quit.

NetNewsWire for iPad
NetNewsWire for iPad

Sunday morning, I decided to research some iPad accessories, most of all, screen cleaner. The iPad screen gets dirty very quickly. I also shopped around for a protective cover, a carrying case, and the iPad camera connection kit. I also wanted a stand for my desk to make watching television shows and movies more accessible. Google helped me find something a lot more interesting. Inspired by a photo on Flickr, I borrowed my son's Lego and built my stand. I think it's fantastic.

Shaan and I built an iPad stand using his LEGO. —Sony DSC-W55 @ (6.3 mm, 0.025 sec at f/2.8, ISO200), ©

Did you get an iPad? Which one? How are you using it? Please drop a note in the comments and let me know.

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