Dad called to me at twelve-thirty or so to say that he'd brought popcorn chicken. I was still extremely dazed, and it took me a while to get moving. I suppose that since he'd stopped at KFC/Taco Bell, he thought it would be only polite to bring me something. He had a gordita or something. The popcorn chicken made for an odd "breakfast" for me. Dad had gotten clementines in his travels, too, so I had one.
I appreciated Dad's gesture, as strange as fried chicken first thing in my "morning" was. I had brought enough Chinese food home for everyone last time I was at the secondhand bookstore strip mall and stopped in the Chinese take-out place there. Perhaps he thought of that.
My day's been pretty quiet. I put in a few phone calls here and there to get various things straightened out.
Inspired by TeddyPig's post about Android tablets, I looked at online reviews of tablets. He holds the iPad near sacred. He frequently sings its praises. He was advising against getting a Kindle Fire or Kobo Nox. I'll have to ask the Pig what he thinks of the Nook Tablet, but I imagine his response would be much the same. Those machines have Android in them, but you have to hack them to get the full effect of a tablet. Then, of course, you wouldn't get support for them if your hacks made them fail. I wouldn't even know where to start.
TeddyPig recommended that if you didn't get an iPad, you should at least get a tablet that was designed to be fully functional. He recommended the Asus eee Pad Transformer. I read some reviews of that, and it said that the physical keyboard you can get for it locks things up at times. If it happened all the time, it really wouldn't be worth it. The tablet has wi-fi but doesn't have 3G. I think I'd like to have a physical keyboard you could attach, though.
It seems like tablets are somewhere between e-readers and computers, or somewhere between smartphones and computers, depending. I had thought that the thing I'd like that would be between a desktop computer and an e-reader would be a laptop. Not like Dad's netbook, which overbalances because of the weight of the battery. You have to really hold onto it, and at a particular angle, so it doesn't fall over. Something bigger than that, or at least better balanced than that. However, if the Asus eee Pad physical keyboard worked, it sounds like that would be pretty cool.
Something to consider, anyway.