If there’s an activity that could unequivocally be described as low-tech, meditation is it. All it consists of, after all, is sitting quietly as you clear your mind and concentrate on nothingness. Believe it or not, however, your Apple tech can help you on your journey toward nothingness—or “mindfulness” as practitioners prefer to call it. But before we detail the specific Mac- and iPod-based meditation tools, here’s a short introduction to the concepts involved.
Shooting RAW digital photos gives you the most image data possible, enabling you to reinvent your image-editing process.
Mention “digital photography” and no two people will think of exactly the same thing. For many, it may be an idea as simple as using a point-and-shoot camera to run around taking endless snaps until space on the flash memory card runs out. A quick trip to the computer to offload and they’re back in the game. While some are content with this state of affairs, others are ready to take the next step to greater photographic enlightenment, which isn’t a huge leap. And because experimentation costs you nothing—you can learn about digital photography without the expense of burning through endless rolls of film—today‘s digital cameras make the critical, and highly educational, trial-and-error process much more accessible and enjoyable.
Epicurus, that good old Greek (who is thought to have lived from around 341 to around 270 B.C.), really seemed to be onto something, believing that “the greatest good was to seek modest pleasures in order to attain a state of tranquility and freedom from fear…as well as absence of bodily pain.” (see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epicureanism). In the spirit of Epicureanism, here are a handful of tools you can use to enjoy food and wine without ballooning up like Dionysus.
If you’re like me and millions of other Americans, you have a few extra pounds you’d like to shed. If you’re also like me, you have a Macintosh. I thought, why not combine the two and take the cutting-edge power of computer science and apply it to my ever-expanding flesh? Ten pounds need trimming. Time to get to work.
Bloomberg L.P. is known to most of us for the financial news the company provides over WBBR radio, Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg magazine, and the Bloomberg terminal, a source of financial analytical tools. Recently the company spotted your Bloomberg-free iPhone and created an application for it, thus securing dominance over all media.
Although the iPhone comes with a Yahoo stock application that provides similar information, the Bloomberg app, with stellar features like an international news service, effortlessly one-ups Yahoo.
While living in a concrete jungle can seriously hamper your bird-watching endeavors, Thayer’s Guide to Birds of North America brings the wetlands to your office. Whatever your habitat, this software has everything that casual or serious birders need: comprehensive profiles of over 900 birds, pictures, video clips, maps, and (our favorite) song samples provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.