Did You Hear About First Aid via iPhone?

Wired Magazine online had a story that was too cool to pass by without checking out: Man Buried in Haiti Rubble Uses iPhone to Treat Wounds, Survive – yeah!

I checked it out and was amazed by several things:

  • they have cell phone service in one of the piss-poorest countries in the world
  • the iPhone was undamaged after “being crushed by a pile of rubble”
  • the phone was charged enough to last 65 hours while sounding an alarm over 180 times

Addicted to Mafia Live!

photo6I downloaded the most addictive iPhone/iPod Touch app ever: Mafia Live. It’s a real-time, live community game where you can be attacked and attack other players in an MMORPG sort of way, only without the graphics.

You get equipment to perform mobster jobs and be equipped to attack and defend against attacks. You also buy real estate to gain income to counter the expenses of maintaining your gear. The sad part is that I’m earning money while asleep and getting attacked all night until my health is too low to be attacked, so I lose quite a bit before I wake up. Oh, well – it’s fair because it happens to everyone.

If you have Mafia Live! on your device, my Family Code is: 119-321-356


iPhone Readiness Program

I’m gearing up for getting my iPhone 3G this week. iThemes.com is doing an equipment purchase for me so I can check my RSS feeds, Gmail, and the Internet without being tied to my computer. When I’ve got class at night, I don’t get Internet until I arrive on campus and have a mad blitz to answer forum threads and e-mails before the professor walks in.

This way, I can check at our notoriously long traffic lights and while I’m at my favorite eatery, Firehouse Subs, which just gets people asking me what network I’m connected to. I just have to tell people I’m being a dorky student writing my paper offline.

I started downloading free TV episodes and apps on iTunes last night, and then I dropped a whole $.99 for a Koi Pond app that was simply irresistable. I heard from a co-worker that AT&T near her house was sold out, so I’ll be going to the Apple store to get the phone and register it, and then drive back to AT&T near home to get it added to our plan since we are both eligible for the “new phone” discount with 2-year agreement.