Joe Posnanski answered the question, “What’s the big deal about the iPad?” How? With a list:
- Watch innings of several baseball games on television.
- Listen to innings of several baseball games on radio.
- Watch NBA playoff highlights.
- Read a section of Bill James’ Historical Abstract and part of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography.
- Listen to the latest weather reports as wind howled outside.
- Scan the Internet for news about Stephen Strasburg.
- Play pinball.
- Sample the new Keane album.
- Update and check my calendar.
- Respond to several emails.
- Put together a couple of outline charts for upcoming stories.
- Write sections of upcoming stories.
- Shop at Amazon.
- Play a Justin Bieber video for daughters.
- Read an interactive Toy Story book to youngest daughter.
- Play this addictive diner game.
- Score the first couple of innings of the Royals-Indians game.
- Watch snippets of a couple of ABC shows.
- Instant message a friend who was gone.
- Look up Tina Louise on the amazing IMDB app.
- Scan the New York Times and Kansas City Star.
- Instantly look up words I wasn’t entirely sure about.
- Make a list of story ideas I’d like to do in the next couple of months.
- Do some soccer study for the upcoming World Cup.
- Check to see if there were any new fun apps. Download this silly app that allows me to make Zen Gardens out of sand and stone.
- Make several Zen Gardens out of sand and stone.
- Check out Entertainment Weekly’s Ten Things to Watch.
That’s what he did on a normal day. So, why is the iPad so amazing?
I’m just saying, what’s the big deal? It’s a computer and television and radio and newspaper and book and magazine and game console and Internet the size of a piece of paper and the width of a Mitch Albom book. It’s freaking amazing, that’s the big deal.