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Lighten up!

Mark –

It’s two weeks today since the docs sliced me open, took some bone from my hip, put it in my collarbone and for good measure screwed in a titanium plate. Apart from the sheer boredom of having my arm in a sling for another 2 weeks, things have been progressing well.

Now being back in London and a little more connected, my social calender is a little more full (in relative terms only. I ain’t no social butterfly). More time on trains, tubes and buses. The deadness of travelling on public transport I am sure is familiar to all.

Unfortunately, for the most part, unless you want to be that crazy guy who tries to strike up a conversation with everyone during rush hour you need something to do. Reading Metro, The Sun or News of the World might pass the time but that just brings you closer to death in the end (not to mention shaving off a few IQ points each time). Fortunately my ASUS Eee Pad Transformer can help me out here.

With just a single arm at my disposal carrying and reading a book or going through an article I have printed out is not really practical at the moment. With my Transformer I can do a bunch of things that is not just “killing time”. In the last couple of weeks I have sat on buses and trains and for once was actually productive. Sometimes it just means having the ability to brainstorm an idea that pops into my head. Using the Evernote app means this is a cinch and one handed typing on the touch screen is super easy. Viewing a 113 page PDF article, “Warfighting” courtesy of the US Marine Corps is super easy and with a single finger swipe I can read through without any trouble at all using the MyLibrary app.

Of course I know sometimes you just want to chill. That’s why I have become pretty darn good at Samurai II: Vengence and AirAttack HD. Something I can do with one arm at least. Or you could just keep reading that old copy of the Metro you picked up off the carriage floor…

Don’t forget, Asus is giving away a bunch of Transformers to a few lucky folks. All you have to do is leave a comment on any of the posts here. Positive, negative it doesn’t matter. Call me a plonker if you like, you still get entered in the draw to win!

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