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Monday, May 17, 2021

Of late, I’ve taken to tethering myself to my iPhone 3GS with my earbuds — or, rather, earbud.

If I’m not listening to music on it, I feel somewhat self-conscious having both earbuds in place. Because that’s a clear signal to everyone around me that I can’t hear them, and they adjust accordingly. Yet, I can hear them, so it’s almost like I’m eavesdropping on them. Or listening on false pretenses. It’s a weird state of affairs, certainly not unique in our audio-cocooned society.

So, to allay this, I pull out my left earbud, to indicate that I’m at least halfway open to outside audio communication. It’s the left earbud for a reason: The right earbud includes the wired mic, with which I can use the iPhone as a hands-free telephone. I’m finding the sound quality on the iPhone is much better when using the earbuds, versus holding the handset against my ear, at least when I’m in noisy surroundings (which seems to be most of the time). That’s why I don’t just unplug the earbuds altogether. Basically, the one-earbud mode means I’m always at the ready to make or receive a phone call, and to conduct it in the most optimal way possible.

But, the quandary: I feel even more self-conscious with this single in-place earbud. Frankly, I think it conveys a sort of asshole-ish look. I’m wondering if the people face-to-face with me think that I’m listening to music in one ear, while only partly listening to them with the other. I suppose that’s because that’s what I used to assume when someone pulled that on me.

So I can’t find a comfortable status quo for my iPhone-to-ear hookup. One bud, or two? Or none? The problems I manufacture for myself…

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/17/2010 11:43pm
Category: iPhone
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I had cause to deliver the following witty (if I do say so myself) rejoinder today:

“You don’t want me to help you out; you want me to bail you out.”

A bit painful to lay out, but it was a message well-deserved. If you can’t tell the difference between getting helped and getting bailed, then you probably don’t deserve to receive either.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/17/2010 08:02pm
Category: Wordsmithing
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