"There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations--these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit--immortal horrors or everlasting splendours. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of the kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously--no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinners--no mere tolerance, or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment. Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses. If he is your Christian neighbour, he is holy in almost the same way, for in him also Christ vere latitat, the glorifier and the glorified, Glory Himself, is truly hidden."

- C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
Big Mac

I've been using a Macbook Pro for about 10 months now. My wife has been using an iPad as her primary computer since December. We don't use iPhones, but do have a couple of Android-based devices that we occasionally use.

Bottom line is Apple products are awesome. They're the most well-built, responsive, and intuitive machines out there. (One exception: Every time I actually am able to load a program on my Mac, I feel like I just got lucky. Of course, I have never not been able to load a program ... so maybe that proves something right there?)

As a photographer, I knew it was only a matter of time before I had to go Mac. The entire world of photography is Mac-driven, and I can't imagine that that is ever going to change. Funny thing is, I don't actually dislike Windows. Windows actually feels more “open” to me, if that makes sense. I feel like my Mac is tightfisted with my files. In other words, my Macbook Pro thinks my files belong to it, not to me. Just kidding. Sort of. Not really.

About Android. Not impressed. I mean, it's sort of meh. It's alright. Not as responsive as iOS. Sort of a wannabe. But what do I know? I still use a dumb phone. ;-)

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Comments on "Big Mac":
1. Flyaway - 02/10/2014 6:59 pm CST

I love my Mac too. Windows is more open because it has to be compatible with software from different manufacturers. I loved my I Phone but I couldn't afford it. Got an Android smart phone and hated it. I couldn't download my podcasts. Now I use a dumb phone and just use my ancient I Phone for podcasts.

2. Bird - 02/10/2014 8:57 pm CST

Yeah, Flyaway. I have an old iPod Classic that I use for music and podcasts. IMO, those things are still pretty cool!

3. Jared - 02/10/2014 9:18 pm CST

We converted about 7 years ago and will not go back.

I do have an iPhone, but I have a VirginMobile monthly plan ($30/month covers 300 minutes and unlimited data) that works for me. No contract, cancel any time. I had to pay full price for the phone, but it paid for itself with my new low monthly rate compared to my old dumbphone plan with Sprint. I don't live or work in an area that has cell coverage, so I never come close to using 300 minutes. Anyway, I have found an affordable plan for having an iphone that I use constantly. Love it.

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