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Roger Pittman
Worked at US Postal Service
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This is a more common addiction than many people may realize - and it doesn't apply only to #email. Smartphones like the iPhone and the Galaxy S series have become a mainstay of American life these days - to the point that we often wonder how we ever got along without them.

It may seem a little strange to think that anyone could check their phone literally 900 times in a single day (essentially once every minute), but it can and does happen. I have known friends and family members who would basically shun human interaction in order to catch up on Facebook, Twitter, or read the latest news - and if you dared to interrupt them, be prepared to face their wrath..

My nieces and nephews are a prime example of this kind of addiction. We take an annual vacation to the coast and rent a beach house for the 16 of us (10 adults, 6 kids, lots of potential drama). The house is equipped with WiFi, and all the children bring their iPod Touches and tablets. There is plenty to do during the week - sailing, fishing, shopping, you name it - but the kids would be perfectly happy to stay indoors and play games or surf the Web all day. My mother in law has floated the idea of switching off the router temporarily in order to get the children to go outdoors, but the ensuing chaos would have all of the kids (and a couple of the adults) nearly going through withdrawal.

I will be the first to admit I've dealt with this sort of addiction firsthand - as, no doubt, have many of you. This is why I've made a point of consciously changing my behavior in order to combat those addictive tendencies. First and foremost, I allot one hour in the morning to going over email and catching up on my social networks (Facebook, Twitter, G+ and LinkedIn). I'm in the process now of curating my lists of followers on those networks to streamline things and make it easier for me to see what's important.

Second, my smartphone is set up with the standard Gmail app rather than the generic Email app provided. This way, I'm not notified of every single message that comes through. Instead, I can check on my own time and respond as necessary. This is especially important with things like G+ notifications - I participate in groups where posts arrive several times a day, and if I stopped to read each one as it came in I would get very little work done.

Third, my time at home is my time. When I get home from work, one of the first things I do is shut off my cell phone. My wife and I work opposite shifts, so for most of the week we only see each other for a couple hours out of the day. When I get home at night, I want to spend time with her without worrying about missing what someone on Facebook or Twitter might be saying. To that end, I switch the phone off and my friends and family know that if they want to contact me during that time, they can call our land line.
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What a great way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon! My PowerPoint project for class is done, so I'm rewarding myself by delving into John Grisham's latest novel - Sycamore Row.
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Yeah, it is. I spent a good bit of time today working on a PowerPoint
presentation for my Professional Communication class on wearable technology
(like Google Glass), so I decided to reward myself by spending some quality
time with a good book.
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On the one hand, I really want to see this so bad. But I'm going to wait and get the entire fourth season so I can watch it from start to finish.
 
Following months of zombie attacks, wandering in the woods and totally shocking deaths, #TheWalkingDead Season 4 comes to an end next Sunday.

What can fans expect from the installment titled "A?"

As usual, AMC has been tight-lipped about events on the finale, with the official network synopsis simply teasing that "Rick comes face-to-face with sheer brutality when multiple paths collide."

Check out scenes from The Walking Dead Episode 16 now and watch as Rick goes chasing after Carl: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2014/03/the-walking-dead-season-finale-first-looks
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Definitely NOT a morning person, I would say.
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She's always like that first thing in the morning.
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I've been looking for something to help monitor fitness progress... This looks like it just might fit the bill. Now if I can just convince the wife to let me buy it...
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It's such a gorgeous day out today, I decided to take my classwork outside on the front porch. Now that winter is finally over and spring is here, I figure it's time to ramp up the productivity level a bit and head outdoors. Nothing beats fresh air and bright sunlight when it comes time to work on a school project.

This week's assignment is a PowerPoint presentation on an aspect of the business world that we've decided to study. The professor told us we could choose pretty much any industry-related topic we wanted - such as current business trends or profiling a company that has been in the news lately. My choice?  The world of wearable technology.

Why did I select that particular subject? Aside from the fact that technology of almost any sort fascinates me, the idea of incorporating it into nearly every aspect of our daily lives is one that I find very intriguing. When most people think of technology you can wear, they think of something like the Fitbit or the Nike Fuelband. More recently, however, the concept of wearable technology has evolved to become not only more sophisticated, but more personal as well. Devices like the Pebble smartwatch and Samsung's Galaxy Gear are the forerunners of what may be a huge tech revolution.

Google has begun making more inroads into this field, both in hardware and software. Not only has the company been developing and promoting its Google Glass appliance, it has also created a new platform for development called Android Wear.  Google is positioning itself to be a major player in the area of wearable computing, and I'm curious to see where they'll go next.

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Staying off the Internet and the phone tonight so I can watch the season finale of The Walking Dead tonight. 
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My in laws make a point of banning ALL devices (phones tablets, iPods etc) during meal times. This encourages people to actually talk to one another rather than stare at a phone - or heaven forbid, upload a photo of their dinner to Instagram.
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My grandparents figured this out when the phone was invented. Don't answer the phone during dinner.
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May the Force Be With You!
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I find this sort of thing absolutely fascinating. Who would have thought that an ancient monument could make music?

Are Stonehenge's Boulders Actually Big Bells?

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/03/are-stonehenges-boulders-actually-big-bells/284239/
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I'm currently working with the US Postal Service as an operator for the AFSM 100 - otherwise known as the flat sorter.
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troubleshooting, technology, avid learner
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    Mail Handler
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My name is Roger Pittman Jr. I'm a full time husband, and currently a student at DeVry University's online campus, studying for a degree in Information Technology (sub specializing in network security). I'm a nerd from way back, before it was even remotely cool - when most kids my age were delving into Playboy while their parents weren't looking, I was nose deep in Science Digest and National Geographic.

I'm fascinated by technology of all sorts - science and tech have always been two of my favorite subjects, much to my wife's continual chagrin (or bemusement, depending on the situation).
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I've spent a number of years overseas (mainly in Germany), and I love to read and travel when I have the time. In my ideal world, I'd love to explore a new city every year for the rest of my life.
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  • DeVry University
    Information Technology, 2016 - present
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