Did you attend the NAWGJ National Symposium? If so, did you attend the class on iPad integration with gymnastics judging? I personally did not attend the iPad session, school and family kept me away until Friday evening of the symposium. However, I heard so much great stuff about Winnie Witten and Carol Curley's class, "Judging with iPad 101".
For those who remember, I wrote a blog on the integration of the iPad, well, about going on two years now. I wrote that blog back in the day when the first generation iPad weighed, wow, a whopping 1.5 lbs. Now with the iPad Air you only have to carry around 1 lb. That is like... 0.5 lbs or 8 oz different. Like carrying two 4 oz. steaks instead of four 4 oz. steaks, or a half of a bottle of coke instead of a full bottle of coke. The weight thing was never the issue for me to upgrade, the problem is that you can't buy as many fancy accessories for the older generation versions as you can for the newer generation versions. For us older people, we know how that story goes.
One interesting tidbit that I heard about, and was awesome to hear, because I have this particular problem all the time with my stylus/iPad communication, is using Arctic Silver on the stylus tip to stop skipping. Woo hoo! I can't wait to try it!
Arctic Silver is a compound that is typically used by geeks (like me) to fix computer motherboards. Silver, as a metal, is very conductive and is the main element used in computers and electronics. So if you haven't invested in silver stock, maybe you should. Okay, never mind. I'm not a financial advisor. Just go out and buy some silver to wear around your neck or in your ears. You can't go wrong there.
So searching around on the internet, I did come by a tutorial on how to do this. If you have invested $19 - $50 in a stylus pen (yes, the best ones cost that much) you would expect to have the best. However, the failure comes in the fact that there is a little metal circle at the bottom of the pen where the disc clicks onto the pen. When tilted at the wrong angle, this "dead zone" becomes more noticeable than the surface area around it, and thus there is less connection between the pen and the iPad, and skipping happens. It just happens. It is annoying as heck, and it isn't your iPad's fault. It is a fault in the wonderful design of the stylus. I am sure here, someday soon, all of our stylus' will be outdated, just like that first generation iPad. But until then, by golly, I want to get my $25 worth out of my stylus. But as a judge, we cannot, and will not tolerate skipping. That is kind of like a ball-point pin that runs out of ink halfway through that long and intense bar routine with E+E+E bonus. We ain't got time for that!
So I ordered me some Arctic Silver. I can hardly wait till that little brown package arrives in the mail. And then, with stylus in hand, I will blog out to you, how my little experiment went (rubbing hands together).
Check out what Brad says:
Also, check out my first blog on integrating the iPad into gymnastics judging.
Kathi Blazek is a National Judge in the state of Colorado.