3. Useless iphone apps

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All iphone users, or smartphone users for that matter, enjoy the occasional pointless application.  (okay, maybe plethoras of them).  Whether it is a game that tests our ninja skills with fruit victims, or a log of how much more we’ve exercised than our friends, most are quick to admit that these apps are quite useless in the grand scheme of life.  However, it is the architect that often doesn’t realize that his or her app is one of these.

Take, for example, Bubble.  It appears at first as a normal level and plumb, seemingly an irreplaceable tool for every builder and craftsman.  Who, after all, wouldn’t need to confirm that the slab or window sill was level?  What architect wouldn’t need to use a precision tool such as this?  While these assumptions are correct, an architect is much too protective of his or her smartphone to let it come near the edge of a construction site, much less whip it out at moment’s notice and place it atop a dirty piece of lumber 3 stories above a freshly poured concrete drive.  While the theoretical value of a level is quite high, the practical application of such an…application…is well, pointless.  If anything were to happen to the poor smartphone, how would the architect schedule his next conference call?  How would he order his next indie music album and stay on the cutting edge of all things good and design related?  How could an architect ever pull out this phone again and show all of his friends the Bubble app and proudly smile as they say, ‘yes, it’s a tool for architects!’

And thus, the tool that is for architects is the tool that is useless.  Sad, sad irony.



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