Keeping Sane on Trains

What’s your secret to keeping cool on packed trains?
For me it’s two gadgets: my keitai, and iPod. And sometimes, if I get a descent spot, a book. The keyword here is ‘spot’.

The iPod is the goto thingy to shut out any outside noise. I don’t want to hear the drunk guy next to me complaining about his job for thirty minutes.
The next thing I need is something to read so I don’t have to look at the ads or try to avoid eye contact (or make eye contact and nod, hi, hi, how ya doin and then avoid eye contact). If I’ve got email on my cell that’ll be my priority. No mail, I’ll goto a recent personal discovery, reading RSS feeds on my iPod. A side note here for bloggers: please have a feed that includes your full post. It’s irritating to load up your feed to find out after the first x-number of words it ends with ‘…’.
If I’ve read through that or can’t find anything that interests me, I’ll use my keitai to load up Mogi to grab items at each station, browse through saved photos, or use an online RSS reader.

For me, the journey to/from work one-way is around 45 min door-to-door. So the above routine is fine. What do the folks w/ longer routes do?

3 Comments so far

  1. Elmateo (unregistered) on October 11th, 2004 @ 12:54 pm

    I use my palm pilot usually since it is small and no matter how packed the train gets I can still use it and am not being rude. I have “avantgo” installed on it which allows me to download news from USA today, Elpais, or any newspaper of my choice when I hotlink to my computer and am online. If I’m not checking out the news, then I’m usually studying Kanji on it with Dokusha, or King Kanji. Finally, when I get tired of studying Kanji, I read a book .pdf on my palm with acrobat reader and get the e-books online for free.

  2. Planethalder (unregistered) on October 12th, 2004 @ 6:26 pm

    Oh my god, all I do is read. But RSS feeds on the iPod – now that is a great idea!!!!

  3. chriskk (unregistered) on October 13th, 2004 @ 2:49 pm

    Iinee, studying kanji!

    I just ran into Podcasting. Haven’t tried it yet. There’s an interesting tool called iPodderX that does the work for you and brings audio programs into your iPod.

    Also forgot to mention listening to books (

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