After a couple of weeks of commuting from the city to the valley, now I understand why individualized entertainment devices and technologies are so big. Whether the iPod or the PSP or a laptop or a Blackberry, I finally get it.
Sure, I used my iPod before (which I have inconveniently left in Vienna) but now, with two hours a day of forced downtime, I've never needed it more. I could be conversing with my fellow commuters but honestly, do you ever see that happening? Everyone's engrossed in their own private entertainment universe.
After a day at the office my mind's pretty tapped and all I want is to tune out too, for which watching a movie on a PSP or listening to my iPod or finding something to do in the evening online are ideally suited.