I've had a long standing love affair with Flash – it's been my tool of choice for making things, experimenting with ideas and generally exploring possibilities with projects like www.doodlebuzz.com and www.mnatwork.com. I've never been one for rules and Flash always allowed me to try and break things and bring new things to the world; the grid? Screw the grid. Screw history. Screw what has gone before, I really don't care.
And that's why I love the blank canvas of the iPad. I'm not being an Apple fan boy when I think this thing is from the future, yet is very much about "the now". I look at it and think "this is my new canvas". I want to make things for it, things that people can hold in their hands and play with, without being bullied or dictated to by what's gone before or any rules born from history. The irony is in order to play with this new canvas you have to play by "the rules" of Apple. But that's a price I'm willing to pay.
So for the time being I'm ditching Flash and going to play with something new. Learning new things is exciting and scary at the same time, but that's a good thing.