Catch Me If You Can
I love this picture. It's painted by Edgar Hunt who was an Edwardian artist, and he painted wonderful pictures of animals. I think at some point in our lives, all of us can identify with this poor little turtle. We can feel the dogs nipping at our heels, and we just want to pull our head into our shell.
Modern life can be very hectic and stressful, and with each new convenience, life becomes more demanding. There doesn't seem to be any such thing as time anymore. There is only right now. One quality we are all expected to have is the ability to multi-task. With e-mail, faxes, phones, computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and cell phones, we have the Internet in our pockets or our purses. Personal area networks (PANs), otherwise known as Bluetooth, are fastened to our heads, we are all inextricably hooked up each other, and there is no escape. So-called social networks such as Facebook scare the tar out of me. Everyone is connected to everyone else. Do any of us really have 381 friends in real life? Who are all those people, and why do they want to poke us or send us a teddy bear? And why would I want to follow you on Twitter? Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing? I don't care what you're doing, and moreover, I certainly don't want you to know what I'm doing.
President and Mrs. Obama are in England right now, and they had a personal meeting with the Queen. As a gift, they took her an iPod, but she already had one. So now, the 83 year-old Queen of England has two iPods. And a Wii. Ya gotta laugh.
About a year ago I read a posting by a Blogger who said the best advice he could ever give anyone is that when they get into high school they should take typing classes and learn how to type. I thought, "Is he kidding? What is this guy, 100 years old? I guess he doesn't know that most six year-old kids nowadays know how to type. The April Fools worm was probably designed by a 12 year-old."
I love technology and gadgets. I'm the "go-to" person at work if anyone wants something technical done. I enjoy it. But I also look forward to going home at the end of the day, locking the door behind me, and turning off all the connections to the outside world, except to those people with whom I want to communicate. And if you really want to know what I'm doing, I'm off to watch the final segment of "Life on Mars". *sigh*