20th Century Man / The Kinks
“It was a bright day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
1984 / George Orwell
You will periodically see this cartoon on my blog.
It never gets old.
I have other names for this stuff, but I can’t print them here.
It refers to an absolute mass (mess?) of modern Tech that is harder to use;
takes longer to use; and is more difficult to use.
Instead of the opposite.
There’s a legion of this stuff around and I’m sure dozens of articles have been written
decrying the evils that has been inflicted upon us in nearly every category of appliance.
Items around the house that are blinking at me:
My Coffee Maker (Thank God I can still make coffee without having to program it).
My Clocks. I’ve been using that black thing for a while now.
But the power went out the other night and I don’t recall how to reset the time?
The Radio on it works though. It woke us up in the middle of the night.
See those buttons on top? They do stuff. Not fast or easily.
That’s my old clock on the right.
You can wind it up and set the time in less than 15 seconds.
But it makes a ticking sound.
This is my one of my several USB sticks.
This one contains my many Passwords for my computer.
If I ever lost this I would really be in trouble.
It’s a simple and useful device.
Here’s my Cell. Haven’t used it in about 4 years.
It’s old. I think it cost 24 bucks when I bought it.
Nobody ever phoned me except bill collectors so I put it away.
Never missed it.
The Bill Collectors were looking for somebody called Alexandra
who previously owned my number.
No matter how many times I told them I wasn’t Alexandra they kept phoning me anyway.
I bet she’s in Russia by now, and they’re still phoning her.
Rose bought me this neat lamp.
It tells temperature, time, chimes on certain dates and other stuff.
I use it as a lamp.
Haven’t mentioned my computer yet?
That’s where I do all this blog stuff.
It’s sacred. Like an Altar.
I can’t remember what I used to do before I had it?
Yes, it takes a lot of upkeep, updates, software, etc …
My Tech abilities are poor so it’s a struggle …
And I pretty well have to buy a new system every 4 years so I can keep up.
Uh oh … I’m getting an alert from Microsoft 9000:
“We have just picked up a fault in the AE-35 unit.”
Really??! Darn! I better check that out.
So this is just SOME of the Tech stuff we have all over our house.
But it’s everywhere.
Our dependance is immense.
I wonder that this whole outfit will go down someday and we lose electricity for instance?
And communication – and many other things.
HG Wells expressed fears about this in The Time Machine.
Fears of a world where we revert to a hunter/gatherer state after a war
because we have forgotten how to fix or recover our once marvelous technology?
Atlantis has already proven that one.
“We all have our time machines, don’t we. Those that take us back are memories …
And those that carry us forward, are dreams.”
We’ll see …