Teleportation

September 4, 2009

It has seemed more and more lately like traveling, whether it is driving to the store or flying across the country, is just wrong. We should be able to teleport directly to where we want to go.

Is it just me? Have I watched too many science fiction movies? Is it just wishful thinking? I do enjoy driving at times, just for the sake of driving. But just to go from one place to another, especially if there is a lot of traffic or it is a long distance that will take so much time, it just seems like driving or flying should be unnecessary. It would be so nice to be able to *blip* to the store, get what I need, and then *blip* I am back home. Or think how much easier vacations would be — how much time we spend getting there and back which could be better spent being there. No more time wasted sitting in airports, sitting smooshed up in the airplane, sitting in a car traveling to and from the airport…

So who do we need to talk to to make this happen?

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The secret life of computers

August 26, 2009

I am not a computer expert. Even though I have been using them for a long time, I have no idea how they work. To me, they might as well be magical devices. I basically know what to do to get what I want, and sometimes that takes a while to figure out. I don’t know anything about their innards, or their processes, or their bits and bytes. I accept that. Fortunately, you don’t need to know how they work to use them. But one thing consistently puzzles me. There are times when the computer is on, and I am not doing anything on it, but it starts chuckling away and the little green light that indicates hard drive activity blinks merrily at me. Sometimes this goes on for quite a while. And I have to wonder – what on earth is it doing? Does it have its own network of computer friends? Is it gossiping with a computer somewhere across the globe? Is there a computer MySpace where it is updating its page or leaving comments for other computers? Is it
having an online relationship? What if some day it becomes too busy doing its own thing to allow me to do mine? Should I be worried about all this?

What have we created by linking computers all over the world in our attempts to link ourselves to everyone else?


Post-It Notes

August 23, 2009

Did you know that Post-It notes breed?  I live by Post-It notes.  I kept my sanity when I was in the corporate world by keeping track of everything on Post-It notes; my office always looked like a yellow blizzard had hit it.  Now I use them at home for all sorts of stuff, and especially to jot down notes for new designs.  Of course, the notes come in a lot more colors than yellow, so I have more of a multi-colored blizzard.  But recently I was feeling overwhelmed by all these pieces of colored paper stuck all over the walls, desk, computer, closet door, and anything else that didn’t move, so I finally decided to organize them.  And that is when I discovered that they had bred.  Certainly I had generated a lot of the notes, but I swear there were dozens more than I had started out with.  The pink and blue Post-It notes had created violet ones, and the yellow and blue ones had green offspring.  Some of the notes on them I’m quite sure I did not write.  Some of them I couldn’t even read.  A lot of them wound up in the wastebasket.  I finally corralled the rest of them into some sort of order; but I am wondering how long it will take until they breed some more.  Scary.