Always take the technophobia of a “blogger” with a boulder of salt, but, then again, “blogging” is so 2004. And what a crappy year that is to be stuck in, now that I think about it.
Nevertheless, with the onset/onslaught of the IPad, I think it’s time to state my line in the sand. My Tech-Rubicon. The places on the information superhighway that I will avoid, sticking to the blue highways of 2004 instead. And in some case, metaphorical blue highways that few travelers have seen for at least a decade.
I create the following list in part because of the IPad, but also because I’m still planning on doing a month or so of biking along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route this Summer, and the question has come up (tinged with elements of spousal demand): will Scot get a cell phone for this bike tour? Now there’s a Rubicon for ya.
Things Scot Will Not Get/Do:
- A cell phone
- Any phone device hooked up to my car
- An IPad
- Anything technological that starts with “I”
- Any portable MP3 player
- Upload videos to YouTube or anywhere else
- Visit web sites with titles like “hazcheezeburger” and “lolcatz!!!11!!!.com”
- Anything required to see HDTV
- Watch any 3-D movie
- Watch any movie with more than $10 spent on CGI
- A robotic vacuum cleaner
Things I will continue to enjoy that are called technological:
- As a baseball fan, I bought a package to listen to all MLB games, but will not buy MLB.TV or “Extra Innings” or any video package. Baseball is meant for the radio. Period.
- Netflix “Instant Viewing”, which I prefer in part because it takes my DVD player 10 minutes to do anything. This is, in part, due to the fact my DVD player is from 2004 and was the cheapest I could find in 2004.
- “CoverItLive” chat sessions (I hope you know what I’m talking about here).
- Music via “Rhapsody”.
- Online versions of high school newspapers like this one from Albuquerque High. If you do anything related to this blogpost, please click this link.
- Facebook. Yes, really, but only when obscure people send me request to “Friend” and I stare at the name and think “Who the Hell is this person?” and then go to Facebook to check, immediately logging out when I found out who the person is, only, of course, to get another email request to “Friend” immediately thereafter…a vicious circle (kind of like the Internet-circa 2010 in a nutshell)
- Free online versions of literature like Shakespeare and P.G. Wodehouse.
In sum, your humble blogger is getting old. I mean….P.G. Wodehouse? Are you kidding me?
P.S.: Keep in mind these lists are ALWAYS subject to change…coming from a guy who said he’d NEVER join Facebook EVER, EVER, EVER. For instance, I see a battle over this cell phone thing on the marital horizon. Ugh. Also, externalities can cause changes along this front as well. Look at Conan O’Brien…nothing like unemployment to get one drinking the techno-Kool-Aid