“Anything invented before your fifteenth birthday is the order of nature. That’s how it should be. Anything invented between your 15th and 35th birthday is new and exciting, and you might get a career there. Anything invented after that day, however, is against nature and should be prohibited.” Douglas Adams (author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
Last night my 4-year-old taught me what to do with those bar code looking picture things on adverts. See, I don’t even know what they are called and seeing as my phone doesn’t have a camera or even predictive text for that matter, I am not sure I will be reaping the benefits of this advertising tool in the near future.
I am the last of the technophobes, I don’t own an i anything, no pod, no pad, no phone. I’m not sure I could work them if I did own them – oh yeah I could ask one of my 2 year olds to teach me. They already try to change screens on the laptop by touching the screen; very annoying and more importantly how on earth do they know touch screen technology? Not from our luddite house, that’s for sure.
Remember when you watched with wonder sci-fi on the tv as a kid?
Wow wouldn’t it be amazing if we could see the person we were talking to on the phone? Wow.
Imagine if we could walk around and talk to someone on the phone without being attached to a cable. Wow
Imagine if we could talk into a watch? hmmm
Imagine if we could be transported to a different place?
OK so maybe the last one isn’t possible (yet) but wouldn’t it be cool if it was? I could nip home to visit whenever I felt like it. Bye bye budget travel, not nice knowing you.
Thinking about all these new gadgets and how they literally used to be the stuff of science fiction brought to mind that old BBC classic, Blake’s 7. In short it was a low-budget sci-fi drama whose main characters were Blake, Avon, Jenna, Vila, Cally, Gan and Zen the computer. Hmmm, yes, says it all really. I wanted to be Cally (?) I also used to colour my soda stream lemonade with food dye as their blue and green drinks looked exotic. I remember it seeming terribly hi-tech at the time – take a look now, not so much
With only two weeks to go until B day, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I have to add become more techno savvy to my list of things to do before 40. The fact you are reading this is in itself a miracle (of course it could be just myself I am amusing).
Actually, is there anybody out there?