Wednesday, December 27, 2006

technology

Whoo boy technolog is taking over. For someone who used to make her living fixing networks and administering databases you would think I would love technology; you'd be wrong. I like it, don't get me wrong...love my dishwasher, like my computer, but I'm not a technogeek. I used to consider myself a geek but that was pre-itsy-bitsy techno pieces. Now I find myself surrounded and I'm perplexed.

I have a cell phone. I do like it, it has become indispensible for keeping in touch with kids, hubby, family, etc. In emergencies (and I have had a few) it has been a lifesaver. I would have a hard time doing without it.

I have a Palm given to me by my parents and my brother. I really like it a lot. I keep shopping lists, address book, calendar stuff on it. Even a few games and a couple of ebooks. But I confess that I long for my paper calendar. Don't know why, I guess I like the tactile feel of paper. But this year I am not buying one...should force me to focus more on my palm and learn to handle it better than I have been.

Now I have an iPod. I'm thrilled to have it because I should finally be able to catch up on all of my podcasts. Previously I had to download them, burn them to CD and could only listen to them when I was driving a certain car with a CD player. Those days are gone...iPod on the go baby.

And tonight I broke down and got skype. I shared my first skype call with my Uncle and it was so much fun to be able to talk with him and his daughter. I enjoyed catching up and sharing a few laughs together...as he pointed out, the price is right.

Technology is taking over and I'm beginning to wonder how much I will be acoutered with technodevices. I practically need a backpack to carry my wallet and devices, what if I lose one? I think we get sucked into these things. They're useful but we have to learn to use them as the tools they are intstead of feeling like they own us. It's hard to balance my desire for a more peaceful life, one where I can bake from scratch, raise fruits, visit the organic farm, etc with juggling all these small pieces of metal. Is this the challenge of the modern human? I don't know if completely denying onself the benefits of technology is advisable. Obviously others do, such as the Amish, but those of us who choose to live in a contemporary environment but have agro-luddite tendencies have a much finer line to walk. It is a balancing act and can be confusing at times. Hmmm.....more thoughts on this coming up later.

2 comments:

Liza's Eyeview said...

I see what you're saying and I agree. I look forward to more of your thoughts on this.

Liza

Chaotic Mom said...

I'm thinking a hemp cover for the iPod, maybe? ;)

I'm kidding, of course. I love listening to podcasts, too.

I think WITH the technology you'll be connecting with better music, keeping up with other like-minded folks, networking with others working for a better, more peaceful world. I think that's COOL.

And I'm pretty sure you're wise enough to NEVER rely on it too much. I pretty much freaked myself out when I thought my computer was up a creek yesterday. Then I picked up a book and started reading. It was very strange, to even realize for a short time how connected I've grown to the technology.

But with the Palm, or any schedule keeping, I feel more at peace knowing I'm not missing appts. The Palm also has all of my contact info for friends and family, right at my fingertips when needed. Or the boys' school or doctor info. Paper or Palm, I find the Palm smaller and fits into my purse better.

Boy, I'm just staring at the waterfall pic on your sidebar calendar now. Very cool photo.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!