Going against my wishes, Husband bought me a Kindle. He was right, I did really want one, I just didn’t know it. Instead of writing I have been reading.
Embracing new technologies is not my thing, I have Luddite tendencies. When Apple came out and Microsoft invented Windows to compete with the new easier operating system, I clung to barefoot DOS. All those icons seemed ridiculous when all you had to do was type a short script at the prompt. Nowadays, I can hardly remember any of those commands. In my defense, Windows did take a long time to do anything and was really expensive. My dumb terminal and 300 baud modem were as modern as I wanted to be. 300 baud was a great speed for me, I prided myself on being able to read each new line as it scrolled on the screen. Now, I get frustrated when my connection doesn’t bring up a complete web page in seconds.
It’s ironic that I think of my self as old-fashioned type of person because when I discovered science fiction it was true love. The year I was 12, I decided to read the entire sci-fi section in our little branch library, starting at Asimov and working my way to Zelazny.Unfortunately, such a disciplined approach was problematic, since other people had the audacity to check out and return books out of alphabetical order, with complete disregard for my plan. I haven’t achieved my other goal which was to either live on the Mars Colony or the Lunar Space Station, which isn’t as contradictory with my back to the land phase as it appears at first glance, if you think about it. However, my life now is better than any thing I imagined back then. Even with having to deal with the effects of gravity, I’m content here.
I like to say that we are living the lives that I read about when I was a kid. Some of the futuristic stuff has come and gone already! Cell phones are totally beyond even Captain Kirk’s away team communicators. Uhura had a blue tooth in her ear to communicate with the huge computer on the Enterprise. We have asceptic packaging, it’s even more common here in Mexico than it is nob, I routinely buy milk and cream in boxes that don’t require refrigeration until they are opened. The ubiquitous microwave is the flash unit of Heinlein’s stories. Enormous flat screen TVs and tiny laptops are straight out of the Foundation Trilogy, especially when you throw in VOIP systems like Skype and Vonage!
It’s all so amazing, maybe I am not such a Luddite afterall?