Tag: technology

Why Do We Still Have These?

“It’s starting to look like an archeological dig around here,” observed my wife as she surveyed the remnants of our technological past strewn across the floor. Indeed, an attentive anthropologist might observe the extracted layers and infer much about this monogamous couple and their humble dwelling of a quarter century. For example, our reluctance to […]

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A Nearly Perfect Circle

I imagine that Dick Ireland, were he alive today, would be surprised to learn that a former student fondly and frequently recalls his old geometry and physics teacher nearly thirty years later. Once our mortarboards arced through an overcast spring sky and clattered onto the asphalt parking lot, I never returned. Nor did I bother […]

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Pulling The Plug

The news came while I was at work, courtesy of a text message from my wife. It was not unexpected. We had been discussing the issue for months, but it took a surprising amount of courage to see our decision through to its implementation. Staring at my phone, I sighed with the knowledge that what […]

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Future Shock

My ten-year-old self would have died at the revelation that this was coming one day. Dear Bob: If this letter reaches you sometime around the summer of 1979, then you have already wondered what it would be like to receive a letter from your future self. Well, wonder no further, because this is it. That’s […]

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The World Is Flat

Baby got back:  A profile shows the massive 18″ rear end of obsolescence. The great, hulking beast that was our RCA 32″ television is dead.  Purchased specifically because it amply filled the cavernous interior of our corner armoire, the technological dinosaur gave no hint of its impending demise.  Maybe we had been working it a […]

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Please Rewind

Do the abbreviations SP, LP, and SLP mean anything to you? The year is 2009.  The setting:  an elementary school.  During a break between classes, I dart into the office and scan the staff mailboxes.  Lurking in my apportioned slot is a shrink-wrapped, rectangular box of vaguely familiar dimensions.  I retrieve the item and turn it […]

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