On getting old and technology
Hello blog! Its just me this week. Bethany is off floating in the ocean and getting a “tan”. I have a ton of ideas in my head though, so don’t worry about being neglected.
First up: Getting old and staying hip.
Do you ever think that one day you’ll wake up and realize the technology-wagon has completely passed you by? Like, one minute you’re kickin’ it with your record player, and then by the next one, you’re wondering what the internet is. I assume that’s what happened to my own grandparents.
I’m kidding about the staying hip part. Who says hip anymore anyways? But I’m a little serious about the need to make a concerted effort to keep up. Its about having the best tools. Otherwise I could miss out on some great stuff. You know, I kinda resisted the smartphone trend. Now I love it, of course, but that’s my case in point. And I bet my granddad would’ve LOVED google-ing all of the following: Civil War generals, bio-diesel, rarely issued coins, CSPAN, etc etc. So much information!
So the concerted effort: Kick myself whenever I think “oh kids these days” (Twitter anyone?). Don’t give up on something just because its confusing.
Here are a few new things that I am kind of learning:
- Pinterest: Its like a virtual bulletin board where you “pin” ideas you have and organize it all graphically. I haven’t *quite* got the hang of it. But I have come across an few great craft/recipe ideas from other people’s bulletin boards.
- Spotify: If you listen to music of any type while using a computer, you need to try Spotify. Its basically a huge collection of music that you can play at any time for free. Want to hear a certain Van Morrison song about a jelly roll? 2 clicks, done. The music collection is vast – Bob Dylan to Beyonce. Want to hear the latest Glee album but don’t want to own it? Bam, done.
- WordPress: Duh, this blog! The layout, formatting, etc has turned out to be no small challenge. What is an RSS feed? I still don’t know. I’m about to add a “follow me” button to the right hand side, which will allow you to get our updates via email? I think?
So tell me, folks – Anything new that you’re loving? Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter? What about e-readers? There’s one I haven’t gotten into yet.
OOH. And this all reminds me. I guess I still have a myspace page floating around in cyberspace. Should probably go shut that down. I think we can safely say that the myspace era has passed.