69 Ways Technology Makes Your Dumberer
If you cup your hand over your ear and listen carefully you can hear the echoes of my barbaric yawp and the sound of the sledge hammer upon the remains of my computer.
Listen closely and you can hear my maniacal laughter and then run far, far away because the end of the world is at hand. No, it is not the zombie apocalypse it is just the ranting of a man who has been pushed too far.
The line has been crossed, the chip has been knocked off of my shoulder and the dogs of war have been unleashed. Yeah that is me in my chariot following after the hounds of hell and we are wreaking havoc for no other reason than technical difficulties.
Technology Has Made Me Dumberer
I wanted to start by providing some math problems for you to solve. It was going to be this cool little exercise in which you’d solve several equations and we’d reach our 69 reasons but then I remembered that very few people can do these exercises without the help of a calculator or computer.
Blame that insight upon the person at the store who couldn’t figure out how much change to give me when the register didn’t work. The bill was for $4.98.
I handed them a $10.
When the screen didn’t light up and present them with the answer for how much change to give me they just stood and stared at me, slack jawed and at a loss for words.
I watched him pull out his phone to use the calculator function so that he could give me my change and I tried not to shake my head. Technology hasn’t killed my basic math skills but it has killed my penmanship and I don’t know telephone numbers like I used to.
Technical Difficulties Are What Pushed Me Over The Edge
I used to the person who would crush you in Trivial Pursuit because I am good at remembering all sorts of information. That same ability is why I didn’t need a telephone book because if I called you once I remembered your number.
But somewhere during the past few years things changed and I dialing numbers because I punched in your name or touched your picture and the phone did the rest.
And the reason I spent time screaming today was because several technical difficulties took place not just consecutively, but concurrently and I was unable to complete my tasks.
Simple things that should have taken a couple of moments took far longer and I couldn’t do anything about it. Couldn’t dial a number I didn’t remember and a lack of net access meant I couldn’t look it up.
And Then The Blog Broke
Just when I thought I had weathered the storm the blog broke.
Perhaps it is more accurate to say it was already broken, a piece of it, that is. The Archives here aren’t working the way they are supposed to and I am not sure how long it has been down.
It is frustrating and sort of embarrassing.
There is a possibility that it is a new development and that it happened when I updated a plugin or changed a couple of things here. It is possible that no one has seen it, but it is also possible they did.
It is possible that someone tried to flip through the pages here to read older posts and discovered they could not because it is broken. That troubles me.
I am working on fixing it and hope that it gives me less trouble than some of the other issues.
But it is also a good reminder about why we need to poke around our blogs to make sure they don’t have any issues. And now if you’ll excuse me I am off resume trying to fix what is broken here.
Now if I can only remember the telephone number of that guy…