3G Internet on the Boat

It’s slow, but my 3G Vodaphone USB stick is working on our boat with the Samsung NC20 netbook. Fun.

jim on boat

Slow Change Technology

Maybe we need a term for slow change technology.

A chair or table is a good example. They’re not likely to change quickly for some time, other than variations on a theme.

One might say the same about pens and pencils, but I am tempted by Livescribe technology.

One could say the same about books, but I’m also interested in Kindle 2 and similar devices. (If for environmental reasons, if nothing else.)

Other technology has cultural roots that slow down evolution. On my walk in the Heath today, I passed a carnival setting up shop. I was amazed by how many of the rides are quick similar to those I rode back in a small town in Oregon as a child. I was also amazed by the life-style of the carnival crew, and their lives in caravans as the show was on the road:

life at a carnival

One other thing you can depend on at an English traveling carnival– remarkable copyright infringements, especially of Disney characters in somewhat warped forms. I didn’t see any up yet, but check out this Budweiser image. Why on earth is she riding a paintbrush, and I doubt this was a Bud-approved ad sign….

bud

Working for the White House Press Corps

Before I forget, I should mention that the President of the United States visited our school last night.

As much as I’d like to say that I was there to shake his hand, and his wife’s hand, I will have to admit that I was with the White House press corps, making sure they had power, wireless Internet, and power adapters for US to UK outlets.

Still, it was really educational to see the school prepped for the visit, and also to see the press corps at work. We had a press room set up for them, with food and refreshments, but they were in full work mode and were instantly on the wireless sending out data, checking online sources, and getting their jobs done. Very little was eaten, and 15 minutes later they were on the run to the next location.

The president was on site for about 20 minutes, gave a short talk, and then was off to prep for the G20 Summit today. I bicycled home in the dark about 10 p.m., through the quiet city streets of London. Another day at work done.

Listening to the Past

iTouch!

Okay, so I’m sitting here after dinner, listening to an iPod Touch I bought for the school library. Yup, it’s in at-home testing for a few days.

First of all, I synched with my full iTunes library, tunes and video. Second, I was surprised that it has a built-in speaker. Thus, I pull up Steely Dan’s Katy Lied and let it play. Tinny little speaker. “Throw out your gold teeth and see how they roll.”

The funny thing is this: all I can think about is a very dusty, old rusty school bus taking me down a gravel road to pick strawberries. Back when I was ten or eleven, I got my first transitor radio, complete with 9V battery. A hand-me-down from an older brother. Riding the old bus to pick strawberries, I had the little transitor radio to my ear. Tinny speaker, just like the iPod Touch, and I’d hear songs like Steely Dan’s Katy Lied.

It’s funny where state-of-the-art technology can take you.

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