Thursday, August 20, 2009

Best I Put My Foot Down

ONE: My Verizon contract ended July 30th. Have I got an iPhone now? Nope. Why not? Because I'm not getting one. Why not? Because I don't have to, it's not the law that I have to have an iPhone. But don't I want one? Sure, they're great. They're awesome. But I don't believe something so futuristic should be so prevalent, they should be scarce and inspire awe and envy when encountered. By not buying one, I'm sacrificing my ability to Shazam a song in the burger shop in order to fight the dilution of the iPhone's awesomeness.

Plus, month to month they cost so much. I'm putting my pennies elsewhere.

TWO: My dear people, we're texting too much. I'm committed to using the nearly-forgotten voice function of my phone as much as possible now. You know, the feature that let's you bend an ear instead of a thumb? Also, I never thought I'd miss the day of the impersonal email. Thanks a lot, impersonal text message.

THREE: In a moment of what seemed to be pure genius I downloaded mp3s of Thomas Pynchon's "Inherent Vice." But one track in the story was so exactly what I had hoped it'd be that I turned it off. This one needs saving for a proper reading experience. It'll be my train buddy come, hmm, late-mid September?

FOUR: Mad Men. You can watch it and I appreciate that they dress sharp but I lost interest during season one. I get it, I get it: My Grandpa's friends were all probably terrible jerks.


Side of Jeffrey said...

I was just thinking the other day that I can't believe how personal email is a dying technology. I hardly receive any emails unless they are evites or mass emails. What happened to the days that I used to refresh my email every half hour to see whats new? I miss it sometimes, particularly when work is slow.

I should probably call and tell you that, not comment here.

Brigham said...

This was a lot like a personal email though.

And you know what else is dying off? The blog comment. And blogs.

But I'm like Mad Max, I'll still be here after the apocalypse even if my only reader is a dog I found wandering in the Outback.

Anonymous said...

That's what I like about Mr. Barnes. He'll go the distance.

sarah said...

Its awfully nice of you to sacrifice for the better good. And I agree, at least they are sharp dressers.

Leslie said...

I agree with everything you said in this post, period. When I go to purchase a new cell phone, and the sales guy asks me, "So what do you need your phone to do?", to which I reply "Be a phone," and then he looks at me like I am crazy, I know that there is a problem.

Amen to the Mad Men part too. Amen.

Chris said...

Good stuff. All you single kids out there with your texting and whatnot. Well, good stuff except for the Mad Men heresy.

Ali said...

is number 3 targeted directly at me? i think it may be...f