I know that Mother’s Day was a month ago, but since then, I’ve been thinking about technology.
How many of you remember The Jetson’s?
Star Trek is easier because they’re still squeezing out movies based on the science fiction of Gene Roddenberry.
I know the comparisons have been made before, but I want to tell you how this has affected me.
My daughter is in the UK going to school. My parents are in another state. Until recently, contact has been by phone, e-mail, text, or other means of written, faceless communication.
This Mother’s Day was unique. I Facetimed with both my daughter, my mother, and my sister. Not simultaneously, as there is a time difference you know.
Before I left the house to meet my son for lunch and Iron Man III (which was awesome, by the way), I Facetimed with my daughter. I love this program. It’s made the world a whole lot smaller. I can see my daughter, who is over 3,000 miles away, in real time. I have to mention Skype as well, can’t forget that.
While my son and I were having lunch, my sister called. “Do you have Facetime? I’m taking my iPad to Mom & Dad’s and we could Facetime. I’ll be there in five. I’ll text you.” She said all this without a breath and barely paused for me to say “Yes, but I’m at a restaurant, I’ll have to get a Wi-Fi connection.” FYI, this is at the mall, need I say more.
While I’m connecting, this text comes. “It’s not working.”
By now my son is laughing.
I text back. “Connecting, give me a sec.”
Less than a second later. “Still not working.” Another nanosecond, my phone rings. “It’s not working.”
“I’m trying to connect, you need to give me time. I will contact you.”
“It’s still not working.” My sister is not known for patience.
I calmly connect to Facetime and wait for her to respond. My son chuckling the whole time.
“You got it to work! That’s so awesome. What did you do?”
“I got a Wi-Fi connection, like I said.”
This zips right past her and she’s shoving her iPad in my parents’ faces.
My parents are in their mid-eighties. My mother seemed to think the pad was one of those photo frames and kept pointing at us, obscuring the camera. My dad, who has always been fascinated with technology, takes it and keeps turning it this way and that. All that aside, it was nice to be able to see them while we talked. I hope we do the same thing for Father’s Day.
We still still flock to movies and watch shows that are considered science fiction even though we have much of the technology in our hands. Is it me, or do these forms of entertainment have a more present day feel to them? As if you could step on the Starship Enterprise and feel right at home.
On another note, I have to mention the other science fictionyfact (yep, I made that up) that Jean-Luc Picard was often shown with . . .
Gives a whole new meaning to having your nose in a book.
How has Facetime/Skype made your world a little smaller? How do you feel about that?
You have the Com, ~ RG
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