Crikey. Where to start? It’s been one of those odd few days were both nothing and everything seems to have happened. Does that make it a quantum effect or more that I’m just confused? Let’s move on! 🙂
It was time for a meeting with the Chameleons Group t’other night. The Centre’s doors have been changed as part of the renovation work and for a short time, we were locked out. Luckily some of the Centre’s other tenants were kind enough to let us in… at least they did when I knocked loudly on the fire escape door. Maybe we need a key for the group? Something to email the site managers over I guess. Following on from the theme with bright tights, I wore my new skater dress. Shorter than I’d normally wear, yes, but very comfy. Plus, you’ve got to push against your comfort zone sometimes 🙂
Rumour had it that we were due a visit from a local branch of Hot Hair. But, for whatever reason, that didn’t come to pass. Instead, we had a pleasant evening of chat. I swapped a few silly stories and generally had a very good time. Perhaps not the pounding high energy discotastic nights of other times, but after a busy week, I was glad of a sit-down and to catch up with friends really.
Self-described regular irregular Rebecca popped in to say hello. During a chat in the kitchen about a childhood camping holiday, she glibly asked the IT contingent, what did we do before the Internet? Well, for one, I read a lot more and I think I watched more TV back then. Now I seem to write more, read a little bit less and skip on the telly watching.
Talking of the t’interwebs, the BBC are doing a piece on the Net and how it affects our lives. I think I may have mentioned this previously. Maybe I need Google for my brain or something 🙂 Anyways, there’s been a few reports and shows about the history of the web and whatnot. There’s also a few on-line articles about the growth and – for me at least – the social effects of it. Just last week there was a news item about how important people felt Internet access was.
A recent article also listed how important people consider Internet access to be. Indeed, it’s become a necessity for many. To be honest, while I think I could stop using it for a while, it would leave a very large hole in my life and to an extent, my identity. With WiFi and Mrs Jones’s laptop, we have so much information within our grasp. Stuck on an actor’s name? IMDB; wondering about a recipe? Google; etc. Mentioning WiFi, it seems whole cities are contemplating the idea of a public network. Sure, we’ll still have to pay for high-speed links, but for everyday access, I think this will really drive change hard.
It seems that for all the technology that’s not at our fingertips, we use it for one key thing: communication. To state the obvious, I guess we’re just a social bunch when it comes down to it. Perhaps it is somewhat ironic that people can be so connected and yet feel lonely at times. Equally, and coming back to last night’s meeting of like-minded souls, on-line friendship is one thing, but actually meeting and having friends in the real world feels more rewarding. Don’t get me wrong, I do like an email, blog comment or Facebook update to see how friends and family are getting on…. I just don’t think I’d want to live in a bubble (so to speak) where that was my only means of communication. I guess I’m lucky in that regard. Sure, I’m not 100% out, but neither am I completely stuck in the closet either.
It’s funny in that I’m friends we people I’ve never met in the real world. I exchange emails, as no doubt, you do too, with individuals I’m unlikely to ever meet. Yet I know them as well as I do my friends in real life. Modern life eh?
[ Today’s lyric: The Universal by Blur ]