Sunday, January 17, 2010

T is for TECHNOLOGY (part 2)


We’re still focusing on the letter T with

TECHNOLOGY

Here’s part two…

Yet with every benefit from technology there seems to be a counter benefit. A sort of technical yin yang if you will. Our time savings gadgets have become so complex that it actually takes more time trying to figure out how to work them than it would by not having them. Think I’m being over dramatic? Try out the 25 phone options on the automated customer service number for any product or plan you own! Puzzle people don’t even bother with trying to solve mazes anymore; they spend all their time trying to get to an actual customer service representative.


Ebay is a wonder of technology. The thought that people would actually bid and buy your crap: Amazing! “Hey, honey, I just sold a crayon box for $1.99 that I bought at a garage sale for 25 cents! I’m going to be rich doing this. What a sucker!” Of course lest we not forget the gas spent going to garage sales, the time to place auction, the fees, the time to monitor them, the time it takes to package it up and ship it out. You just invested $36 for an item you sold for $1.99. Who’s the sucker now?

Email is a wonderful technological advancement. It saves you a stamp and it takes a fraction of the time to receive. But then you have to do everything at work twice. Even though you have a meeting or a discussion with a co-worker it doesn’t really count until you repeat it in an email that they’ll ignore anyway. It’s also wonderful to have conversations back and forth via email…with the person right across the hallway from you that you could actually wave to if you weren’t hiding to avoid eye contact.

I don’t know where all this technology is going to end; probably like the science fiction books, movies and TV I’ve watched where the advanced civilizations just end up being these large useless brains. Either that or machines get intelligence, take over and wipe us out. Neither outcome seems that attractive so I’m keeping a wary eye on technology. You can keep your alien monitored cell phones but when they finally invade planet Earth and hunt you down by using them I don’t want to have to tell anyone “I told you so.”

46 comments:

Uncivil said...

This cant' be for real....me first!!!

Uncivil said...

Holy techno poop! I did it....I did it....I finally did it!!!!!

Uncivil said...

And the last shall be first? Let me check my Mayan calendar?

mama-face said...

time travel. Maybe that won't be the end but it'll happen. I'm just waiting for dinner to appear on the table magically-in other words technologically.

lime said...

ok, that teakettle picture is just disturbing in the extreme.

JenJen said...

The reflection in the teapot is priceless.

Smart looking!

Brian o vretanos said...

And it's getting worse. I've just been reading about "cybertwins", which are going to be the new company representatives, salespeople and helpdesk staff. Not only will this make it even more difficult to find an actual human, you'll also have to sit wathching a clunky computerised animation fail to understand your query about your bill whilst eating up all your bandwidth. Apparently some banks have already started using them.

Tom said...

...remember, a teapot adds at least 150 pounds to your figure...not a good way to get a date.

CatLadyLarew said...

Somehow I'm not feeling like a cuppa after that teapot picture. The greatest thing about technology is that you don't have to actually talk to anyone anymore. Great for those of us who are shy wallflowers in real life.

VE said...

uncivil - You are first! Holy hell... I started the Mayan calendar a couple of years early...I already operate like its the end of the world and don't bother to do anything!

mama-face - Just tip the pizza guy to bring it in and set it up...there you go!

lime - Ttat's what you get for looking into it! That guy apparently has done a number of ebay auctions like that...I found several...

jenjen - All I can say is I wouldn't want to be him!

brian - Funny...I went a different direction in envisioning cyber twins...

tom - I've heard that...that's why I never put my internet dating picture from a teapot...

catladylarew - True...I can be so shy in real life...well maybe not quite...

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Ewwww to the kettle. In your sidebar poll you didn't have a spot for a gazillion dollars so I couldn't vote.

VE said...

perpetual chocoholic - Sure you can...it was for the nearest amount. You'll have to round down to a meager million...sorry....

Gladys said...

You know what is amazing to me? How many Naked people sell things on EBAY that is what amazes me. I mean is there a whole cult of nekkid ebayiers?

Jaime said...

the problem with technology is that people expect you to use it. i don't get paid enough for my clients to have access to me 24-7

Baino said...

It's always the ugly ones that get their kit off. I'm waiting for a phone that actually operates as a phone rather than a Jedi Light sabre.

ReformingGeek said...

I hope Wifey-Poo is ok with you selling her teapot. Sheesh.

That's so true about email and chat in the corporate world. I'm not sure anyone knows how to use a phone anymore. A land line, that is.

Elizabeth said...

There used to be a cell phone commercial where a guy was rock climbing on a beautiful sunny day and all of a sudden the peacefulness was interrupted by a cell phone ring. The guy stops and answers his phone, then goes back to climbing.
My husband thought this was an awful commercial. If he's rock climbing he doesn't want to be interrupted by work. I said now the guy doesn't have to sit around the office all day waiting for one phone call that took5 minutes!

Quirkyloon said...

I knew it! You've been watching The Matrix haven't you.

Whoa.

Kurt said...

classic tea kettle photo.

The Incredible Woody said...

Is that guy on the teapot nekkid?!?

The Incredible Woody said...

Oh, I guess I should have read the caption...I'm a bit hung over today...

nursemyra said...

I want to introduce mandatory lessons in manners with all new technology. Until then, the next person who answers their cell phone next to me in the movie theatre is going to get their lesson whether they want it or not

VE said...

gladys - I'll bet we've tapped into some secret cult. Where are the hot bodies though? Why is it always people like this?

jaime - Shoot...I was just going to call you...

baino - You have a jedi light saber phone? Sweet....

reforminggeek - Ha! Nice try. She would never let me sell the teapot...

elizabeth - A real rock climber would never carry a cell phone. It's extra weight. Climbers want to be as light as possible when they're holding themselves on their by their finger tips. I should know...I climbed for 30 some years...

quirkyloon - Of course...it's all coming down to that...

kurt - An oldie but a goodie...

incredible woody - Me too...it was a long night in Sun Valley last night. Whew!

nursemyra - And I'll be yours isn't an "approved" Miss Manners course, either...

Jeff said...

You had to mention fluids with the teapot didn't you. After that all I could think of was... hopefully that teapot isn't shipped with existing fluids. Thanks for making me go there. Not.

Janna said...

A few years ago, there was a news segment on NPR's "Science Friday." The topic was mankind's prospects for the future if robots end up taking over the earth.
Really.

The guy said that robots would probably treat us the same way we treat animals. Since we either (1) Keep them as pets, (2) Put them in zoos, or (3) Eat them, the guy said the best we could hope for is to be kept as pets.

As long as I'm kept in a multi-pet household, and as long as Johnny Depp is one of the other pets, and as long as he's not neutered, I think I'll be ok.

Megan said...

Last week I spent approximately 1/3 of my time at work trying to get through to someone at Wells F...sorry, a major bank.

Eventually I got someone in Des Moines to confess that I needed to talk to someone in the Beaverton office, but that they DIDN'T HAVE PHONES THERE.

Unfinished Rambler said...

I'm thinking the aliens already know where you are anyway...because you're that odd. :) Not that I don't love you, man, but you're odd. :)

I know a husband-wife who talk to each other on Facebook at the same time. That's odd too. Anyhoo...see you tomorrow when maybe I'll have God explain traffic light and merging traffic for you.

padraig said...

> Eventually I got someone
> in Des Moines to confess
> that I needed to talk to
> someone in the Beaverton
> office, but that they
> DIDN'T HAVE PHONES THERE.

That's McAwesome. I'm actually in awe. A customer service office that doesn't have phones. That's like achieving workplace Nirvana. My God, I'm getting dizzy just thinking about it. What's next? A double whammy... no phones and no EMAIL? Or the fabulous hat trick... no phones, no email, and no walk-ins?

Mrsupole said...

I didn't know that there were actual people on customer service lines. I've never talked to one. Although one of my utility companies has a computer that tries to repeat whatever I say. I told it to go get screwed and it sent me to the tool department. I said f u for overcharging me on my bill and it sent me porn e-mail.

Then the dang robot voice had the nerve to send me a survey wanting to know if I had a great experience. I told it to get screwed again and it sent me a repairman who charged by the hour. I never win, I didn't even get to be his first of the day. Freaking technology sucks.

God bless.

PS...it also sucks to be sick.

Roy Scribner said...

Ebay cracks me up - I think Ebay'rs just pass all that stuff around, amongst themselves.

subby said...

And lest we forget the other fees to PayPal and the I.R.S.. 'Tis no wonder I stopped doing e-bay! ~~OY!

Me-Me King said...

Hilarious, love the teakettle ad!!!

VE said...

jeff - I never thought about that...leave it to you to go there...hah! ;)

janna - I wish they'd hurry up...I'm so ready to be a pet. I've seen how easy cats have it...

megan - Beaverton? You mean Beaverton, OR? Hell...I could have walked over there and kicked some butt for you...

unfinished rambler - I give them useful information in exchange for anonyminity (and I'll get California when it all goes down). I'll try and put in a good word for you...

padraig - Well finally you stop by and comment! I agree...genius plan to have no phones or connectivity. Next up...no actual office building...

mrsupole - Isn't charging by the hour to use your tool called a gigilo? If that counts, I can fix a lot of things! Sorry to hear you are sick...

roy - Everything made is either destroyed, in a land fill or being passed from somebody to somebody else...

subby - Maybe they should call it FEEBAY!

me-me king - A classic...

Chris C said...

Who do you think stars in all those reality shows?

Aliens. They are already here my friend.

Maureen said...

Lightsaber phone??? Ooh. Don't have that. I do have an R2 phone though. At least when I answer it, I am not in danger of decapitating myself.

Oh. It's not a REAL lightsaber.

Nevermind then.

subby said...

VE, you must expand on that, as only you can ;)

Collette said...

Technology has advanced a little too much too quickly, I think. So many people abuse the knowledge. It's a scary thought to think about what will come in the future. I think "Big Brother" watched us a little too closely already!

VE said...

chris c - Ha! That explains so much...

maureen - Now how did I know you'd find that light saber comment...

subby - It's on my "to do" list...

collette - People just want things without thinking about them. There is so much information out there being captured for no reason at all...

Ronda Laveen said...

Hey, where did you find my tea pot!

I'm still laughing at the Mrs. comment. I'll have to try telling the robot voice of customer service to do lewd things.

Annie Ha said...

I don't like waiting more than 30 seconds for your blogroll to update after my comment. Or to be placed on the blog roll in the first place. Isn't there some sort of technology that solves that problem?

VE said...

ronda - That could be the entertainment of the new generation...messing with customer service...

annie ha - Sadly, it is manual and I am behind. No technology will solve it because I like it the way I like it. If I used technology, it would count a tally for every single comment and some of my readers like to comment multiple times on a single post. I like that but they don't get extra credit for it...

Annie Ha said...

There has to be a technology. As in, 'I still smoke because when it catches up to me they'll have the technology...'

VE said...

annie ha - Maybe they'll have the technology to make everyone ok with not smoking in the first place. Of course I'll have to find something else to amuse myself with other than watching the freezing smokers huddle out in the parking lot for a cigarette...

gab said...

Ok not nice to remind me of how silly I was trying to get rich selling on ebay. My biggest mistake was not charging enough for the shipping part, Now those new boxes they have do fix that problem but I got 2 rooms full of stuff no one wants in this time of recession!

VE said...

gab - I know...I used to sell collectibles on there but it was so time consuming and such a hassle...

The Silver Fox said...

Actually, "cell phone" sounds like some kind of living organism to me.