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I love the new technology, but I experience many of the same feelings you have expressed. Gee without those glasses you may have been the next Monet.
By: Cranky on August 11, 2014
I'm wondering if tvs will be replaced by smart phones and ipads or notebooks. I sure don't need 3D for my Andy Griffith reruns..but a new pair of glasses would be nice. My eyesight has gotten awful lately.
By: Coloring Outside the Lines on August 11, 2014
As a jack of many trades (careers), one being a Network Engineer it was never ending at keeping up with trends, standards, security. In this context... YES. As for media technology, marketing of TV is misleading the masses. High resolution exists, but there are several degrees if you will of quality and delivery of the signal into the idiot box. The TV and Smart TV operate at its most basic level SPEED... the TV's ability to process and the deliver to the screen.... is a basic core element to your viewing pleasure. A SMART TV needs adequate internet speed to deliver the likes of NETFLIX etc. anyhow... I think you get the idea. I have yet to meet the salesperson who can or will explain it properly to the consumer... and this annoys me!
By: Daniel LaFrance on August 11, 2014
I remember when 45 rpm records were cool. Then LPs were cool (you didn't have to turn it over to hear ALL of 'American Pie'!). Then, cassettes-WOW! And then? 8 Tracks. Even though they had a tendency to jump all over the place so you needed to jam a matchbook in them, they were great. Compact Discs? HOLY SMOKES, THEY'RE AWESOME! Wait...iPods...? Well, uh, nuts, but still pretty cool to take thousands of songs with me to cut the grass. Still, like you, I'll never forget how great it was to get my first pair of glasses in the fifth grade. I did wear contact lenses from my twenty's until I needed to go back to wearing glasses in my 40's. That was okay, though, they were bifocals. And made everything look big. I spent a lot of time standing in front of the urinals. Which pissed people off (pun intended).
By: Al Penwasser on August 11, 2014
Eventually they'll just beam the images straight into your brain.
By: PT Dilloway on August 11, 2014
I love that I live in this era of invention. I still experience wonder when viewing my HD television. I can't wait until the slightly curved ones come down in price. Maybe I'll snatch one up.
By: Michael Offutt on August 11, 2014
Mmmm . . . I don't think modern technology has let me down. It's the way some people use it that's the problem. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on August 11, 2014
*sigh* simple life. simple joys. *sigh*
By: TexWisGirl on August 11, 2014
what I find amazing is how "google" has become a verb. The problem with technology is we are becoming more recumbent and less active....which cannot be good in the long run...unless you have a wii hooked up! Cheers and thanks Stephen for all the nice comments you leave on my blog!
By: Kathe W. on August 11, 2014
I love high def TVs but I am happy with a small screen. I feel somehow "intruded on" with such a big clear image in my home. I'll look at these wonderful TVs at other peoples' houses.
By: Jenny on August 11, 2014
I love new technology, but I hate the built-in obsolescence. Oh well. Remember how expensive color TVs were when THEY were first released?
By: Mitchell is Moving on August 11, 2014
Familiarity does tend to breed contempt (or at least indifference). And I know exactly what you mean when you describe the new world that suddenly becomes accessible when you put those new specs on!
By: Bryan Jones on August 11, 2014
Hey, I am just getting use to color TVs:)) In a way I am glad you posted this letting us know that HD effect is a fleeting thing. Now I have no problem watching the news with perfect complexioned anchors. Some things we just don't need to know. Thanks for saving me money.
By: Akansas Patti on August 11, 2014
I'm always being kind of drug, pushed, and nudged along by my son & DIL into trying new things. I don't know why I am as reluctant as I am because eventually I like them...like broadcast TV with a computer, a smart phone, and a tablet. Goodness! But I would be lost without the internet now. If you would have told me that even ten years ago I would have scoffed. Silly me. I should quite digging in my heels for every change. ;)
By: Rita McGregor on August 11, 2014
There's nothing like that first time. Well, at least, in some areas of life. I don't have a TV and abstain from watching at home- purposely, gladly. Modern technological advances have become so common-place, the wow factor seems to have disappeared.
By: Robyn Engel on August 11, 2014
Every time my computer freezes, technology lets me down, and that's daily. As for TV, we don't have one, and i hope we never do again. There are more important things to do in life.
By: mimi on August 11, 2014
When my youngest son got his first glasses at the age of ten, he gasped in awe as we drove down the highway past the old lead mine at the state historic site. "That building is made of BRICKS!" Kind of like your "blades of grass" epiphany.
By: Val on August 11, 2014
I'm usually a fan of new technology. Love the internet and all the benefits associated with it. When I first came to the U.S., a phone call to Germany cost more than $1 per minute. Now I use Skype and it's free. Once I held the Skype camera out into my living room, moving it around as far as the wire would let it go. It gave my flabbergastered mother an idea of what my living room looked like. And then she said, "I see you have a whole bunch of ironing waiting for you on that iron board in your living room." See, even she likes modern technology!
By: Pixel Peeper on August 11, 2014
Modern technology hasn't let me down but it's left me far behind. It's all about money and competition. We don't need the super dupper stuff.
By: red on August 11, 2014
It is a challenge now to watch something that is not high def or digital. Our cable carrier just deep sixed an old analog tv I had in a corner in my study Rarely watched it. Now it is impossible. Guess I'll go look for Chatterbox price on a small smart tv.
By: Tom Cochrun on August 11, 2014
One of my sons had the same situation with his vision at school, so glad teachers spot these situations. I love the tech.................
By: John on August 12, 2014
I can't help but laugh at myself when I think back to a conversation that my cousin and I had about 25 years ago. "Why in the hell would we need a computer in the house.. to keep track of recipes?" Yup, we've eaten those words many times over. I'm also very nearsighted and remember the day (at age 5) that I got my first pair of glasses. I was stunned to learn that there was actually a pattern on our living room rug. My mother cried at what I had been missing out on. I still don't see as well as most people .. even with updated prescriptions.
By: Hilary on August 12, 2014
You might have become an Impressionist painter, Stephen. But look at the rock stars who wear glasses today. Suddenly, it's cool!
By: Michael Manning on August 13, 2014
we have old tvs in our house, not even flat screens. i was stunned when i went to my dad's and saw the details you describe on his hi-def tv. the funny thing is both my parents seem more enthralled by having whatever the latest thing is. maybe i'm cheap or lacking advancement but i kind of shrug and think....whatever.
By: lime on August 13, 2014
When our old analog Samsung TV simply quit working one day, we swallowed hard and bought a 31" high-definition Emerson at Wal-Mart for around $650.00. My wife now cusses every time we see some reference to 32" smart-tvs for less than $300.00. Sigh.
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on August 14, 2014
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