I suppose this is a little rant which I just felt like airing.
I have become suddenly stunned at the amount of convenience, products and services that are afforded to us today. All this technology serves to make our lives easier and more plentiful.
But isn’t it so boring?
Take cars, for example. They all look the same.
Personally, I can barely tell the difference between a Ford Mondeo and a Mercerdes 220. I have driven both extensively, and to be honest, apart from the handling and amount of buttons (the Mecedes comes well behind in second place with handling (but comes first with amount of buttons)), they are both awful cars with too much comfort, power steering designed for children and novelty cup holders.
GPS displays, DVD players in the back seat (and the front console in Taiwan) and automatic transmission which I find incredibly dull. Where is the fun in driving these days?
What happened to cars that actually look different? Cars with character? Cars with gears, wind-up windows, little round green dashboard lights and the smell of oil? Cars which are exciting to drive where you have to actually concentrate, holding the wheel to prevent it from drifting off to one side?
Give me an MG Sprite over any modern day saloon or sports car, anyday.
Home. I bought a kettle last week. I am bored with my water heater. Having nearly boiling water on tap 24 hours a day just doesn’t cut it for me. I missed filling up the kettle, sitting down for three minutes and then going back into the kitchen to pour the BOILING water into my tea.
Simple things make all the difference.
Flying. I nipped across the water recently to do some flying. I checked out at the flying club on an old PA28. Inside was barely an analogue dial to be seen. Glass cockpit, GPS system, electronic engine displays.
What the hell is wrong with dials and guages? I want to actually fly and feel an aeroplane and enjoy it, not press a few buttons and look out of the window for an hour or two.
I want to look at maps, make mathematical calcualtions in my head calculating distances and speeds and determine bearings instead of inputting the numbers into an electronic flight computer.
Music. Apart from the annoying dull and droll variety of music available today, I find that there is something missing when downloading music from the net.
I used to love going to the shops to get a CD. Holding the cover for the first time, opening up the case to see the inlay card, the lyrics and artwork printed inside - even the smell of the inlay card.
The CD not being in stock and having to wander around to different music shops to get the one you want, and then seeing something else you like and then having that conflict over which CD you should buy, and then coming away with both.
Having something phyisically in your possession is always better than having something intangible.
And then there is music quality. I would still buy tape cassettes and records if I could. The hiss of the tape and the rewinding or fast-forwarding of it to get to the songs you like is something that is lost to time.
Photography. I mentioned in another thread how photography isn’t photography anymore. I loved shooting film, but today it is so limiting. I have to use my digital cameras more often than not.
And then taking the perfect shot is no longer an aspect of good photography - you just take what you have home with you and make it better on your PC.
I could go on and on…
So instead of looking forward to what new technologies and systems we will encounter over the next few years, I’ll be building my log cabin in the mountains.
People are making the world so boring.
A very good day to you all,