The boy did not answer.
“Did-you-malfunction?” Bot asked.
The boy still did not answer. “I-must-help-him,” Bot said.
He took the boy home.
Bot gave him oil.
He read the boy an instruction manual.
He was bringing him a spare battery
when the Inventor walked in.
from: Boy + Bot
by Ame Dyckman
illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
Today is my blog’s anniversary. I type on a laptop and publish with a mouse-click into cyberspace. I like to write with a pencil, though.
I read books on my iPad. But I like paper pages. And I really love to go to the library. The shelves and shelves of books remind me of how many different ideas are in the world. My favorite place is among the books and magazines.
Oh, or maybe on a warm beach, on my back watching clouds puff past. Oh, or maybe in my backyard, first thing in the morning, steaming mug of coffee in hand, drunk with the scent of my lilac bush.
And what about speed? Does e-mail move at the speed of light? It seems so to me. Once you hit the “send” button, there’s no turning back. Kinda like words.
The other night I watched that movie about Steve Jobs with Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, and Seth Rogan on a DVD from the library. It seemed like Steve Jobs knew what people wanted before they could even articulate their needs. Not too many people have single-handedly changed the world like that. Johannes Gutenberg, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison come to mind. And Henry Ford. And great thinkers who changed everything: Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and the guy (or gal) who invented the wheel.
Sometimes I feel myself rebelling against the immediacy, the constant connections, the intrusive newsfeeds, the relentless demands I put onto myself. Who can really keep up with e-mail? Is 282 an unrealistic number? Even when only 19 are “unread”?
But I love the technology-way of staying connected to all of you. One click and I’m in over one hundred in-boxes! I love the technology-way of talking to my grandkids (and kids). We can actually see each other! I love having answers at my literal fingertips. I can Google everything, anytime.
Last June 9th, I promised myself I’d post something interesting every Tuesday morning. I’ve done that, at least I hope about the interesting part.
Thank you all for reading, commenting, laughing, pausing, thinking, talking, suggesting ideas, filling in blanks, encouraging me. . .
Here’s to next week, the start of a new year!