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An anecdote

This morning on the way to the bus I wanted to check something on the ‘net. I reached into my pocket at pulled out a USB Sprint Networking device for my laptop.

The device sits in the palm of my hand. It’s about 2 inches long and maybe 1/2 inch for the other two dimensions.

I pulled it out and stared at it.

I thought about the first typewriter I ever touched in my father’s office. It was one of the new electric typewriters with a metal ball that would pop up and rotate to the position that the key imprint was on.

I thought about my father’s answering machine. An industrial looking, metal box a little larger than a tivo with one of those tiny, red, press buttons on it. One of those buttons that left a divot in your finger because you had to hold it in to record a message. This was the only thing visible on the box.

Then I thought about my first computer and how I would use a 300 baud modem to call a BBS to exchange text information. The only graphics back then were ascii. For the record, Standard DSL is 1.5 Mbps, about 5 times as much data. Ethernet talks about Gigabit and 10 gigabit. which is 1000 and 10000 times as much as DSL.

I reflected for a moment on how unbelievable the technology was in the palm of my hand.

As a kid, all I really could do was talk about my favourite TV show. (At the time in the late 70’s it was an old show called “Doctor Who”). Some people would write their own fiction based on the TV Shows. (I remember beta reading some stories by a woman I used to chat with named Diane Duane)

As I talked about this nostalgic memory with shimmeringjemmy she looked at me and said, “And now you can do it all again. See how far technology has come :)”

Kind of puts it all in perspective

I’m not one to typically post about FanVids. If you have access to digital footage and a cheap editting program they are relatively easy to put together.

But like many things you discover they’re easy to learn, hard to master.

I’ve seen FanVids that are basically blasts of images to videos. Sometimes interpretive, usually just literal. I’m old enough to remember the horrible day that MTV showed every submission to the “Madonna: Make my ‘True Blue'” video contest.

However, there is a Doctor Who fan who is a highly competent video editor on YouTube. Like many people on YouTube he’s turned his postings into ‘a channel’

I’ve placed his commercial below:

Some of his other noteworthy edits:
Spin-Off: The Gallifrey Chronicles (Starring William Hartnell)
Trailer: The Time War (Starring Paul McGann, Christopher Eccelston, and Tom Baker)
Tribute to the New Series: Edited retrospective of series 1-3
Episode Summary: Classic Series
Character: The Master
Character: Doctor 10 (Like you’ve never seen him before)

Edit Saved the best for last
Trailer: The NEW Two Doctors (starring Tom Baker and David Tennant) Wow