The Internet is Dead! Long Live the Internet!
This is my first post here, so, hello. How do you do. Okay, back to my post.
Spent last week in Waikiki. Noticed amid the maddening crowds, groups of children between the ages of 8 and oh, say 13, walking around with gameboys and such glued to their field of view. The tourist and local kids alike all seem to share this condition. What happened to dodge ball?
After a week away I check my 3 email accounts and receive hundreds of email. Almost entirely spam. "Increase your penis length by 25%!" "Watch Anna get stretched wide!" and so on.... I recently added an HTML stripper to my email app (Outlook), and to test it, I clicked on one email. Sure enough, it was entirely blank. Clicked on another just to make sure. Well, this one was chock-full of HTML, with all sorts of images and links and such. It also loaded a trojan horse virus that tried to take over my computer. I promptly killed the virus and the remaining spam emails.
I then go to catch up on some news and it seems like all the major news sites have added multiple pop-ups/pop-unders - all hawking crap I sure don't need. Closing one pop-up only spawns 2 more. I eventually have to ctrl+alt+delete and kill my browser altogether. CNN.com will never see my IP again.
Today I decide to catch up with some of my favorite blogs (including this one). Sadly, participation seems to have dropped off dramatically at all that I visit.
I've been involved in web development for more than a decade. The most recent potential clients I've been courting have decided not to use my services and instead use the (much cheaper) services of kids with nose rings, crappy Flash ideas, and no clue what the acronym 'HTML' means. They're producing annoying-and-entirely-non-intuitive web sites. Their clients couldn't be happier.
I'm beginning to wonder when I'll come to my senses and throw my computer off a high cliff and get on with real life. Imagine, putting pen to paper, feeling the slight tug as the ink rolls from the ballpoint. Imagine sitting in cafe, having lunch with a friend, seeing their smile and smelling their cologne/perfume, giving them a hug until the next meeting. Imagine watching trees blowing in the breeze - you think 16:9 widescreen format looks great? Try the real thing. You'll be amazed at the resolution.
In spite of the tone of my ramblings here, I'm rather upbeat. I'm realizing that the textures and flavors of the 2-dimension world are simply hollow. I doubt I'll give my computers away, but I'm sensing change upon the ether - how bad can organic dirt farming be!
All the best.
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