A MIND FOREVER VOYAGING THROUGH STRANGE SEAS OF THOUGHT, ALONE


This is my second blog.

My first blog chronicled my experiences over three years caring for my dad as he lived through and finally died from Alzheimer's. That is the book that is for sale.

This second blog kind of chronicles of life, what it is like to start your life over in your late 50's. After caretaking, you are damaged, file bankruptcy, and the world doesn't care what you did. After 8 months of unemployment, you wake each day knowing the world doesn't want you. Finally you do find a job, 5 weeks before homelessness, but doing what you did 30 years ago and getting paid what you did 30 years ago. So this is starting over.



The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Friday, August 1, 2014

GOOD MORNING DAVE

I remember taking my nephew, can't remember which one, to see Independence Day at the theatre and there is a scene where the two protagonists are on the alien spaceship, getting ready for take off, and one character opens up the laptop and on the screen and in voice it says, "Good Morning Dave".

I burst out laughing and so did two other people in the packed theatre.  So few got the joke.

That was a line from 2001 Space Odyssey where, when Dave is headed towards the brains of the computer system to shut down HAL, it announces it knows what Dave is up to by saying Good Morning Dave.  If you have never seen the movie, it's a great movie.  What is really cool is how it shows a future where humans are now nothing but slaves to the technology, the people on the spaceship are there to serve HAL and eventually HAL realizes that some of the people on the spaceship are redundant, unnecessary, and slowly eliminates them from the ship.

That movie was based on a book and did they see the future or what?  Think of all the technology we have today and ask yourself, do computers help us do our job better or our the jobs today serving the technology?

So much of our life is wrapped up in this technology, we have become slaves to our cell phones, our pads, laptops, and computers.  It has our music and movies; our contacts - think about it, how many phone numbers did you have memorized 30 years ago and how many today?  Our calendars, the pictures of our lives, all our data - we pay our bills, communicate.  It controls our lives.

And when it doesn't work, our lives come to a stop.  Remember once upon a time when our car not working was the biggest headache in our lives?  Now, given a choice between a car or a smart phone, most people would rather their car breakdown.

Which brings me to another topic.  Security.  Took a call tonite for the company I will not mention of a person who broke up with another person and other person, the ex, had all the ID's, email addresses and passwords of the other and was making the person's life hell.  And when trying to clean it up with new ID's said person needed to know the passwords and didn't and wasn't happy having to wait a time period to get a reset that would be sent to the original address as well as the new one and person blew up because ex had access to all of that and person ranted and cussed and all sorts of stuff and the whole time I am thinking "dude, it's your fault for sharing all that info".  But I didn't say it.

I hear these calls all the time, ex's reading the messages, emails, etc and making a person's life hell; not to mention the pictures that people allow others to take and the moment of breakup those pictures are flying across the internet at the speed of porn.

Sometimes I think there should be intelligence exams before people can buy high tech stuff, but then sales would collapse.

The point is, people don't take this stuff seriously and when stuff goes wrong, it completely turns your life upside down and inside out because we have become slaves to the technology.  Which is why business and government control so much of our lives, our drivers licenses are chipped, our passport is chipped, our credit cards are chipped, our store cards are chipped, and every where you go the stores read those RFID chips in our wallets and clothing and know who you are, what stores you are in, what aisles you walk down, where you drive, what you watch on TV, where you surf.

Day after day we see articles talking about computer companies 'spying' on customers and what an outrage it is, then when people forget their password people are upset same companies can't tell them what their password is.  The mind reels.

Can you go a day without a cell phone, no messages, no email?  Can you go a weekend with no TV?  No internet?  Can you leave home with just your keys?  If you can't, what is the difference between that and not being able to smoke, get stoned, have a drink, etc?

Slaves to the technology.  Good morning Dave.

"Here am I floating round my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do."