Is a gadget thread the new helmet thread?
First, let me just say that this topic has no geographic boundaries. How about Italians riding motorini, scooters, while hand holding a cell phone!
Frankly, my current way to solve all these problems is with my new, soon to be copyrighted invention, the Padded Hat. It will offer more protection than a hat and not be a helmet. Plus, it qualifies as a gadget yet is unobtrusive (usually) to those around you. Now, no more arguing over these silly things.
I see we got some smoking comments in here too! Nice. One of the pleasures of smoking was smoking on the chairlift. Nothing like it. The view, the cold fresh air! Awesome. As long as it wasn't too windy. Smoking in the wind is not pleasurable. It's like having a conversation in the wind - not satisfying because you can't hear easily. Big Sky had a great beginner lift that I could have two clove cigarettes on, it was that slow. It was warm, it was fun. Ahhh, good times.
Now I'm not smoking. The advantage is I don't get those little burn holes in the fancy high tech fabrics. See, cotton doesn't burn like that. Welders don't use goretex and all that crap. Leather and cotton for them. We've gotten soft. Then we compensate with gadgets. (Yes, even my Padded Hat)
Maybe there's an iphone app that imitates smoking. That would be something. Probably windproof too. No butts to throw out. See, technology really does make our lives better. Would that be a problem though if I whipped out the iphone and said "Mind if I imitate smoking? I'm trying to quit."
Originally Posted by segbrown
Originally Posted by comprex
Originally Posted by segbrown
I love the amount of projection in these threads. All I can say is it takes a lot to distract me to the point of annoyance (I guess I'm IN THE MOMENT) -- and then I'm not even really annoyed, just bemused. Lighten up Francis! Now I'm going to go skiing, and ignore anyone waving a phone around. (Probably too cold for that today)
You're not doing the Grumpy Old Men and Crotchetty Old Women thread right.
You know what's funny ... as soon as I posted this, I embarked on the most ANNOYING 2 hr of my recent life (one of those stories where you JUST CAN'T FLIPPING GET ON THE HILL because you have to move your heelpiece, which is fine, then you take the screwdriver back inside up two stories and your dog is barking and won't stop, so you clean out the living room of things he can chew, and take him down two stories and out to pee and back up again but not into the crate, then you walk up a 100-yd hill and you thought it was supposed to be really cold but it's not so you're sweating, and then you realize you don't have your pass, so you take off your coat and leave it with skis, walk back down to get your pass, your dog is still barking like crazy, so you try to distract him with a treat and when you open the oven to get out the bacon you burned for breakfast, the oven door handle and front panel rip completely off, and when you leave your dog inside and wait at the stairs for 15 min, he still keeps barking, so you have to figure skiing just isn't going to happen, then you realize you can just put him in the car in the garage and who cares if he barks down there, and you walk back up the hill to get your gear, then over another 200 yd to click into your bindings and they don't fit?? -- I swear I checked them when I moved the heel earlier -- but you need a tool bench, so still sweating you shoulder your skis again and walk down another 75 yards to find a toolbench, but the closest is a little shop where they want to charge you (sign says "go outside building another 100yd to find toolbench") and by then there's no way in hell you are going anywhere else so you grab a flathead screwdriver that they left on the counter and if anyone tries to stop you it's fairly obvious you will bludgeon them immediately. Fix binding. Go skiing. Yeah, I would have preferred to listen to anyone on their iPhone for a 7-min lift ride. Crotchety NOW??)
See, you really should have just employed a gadget! Well, maybe not a gadget but a computer. (When does a thing become a gadget? If I write from a laptop on a chairlift is that any better?) Then you wouldn't have had all that real world hassle. You could've been skiing on wii or some such thing, or just talking about it. Barking dog? Easy to turn off with one click. This living thing's really got me down now. Kind of like the Bonnie Raitt song:
"Just give me one thing
that I can hold on to
to believe in this livin'
is just a hard way to go"
I was going to post this photo before I read that to presence a certain way of mind. Sort of mellow things out. I'll do it anyway:
segbrown's profile photo:
Aren't things better now?
Originally Posted by jph3
Originally Posted by at_nyc
I can do math in my head, sometimes faster than what people can do with calculator. But I can't do a 4 digit to the power of 4 in my head.
Actually, I can
1000 ^ 4 = 1E12 (very simple : (1E3) ^ 4 = 1E12) just multiply exponents hahaha........
but I agree with your post. There has always been a nostalgia with the simple/idyllic life.
Apparently, living in caves is attractive. [typo fixed, bold added"]
**just a few cents from lowly engineer / Techno american**
No, that was yesterday. The caves really aren't that attractive anymore because cell phone reception in there is very bad. Particularly those nice deep ones where the temps are more stable. Gps is useless in there too. How will you then find your way out? Then there's the problem with the smoke from the fire...Sheesh, a van down by the river sounds pretty good now! At least the Gps works there and you know where you're not.
This pretty much sums up what some people are talking about:
Someone wrote into the magazine to point out that there are problems with the cartoon. The Yankees do not allow beards, and the uniform is wrong. Perhaps if they'd used a better gadget for research it would be more accurate.
Well, I should probably get off this not quite a gadget thing using what apparently is ok, like cotton and the caves, the internet.
I still think this livin' is a hard thing to do...
but there's always cartoons.