Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Invention Uses no Common Sense!

In today's world, we are seeing more and more wireless devices. What got me to thinking about this, was another ad for Amazon's Kindle E-Book reader. What an amazing device. You can charge it's internal batteries, and read from it! Am I missing something here? You buy an expensive machine to read a book?
Seems to me we have a portable reader, and in fact, we've had it for some time now. It uses no power, and can be read in any light, even sunlight. What is it?? It's called a friggin' book! Why in hell's name would an intelligent person go out and buy a device to read a book on? Worse yet, have to buy the book as well?

I know we all love high tech items, like our huge flat-screen TV's, sat-nav systems in our cars and such, but why spend money to replace the common book?
Is it just because we want to be different, or show how we're too hip to believe? Or are we, like P.T. Barnum once said, one of those suckers born every minute?

Perhaps it's just me, finally getting sensible in my waning years. I love to read, and love the feel of a book in my hands, and the thrill of turning the page to continue the story. Simple pleasures, I know, but they're mine alone.

It just seems that in our rush to make everything complicated in order to make more money, that we've forgotten the simple pleasure of curling up with a good book. No plugging-in, no downloading, and no dead batteries. What a nice, clean energy efficient concept!

I worry that the next big thing to come along will be a rechargeable child's ball to play with. and when that day comes....I quit!

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