I've filled my quota for the week.
okay, OWS does come up at a certain point in this post. And, what the
heck, I'll put up photos from last night's shutdown of the Port of
Oakland, which was a rousing success, included about a zillion people
out to participate in the blockade, and turned out to be a great way to
run into old friends.
Now. About too much technology....
First, I found myself using Google's search engine to find out how to spell a word.
Not because I don't have a dictionary. Heck I have multiple dictionaries, I'm a reference-book fetishist. And I've got Merriam-Webster on my desktop computer. And I've got Merriam-Webster's free and fabulous app on my iPod Touch.
desktop dictionary came free with the purchase of the Collegiate
Dictionary, 11th edition. That was quite a few years back. The software
came on a CD -- an ancient, donut shaped digital medium once used to
transmit information. Do people even have desktop computers any more?
The iPod app is downloaded ethermedia, thank you very much.)
But back to dictionaries vs. Google. If Google does everything, why not use it? Am I right?
What led me to the search box was a flailing effort to spell a word correctly (I'll not say which word, to paraphrase Woody Guthrie). Point is, I was far enough off that my desktop app wasn't helping. It isn't good at inferring what I meant to spell, whereas Google does this trick pretty nicely.
Those who follow agent blogs might have seen John Rudolph of Dystel and Goderich, on Googling vs. looking things up in reference manuals
just a couple of days ago. So I'm not the only person noticing The
Change. Is something in the jet stream turning us all into Google
(Go on, click the link a couple paragraphs back, to the
Woody Guthrie song. It's Billy Bragg & Wilco performing "Walt
Whitman's Niece" from Mermaid Avenue, the most perfectly brilliant album you've probably never heard of.)
Second, I got a robocall the other night.
identified herself as a caller from Justice for All, which is either an
organization that tries to undermine women's reproductive rights (sorry,
not linking to them); or a "Criminal Justice Reform Organization" that
thinks the U.S. government's efforts are "inadequate in protecting the
lives and property of law-abiding citizens" (not linking to them either;
and, by the way, they explicitly deny sponsoring these calls); or ...
I hung up and ... um ... Googled for robocalls
about Occupy Wall Street -- and was directed by the friendly server
farms at the world's favorite search engine to a fellow on Posterous who
posted an audio file of the exact same call that I got.
Check it out on Shaun's posterus.
Does it ever seem to you that Being Connected is just too much?
Thanks to me for snaps of Occupy Oakland's shutdown of the port yesterday evening, and especially the one of the fellow who turned out to be a friend of a friend and was carrying the best sign of the evening, a takedown of the extremists at the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas.