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post #16 of 199
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I have mixed feelings on this as a Engineer. On one hand I am really passionate about creating technology but at the same time I don't really like using most of it. For example I don't own a cell phone, I think classrooms should only have chalk and chalkboard, and calculators really rot our mind.

On the other hand I love the fact that my car thinks two steps ahead of me to ensure that even if I do something stupid I will walk away with all my limbs.

It's a love-hate relationship at the end of the day I suppose. I love creating and playing with it but I just don't know if it makes peoples lives better... I know I am happiest in very low-tech environments.



post #17 of 199
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I have mixed feelings on this as a Engineer. On one hand I am really passionate about creating technology but at the same time I don't really like using most of it. For example I don't own a cell phone, I think classrooms should only have chalk and chalkboard, and calculators really rot our mind.

As far as chalk and chalkboards I definately find the white board an improvement on this as I hate chalk dust, I also enjoy powerpoint a great deal for presentations, much cleaner and efficient then the old overhead projectors we use to have to use.

Computers have pretty much revolutionized the ability of people do to literature reviews for research and streamlined the ability to publish papers.

However that being said, I absolutely hate reading articles or books online, I'd much rather be reading a paper copy of anything that is of considerable length.
post #18 of 199
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Cavemen?
One of my dreams has always been to open a factory manufacturing impossibly high-quality and idiosyncratic items and then become bankrupt all the while eschewing the press and cultivating a presence of mystique.
post #19 of 199
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"Cool" will always be what was high-quality in the past or what is impossibly high tech now.

There's no middle-ground.
post #20 of 199
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One of my dreams has always been to open a factory manufacturing impossibly high-quality and idiosyncratic items and then become bankrupt all the while eschewing the press and cultivating a presence of mystique.

Perhaps you could manufacture the product a friend of mine and I dreamt up back in high school -- the precision tetrahedron. The concept was to make the most perfectly engineered tetrahedron in existence, which would be offered in various high-purity precious materials such as gold and platinum. A special xenon-filled chamber for display would be offered as an option.
post #21 of 199
I know this guy who collects turntables. His main source is Goodwill. He probably has about 1,000 of them, and tens of thousands of vinyl records. His wish is to get someone to sit down for three minutes to listen to one of his records.
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I know this guy who collects turntables. His main source is Goodwill. He probably has about 1,000 of them, and tens of thousands of vinyl records. His wish is to get someone to sit down for three minutes to listen to one of his records.

He should branch out into 8-tracks. Imagine the possibilities!
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However that being said, I absolutely hate reading articles or books online, I'd much rather be reading a paper copy of anything that is of considerable length.


There is actually a difference (mentally) between reading online and reading an actual book. Reading a book triggers certain parts of the brain (imagination / visualization?) which is not activated when reading from a computer screen.
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There is actually a difference (mentally) between reading online and reading an actual book. Reading a book triggers certain parts of the brain (imagination / visualization?) which is not activated when reading from a computer screen.

That would be incredibly weird if true. Why should it matter whether you read from a book or from a screen?
post #25 of 199
I, for one, would not mind living circa 1969.
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I, for one, would not mind living circa 1969.

I don't think they were as tolerant of men wearing pink glasses and plaid shoes back then.
post #27 of 199
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There is actually a difference (mentally) between reading online and reading an actual book. Reading a book triggers certain parts of the brain (imagination / visualization?) which is not activated when reading from a computer screen.

I could sorta believe that. I've read bits of fiction online and I just don't feel immersed in the same way I do when I'm curled-up on the couch or in bed reading an actual book.
post #28 of 199
I wasn't aware that LK had a sense of humor.

Technology Climax, in term of what tickles his fancy?
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If anyone has ever wondered if your thoughts were completely idiotic...they may now rest assured that they are.

Quoted for truth. LK, have you gone mental, um, more so than usual?

Jon.
post #30 of 199
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I don't use a desktop; I use a controversial Apple Powerbook.

I'm sure medical technology has exceeded what was existent in 1969, but still I wouldn't mind living circa 1969.

Which brings his point home; and by home I don't mean to the front door, I mean he is inside the bathroom taking a shit, reading the Sunday Times.

Jon.
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