“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

The early morning was cool. Gracie wanted out before six so out we went. It was quiet. My newspapers hadn’t yet been delivered. Gracie finished her business, and when we came back inside, both of us fell back to sleep.

The sky is gray for a while then the sun breaks though for a short time, but the grey clouds never quite disappear. The sun does. The humidity is returning today.

Next door is still noisy but not as much as yesterday. The digging has stopped. The rest of the neighborhood is quiet. Even the birds aren’t singing. I figure they feel as oppressed by the clouds as I do. It seems to be getting darker though rain is not in the forecast.

I haven’t anything to do today. My house is clean, the laundry isn’t worth washing, too few clothes, and I don’t need any groceries. I suppose I could clean things like the bookcases filled with stuff, but I figure that’s over the top and good for a winter’s day. The downstairs plants do need watering so I guess I’ve found something to do. Hurrah!

I’m seeing commercials for survival food good for 25 years. I’m going to pass.

Many of the commercials are aimed at my generation because we, the baby boomers, are a bulge on the population chart and are so much older now. Today I watched one for the stair climber. Reverse mortgage is Tom Selleck’s ad. Another one is for insurance to pay off all the bills left when you die. Local Cape ads tout retirement communities with all the amenities including a doctor on call. AARP is all over the dial, okay not the dial but the remote though it doesn’t matter, you get the idea. I chuckle at the commercials for Consumer Cellular. Every actor is older, my age older, as in the older woman who reminds us we had to go to the library to look up stuff. She uses her cell phone for a walk in a field with her friends, a GPS app I figure, and says we can learn new technology. I’m so glad to hear that!

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19 Comments on ““Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    I was generally complaining, to anyone who would listen, that the mornings are getting dark and with a chill. Summer is slipping away but that means only one thing……FOOTBALL !!!

    Yes, the English Premier League begins again this afternoon and KTCC’s favorite team travels to Newcastle on Sunday morning (8.30 am on NBC Sports, 206 on your Comcast) to take on the Toon at St James Park. Having settled down from a morning with Tottenham Hotspur football club, my attention will turn to THE Detroit Lions who have their first pre season game on Sunday afternoon against the Dolts.

    Music releases seem to be coming thick and fast with box sets announced from The Who, The Jam, The Verve, The Smiths and maybe Roxy Music. September will bring the announcement of the next Bob bootleg series – will it be the Born Again Years or Blood on the Tracks ? Either would be way cool.
    New music is coming from Steven Wilson, Iron and Wine, Beck, LCD Soundsystem and The Waterboys.

    Why am I complaining about the shorter days ? All is good.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I am still involved in baseball. My Sox play the Yankees tonight. Each of then has had turns nipping at each other’s backside for first and second. The Sox are in first now.

      The Pats played a game last night, but the team wasn’t all names I knew. TB12 didn’t play, at least when I watched.

      I doubt I’ll be thinking of TV at 8:30. I’ll have to remember to turn in when I wake up.

      It is austerity time for my pocketbook. I have to start working on Christmas. Early you think?No really as Colorado gets sent at the start of December, ands there are many to find gifts for, and a new one this year. I do want to get back to Ghana in 2021, 50 years since I left, but my coffer is empty. Saving time.

      The fall is my favorite time of the year here on the cape.

  2. Bob Says:

    The cooler mornings here mean I can drive to work with my AC off and the moon roof open. When the morning low temperatures are below 80 degrees. It’s already 99 degrees at three o’clock.

    We, the baby boomers created the economic boom of the post war years, then the greed of the 1980s, which was portrayed so well by Michael Douglas in the film Wall Street, and now we have taken our consumer fetish into our golden years. I see the same commercials that portray us as technologically bumbling, or fearful of leaving our children with the financial burden of disposing of our remains, or the fear of us not being able to age in place. Madison Avenue knows where the money lies and it’s not with the milinials.

    I took a vacation day to do nothing and I spent the morning walking around Walmart and Kroger’s with my wife. It’s her Friday morning exercise routine because it’s too hot outside. As I was walking I realized why I have to keep working until the very end.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I get to turn off my AC periodically during the day and lately at night as it has been down in the 60’s.

      I figure none of us feel old though we are by definition. I take a few pills a day, necessary ones like thyroid pills. They prolong my life, and I have no complaints. I don’t want to leave my sisters with my debts. That’s not fair, especially to one sister who has little money. She just can afford her life without adding parts of mine.

      We don’t have a Walmart close. I haven’t ever been in one, and I don’t feel maligned.

      • Bob Says:

        There’s one great thing about Walmarts. They are huge and walking the store is a great way to exercise and stay cool. I like walking Costco better because they have free samples in the grocery section to help keep you going with a nice snack.

        The retail business was radically changed by big box discount stores such as Walmart, Sam’s and Costco. Now Amazon is kicking butt with on line shopping. I don’t know if Sears, Macy’s, Kohl’s and others will survive. Amazon wants to deliver goods to your doorstep with drones and they just bought Whole Foods. Will Amazon deliver your groceries via drone?

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    For my birthday in October, I’m considering biting the technology bullet and getting a new phone with a data plan. This will take my cell phone bill from about 50 bucks a year to 40 to 60 bucks a month. My current phone is a smart phone but I don’t have a data plan for it so it remains stupid. Most of its memory is used up and I have scourged its files and used a file cleaning app to eliminate as much as possible but it’s a losing battle. Since I have to get a new phone anyway, may as well go all the way. It’s becoming apparent to me that a smart phone will be a necessity pretty soon.

    It was sunny and breezy all day up here but the humidity is increasing. It was really comfortable sitting under the little black walnut tree in the side yard. The breeze was cool and the shade more than adequate. The dogs were lounging in their accustomed patches of grass. Rocky’s is in the hot sun. Piki Dog’s is wherever I am. We stayed out there for a long time watching the neighborhood do nothing. Then I got sore from sitting on the grass so everyone had to come inside. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I too need a new phone, but I am waiting for the new iPhone to come out in the late fall. I already pay $50 a month for my current phone which has bluetooth, but it is really old and can’t be upgraded any more. When I see all the coupons and such you upload on your phone, I went to be able to do that.

      We never saw the sun except for a few minutes this morning. When I look out the window, I see there is a breeze, but when I go outside, I feel how hot it really is. It doesn’t take long if I turn off the AC for the house to get hot. We too are starting to feel the humidity.

      With all the noise from next door, I stayed off the deck today.

      Have a great evening!

    • Bob Says:

      We upgraded our dumb phones with iPhones last month and we love them. Today we were in Walmart and there were to products of the same brand except one was $20 cheaper. I asked Siri what the difference was and a web page popped up comparing the two items. The cheaper one was just the previous model with essentially the same features. Everyday at work I pay for my lunch using Apple pay which eliminates the need to give the cashier the credit card and have the chip read. It speeds up the process securely. Welcome to the 21st century.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I am looking forward to getting my new phone. I love Siri who is on my MacBook and ask her all sorts of questions. She hasn’t let me down.

        I seldom carry cash so Apple Pay is a wonderful way to pay. Now I use my debit more than my credit card.

        I’m hoping to finagle a new phone somehow from my carrier or a new one.

      • Bob Says:

        I’m frugal so my wife and kids got the iPhone SE and I got the 6s. I wanted the larger screen. I will probably need to upgrade my iPad one of these days but i’m just cheap.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I’d like a large screen as well.

        I upgraded my iPad once, but I don’t think I need to keep upgrading.

    • olof1 Says:

      I pay around 35$ every month for my phone and I do need a new one now since I accidentally closed the car door on the one I have now 🙂 I hate changing phones so I hope that it isn’t too much change if I buy the same brand as I have now, Sony. I know that’s a stupid thought but I hold on to it 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Christer,
        I think I am the only one in my family who has such an old phone and who doesn’t text. I think it was because I am usually home and figure my land line is good enough.

  4. William Sandford Says:

    We’re your friends but we’re not old (yet)!

  5. olof1 Says:

    Albin wanted to go outside at 4:23 this morning but none of us went back to sleep after they came in again. He then loudly started to demand food instead. He’s somewhere in the garden right now and I have the kitchen door open but it does feel a bit chilly and I can feel autumn in the air.

    Commercials here are mostly towards gambling addicts. They can show commercials for up to seven gambling sites at every commercial break, it’s quite nasty and personally I think it shouldn’t be allowed!
    They also show lots of commercials for tooth past and washing powders, very few about mobile phones though. Yesterday I only saw two different ones.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Albin is quite pushy. He wants out then needs to be fed. I know about pushy animals. I have two off them.

      They show casinos here too but not many commercials. Usually it is for one called Foxwoods. My mother used to go a couple of times a year to play the slots. There was a bus from the elderly housing in town where my mother’s friend lived.

      Lots of mobile phone commercials here too. What I hate is late at night they tend to repeat the same commercials over and over.

      Have a great day.


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