Thanks for popping in. Had a good day so far? I spent the morning putting the finishing touches to the TV prep, in readiness for Sunday, then turned my attention to other things…
Have decided to make a few adjustments to the way I do things. For example, doing a little light exercise. So I downloaded an app, to give me some structure.
Then the diet. Have decided to take a closer look at what I eat, and when I eat it. So I downloaded an app to help me look things up easily. Not that I’m going to start counting calories obsessively – but a little more awareness can only be good.
Apps are certainly taking over! There’s an app for most things now. When I look the number of apps I use and/or subscribe to, it’s interesting to note how they crept up on me. Do I have a favourite? I have 3 main ones: Audible, Spotify and Solitaire. Listening to music, reading books and playing cards. Sounds about right! Most obscure app? I’ve got a spirit level app, which is brilliant for pottery! Hands up who has some weird apps…
But surely, Barbara, surely you know how to do a little keep fit exercise, and what’s fattening and what’s not! Yes, of course. But apps are quite fun, and they keep you on track, that’s what I find. A bit of support and discipline?
You have to be careful about some repeat monthly subscriptions though. They suck you in with a special discounted introductory price, but then, unless you cancel by a certain day, the price doubles and is taken out of your account automatically every month thereafter. Naughty naughty.
It’s fascinating to see how we’ve evolved, isn’t it? When I was at university, our language laboratories were considered ground-breaking! They involved sitting in a cubicle with headphones on, and repeating what you heard into a microphone! This was recorded on a cassette, so that you could listen to yourself, and compare how accurate your Spanish accent was!! Fantastico !! And then the teacher would bark a correction at you from the front if you were way off beam. Vorsprung durch Technik, eh?!?
Nowadays, we each carry the entire knowledge of the civilised world in our tiny phones. Got a question? Google it! Want to know what Double-glazing is in French? Google it. And in the same moment Google will tell you what double-glazing is in every language, from Afrikaans to Samoan. So I can rest easy in the knowledge that, should I ever be in Samoa, and should I ever require double-glazing whilst there, I will know to ask for fa’aitala fa’alua. Want to know how to pronounce it? Ask Google.
I can only speak for myself. Maybe it’s my age, or maybe because I wasn’t born into this crazy computer age, so that it doesn’t come naturally, sometimes it can feel a little intimidating, all this App and online stuff. But in the bigger picture, I think our generation has adapted remarkably well – some of us with a lot of help from younger people! I guess the trick is to not be frightened of the worldwideweb, or be very frightened! Maybe tackle it with caution, decide which bits you like, which bits might serve you well, and which you don’t want in your life.
Quote for today:
Barb x x x