This was written on October 18, 2013 for a GIS 321 New Media class assignment. Soon to be seen on http://www.selkirkgis.com.
Blog? I don’t blog. I don’t have time for blogs. I don’t read blogs. And I most certainly don’t write blogs! Well that was me until I was required (class assignment) to take up an interest in the world of blogging. It wasn’t until I started to do some research, that I actually found some funny ones that, dare I say it… that I enjoyed reading! So much so, that I have actually bookmarked a few. Whew! I think I have just taken that last preverbal step/leap into the future. No scratch that. Into present times. Duh, duh, duhhhh!
That is not the only “step” I have taken this week. My 14 year-old daughter, nay Princess, nay volleyball/basketball-Goddess, nay Keeper of the Basement, (all three names suit her very well, in addition to the few that I am only allowed to say quietly in my head when I get mad, because apparently there’s a rule against saying certain things out loud) helped me out tons when it came to “keeping with the times”. Just recently I signed up for a Tumblr account. Wow! I was so proud of myself. No really I was! I think I have almost “all” of the important accounts now.
This coming from a person who grew up in the Slocan Valley and that didn’t have cable or high-speed Internet until I moved to Kamloops when I was 24! Who didn’t have a cell phone until 22, first smart phone when I was 30 and first Twitter, Tumbler, Vine and Instagram accounts all when I’m 33! (I did get Facebook in 2006 before it became cool! Do the math, I’m tired) Holy smokes I’m on a roll here! At this rate I’ll be what, 54, when I finally get a 3D TV! By that time, the prices will probably be in half! Nah, hopefully Santa will bring me one next year if I’m really, really good! 😉
I’ve actually kept in-sync (no, not the 90’s boy band) with the technology movement so far and it’s kept me interested and when something captures my interest, I’m like a fat boy on a popsicle on a hot summer day, I’m all over that thing! My love for Apple products especially, is very evident in our household with all of our devices and gadgets. And I’m not afraid to say it, “Once you go Mac, you never go back!” Usually. Well, except for those few individuals that I have had the pleasure of recently meeting, that shall remain unnamed. They went back. Traders.
For good or bad, love for technology has been engrained in my children, and it is very evident with my daughter, with my seven-year-old son riding in close second. At 13 she had high-speed Internet, a cellphone (iPhone 4) and a MacBook. The cell phone that I rationalized to myself that she needed for sports, to keep in contact with me. Sure. Sure she does. Now the damn thing never leaves her hands. I’m sure she even sleeps with it. Actually I’ve seen her, she really has. Just fallen asleep holding it. Cuddled up with it like a Teddy Bear. She would probably shower with it if she could, like most teenagers. On the flip side, with her obsessiveness with technology (like mother, like daughter), she has stumbled across a lot of interesting things that she then shared with me and I pass along to others, and the cycle continues on and on. We have had a lot of apps long before they became popular and the “next best thing.” My love for constant inquiring has rubbed off on her and she has grown up with a tenacious need for new information.
Without a blink of the eye when I mentioned something to her “What is a blog?” she asked me, “For what? GIS?” She picked up her phone and not even thirty seconds later, “See Mum. This is Tumblr and all this is GIS stuff you can find on here. You can find anything. Python. GIS. Anything. Whatever you want!” She then picked up and handed me my phone, “OMG Mum! You’re so old! Just get Tumblr” turned and flipped her long beautiful hair and walked away before I could respond. And within another thirty seconds, I had the app on my phone, browsing through the endless #GIS blogs. To which I proceeded to browse through and “tweet” a couple really cool concepts. Who knew that Google partnered up with NASA and D-Wave Two to create a super computer capable of quantum computing!? WHOW! Just blew a couple of brain cells right there!
So between Tumblr, (which I think I’ll really enjoy using), Twitter, (which I already know I love using, up-to-date information, if you follow the right people and companies and you can know more than you’d ever imagine and then some) and then of course, plain old Google, there’s a few other websites that I frequent frequently for my tech updates. A few of my “popular” websites are: Apple Insider (http://www.appleinsider.com), Boy Genius Report (http://www.bgr.com), All Things Digital (http://www.Allthingsd.com), Mashable (http://www.mashable.com), Tech Crunch (http://www.techcrunch.com), Engadget (http://www.endadget.com), Tech Dirt (http://www.techdirt.com). Should these not suffice at putting your tech-hunger at bay, please find me and I can give you some more tasty websites to visit.
So I leave you with two things: a tip and a quote. My tip is to always click on links. You know the links that are in a link, with in a link? Those pages are the most interesting websites to come across. And that’s how I “stumble” across some new things. And a quote, that I came across on Twitter a couple weeks ago, which applies really to anything in life, not just GIS. “The application of GIS is limited only by the imagination of those who use it” by Jack Dangermond, Esri. Moral of the story, don’t limit yourself.
So, put down that pen and paper and pick up a cup of coffee and sit down at your computer, (I’ll forgive you if it’s a PC, just this once) and go search your heart out for some new technology. You’ll be surprised what you can find. Hint: Google LeapMotion. It’s my new toy. (Once it arrives in the mail!) Enjoy! 🙂