Technology … Good?

    a.271w thinkerCan there be good in technology?

    For all my hollering & yelling, ranting & raving, and cussing like a sailor (raised to the Nth degree), even I’ll admit there are actually some things about technology (and computers) that I like. That said, this week “Me” is standing aside in the wings while “Self” waxes eloquent. (Or at least waxes.)

    a.268w keeping in touch*Cell Phones/Skype/email/texting. I was comfortable sending my daughter all over the United States and abroad from a young age because these made it easy to stay in touch. (I shudder when I think how worried my grandparents must have been all the years their daughter and granddaughter lived abroad at a time when phones were luxuries and none of us were diligent letter writers.)

    *Adobe. Okay, while I haven’t bonded with Illustrator, it turns out Photoshop, InDesign and I have a thing going. With every new nifty trick I learn about the programs, I enjoy them even more. They’ve given me the freedom to expand my doodle abilities and venture into the world of art and creation.

    True, the majority of my doodles are drawn by hand. However, once scanned into the computer the possibilities of what to do with them are seemingly endless. They can be combined with other doodles, manipulated to look different, placed on other backgrounds. Backgrounds can be of my own creation and photographs can be altered (or not). I can then take all these pieces and with the magic of technology, create things far beyond the sum of their parts!

    a.269w  t.v., long way*YouTube. Took me a while to realize I could listen to music on YouTube. I discovered TED Talks were out there as well. Eventually I realized most anything you want to learn about you can find online.

    The power of YouTube is it allows you to do so many things … and on your time. A few examples include:

    ~Can’t sleep? Listen to a guided meditation.

    ~Can’t remember the correct order for placing jumper cables to recharge a car battery? Watch a tutorial.

    ~Want to have a yoga practice and are short on time, funds or both? There are hundreds, if not thousands of videos to choose from. (As I am so happy to have recently discovered.)

    *Social Media. You can choose from the silly to the sublime, from the professional to the artistic to the humorous. Whatever your interest, of the 6+ billion other souls presently inhabiting the earth, there have to be others who share that interest. You’re no longer limited by geography.

    a.270w picture in mind

    A kindergarten teacher held up a white piece of paper, in the middle of which was a small black dot. When asked what they saw, all but one child said they saw a black dot. The lone dissenter said she saw a lots and lots of white and wanted to take her crayons to color it beautiful. Rather than focus on the one small insignificant dot, the young girl (obviously an old soul) focused on the wonderful things she could create.

    With that story in mind, this week I’m choosing to focus what can be created. Care to join me?

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    Tammy - October 1, 2014 - 10:34 am

    Tana, I have always had a love/hate relationship with technology. YES, if offers me many benefits as a business owner and allows me to keep up with friends and family alike. BUT, it has also proven to be a huge time suck and sometimes difficult to keep up with all the implemented changes. As we have been shown via ISIS videos, technology is not just used for good. These days I’m ALL about Unplugging at least 2 days a week. Because the good old days are still very good!

    Tana Bevan - October 1, 2014 - 3:17 pm

    Tammy~That you unplug two days a week is impressive. Good for you. I know Jews who observe the Sabbath (and various holidays) unplug for 25 hour periods at a time. (The extra hour has something to do with three stars appearing. Not quite clear on that.) It’s a nice way of switching gears, allowing yourself to recharge (pun intended.) Haven’t managed that myself. Much of my time is spend doing for someone else, so when I have the time and opportunity to do for myself, I do. Still, it is a worthy goal you have my friend and I’m definitely clapping & cheering for you.

    Shelley Sackier - October 4, 2014 - 10:43 am

    I think it’s lovely that you’ve found a way to balance and benefit from the world of technology, Tana. I agree, it can be hugely overwhelming, but it’s pretty clear you’re discovering ways to implement it so that it’s a boon to your life and not in control.
    Yes, if there are ways to boost creativity and enhance a creative experience, I’m pretty much thumbs up.

    Sheila Bergquist - October 7, 2014 - 11:17 pm

    Yes, the love/hate relationship we have with technology is ongoing for most of us, I think. The one thing about it that I find the most troubling is the lack of face to face time we have with people now. People connect all day long but it’s not in person, which is causing a sort of loneliness these days. I can see how it would be a huge benefit for your doodling, however and that’s good use of it.

    Tana Bevan - October 13, 2014 - 9:40 am

    Sheila~As with most things, there is an upside and down. Technology is no different. While I rant and rave about it (regularly *sigh*), the fact is, it is both here to stay and in many ways has made many things easier. Usually when something new is introduced into the mix, it becomes the “in” thing and everyone rushes to it. Eventually things settle down and more moderation is practiced. At least that’s an optimistic, hopeful point of view. At a rambler and chit-chatterer, it be very sad if that were to fall by the wayside.

    Tana Bevan - October 13, 2014 - 9:43 am

    Shelley~It took a lot of hollering, yelling, and cussing before I stopped to ask myself if there was any redeeming quality to technology, computers in particular. For me there is. So while I didn’t miss the computer at all during my break, my intent now that I’m back “online” is to focus on (and remember) the good I derive from it. That, at least, is the goal. Whether I succeed, well time will tell. *smiles*