Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The whole world is wireless

During the off-season, a vendor at Yankee Stadium works the comedy clubs in neighboring states. Steve Lazarus is serious about his stadium shtick. Here’s a sample: “Our oldest vendor is 83 and he got suspended. He tested positive for Maalox.” ... Peanuts! Popcorn! Cold beer!

Do you do Xocai? Me neither. Pronounced show-SIGH, it is to chocolate what floor polish is to Amway. Devotees take Tupperware to a new level. Ladies who live in NY penthouses peddle the stuff. Probiotic. Low cal. Slimming. Healthy. Want some?

There’s a fairly new train between Beijing, China, and Lhasa in Tibet that is damned interesting. For one thing, it’s the highest railroad in the world. At 16,640 feet, the pass is higher than light aircraft fly. Oxygen is pumped into passenger cars. Now you know why. To offset problems caused when tracks shift as the permafrost melts, engineers devised systems to keep the ground beneath fast frozen.

We have 18 – count ‘em —18 wireless gizmos at work in our house. Plus a few more in the van. Amazing. That’s a lot of “1’s” and “0’s” swirling around our recliners. No wonder I can’t think straight. Our newest technology is the device on the nightstand which monitors my pacemaker overnight and transmits a data stream to technicians somewhere. Hmmm. Do they have a reading for frisky?

2 comments:

Ken Martin said...

In the early to mid-1970s, Alvin Toffler's book The Third Wave predicted the coming changes in society. One thesis, if I recall correctly, was the changes will continue to occur and the rate of change will increase exponentially.

At some point, he theorized, folks would give up trying to adapt to all the changes and opt out. Apparently you and the Mystery Woman are refuting his hypothesis by continuing to opt in. Way to go!

Anonymous said...

Well, the Mystery Woman was the audio-visual lady for Minnesota Public Schools for 31 years. She's the only one in the house who can change batteries.

George

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