I have a primary contradiction in most of my life. See I’ve always been into techie things while not really understanding them. I had an early Sony Walkman, an Atari 2600 when it was cutting edge, was early into CD, minidisc, DVD, getting a PC.
Later on I was the webmaster at my last radio station back in 1995 when few around me knew what the interweb was. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t code to save my life, someone set it up so that I could update the (incredibly primative) site using forms, but I was the only one with any interest.
Then here I was the first one with a blog, Bebo, Myspace, Facebook as they all hit the mainstream. I’m going to be the first of us here to be doing a regular show on our new digital service 2XM and I spend lots of time taking photos on my new Nokia N95.
The point I’m making to begin with is that I have a passion for the new and a curiosity for where things are going. But that’s not what this post is about. It’s about the counterpoint.
You see I turn 35 next month and I’ve found recently that the older I get, the greater my passon for the analogue, the old, the simple. For instance…
I write longhand all the time. I own lots of notebooks, all for different purposes, I keep a diary. I write actual manual letters to my friends, do crosswords, love pens, carry my music to OBs in a big wooden box, love walking, buying crap old board games in markets, these days I mostly buy books when I go out. I’ve taken to playing board games with the kids and refound my passion for chess as a result.
I’m going to stand in the dirt to watch Shakespeare at the weekend.
I have an MP3 player but I haven’t used it in months (I read or write on the bus and I think I’m going to get a record deck and start collecting vinyl again, just for the feel of it!), a digital photo frame but I never took it out of the box, my son has three consoles but I don’t remember the last time I played any of them…
I SO want a manual typewriter for my birthday.
I don’t know what the purpose of all this is I suppose, just that I’ve been observing this over time and I’d like to tell you about it 🙂