I wonder, am I the last person to discover Google Reader? My daughter pointed it out to me a while ago and it has made my blog reading so much better! Now I know when each of the blogs that I read has a new entry, and I don’t give up on people who don’t post for a while. What a great tool it is. I’ve heard some “Evil Empire” talk about Google recently and I’m sorry about it. I just used Google Docs to create a survey form for the first time today, and it was amazingly easy to use.
I haven’t really got used to the fact that there are tools of all sorts available on the web and I just have to learn to use them. It’s much harder for those of us who grew up before there were, for heavens sake, calculators to get used to this! Seriously, when I was in college there was a room containing a lot of four-function calculators, very large and also chained in place so they wouldn’t be stolen. We really did appreciate them, too!
Here is a pretty picture of a very early calculator, around 1964, when I graduated from high school:
Those of you who are pretty young can’t really imagine what it was like in those days. Both my husband and I worked with computers – he started in the early 1960s, while I didn’t start until 1970 – and we remember mainframe computers that served whole businesses and which had much less power than the computer I’m typing this on now. We’ve watched the world change. I think we’re doing pretty well to be as up-to-date as we are, but there’s no doubt we do trail in some areas.
Random Knitting Photo
These legwarmers were designed by Meg, who of course dyed the yarn. They represent the belt colors of the Tae Kwon Do school that Hazel has been working in since a bit before then. She is still going strong, almost to black.