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Modern technology... almost there.



That was one of xkcd's comic strips last week. I find it delightful that today I downloaded (thanks to a tip from spike) the Kindle iPhone app. And what was the first book I bought and had wirelessly sent to my phone? Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, of course.

Why did I do it? Don't I already own a printed copy?

Sure. But think about it. Hitchhikers Guide, a fictional device that has a screen and lots of buttons and stores books upon books worth of information. The Kindle, an actual device, already in its second form, that has a screen and lots of buttons and stores books upon books. I had to then turn my iPhone, a device with really only two actual buttons but still has a lovely screen, into an even more elegant form of the previous two devices*. And, meta-idiot that I am, read the original screenplay on it.

I got to admit, technology is impressing me lately. But they're forgetting the instant transporters. Hello! Where's my beaming???

I mean, really. Hitchhikers debuted on BBC Radio in 1978. Star Trek appeared on the boob tube in 1966.That's a 12 year difference, my friends. By my math, if we got the Guide in phyiscal form in 2008, we should have been beaming our asses off since 1996.

I'm waiting.

* Saving $359 was pretty cool too.

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feyrieprincess
Mar. 5th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
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domn8dlady
Mar. 5th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
Thinking about getting an I phone
I've been thinking about getting one, but I'm somewhat electronically challenged. Can I be taught?
boymeat
Mar. 5th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Thinking about getting an I phone
They're really easy to use. I think you could be easily taught.
kahoki
Mar. 5th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine turned me onto Peter Russell's Waking Up In Time - an excellent book that discussing how technology is accelerating with shorter gaps between breakthroughs. Some things will be goals to shoot for, but devices like the iPhone are exemplary of what is tangible in our time.
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boymeat
Mar. 5th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... can one share purchased books off the Kindle?
sirkenandsubg
Mar. 5th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
Total irony would have been complete if you used a stylus and wrote this blog in your own hand writing.

- K
boymeat
Mar. 5th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
And with my handwriting, you would have never been able to read it.
litovka
Mar. 5th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's really neat. How is the experience reading a book on the iPhone? I know Kindle is supposed to be easy to read, like paper, and it looks to be larger than an iPhone, but it's also $300+..
boymeat
Mar. 5th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
I actually really like it. You have the same adjustable font like the Kindle does, so there is no eye strain once you adjust it to your preferences. Sure, the screen is smaller, so you find yourself turning the page a lot more often. But, with the iPhone's simple flick to do so, it really is no bother at all.

I also discovered the joy of it's footnote system. When there is a footnote number in the text, you click it like any other hyperlink. It then turns to the page the footnote would be. When you're done reading that, instead of having to flick your way back however many pages to where you were, you just flick once, and you're right back onto the page you started at. It's really neat... I found myself hoping for more footnotes because it was fun! (yesi'madork)

Off-topic - will I see you during Easter?
mistresslego
Mar. 5th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
heh...
okay, i feel like an ididot. when i saw xkcd, i didn't even look at who posted; i read it and then i went to read the mouse-over. it didn't work. i tried again, figuring maybe i'd moved my mouse a bit the first time. still nothing. i tried one more time thinking that something must be horribly wrong with either my mouse or this particular xkcd strip before i finally realized that this wasn't directly from the rss feed ;) i guess i missed this one somewhere along the way...

also, i was considering an i-phone; knowing that there's a kindle app for them makes me want one even more (my current phone is a piece of crap that doesn't even have a camera, but it could probably get dropped from a 50 story building and proceed to get run over by 10 cars when it hit the ground and still work).
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