I’m currently experiencing a surge of synchronicity (i.e., the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear related but have no discernible causal connection). I really am too young for all this excitement.
Well, obviously I bounced over to take a look at the book. All I can say is that, in addition to great content, this online handbook is very tastefully implemented and very nicely presented. Although I’ve experienced this online publishing technology on many occasions, I still love the page-turning effect. I wish I could have seen this sort of thing when I commenced my career in the days of Teletype terminals and command-line interfaces.
Almost immediately after I’d perused this online resource, whilst posting on Twitter regarding my column on Magnetic Connectors, Printable Transistors, and Bacon-Wrapped Appetizers, I saw a Tweet from Alex Cohen.
In his Tweet, Alex said: “I guess I was living under a rocker but I just learned that you can sign up for a library card online, borrow thousands of books for free, and sync them to your Kindle with 1-click…”
Now, I’m certainly not casting aspersions (my throwing arm isn’t what it used to be) because there’s so much stuff I don’t know that you could fill a library (did you see what I just did there?). This is one of those things that, once you are in the know, you think “well, that’s obvious,” while happily forgetting that it was a surprise to you when you first discovered it deep in the mists of time.
What’s really fun, in addition to seeing how happy Alex’s discovery has made him, is reading some of the comments from others who had also missed out on hearing this news. One commenter said, “There’s no way this is a) easy b) real?” Another noted, “This is dope. Just got setup through Alameda.” And someone else commented, “There are digital libraries?!” (and he wasn’t joking).
When you are steeped in it, it’s easy to become a little jaded and blasé with regard to the awesome technologies we’ve created and the applications that derive therefrom. So, when you are exposed to someone’s obvious surprise and delight, it cannot but help to bring a smile to your lips and raise your spirits. Indeed, I’m grinning to myself as I pen these words.
How about you? Is there any technology you took for granted until you discovered that others had no idea of its existence?