Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Day Time Stood Still

Out satellite earth station finally made it back up around 7:30 PM last evening, after 13.5 hours of heavy slogging to get it pointed at a new satellite and adjusted (hopefully) to work at optimum.

As an avid social scientist, I availed myself of this blackout period to assess the impact of the removal albeit temporarily of a technology just so recently introduced.

On the home front, I can attest to a palatable reduction in violence amongst my offspring - no Internet removed the need for four teenagers to pull out each others' hair to get the chance to sit in the control seat of the one functioning computer they are allowed to use. As a matter of fact, the kids seemed to evaporate entirely preferring to play street hockey and chase boys around town.

At the office, it was as if someone replaced my normally energetic and enthusiastic colleagues with robots on Mandrax. Instead of their usual frenetic multi-tasking (ie IM-ing while checking a 100 social sites on Bebo while simultaneously peaking at their status of their latest bid on eBay) all the monitors showed the same picture - the solitaire game that comes bundled with XP. The only sound other than my phone ringing with enquiries about when the Internet was going to be turned on was the sound of the electronic riffling of the virtual deck of cards as yet another solitaire game became stymied.

I, on the other hand, was the very emblem of enthusiasm as I defragged my hard disk, backed up my data, polished my keyboard and scraped a month of sneezes and coughs off my LCD screen.

So I can conclude, based on the evidence, that the Internet is an essential office tool and a cohesive force within the family unit. Before I publish my findings I wondering if you guys could confirm my data?

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5 Comments:

Blogger Eternally Curious said...

I concur! The internet is absolutely integral to life itself! I'd be lost without it! I turned to Internet in order to avoid being glued to the TV. Traded one evil for another I did!

7:40 AM  
Blogger nanuk said...

eternally curious - I think what makes the Internet more interesting than television is the fact that it has 10s of millions of channels as opposed to 100. Unfortunately, 9,900,000 websites are porn, but what the heck.

7:59 AM  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

I prefer real life to Internet... I swear.... :)

11:36 AM  
Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

No, its the porn!! I love going to the market and seeing the glazed look on the cashier's face while she mutters "the computers are down" - seems the schools no longer teach kids how to make change...

6:39 AM  
Blogger Fuff said...

Nothing like a defrag and a spot of aniti-bac to the keyboard and screen.
I would not be best pleased to be internetless through force, though am happy to volunteer..

7:21 PM  

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