Sunday, December 7, 2008

Technology 1,000,001, Humans 3.

Let me first start off with a little history; I was at a friend’s home recently… We have some how discerned this odd ritual where upon seconds before our departure of our meetings, we find ourselves returning things that we have unearthed, items that were borrowed from each other, and inadvertently time has truly forgotten. Unbelievably enough, some of these items are so rare that, when he returns an old shirt that has a certain big blue super hero that yells “Spoon!” brandishing the front, or a great novel retelling the life of a certain ruler of a land known as Barovia, I am not always as surprised, as instead finding myself falling into a nostalgic past time fissure, with scrawny little skinny arms outreaching for that artifact of childhood fantasy. And so it was, I found my self once again shaking the hands of an old friend, with opposing hand clutching a once forgotten, magical “ring of truth.” As I departed from his home and entering my car, I gasped in disbelief and gazed down as if cobwebs and dust entombed an arcane tome of a felled civilization. That tome was a computer program… entitled… “The Secret of Monkey Island” from a group of people, once called Lucasfilm Games. I knew what I had to do… “Return to Monkey Island”… But… as technology has it… as the Windows XP system whirled to life and the start-up screen was ignored the familiar MS-DOS prompt shortcut from the now lost WIN 95 system is no where to be found… I find myself once again in the possession of one of the greatest works of human minds… lost to the compiling language and consuming “machine” of technology. Or, to put it more bluntly… I now have another of the world’s coolest paper rocks time has ever seen. I tried to write a letter to “whom it may concern…” but I fearfully doubt that my solid basis of consumer ownership has any value in the eyes of the great “haves” that would other wise see me as another dollar bill to be given to an already bulging wallet. Describing a lost battle and seeking a new means to win the war has proven that Technology has once again beaten the Human. Its times like this that I find the Wachowski brothers in light of what may yet come to be…


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