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Discussion in 'Other Stuff' started by GoldenMouse, Dec 30, 2004.

  1. GoldenMouse

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    QUALTHWAR Baitshop opening soon.

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    I agree to some degree, but I see problems with the reasoning. For example, this statement here is too generalized: Today, the constant pinging of your e-mail can be like the drip-drip-drip of water torture. We're swimming in doodads and options — text messaging and search engines, Blackberries and blogs, Wi-fi, cell phones that try to do all of the above, and the promise that we haven't seen anything yet.

    I’ve been computer for over 14 years now and the only thing that applies to me in the statement above is that I use search engines. I don’t have my email set to run all the time and distract me. I don’t text message. I don't have a cell phone. I don’t use wi-fi’s and I don’t even know what “blackberries” and “blogs” are.

    Anything that can be called a major advancement has the same stuff associated with it. The wheel made a person more productive, which means they were able to do more in a day. People had deadlines, stress, and job uncertainty long before we had computers. When they built the hover dam, for example, there was a pressing deadline. People were hanging hundreds of feet into the air from ropes and contending with falling debris and falling bodies. You think that ain’t stressful? If you didn’t do your job correctly there were 100 people waiting to take your place. Same kind of stuff happened when they built the golden gate bridge.

    I say multitasking isn’t as bad as some people make it out to be. Think about it: long ago, people did the same tedious thing all day, every day, and it was boring as hell. With multitasking, it allows people to change focus and do other tasks, which can break up the monotony. Doing the same thing day in and day out is stressful.

    All we’ve done is shift gears. We have a new avenue for stress and work overload, but the basic concepts are the same.

    There is one other thing that people forget about: pushing our minds is not always a bad thing. For example, when I first began college, some of my classes seemed hard. I got through them and moved onto harder classes. When I look back at those first classes, they now seem simple. When you push your mind to new limits, the stuff that used to seem difficult is now relatively easy. This makes our brains grow, literally.

    Finally, when we did shift gears towards technology, we found ourselves sitting behind a desk all day and not pounding rocks. Pounding rocks helps us to deal with stress. Physical labor, or working out, helps relieve stress. When we put down our hammers, we forgot to hit the weight room and ride the stationary bike. The stress has always been there, but people don’t do any physical work to get rid of it. This is why so many people are getting fat. We have remote controls, elevators, escalators, modern transportation, etc. etc…….. and we have stress because of it. But in the end, it’s “our fault” for not exercising.

    Not too long ago, I was at a walmart getting a prescription and I used my credit card. The lady at the counter handed me some pamphlet and said if I filled it out, I wouldn’t have to swipe my credit card when I get a prescription. All my info would be recorded on file and it would save me from swiping my card. She asks me what I thought about that and I said I thought it was terrible. I said you mean to tell me you’re trying to save me the trouble of getting out my card and swiping it? I said the world is way too lazy the way it is. Big deal, I have to swipe my card across the machine. Oh, that’s killing me. Too much effort. My arm could get in a cramp.
     
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    Nice reply.
     
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    Yes, it is.


    I don't swipe my card. I just place it on the counter for the cashier to swipe.
    I am not really that lazy, but the card readers are often not accessible for customers.

    I wonder though how that was meant to work. They would have to identify your after all. I can't really imagine an easier method except chips that are read over a distance.
     
  5. QUALTHWAR

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    They would have your card number on file and would just bill out the prescription as soon as it's filled, before you showed up to get your stuff.

    They don't ask people for their ID when you ask for a prescription. They just ask you for your birth date. I guess you'd just walk up and tell them who you and they'd ask you for your birthday and then give you your prescription.
     
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    Queer.
     

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