I had a item on my Christmas list this year that I thought I wanted, but I wasn't sure if it was going to work out for me.
You're going to laugh at this, but what I wanted was some form of electronic reader. I wasn't sure if it would work out because I'm not really a techy type person. As odd as this may sound I don't like much of our modern tech orientated culture. Sure I got a cell phone back in the 90's, they were discontinuing my beeper service. I still don't own a smart phone. I know the time is coming, and I'm going to lose, but I'm fighting text messaging too.
Under the Christmas tree this year I discovered a Kindle and a gift card to Amazon. I absolutely love it. It has great access to media stuff like music and movies. As part of that I can now listen to several specialty programs that I enjoy, for free. What I'm really loving is the books.
I've loved books since I was a little boy. As an adult its hard to get the time to read. Now thanks to my Kindle I can read almost anywhere. A lot of the books you can get are cheap for download, but there are a lot of them that are free too. It's awesome. It's almost like having a library at your finger tips.
So what am I doing with my modern technology toy? I'm learning about ancient cultures and language. That's right I'm a disgustingly antiquated old fart who loves the fact that I can now highlight terms and get an instant encyclopedic answer to almost anything I don't understand, without ever leaving the page I'm reading.
How are colleges and universities staying in business? I can do a study that would have taken me a week back in college in an evening. A few hours of free time now yields me new insights into topics that I've been eager to learn about for years. I almost think that if this type of technology had been around when I was 12 (and I had the gumption to do the work) that I could have earned a PHD by the time I was 16.
Mrs. Ipsa did good this year.