The world is a wonderful place chock full of interesting people. There are like, twenty-three of them. Maybe twenty-two. Anyway, if you poke around, it's not 100 percent douchebags downloading navigation apps into their "smartphones" while walking into parking meters.
I'd be hard pressed to recall the last time I saw something truly new. No, really, I mean it. It's been decades. Everything touted as new is a retread, and generally a degradation of the thing it copies.
- Google = A giant, fraudulent Yellow Pages
- Facebook and all the other social media sites = An AOL disc
- WordPress = Microsoft FrontPage
- iPad = A portable 10" television
- Smartphone = I hate to be the one to break it to you, but your smartphone, and everything on it, is the equivalent of this
I remember distinctly the first time I saw a workable digital camera, the first time I saw Microsoft Office, the first time I heard the modem blast of dial-up Internet connection, the first time I had a usable cell phone, the first time I got yelled at by Nuvi, and the first time I played Doom. Nothing new has happened since any of that, and everything that's tried to beat them has been worse. And Justin Bieber is just Frankie Avalon, except I gather Frankie Avalon knew how to sing a little; but I really don't know, because I'm not that old, and I know I'll never get so old that I have time to waste listening to either of them.
I like new things. Since there aren't any, I just look for intriguing versions of old things. A roomful of guys in Bologna singing Beatles songs is intriguing enough, I guess.
[Backstory, previously on Sippican Cottage: It Won't Be Long , and More Beatles Bolognese]