I have officially become cool, hip, hop, or whatever they call it these days.
My days of un-cool are over. I should probably get some good sunglasses and some baggy pants though.
So what has made me cool? I have joined the mobile music set. An iPod Nano was found in my stocking on Christmas morning. A quick check to ensure that Santa had dropped the iPod in the right stocking and I was on my way.
They are remarkable little devices. For those mired in the world of un-coolness, the Nano is the mid-range iPod. The Shuffle is the small one you can clip on your sleeve and the full-sized iPod can, apparently, holds up to 5,000 songs.
I don’t have 5,000 songs and I’m not sure I need to take that many songs with me when I walk down to the corner store, but hey, it’s still cool. And, you can’t argue with being cool.
The iPods, though, can do a heck of a lot more than just give you 5,000 songs to choose from when you want to go for a walk.
The one I got syncs with all kinds of stuff on my computer. All my calendar contacts, complete with alarms, are automatically uploaded to my iPod when I hook up. So, when I’m skiing down the slopes at Powder King, listening to American Pie which has the great skiing chorus of “singing this’ll be the day that I die” my iPod will beep and remind me that I blew off that meeting with my boss to make a few powder turns.
Don MacLean certainly knew what he was writing about.
Back to my iPod.
It syncs with my mail program too, so I have the phone numbers and e-mails of all my contacts even when I don’t have my laptop with me. Pretty nifty.
It also has the capability of playing video. Television shows, music videos, and even old classic hockey games are available for download and playback on my iPod. This is where I think something has gone seriously wrong with society.
When I grew up, our first television set was black and white. It had a 19-inch screen and we had to change the channels by hand, sometimes using pliers after the knob broke off. I knew society was on the right track when televisions got progressively bigger and better. We went from black and white to colour, to a 24-inch, to a 27-inch, to a 33-inch, and now have a 42-inch high-definition set that, in the scheme of things, still isn’t a really big television.
The evolution of man is progressing as it should.
So why am I tempted to download the final game of the Vancouver Canucks/New York Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup final and watch it on a two-inch screen on my iPod? It’s just not right. There is no reason to do it except, of course, that I can. And isn’t that what technology is all about?
It’s all about being cool. Why would I watch the game on a really expensive high definition television set when I can put on my reading glasses and watch it on my iPod?
Oops, I think I just un-cooled myself.
Bill Phillips is the winner of the British Columbia/Yukon Community Newspaper Association 2007 Outstanding Columnist award.