NewDirectionsInSensoryDeprivationDear Reader,

I often wonder what the introspection of a 20-somthing in the technology age looks like.  Lindsey Arsenault realizes the experiences of life provided by technology pale in comparison to those experienced in reality put her reflections in a recent blog post.  She coined the phrase, “Sensory Deprived Existence” while reflecting on the place of technology in her life.   As an artist, she is a self-proclaimed “raw emotion addict”.   Perhaps its the drive for experience that reinforces the dichotomy of real vs. virtual to her.

40sAs a 40-something adult who remembers rotary dialing telephones and 3 tv networks, technology is not foreign to me; but I conceptualize life as defined by real interactions with people.   When I was 20-something; life consisted of time with friends, family, and real experiences.  For myself, technology is merely a supplement to enhance relationships and my journey through life.   Its a tool not an end of itself.  Even so, there are times that the sensory-deprived existence threatens to encroach on the fullness of days lived out among others.   How often have I been guilty of saying “yes” to the sensory-deprived existence when my love of all things digital takes over?  Saying Yes to a Sensory Deprived Existence.


Dear Reader,

The roles of women in the professional community is ripe with opportunities.   In order to promote much-needed role modeling, I had the opportunity to interview veteran Network Systems Administrator, Alice  Gorman.  Alice currently works for Boston International Inc. home of fine gifts from IHR USA, October Hill® and  The Metropolitan Museum of Art where “Great Art is the Difference®”.imagesCA79LA0P

  1. Is there a moment in your career that you remember as pivotal?  If so, what made it an important time?

Teaching a computer class for teenage girls at a church in Boston. What made it so important was when I realized a few of the girls were taking
two or three buses to get to class. Their excitement to learn really got me excited.

  1. After having a 20-year career, do you have anything you are still trying to accomplish?

I would love to learn more about the internet. SEO, web building, and all the secrets on creating a successful website.

  1. At the start of your career did you expect to be where you are now?

No, not at all. I started my career at a prepress and typography company in Cambridge, MA. I was running a mainframe system. We loading fonts using paper tape and printed out galleys of type. The art department used the galleys, exacto knives and wax to layout magazines for print. It’s amazing how my job has enhanced and changed with technology.

  1.  What has been the most startling development in the technical field in the last twenty years?

The internet with its unlimited services and resources.

5. Who are your role models or greatest influencers? Why?

Don Leamy coworker took me under his wing. He saw my potential and hired me as the system operator over 20+ years ago.

What do you least like to do in your job?

I really can’t think of what I like least about my job. Overall I’ve been very satisfied with my jobs.

7. What is the most fulfilling about your job?

I enjoy challenges. When problems or new projects arise I am always ready.  Because  the industry changes quickly. I have to stay up to date on emerging trends, sorting through what is important and deciding what will be best for the company.

8. Did you ever face a setback and how did you handle it?

Yes, but I utilize a setback as a challenge, a training, and a learning experience. I usually step back take a good look at the situation then figure out how I am going to conquer it. Setbacks help me to improve productivity by anticipating preventable problems.


Dear Reader,

The trials of adolescence meet high-technology to pixelize a teenager’s face!

Ugh. | Left-Handed Toons.


Dear Reader,

Last night, I had the fun of attending a free concert at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI featuring Aqualung, a Jethro Tull tribute band.   I was treated to incredibly skilled rock flute, mandolin, drum, and guitar (both electric and acoustic) work.  I had no idea exactly which instrument the mandolin was — my first guess was a lute.   I had to do a google search on “string insturments” to positively identify it.  For those of you, like myself, who didn’t quite realize the talented musical skill behind Jethro Tull, here is the original:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fDzI7VpUzs&feature=related

Oh…. and piano playing to rival Marvin Hamlisch … Nobody does it better….


Dear Reader,

“They took the credit for your second symphony.
Rewritten by machine and new tech-nology, and now I understand the problems you can see.” ~ The Buggles

Digital killed the classical star.  Nothing sounds as good in digitial as it does in vinyl so the purists say.  What was recorded on vinyl?   Electric guitars.   Did electric guitars kill music?  “During the early years of its existence, the electric guitar’s viability as a  ‘true’ instrument was frequently debated. The instrument’s detractors often  claimed it did not produce a pure, ‘authentic’ musical sound.” [1] Developing the electric guitar took time and talent. It was the skilled performers who experimented and developed the tool and the music.

“In my mind and in my car, we can’t rewind we’ve gone to far.”

Notes:

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1. http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/electricguitar/invention.htm


The LamplighterRobert Louis Stevenson – 1913

MY tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky; It’s time to take the window to see Leerie going by; For every night at teatime and before you take your seat, With lantern and with ladder he comes posting up the street.

Now Tom would be a driver and Maria go to sea, and my papa’s a banker and as rich as he can be; But I, when I am stronger and can choose what I’m to do, O Leerie, I’ll go round at night and light the lamps with you!

For we are very lucky, with a lamp before the door, And Leerie stops to light it as he lights so many more; 10 And O! before you hurry by with ladder and with light; O Leerie, see a little child and nod to him to-night!

What do we dream of now?


Dear Reader,

Here it is!  Part 2!

Notes:
1.  http://comics.ign.com/articles/116/1160605p1.html