Tag Archives: technology

Inconvenience practice

You know it’s a good day when your biggest disappointment is not being able to livestream a Roy Rogers movie more than half a century after Trigger was taxidermied. The Trail of Robin Hood — a Christmas-themed 1950 Western in which the cowboy’s stunning Palomino gets star billing  — is apparently too wholesomely chunky to […]

Fake news … anchors

Now from China comes word that human television newscasters will soon be joined by salary-saving, computer-generated simulations that can work around the clock.  Here’s Xinhua News Agency’s first English-speaking artificial intelligence anchor, bringing you news of its existence: I suppose fake news anchors are the logical next step in technology’s gutting of an honorable profession […]

Our Stepford lives

I sometimes regret that I bought a new laptop a year ago, though I was forced into it.  The keyboard on my ancient Lenovo was falling apart; after the “M” key and the little red button beneath it abandoned ship,  I could no longer ail coherent essages Only after acquiring my new machine did I […]

Knowing Jack

Being a terminal geek, I was thrilled to learn recently that Roku has added to its line-up of television streaming options a channel devoted to The Jack LaLanne Show. If you are of a certain age — say, prehistoric, like me — you will recall LaLanne as the more knowledgeable, more appealing and way less […]

Shooting and seeing

I fret about photography in the digital age, and especially in the time of smartphones. I worry that, instead of truly seeing, we simply snap and send. Frame, click, post … and on to the next. We fail to first stop and appreciate — not just with our eyes, but all our senses — the […]

Knowing jack

Being a terminal geek, I was thrilled to learn recently that Roku has added to its line-up of television streaming options a channel devoted to The Jack LaLanne Show. If you are of a certain age — say, prehistoric, like me — you will recall LaLanne as the more knowledgeable, more appealing and way less […]