Every now and again, I am astounded by modern technology. Actually, scrap that.....all the time, I am astounded by modern technology. I know that I'm only 40 years old and I've started this post sounding more like an 80 year old, but I am seriously in awe of the things at our fingertips these days. I regularly wonder how on earth we coped before certain things were invented.
In 2006, 'google' became a recognised verb by the Oxford English Dictionary; a verb that is almost certainly uttered more regularly than is healthy, in our house:
Child: "Mummy, what's the capital of Outer Mongolia?"
Me: "Google it....." (aka: mummy hasn't got a clue!)
Google has got me out of many a scrape in the past and although I used to try and hide my ignorance by scuttling off to the PC, or surreptitiously rummaging for my iphone when questions were asked, I don't bother anymore. I recognise the utter brilliance of google and send them straight to it.
To prove my point, over the last week alone, I have gained knowledge in the following subject matters:
- origin of the expression 'the bees knees'
- suggestions of what to do with leftover pork
- recipes for marrow
- if pointed shoes are still fashionable (ok, I'm getting old and not sure what's in fashion anymore!)
- how to make a favicon for my blog
- the point of google+ (still unclear on that one)
- bible verses about anxiety
- where to purchase Cheryl Cole t-shirts (assume that was DD2's search, not mine - honest!)
- if Morgan Freeman is really dead
Seriously, have a look at your own 'google history'. If nothing else, it will give you a good giggle. I asked the OH to have a look at his, which resulted in huge guffaws of laughter from both of us! Owing to the privacy disclosure that I had to sign on starting this blog, I am sadly not allowed to share :(
So what did we do before google I ask myself? In the olden days (as my children like to refer to it), we would be seen flicking through the Encyclopedia Brittanica - remember those beautiful, shiny red books? Growing up, we never actually owned a set but I was always rather jealous of anyone who did - the neat row of purposeful books standing proudly on the shelf (yes, I do have a tendency for OCD but they really were very useful). Kids today will have never even heard of Encylopedia Britannica - I do wish I had a set to keep for prosperity. Anyone got some hiding in their loft? Keep them, they will no doubt be a historical artefact one day, if they're not already....
What couldn't you live without?
I just had a crazy idea for a meme, so I'm going to tag three of my favourite bloggers who are funny, articulate and brilliant all rolled into one:
1) Mention me somewhere in your blog post (and link to my blog)
2) Tag 3 other fabulous bloggers
3) Pin my lovely badge at the bottom of the post
If anyone else would like to join in, please do - I would love to find out what you can't live without! All I ask is that you grab the badge below and put it somewhere on your post. Simples :)