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Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Welcome to LA60

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Greetings.  I started this blog because of my age, in a way.  Although I have a lot of fun with my other blog, there are some things that I can’t say there.  Of course, I could say them, but very few readers would know what I was talking about.  The kind of things that you can only be aware of if you’ve been on this mudball for an extended period of time.  The world has changed a lot in the last sixty years and things that are taken for granted now were only dreamt of a few short decades ago.

Cell phones are a case in point.  When I was a kid one of the popular comic strips was Fearless Fosdick and one of the coolest things ole Fearless had was a two way wrist radio.  The actual radio looked like a watch and the antenna ran up his arm.  I don’t think the wrist radio had a built in camera and I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t play mp3s, but in its day it was way cool.  I have a theory that cell phones exist because so many of us grew up reading that strip and just sort of took it for granted that someday such a device would exist.

I realized I had officially become on old fart about six months ago.  The computing department where I work employs a lot of part-time students and one of the things we look forward to is regaling the new kids with tales of the old days, main frames, line printers etc etc.  This time was different.  As we unwrapped our hoary stories, I noticed a familiar look on the face of one of the part-timers.  It was familiar because I had often worn it myself when I was younger.  You know, that fixed grin and feigned enthusiasm you paste on when some old guy is ranting away about something you can’t relate to at all and you don’t want to offend them.

That’s when it really hit me.  Young Arthur is around  twenty years old.  He grew up with the internet and personal computers.  They are simply part of the sea he swims in.  Asking him to relate to a world without those things, let alone without cell-phones is like asking me to recall what it was like when horses were the only means of transportation.

So, the main slant of this blog is going to be looking at the world from an age of around sixty, hence the name of the domain.  Hopefully, other people in this age group will discover it and value or argue with what I have to say.  The primary theme is going to be technology, since that is my area.  But there are a lot of other things to discuss as well: losing friends;facing retirement; aches and pains etc.

One caveat, though.  I was painted at birth with a wide mystical stripe, so spirituality and philosophy have dominated a lot of my learning.  This will definitely leak out and color the articles I post.  So, if you are looking for a hard-core techie blog this is probably not the place for you.

Having said that, again, welcome to la60.  I hope you like what you find here, come back again and of course tell your friends about it.

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