Thursday, October 22, 2009

Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!

How did we get anything done, find anything out, get information disseminated, or fill odd moments before the Internet?

Today, I needed to get a science experiment to work, and it wasn't because my water wasn't hard enough. So, I did what everyone else does these days: I googled "how to make hard water", and voila, there is a recipe. Add Epsom salts--which I happen to have. My experiment now works extremely well.

Just before that, it was time for me to post my daily quote on facebook. The only difficulty was coming up with someone I wanted to quote. It has gotten to be a little bit of a challenge. Can I ever think of someone for whom google will have no list of quotes? Obviously it has to be someone well-known--not my next door neighbor. Today I quoted Winnie-the-Pooh. He has his own brand of endearing wisdom.

I'm teaching an animal taxonomy class. Ever want to blow an hour or two? Just go to you-tube and type in "animal videoes". Most of them are very cute or insane pets, but you can see a python swallow a small hippo, a stray dog rescue another stray off of a busy highway, and a tarantula eating a mouse. Sorry, John. Stay away from that one.

More and more the Internet comes up with new uses. Google calendar reminds me to water my house plants. Quicken pays my bills and balances my checkbook via on-line service. Letters are a thing of the past. I communicate by email, and miracle of miracles, caption telephone through an Internet service by Sprint.

Oh, the things you can think up if only you try! (quotation from Dr. Seuss)

1 comment:

John Lynch said...

Except for sad cute animal death videos, John loves the Internet too!