Saturday, July 29, 2006

Parenthetical phone post






In the prehistoric era otherwise know as the 1980's there appeared a very catchy tune called New Toy from a singer called Lene Lovich. The first line of the chorus goes:



I get a New Toy (oh ay oh), to keep my head expandin
I know it sounds like a dumb song but it is what it is. (The song is about how the singer wants stuff like a car and a stero and a freezer so accepts a relationship that she didn't want in order to get the things, then she ends up falling in love with the fellow. How sweet.) So a couple of nights ago we all got New Toys replacement mobile phones for ours that were variously: Just fine, breaking, uncool, and adequate but staid.

So now we're all getting our act together to learn how to use the things cause they are so um... advanced. I thought my phone before had more menus and options than I could figure out. Now that one seems like a set of Lincoln Logs (for you youngsters out there like Jes and Grace, Lincoln Logs is a set of dowels that are cut like logs in a log cabin (Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin, get it?) that you can use to build an almost endless variety of some square or rectangular log cabin models. It could keep children busy for hours in the days before video games. Sales for these type of toys are down these days for some odd reason.) that is all worn out. The new one does everything but take out the recycling to the curb every other week. Most of it seems geared towards providing you with a way to use services that Cingular will happily add to your monthly bill, but I really like it even without all the added services.

For me, the killer app was the 1.3M pixel camera and a very nice display. (I'm so visual) Now I'll be able to get pretty good snapshots of things when it was inconvenient to bring along my real camera.

I'm such a geek. I have a blog, AND I just posted about my new cellphone. Sheesh. I need to get a life.

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

I adore that Lene Lovich song! And your new do-hicky looks pretty swell too.
&:-)

Bob Collier said...

Thanks. Now I need to buy a Micro SD card so I can store music on the thing.

grace said...

Not only do I know what Lincoln Logs are, they used to be one of my favorite toys as a kid. That, and the three headed dragon/monster thing I got for my birthday one year. ( x )( x )

Bob Collier said...

We actually have a box of ersatz lincoln logs in one of the kids' closets. I can't say they were exciting, but they were fun, though not as fun as the ten million lego bricks we have...

Jes said...

Geez, Bob- I know about lincoln logs- AND I've played with them in the past thankyouverymuch! (We did have a lot more legos though.)

I'll have to rethink your birthday present for fair now.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of lincoln logs....

Your old friends.....Mark & Giana in MN

Bob Collier said...

So it appears even very youthful individuals remember Lincoln Logs. Nex time I'm going straight for the Laugh-In references. Say goodnight Dick.

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