It Ain't All Sunshine and Google Out There in Technology Land

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It Ain't All Sunshine and Google Out There in Technology Land

Recently, an Active Rain member seemed to get a kick out of my statement that "I am old enough to remember when you couldn't really search for anything on the internet, at least and hope to find it," in my post "Are Your Blog Posts Just Cyber Garbage?"  You see, I am admittedly a big fan of Google; the idea that information is right there at my fingertips has completely reshaped my life.  The fact that I don't have to sit through an entire cocktail hour with a bunch of people who are under the mistaken impression that John Denver was an original cast member of "Gilligan's Island" makes my life infinitely more bearable.  When I was growing up this sort of thing happened all the time, and although I did learn to suffer fools, I did not do so gladly.  Anyway, that comment got me thinking that there are quite a few things that exist now that didn't when I was growing up, and, unlike Google, not all of them are good.  In fact some of them are downright awful.   Here's my list, feel free to add to it:

"Reply to All" - I thought I'd start with a classic.  True, this one has been around awhile but it burst on the scene with a ferocity that could not be ignored.  I can remember the precise moment I saw that button and I can remember thinking "Gee, it would be so easy to mistake it for the ‘Reply' button."  Hmmmmm.  And, I will always believe in my heart that its invention was nothing more than a computer geek "frat prank." Most people simply don't understand how the gifted mind of a software engineer can turn devious after days of writing mindless code.  Indeed, most corporate types totally missed what an evil invention this thing really is.  Heck, those bozos even let them put it right next to the "Reply" function.  Why be a hacker and write a virus in your spare time?  "Reply to All" is the Trojan Horse that keeps on giving.  From the simple, "I'll make a joke to my friend in accounting about the email the boss just sent out," to that "confidential" report on office misbehavior you sent when the head of HR asked for input, to that "secret" affair you were enjoying with the friend of a friend until you hit "Reply to All" to a joke that was sent out to your entire social circle.  Terminations, divorces, and damaged reputations ensued.  Ahhhhhh - good ole "Reply to all," I know people have gotten smarter, but I wouldn't go so far as to count you out just yet.

The Pocket Call.  First, they started making cell phones smaller and smaller until they fit comfortably in your pocket, even when you were sitting.  Then they moved all the buttons to "convenient" positions so you could answer your phone easily and not miss calls.  Then, they made the memory so large that it could store every phone number known to man.  You thinking what I'm thinking?  That's right, the "Reply to All" programmer finally went out and got a new job.  Hopefully, you received one of these pocket calls before you made one, so you could learn the lesson.  You look down at your phone and there's a call coming in (usually the last person you spoke to on the phone), you pick up the phone - you can hear them, but they can't hear you.  Hopefully, the conversation is innocuous, but of course, it isn't always.  It is human nature to talk a little harmless trash about that person you who ticked you off today, and that just might be the last person you talked to on the phone, right?  It's too bad because "in person" is about the only way you can safely show your friends exactly how ignorant you can be.  But, not anymore.  The result is that I treat my cell phone essentially as a bugging device.  Before I say a bad word about anyone, I make sure my phone is off or out of the room, and I have been known to whisper around it.  "Shhhh - the phone is right over there."

The Cyber Collision of Worlds.  Remember that episode of "Seinfeld" where Elaine starts hanging out with George's fiancée and he loses it?  While primarily a Facebook phenomenon, the collision of worlds can occur on almost any social network:  MySpace, Linked In, Active Rain, or basically any site that allows someone you know to know - who you know.  I mean my friends from junior high don't always share the same sense of public decorum as the people with whom I attended Georgetown Law.  I wouldn't exactly pair up my homey from freshman year that types in all caps and has a picture of his extended middle finger as his profile pic with some of my friends that are running for political office or are already sitting on the bench.  Believe it or not, I still enjoy the (virtual) company of both.  But seriously, if I were thinking of giving a cyber party, I don't think I would invite all these people to the same party, you know?  So what gives Facebook the right?  (Oh that's right I signed up).  Even on a site like Active Rain, there are people that have grown to dislike one another, and if they see you making a nice comment about someone they hate, well let's just say you won't be getting re-blogged anytime soon.

Pedestrians with cell phones.  Admittedly, this is a California thing.  In New York, people know how to walk and talk on their cell phones.  But where I live in California, people rarely walk on the street.  Usually, if someone is out walking they can't afford a car or they are exercising.  Sorry that's just the way it is.  I have had the experience of going for a walk and having friends pull over (small town) and ask me if everything is alright, i.e., is business THAT bad?  And, exercise WAS probably one of the few things people actually put the phone down to do.  It also took awhile before cell phones were actually affordable enough for someone who couldn't afford a car to afford one.  But that day is here, and that combined with the dawn of phones that double as mp3 players means that people are running around the streets of California while on the phone.  This is very dangerous, as drivers in California aren't really "pedestrian focused."  They've seen pedestrians about as many times as they've had a bird hit their car window, and they are about as prepared for it.  In addition, most Californians have very limited training as pedestrians, and when you add the distraction of an active phone conversation, well things can get real ugly, real fast.  New Yorkers have real walk and talk training (I think it is mandatory in their schools) and they are usually working in groups.  But in California, when you step into that cross walk, you are usually stepping out alone, and no one is expecting to see you there.  Get off the phone, buddy!

That's the end of my list, did I miss anything?

Copyright © Tni LeBlanc 2010 *It Ain't All Sunshine and Google Out There in Technology Land*


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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
Tni, your Tech Bozos remind me of a true story regarding early Drivers of the Automobile.

In the Year 1916, there were very few Cars in the Entire State of Kansas.  Yet two of them managed to crash into each other.


Mrs. Evans and party were driving north from the home of E. E. Drake on the Kiser farm, three miles southwest of El Dorado. Mr. Gardner and his party were driving south. The two cars met at the cross roads, just north of the Drake home.

The wreck apparently was the result of failure in correctly estimating the speed of either car and consequent confusion. The Ford was struck about midway and hurled to its side.

Mrs. Fee was thrown from the car with great violence. She was riding in the front seat. Mrs. Evans was caught beneath the steering wheel. They were brought to town by a farmer living in the vicinity and taken to the office of Dr. J. D. Musick. They later were sent to their homes.

Both cars were badly wrecked. (Walnut Valley Times, December 1, 1916)

Dec 07, 2010 01:52 PM #17
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi - Lodi, CA
The Nines Team in Lodi

Tni ... Another great piece ... and I also liked your closing comment on Lenn's reblog on Alan May's post .... what a great opportunity ... "short sale creativity time!"

Dec 07, 2010 02:06 PM #18
Pat Tasker
Shorewest Realtors - Germantown, WI
Your Milwaukee Metro Area Agent (WI)

Love your stuff!  You write some of the funniest and truest stuff on Active Rain...

Dec 07, 2010 02:43 PM #19
Todd Anderson
You In Park City group - KW Park City Keller Williams Real Estate - Park City, UT
Park City | Deer Valley Real Estate

It used to be if you saw someone walking down the street waving their arms and talking to themselves, you'd think they were deranged, now we have to assume they are talking on the phone.

Dec 07, 2010 02:48 PM #20
Jenny Durling
L.A. Property Solutions - Los Angeles, CA
For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758

I love, love, LOVE the way you write. It is always so witty and entertaining. Maybe I should start hating you out of jealousy. LOL!

Dec 07, 2010 02:51 PM #21
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

My daughter "butt dials" me all the time.. I hear 5 or more minutes of laughing with her friends (she is 25 and doesn't live near me)... I get a kick out of it.. but once she did that and instead of me she "butt dialed " or (pocket called) her exboyfriend while on a date with a new guy!! funny stuff there now!!

Dec 07, 2010 02:51 PM #22
Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D.
Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795 - Santa Maria, CA
Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879

Susan - Yes it is.  There is nothing worse than being outnumbered by ignorance.  Google is a dream come true.

Fred - Thanks for the story.

Jack - For sure I wrote another one on CHASE and polished off one on Freddie Mac too.  I couldn't believe how long they kept me on hold.

Pat - Thanks Pat I appreciate hearing that.

Todd - Its a different world these days.

Jenny - Don't hate me - save it for the bank. LOL.  Thanks for the love.

Sheila - Pocket dialing is so dangerous.  It's just a matter of time.

Dec 07, 2010 03:13 PM #23
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

WOW Tni you are a blogging machine and look at all those "Features" would you mind throwing a few of those over to Vegas Bob ... :-)


Dec 07, 2010 03:18 PM #24
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Wow, Tni. The AR Gods love you. That's a lot of featureds. Well deserved, I might add.

Dec 07, 2010 03:18 PM #25
Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D.
Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795 - Santa Maria, CA
Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879

C'mon Vegas Bob you know you are "the man," I'm just chasing you!

Tammie - Thank you - I'm having fun writing them lately.

Dec 07, 2010 03:23 PM #26
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Have you ever thought about doing stand up? Your blogs are well written and sarcastic. The best kind of humor in my humble opinion.

Dec 07, 2010 03:30 PM #27
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Great post - one comment...Do you actually think New York drivers care about pedestrians??? Dream on California Girl!

Dec 07, 2010 03:31 PM #28
Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D.
Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795 - Santa Maria, CA
Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879

Debbie - Thank you, I'm glad you enjoy them!

Ruthmarie - I'm sure they don't but they manage to avoid them.  In CA you'll get killed walking out into the street talking on the phone!

Dec 07, 2010 03:43 PM #29
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Tni - a great post - it looks pretty comprehensive to me but if I think of anything new I may just check back in.   I love the worlds colliding syndrome - so true!

Dec 07, 2010 04:29 PM #30
Cameron Novak
The Homefinding Center - Corona, CA
Featured Corona Real Estate Agent Team

What can I say Tni.  Great stuff.  You must spend 23 hours a day working on this stuff.  Coupled with the hour you sleep, how do you get any real estate work done???

Dec 07, 2010 07:25 PM #31
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

All I can say is not all of us Californians are the same - especially in Silicon Valley.

Dec 07, 2010 08:56 PM #32
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Ha ha I remember the first car phone - my older brother had one and I thought it was sooooo cool!  I wanted to be just like him driving around talking and doing business.  Wow - that's a long time ago.  Thanks for the fun and memories this am.

Featured in BananaTude

Dec 08, 2010 02:43 AM #33
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I'm with Anna. This is cetainly a feature-worthy post.  I'm featuring you in Bartender, Make it a Double.

Dec 08, 2010 03:07 AM #34
Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D.
Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795 - Santa Maria, CA
Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879

Michael - Thanks.  I think the bluetooth deserves an honorable mention and that was brought out in the comments.  It is also a terrible thing that we are all subjected to.

Cameron - LOL - I spend my hold time with CHASE writing lately.  Believe it or not the writing happens pretty fast but picking out the clip art and re-sizing it sucks up a good deal of time.  But, I'm getting better at it.

Michelle - You are right.  They probably can walk and talk up there. 

Anna - Thanks for the feature!  Glad you enjoyed it.

Chris Ann - Thanks for the feature.  Too cool!

Dec 08, 2010 05:16 AM #35
Renee Marrs Caperton
Marrs & Associates - Corsicana, TX
Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate

Funny post...thanks for sharing!  Good stuff!

Dec 09, 2010 08:11 AM #36
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