Project 313 – Post No. 123

As people age, they often worry they’re losing their memory. The big worry is Alzheimer.

I maintain that forgetfulness — at least a reasonable amount of it — is directly attributable to the fact each day we’re alive we learn new things. Or, at least, are exposed to new things. Just think of it . . . twenty years ago you had no idea what a smartphone was or how to use one. The internet was pretty simple compared to now. Most appliances were easier to operate. Not so nowadays. 

Everything is more complicated even when “made to be easy”. 

I believe I know where it all started. 

It was the VCR.

Let’s face it, maybe one-in-ten people learned how to program one and I don’t just mean being able to set the clock. You’d be talking to someone and they’d say they were interested in a particular show and when you suggested they should schedule a recording, the typical reaction was an “Oh, yeah!” accompanied by an uneasy smile. Few people wanted to admit they spent $500+ on something they couldn’t operate. 

The VCR was the start and things never got better. I’m confident in stating the majority of people over the age of 30 know little of their smartphone’s capabilities. All they really need is a phone that lets them talk and text but instead, they carry a powerful computer that’s hardly taxed beyond a 10th of its capability. 

Truthfully, even the majority of people younger than 30 do little more than take selfies and text. 

And, it’s not only phones. I bet there are people driving around right now that don’t know what all the knobs and switches on their cars do or how to set and disengage the parking brake or even use the cruise control. 

And yes, few people still bother learning how to program stuff like clocks on microwaves, coffee pots, televisions (although TVs might get set automatically if hooked up to cable or the Internet). 

So, if you are worried you’re losing your memory, stop and consider you might have too much stuff jammed up there. Even if you read the ten signs of Alzheimer, I could probably argue that a number of them can easily be attributed to the complicated lives we live. 

Note, I’m not trying to minimize the disease, but I know people who worry about it and it causes them actual stress when they can’t remember the title of one of the thousands of movies and shows they’ve seen in their lives. Or, they forget the exact spot their car is parked in a lot that’s multiple acres and packed with other cars. 

I have a method that works for me . . . I don’t worry about remembering stuff. Look to the future, I always say. And, if I really need to remember the movie where the tall actor with the funny hairdo played the love interest of that actress that used to be married to that other actor that’s now married to the other actress that did that movie that had the song that won the Oscar back in the last century . . . well, there’s always Google. 

But, if you are worried about Alzheimer, keep a journal or diary. Or, write. Also, learn new things. Take one of the hundreds of free courses online. Buy a program and learn how to use it. Learn what all them apps on your phone actually do. Heck . . . try programming the time on the coffee pot.

And now, the photo:

Project 313 123

I thought this treatment turned out pretty well. A regular Ansel-Adams-wannabe-but-not-quite am I. 

I am totally on board with this next cartoon. 

However, I do have to differ a tiny bit from what the cartoon implies . . . lots of advancements have been made . . . they’ve just not been shared because they don’t last long enough for anyone else to see. 

People are forever experimenting with food albeit not always successfully. For instance . . . It Was Colorful but the Watermelon Wheel Experiment Ultimately Ended in Failure.

It Was Colorful but the Watermelon Wheel Experiment Ultimately Ended in Failure

And . . . that’s it

Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.

You can read about Project 313 HERE.

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15 Responses to Project 313 – Post No. 123

  1. oneowner says:

    I don’t know many folks that can drive a standard transmission anymore, either.


    • disperser says:

      I never liked the thing . . . couldn’t drive and drink coffee at the same time.

      We’ve never owned a manual transmission car. I drove a few at the Milford Proving Grounds when working for GM and I think it would come back to me if I’d have to drive one but no drag racing, that’s for sure.


  2. I will read this post again tomorrow and I will have forgotten it.

    Last month I entertained my nine year old granddaughter. At one point we had a technical issue with a smartphone. “Let me do it granddad” she said, “I am better with these things than you”.

    I do not own a smartphone, I have a vintage Nokia and I don’t use all of the features on that!
    Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp. said “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” How wrong was he?

    I wrote a post about the home computer but it was a long time ago and no one read it…


    • disperser says:

      Early on, I used to be hands-on with the guts of the computer. Yes, even programming. But I was always more into the tools. Still am (spreadsheets, graphic, word-processors) although I lost some of my programming skills when they switched to visual basic for their macro language. By then, other tools (Quicken and the like) did a lot of what I needed and better and with less work.

      It may be more complicated but I still use the computer for the same thing . . . keeping track of finances, processing photos, and writing. It’s just that now I have more computing power on my desk than what it took to send a man to the Moon.

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    • disperser says:

      One thing I never got into — nor am I into now — is playing games on the computer. Some look amazing but when it comes to it, I find other stuff to occupy my mind. The only games I have are the ones that come with Windows and even then, I’m not sure where they have them right now (they keep moving things around).


  3. Emily Scott says:

    What smartphone capabilities are most people over 30 missing out on? I find mine most useful for maps. It means you never have to be lost again! (In theory).


    • disperser says:

      In general, generalizations should be interpreted with a bit of latitude. I don’t really know the percentage of people who know the ins and outs of their phones. However . . .

      . . . my comment is based on having to answer questions regarding what a phone can and cannot do . . . other people’s phones. Most people learn the very basic functions of picture-taking, calling, e-mailing and that’s it . . . and even then, just the minimum needed – for instance, most don’t pay attention to what size photos they capture or e-mail; some don’t realize the limitations of sending and receiving media in text messages, and so on.

      Most don’t realize they have access to cloud backup or even know how to get photos off their phones and into a computer. Few bother to use the extensive editing tools (other than to add some crappy graphic) for photos, use voice input for entering text, know how to use the built-in security features.

      Plus, they don’t make use of free apps like for night-sky watching, organizing and sharing calendars and contacts, using reminders and other clock functions, connect to the local library, use safe mobile banking and credit card management, make recordings, have video conferencing, open, edit, and create spreadsheets and documents, and so on.

      Most, however, do know about games requiring single or multi-finger screen poking or sliding.

      Like I said, I may be a bit jaded by personal experience. Perhaps I just know people who don’t bother with getting to know their phones . . . or microwaves, of DVR recorders, or their cars.


      • Emily Scott says:

        Some of those activities I think are better suited to a desktop or laptop computer, like creating spreadsheets, and some can just be a bit clunky, like texting via voice dictation, but I see your point. When I used to commute the tube was full of people playing CandyCrush on their phones.


      • disperser says:

        No question it’s better on a full-size PC; I’m not saying the phone replaces the PC (although it does when I’m traveling) . . . on the other hand, you could open a spreadsheet on your phone set up to calculate various amounts of gratuities or enter the amount of gas (petrol) you bought and miles you drove(get mileage) or even use a spreadsheet as a calculator where you then have a record of what you computed.

        If you want to keep track of your spending or other things, a spreadsheet comes in handy.

        Sure, you can find apps for that but you either have to pay for them or you have to look at ads and have your information shared.

        I make extensive use of my calendar for reminders and use my note taking app for information and even groceries lists (or other things I need when shopping). I snap photos as reminders as well and use voice memos when I have ideas and want to remember them at a later time.

        It’s rare I text, but I actually do use the voice option when texting because it offers up fewer errors than manual input (usually). I also like using the voice option because I can quickly send long texts. I’m all about many words all the time.


  4. There was an interesting study done eons ago about the nuns at Notre Dame. I just looked it up and found this article. I’m sure there are more if I took the time to research it. But…they live to be quite old and a lot of them do things to try to keep their minds sharp.

    I agree that our lives are complicated and our minds are filled (bombarded) by so much info and stuff. I’ve heard very young adults talk about how forgetful they are.

    Guess what?! I could always program the VCR!

    Your paragraph about remembering the movie…etc., made me snort-laugh! YAY for google!

    PHOTO: So cool!
    CARTOON: Ha! :-D
    DOODLE: Now I want some watermelon!

    HUGS!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      I’ll have to read that tomorrow . . . Always interested in reading about maintaining what little sharpness I got.

      I’ll be disappointed if it says I need to become a nun.

      Good on you for being able to program the VCR . . . also knowing what a VCR is.

      Thank you, Carolyn. Enjoy the watermelon.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. AnnMarie says:

    Your narrative makes a great article . . . interesting and seasoned with humor.

    And you’re right, there are Ansel-like aspects to your beautiful, crisp B&W!

    Liked by 1 person

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