January 17th, 2005

rain

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On Saturday night I wanted to blog a complaint about how the world is insufficiently convenient. That on the internet you can get any piece of information you want in moments, but if you want to get a pad of paper (which I did at the time) you have to wait for shops to open. But, irony of ironies, Livejournal was down at the time, so I couldn't blog about it. Well, I could, since my blog is separate from Livejournal, but it would have missed the larger part of my readership, and what's the point in complaining if you don't have as many people listening as possible?

Anyway, there was me being typically unproductive, and I decided a nice block-pad or small thick notepad would be handy since, while my mindset wasn't conducive to programming, it would have been happy to do some designing, and designing on small many-leafed paper seems more likely to lead to eventual productivity because being able to tear off and throw away bits of plan would be nice. And this potential step towards productivity was foiled at the first by the unavailability of appropriate open shops for an appalling 30 hours or more.

Which brings to mind the question "why don't we have shopping delivery tubes or matter transporters yet?" Aren't we living in the future? These things were supposed to be here by the year 2000, if not replicators. At the very least we should have automated shops so that stuff can be purchased at any time. We've had vending machines for 20 years, can't we have bigger vending machines, in long rows, thus offering more products? Or shops with RFID tags in the items, and lots of cameras, and, I don't know, barcodes on our necks, so there don't have to be any checkout people, we can just go into the shop, take what we want, scan ourselves at the checkout to pay, and go home. I wanted block-pad paper on Saturday night, damn it. I have it now, but I don't want to use it now, I wanted to use it then. What good are you, technology? Advance! And butter my toast for me too, you lazy bastard.