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July 26, 2002
Quick one, I'm exhausted. I

Quick one, I'm exhausted.

I think my memory has gotten significantly worse since I started being such a techno-geek-boy. I have all these gadgets; cell phone, pda, various computer software, that do all my remembering for me and I think my capacity for it has gone down. I used to know everyone's phone number, not to mention what I was thinking about just 10 seconds before. Of course, it's possible there are other explanations for my short-term memory loss, and it's also possible that it's not particularly useful to be able to remember random strings of numbers, and it was an ability born of necessity and pushed by technology anyway. Now the technology has advanced to the point where the ability isn't needed anymore. Still, it represents taking the person and their mind out of the loop in a way, and that's possibly disturbing. If you can't tell, I'm of two minds about the whole thing.

Liz and I are going to try to learn sign language. She's doing a video piece on a woman acquaintance, hearing, whose best friend is deaf. She (the woman) learned signing from her friend and they have a very interesting relationship, unique in a lot of ways. But I don't want to spoil the movie.

Anyway, I've always had an interest in learning signing, seems pretty cool, and if we both know it, we can give up on talking about people behind their backs and talk about them right in their faces. I kid, I kid.

It had never occured to me what a boon recent technology has been to deaf people. Things like email, instant messages, and text messaging have completely changed their lives. Some complain that email and the like have replaced the telephone and takes away an element of personal contact in communication, but imagine if the telephone was never useful to you at all. Suddenly the entire world is opened up, they can communicate easily with their friends anytime. Liz described how they sat in a room, one on a computer and the other using a wireless text messaging device (a Blackberry or one of those Motorola things), chatting away the way best friends normally would on the phone or even face to face.

Our volleyball season started up again tonight, and we won 2 out of 3 games. It was fun to play indoors again, it's a very different game, and especially cool to see what a difference playing on the beach has made in my (and Liz and Luke's) playing. Mostly, it's just a lot easier to play indoors. You can move so fast.


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