25 March 2015

Ruining a Good Thing

The Internet desktop experience is being ruined by mobile devices and stupid gizmos. I do not like Google but I have to applaud them for their general simplicity.

Infinite Scrolling

Hover Menus and Hover Zoom Effect... in fact all hover features.

Re-designed Websites geared toward Mobile devices and Social Networking

Streaming locking up because of advertising breaks

I find these things to be maddening and there are an increasing number of websites that I'm deleting because I can't stand the experience anymore. It's all bells and whistles and miserable to try and navigate, let alone search for something. You can't focus because of all the pop-up and out rubbish. Forget it.

I guess it's just another example of how in a few short years something can quickly be ruined.

Television is much the same way. Looking back on the TV experience of the 1970's and 80's we never realized how good we had it! As I mentioned before I ditched television in 1995 and recently had it hooked up again so we could watch the 2014 Sochi games. I enjoyed the Olympics but had it turned off as soon as they were done. We had it all of three weeks. Apart from the moral issues, the whole television experience has been ruined. I'll stick to the online world but even many aspects of that are getting so frustrating, I'm utilizing it less and less.

The positive is... it continues to lead me to re-think my uses of time and how and what I let affect my mind.


  1. Since my readership has all but tanked over the past year or so, I guess I don't have to worry about offending people. Not that I ever did, but oh boy apparently I must have.

  2. Whether you're thinking about it or not...

    don't you dare shut down this blog!



  3. Sounding curmudgeonly :)

    I wish you'd open up the comment sections on your post and allow for some communal engagement with your ideas. I miss the back and forths beween Jim, you, me, and Victoria, among others. As Jim said, don't close down the blog!

  4. No no, I have no intention of shutting any of these sites down. Like I said to you in the email, my perspective and goals are a little different. I'm not online much these days... practically and deliberately and my writing is more of an exercise that I'm sharing with the very small public interested in reading along. I just don't have the time for the interactions and filtering out stuff. Maybe it's a generational thing, I just don't like the format.

    I'm plugging away and as always hoping that I can provoke some thinking along the way... maybe help someone to see something.

    I've been off work for a couple of days, a much needed break and I've been busy writing. I wish I could do it more. I'm sure I don't have to tell any of you that there just aren't enough hours in the day!

  5. I frequent your posts.....frequently. I send links to your observations to a number of my friends to help them see how actions/beliefs/thinking affect others, and the witness to the gospel. You just do it so much better than I ever could. Thanks for that. A bit of encouragement!