|Are You Pullin' My Leg?
Back in the day when someone told my grandpa Charlie Watson something
that was hard to believe,
he would exclaim - "are you pullin' my leg?" It was like
he was giving you a chance to amend your story and not sound like
He often asked me that when I came home after fishing trips. Pap (that's
what I called him) I caught a fish this long - "Are you pullin'
my leg?" Well maybe it was just this long....altering my estimate.
He died in the early seventies before personal computers became commonplace
and a fancy phone was one that was any color but black. If you had
a mobile phone then, you'd better have a long cord. I know he would
be constantly amazed (and probably alarmed) by technology today.
Tomorrow I will be teaching a class via a virtual classroom and my
students will be scattered across the globe. My assistant is in Sacramento,
California and there will be students all across America, parts of
Europe, India and Australia. Obviously the folks on the other side
of the planet will be on night shift (It will also the winter solstice
in Australia). I'll be standing in a conference room in Birmingham,
The thing about it is, this technology is fairly old...as technology
goes. It's been around for about five years, but it's still quite
Today the company gave me a new pager to keep in touch at all times.
I have a small mobile device that's not much bigger than a deck of
cards and I can send and receive email, browse the internet, pull
up spreadsheets, powerpoint presentations, databases, and listen to
music. I can also shoot a photograph or do a short video if the mood
strikes me. I wanted to hold out for one that could cut my hair and
give me a pedicure but my boss failed to see the humor of this request.
The more I learn about computers, the more I realize I don't know
It seems like the world is getting smarter and smarter and going by
at a velocity that is very hard to comprehend.
When our administrative assistant was telling me about my new pager
today, I got the irresistible urge to say "are you pullin' my