Monday, September 6, 2010

Google's Got Me

It kind of crept in at first. Like just about everyone else, I've used Google for searching on the internet almost since its beginning. Then I started using Google Calendars because we have some church-wide calendars at work that are on Google, and I found them useful for some of our own departmental needs as well. Admittedly, I've had a few scares when my calendars disappeared for an hour or two at a time, but they've always reappeared eventually, and I've given them the benefit of the doubt. After all, it's very convenient.

Somewhere along the line I started blogging. Using Google Blogger, of course. Next, Vicki and I created a shared Gmail account and began putting some documents online that we both need access to from time to time using Google Docs. Then we decided to finally get rid of our land line phone at home, but we wanted a number we could give out to people that wasn't one of our cell phone numbers. Google Voice came to the rescue. Now I have a personal Google voice number as well. Why? Well, because I can!

Then we took the big step. Android phones. All of this Googly goodness wrapped up in the palm of our hands. Well, not really because we got the Droid X and it's too big to wrap up in the palm of one's hand, but you get the idea. Now when Vicki and I want to chat and not use up texts (we're too cheap for the plan with unlimited texts), we use Google Talk. Because it's there. I'm also beginning to work on a website for sharing Bible resources for a class I'm helping teach in the fall for Vineyard University, using Google Sites (what else would you expect?).

So now I look around and a significant portion of my online life is tied to Google one way or another. And you know what? I'm pretty OK with that. Google is cooler than Microsoft without being as controlling and expensive as Apple. I just hope we don't wake up tomorrow to find out it's been a ginormous hoax all along, that Google really doesn't exist, and that the great Google computing cloud has been blown out to sea, never to be seen again.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Vacation is for blogs

I love vacation for all the obvious reasons. It's great to avoid working for a week. I love getting to spend extended time with Vicki, including the time we spend driving and the time we have with no particular agenda. I just like hanging out with her. And it's nice to see new sights or revisit favorite places- something we do both of every time we come down here to Emerald Isle.

But I also like vacation because it lets me catch up on some things, like reading my friends' blogs. I have some immensely talented, creative and articulate friends and I love getting time to read their ideas. It's unfortunate that I don't keep up with them as steadily as I would like to. But I keep reminding myself that I'll graduate next May, and then I'll have all the time in the world to read and write only the things I want to read and write about.

I prefer blogs over Facebook and Twitter, although admittedly each has its place and FB and Twitter are easier to keep up with. But a blog gives the writer time to expound upon something- anything- and gives the reader a window into his or her mind. Facebook and Twitter, not so much. Blogs make me think. Sometimes they amuse me, sometimes they enlighten me, sometimes they even can make me change my mind about something. I guarantee a Facebook post will never make me change my mind about anything substantial.

All of this to say, if you're a friend of mine and you blog, keep it up! You're making people think, and there can never be too much thinking in the world. Besides, you're giving me something to do on vacation that doesn't require sunscreen.