Our digital world
Pulling into the parking lot of the Kenwood shopping center early Tuesday morning, the morning we sent this paper to the printer, I knew the power was out. The neon sign at the Kenwood Market was off and the store was dark. The power had been off at my house, too, but I had hoped it was a small outage, not the whole town. What a sinking feeling that is. That is when you realize that this whole digital age we live in and rely on is totally dependent on electricity. Commerce comes to a halt. Cell phones work, but only so we can call each other and commiserate.
The computers here are all linked to a shared network, so it’s not like I can take my computer somewhere with power and plug it in. I’d have to dismantle the whole office. Sure, we back up to “the cloud,” but I’m not sure I even know how to access that off site data. Guess I better find out quick! Fortunately, the power came back on by about 7:45 a.m.
It’s funny, because last week at our house lots of things went kaput all at the same time, including our brand new Whirlpool dryer. The control board was bad. Apparently our dryer has a small computer in it, to run all its myriad cycles, including even a steam cycle. In desperation we rigged up a laundry line, and you know what? That thing works great! Sure, we can’t use it at night, or on a rainy day, and we have to keep our dogs away from it because the sight of clean towels flapping in the breeze drives them wild, but other than that, it’s error-free. If only there were such a low-tech replacement for a computer system…
Speaking of all things digital, our photo contest, Pictures with the Press, is in full swing and we’ve gotten some great submissions. But we’re greedy. We want more! The deadline is Aug. 25 at midnight, so you have about 10 days left. You probably don’t have time to travel to Timbuktu, but that’s OK. You don’t need to go to some exotic locale; last year our winner was snapped in Santa Cruz, and we’ve had really creative pictures from people in their own back yards. The Kenwood Press just has to be “somewhere in the picture.” That’s all we require. Send your entry or entries to email@example.com, with “photo contest 2013” in the subject line. There’s money at stake, folks. For the fine print, go to page 23 for details. Thanks, and enjoy the rest of your summer.