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Sunday, February 27, 2005

Reflections on the bus to Eilat

I always try to travel with a notebook on long journeys. Something about the travelling process always makes me want to write.

Sadly as I sit, squished in the corner of a crowded smelly bus to Eilat, I am not equipped with the latest in mobile office technology. I don't have a lap top linked to the internet through my mobile phone so that I can blog on the road. Instead I am forced to use the old method - pen and paper.

Speaking of which, technology is a wonderful thing. It has advanced us in inneumerable ways. I have already written about my thoughts on the role of the internet in expanding democracy and freedom of speech. But sometimes I miss the traditional way of doing things. A computer has none of the romance of a typewriter, and getting e-mail isn't nearly as magical as getting a handwritten letter through the post. (I can never see love e-mails, replacing love letters in anyones heart).

I am fully adapted to 'writing' on a computer. I do a lot of writing in my work and can type fast enough to keep up with my thoughts. Faster than I can write I think. But these moments on the road, with a pen and paper, bad handwriting because of the the jogging of the bus, provide me with moments of reflection. Time out in my life.

1 Comments:

  • Its my first visit to this blog.

    It looks interesting.

    I have a palm pilot and fold out keyboard that I bought used for nis 450. Its not a full fledged computer. But you can write like mad on the bus!

    I recommend it over paper and pen any day!

    By Blogger Andy, at 10:26 PM  

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