Today’s technology is always looking to improve ways for us to connect and share information. Google has announced that for $1,500 it’s going to give a select group of “bold, creative individuals” a chance to buy the first version of Google glasses. These are voice activated eyeglasses that will render cell phones obsolete; in addition to phone, texting and internet access, the Google glasses will have a tiny video screen located in the upper right-hand corner of the frames that allow you to watch streaming video without it interfering with your vision.
Whether you are, biking, kayaking, fishing, jogging, or relaxing at the ocean you can tell your computer to search the Internet, get GPS directions, and participate in a video chat, or record what you’re seeing and doing through a tiny, mounted camera. The all-seeing glasses will also allow Google to collect a lot of data on you, which they will of course use to sell you something.
I’m a relic… I don’t want to know and hear everything, and actually would like less immediate information. I also don’t feel like I’m missing something if I’m not available in every moment. I like getting away to places where I can’t be easily found, and was delighted to find another relic who can wait years before he’s found.
Harvey is 62 years old, and has lived his entire life in Amagansett, a small town on the eastern tip of New York’s Long Island. Harvey’s idea of connecting and sharing information is to write notes, put them in a glass bottle and throw them into the ocean. Ever since he was a kid, Harvey has launched these notes that included his name and address, a thought, wish or a blessing.
Over the last 50 years Harvey has heard from about 50 people who found his bottles as far away as the Caribbean Islands and Europe. Sometimes it’s taken 20 years to hear, but whenever people get in touch they often strike up a friendship. It’s not Facebook fast, but the process is so much more romantic. Harvey says that when he hears back from somebody it always takes him back to when he was a kid and how he’d think about who else was out there in the vastness, that maybe something magical could happen.
Harvey is still practicing his primitive social networking, and I’m hoping I can convince you to do the same. Get out of wireless range, and alone in a place you love write a note, wish, or dream, stick it in a bottle and throw it into the sea, or bury it in the ground, hide it in a tree, and if somebody responds how sweet that will be. But treasure those precious moments because they launch the magic of dreams.