Things I'll have teach Madison About one day ... because she was born in 2011 1. VCR ... the acronym will be meaningless, and the 2. Writing in the margin of a book - in her e-textbooks, and e-novels, and i-devices there won't be a margin to write in or for that matter a page corner to turn down.  (I guess the whole inspirational bookmark industry could be in jeopardy too.) 3. Boombox - this was a staple of all cool people in the 1980's....and now every piece of technology in a boombox is obsolete 4. Dial-up Internet - you and I can make the sound, but kids these days will never know the ear-piercing sound of a modem connecting thru a phone line. 5. A home phone - maybe the office phone won't be totally replaced, so we can at least give her something similar to wrap her mind around.  But I can assure you that having a phone that only rings at home ...and that you can't take with you when you leave, will be a thing of the past 6. Learning your friends telephone numbers - similar to the previous one ... Madison will wonder why anybody would ever try to remember phone numbers.  Because today, every device can keep the numbers for you and sync all your contacts in the cloud so you'll never lose them. 7. Dewey decimal system and the card catalog - I barely learned this, and I worked in the school library in Jr. High.  Dewey Decimal was a great guy, I'm sure ... but his system for finding things in a library doesn't apply when you are searching on Amazon for a book. 8. Window crank in a car - oh the joys of racing to see who can roll down the window the fastest.  What will kids do to entertain themselves in the car? 9. Encyclopedia set - If she is curious, then maybe she will Google "encyclopedia Britannica" 10. Phones that ONLY make calls - Gadgets do so many things all at the same time, that when she hears that we used to use cell phones that only made calls, she will wonder why we even bothered carrying it around.  The era of multi-tasking is upon us, no matter that it doesn't improve efficiency....multi-tasking at least gives the illusion of efficiency.  (any device that only does one thing will be lonely and inefficient as it sits on the shelf in the closet)

Things I'll have teach Madison About one day ... because she was born in 2011

1. VCR ... the acronym will be meaningless, and the
2. Writing in the margin of a book - in her e-textbooks, and e-novels, and i-devices there won't be a margin to write in or for that matter a page corner to turn down.  (I guess the whole inspirational bookmark industry could be in jeopardy too.)
3. Boombox - this was a staple of all cool people in the 1980's....and now every piece of technology in a boombox is obsolete
4. Dial-up Internet - you and I can make the sound, but kids these days will never know the ear-piercing sound of a modem connecting thru a phone line.
5. A home phone - maybe the office phone won't be totally replaced, so we can at least give her something similar to wrap her mind around.  But I can assure you that having a phone that only rings at home ...and that you can't take with you when you leave, will be a thing of the past
6. Learning your friends telephone numbers - similar to the previous one ... Madison will wonder why anybody would ever try to remember phone numbers.  Because today, every device can keep the numbers for you and sync all your contacts in the cloud so you'll never lose them.
7. Dewey decimal system and the card catalog - I barely learned this, and I worked in the school library in Jr. High.  Dewey Decimal was a great guy, I'm sure ... but his system for finding things in a library doesn't apply when you are searching on Amazon for a book.
8. Window crank in a car - oh the joys of racing to see who can roll down the window the fastest.  What will kids do to entertain themselves in the car?
9. Encyclopedia set - If she is curious, then maybe she will Google "encyclopedia Britannica"
10. Phones that ONLY make calls - Gadgets do so many things all at the same time, that when she hears that we used to use cell phones that only made calls, she will wonder why we even bothered carrying it around.  The era of multi-tasking is upon us, no matter that it doesn't improve efficiency....multi-tasking at least gives the illusion of efficiency.  (any device that only does one thing will be lonely and inefficient as it sits on the shelf in the closet)

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