Friday, June 23, 2006

Digital Suicide?

CableFix 1.0

I'm beginning to grow uneasy. The structure my life is built around is due for an assessment. The sheer number of structural changes available to me are overwhelming. July 24th 2006 is a date as significant as any other in history for me. This is my D-Day - Decision Day - because my teaching contract is up.

Trying to figure out ones life is a daunting task. Rather than approach it strategically, one piece at a time I opt to start tapping out the Beats Per Minute of my entire music collection. I'll need to know this information once I live my dream of being an international DJ.

If tapping beats gets old I delve into iPhoto and begin managing my photo library. I upload my shots to Flickr in the hopes some amazing photographers will recognize my work and hire me on with National Geographic. A watched inbox never gets a message so I pass the time integrating those photos into this here web page because there are few things I enjoy more than writing HTML code, and I'm not even being sarcastic.

I'm not sure how clear it is to strangers reading this, but my friends and family know that my life 85% digital. Digital music, digital photos, digital movies, digital documents and digital communications. Lately I've considered quitting digital cold turkey. My room mate has his doubts about whether I'm capable of this kind of digital suicide. But he's also making offers on all of my gear.

For a long time I've daydreamed of returning to a simpler, more practical life. A life filled with more tangible things. I'm worried our generation will see a day when electronics become boat anchors; be it due to neutron bombs, energy exhaustion, global collapse, environmental rage... or Mr. Kim Il, my next door neighbor! If this happens, and even if it doesn't, what am I left with, both physically and mentally? Let's see:

I'll have beautiful aluminum Mac Power Book to grind my grains on. A MIDI Piano/Keyboard which makes absolutely no sound. Maybe if I ripped out the fake ivory keys I might be able to craft them into spearheads. Also, the rotary knobs world make good buttons! And then there are three MP3 players and 2 digital cameras I could easily throw and knock a small varmint out with. Or perhaps the lens on my SLR could be used as a spotting scope or to make fires!

I've been considering a transition as follows:
Typing -> Learning to write on paper again
Photos -> Learning to draw and sketch
Music -> Continuing with drumming and learning guitar
Net Research -> Reading books
Programing -> Gardening (hey, seeds are full of code)

There's only one problem, I'm having the time of my life here in Korea. The job and life style afford me the time and resources to do everything I enjoy doing. Every weekend there is a grueling selection process. Will I take trip somewhere in Korea, spend the weekend at home with my girlfriend, go surfing, play paint ball, go on a motor bike tour with the boys, go hiking, visit a festival, make tracks, do some photography, update the blog or drink myself silly. Usually I can't decide and it's a combination of all of the above.

Thus I may delay my digital suicide for one more year and live it up here in Korea. This'll buy me another year to figure out what I really want to do with my life... and that's what my generation is all about.

1 comment:

Ivan Chew said...

Thanks for this. It made me think and you've pointed out to a few things which I've been meaning to write but never got around to doing so. But I did it finally after your post. Here's my response.