Technology Fast Update

I just finished my one-week technology fast.  I avoided social media, blogs, music channels and news web sites. My hope was to give my mind a break from being a consumer of information and become a creator. I wanted to relight the flame of my creative soul and use the week to jump start some project that would change the world. Sometimes my really great day dreams come face-to-face with the harsh reality of every day life.  Last week, it was the last week of school. Most of my creative energy was spent finishing report cards, telling kids goodbye and cleaning out my desk.  When I got home from work each night, I was too tired to be creative. I was still tempted though to log into CNN and see what exciting things were happening in the world.  When I was tempted to break my fast, I did laundry. I did a lot of laundry last week.

When I woke up this morning, I was excited to check my Facebook feed. What happened while I was gone? I rolled out of bed and got my phone and went to the Facebook app.  It was so slow that I decided just to close it. I got this message. “Forcing an app closed will cause it to misbehave”.  I started picturing a whole bunch of little apps hoping outside of my cell phone and finding ways to misbehave.  I imagined  my apps littering, talking back to me, sharing hairbrushes and a host of other things.  I forced that app closed just so I could see what naughty things apps do when they misbehave.  Then I waited for all craziness to break loose. Nothing happened. The Facebook app closed and my cell phone continued to make a humming sound. I was a little bit disappointed. I really would have liked to see the YouTube app do the crazy chicken dance or my Bible  app get into a debate with my banking app about money.


I can do anything at eleven o’clock at night

About a month ago, I got a brilliant idea. It sounded so easy. I’d make an app and every one would pay me a dollar to put it on their phones. I only had to get a million people to buy it and then I would be financially set for life. I identified two challenges to my bright future.  Challenge #1: I don’t know how to write in code or make an app. Challenge #2: I don’t own a fancy phone that can have apps so I couldn’t even buy my own app once I made it. At eleven o’clock at night, I can do anything so neither challenge sounded too hard to overcome. The next day I went to the library for  how-to-books, watched a bunch of YouTube videos and started working.

Three frustrating weeks later, I finally got the app to the point where I could submit it to the store for people to buy it. Guess What? I got an e-mail back letting me know that my app does not meet the minimum specifications to be fully functional. Translation: It’s so bad that it doesn’t work and we don’t want it here. I felt sorry for myself for a bit, but then I realized what a truly awesome story I am creating by adding another challenge to my list. Challenge #3: The computer people think my app is horrible.

I’m back at the beginning trying to rebuild my app. It may take a few more weeks before I’m able to resubmit it again. Last night I thought of a lovely ending to my app adventure. After overcoming challenges 1, 2 and 3, my app goes crazy and every one wants it. It is amazing how I can do anything at eleven o’clock at night.

In case you have never seen a phone that can’t get apps, here is a picture of mine.