“We Are About Five Years Away From Never Having To Leave Our Homes Again”

“We are about five years away from never having to leave our homes again…
You don’t have to leave your home to buy…ANYTHING
You can sit on your couch and you can be.. like… I want bananas.. and I want hammers… and I want an eagle’s beak.. and then amazon’s like… it’s on your doorstep.. how about that? Isn’t that insane to you?… You don’t have to leave your home to see people… you
should, but you don’t have to… just hold up the same device, and be like “hi” (waves)… “bye” (waves)…”
– Tom Segura, comedian.
‘Tom Segura: Disgraceful’, Netflix.

An Excerpt From Sebald’s ‘Austerlitz’ – Inexorable Spread Of Processed Data; To Exclude The Reader; To Break With Everything That Still Has Some Living Connection To The Past

“As I was tormenting myself with such thoughts, distinctly aware, so Austerlitz continued, that my face was being marked by the signs of that anguish which so often assails me, I was approached by one of the library staff called Henri Lemoine, who had recognized me from those early years of mine in Paris when I went daily to the rue Richelieu. Jacques Austerlitz, inquired Lemoine, stopping by my desk and leaning slightly down to me, and so, said Austerlitz, we began a long, whispered conversation in the Haut-de-jardin reading room, which was gradually emptying now, about the dissolution, in line with the inexorable spread of processed data, of our capacity to remember, and about the collapse, l’effondrement, as Lemoine put it, of the Bibliothèque Nationale which is already under way. The new library building, which in both its entire layout and its near-ludicrous internal regulation seeks to exclude the reader as a potential enemy, might be described, so Lemoine thought, said Austerlitz, as the official manifestation of the increasingly importunate urge to break with everything which still has some living connection to the past.”

– excerpt from: W.G. Sebald. “Austerlitz.” 2001. p286, Vintage Canada, paperback edition

Lights On A Plane – “Every seat had a screen on it and almost every passenger had 1 or 2 other digital devices – like laptops, tablets or phones – running as well.”

“This was from a cross country flight after CES 2017 [the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show]. The colorful glow is from many digital devices running all at once in a dimly lit cabin. Every seat had a screen on it and almost every passenger had 1 or 2 other digital devices running as well, like laptops and/or tablets and/or phones as well. I found it an interesting and beautiful byproduct of flying in the tech infused, 21st Century.”

– image and excerpt from “This was a popular photo of mine that I took last year. A plane I flew on had so many electronics on it that it created an interesting light effect on the walls.”, fantomknight1 at imgur, 1 Jan 2018