Okay, so I took a week off. Kill me already. (As if you, or I, care that much.)
I'm going to ease back in with a link, since it's Friday and nobody ever reads my blog on Fridays anyway. It's the funniest thing I've ever read on msnbc.com, which isn't saying much, since the biggest laughs they usually give me are over the utter uselessness of some of their stories, but the level of biting snark in this piece makes it worth sharing.
Seriously, click the link. It's just a short slide show titled "Gadgets that make you look like a jerk." It'll take two minutes to read. Of course the Bluetooth has always looked ridiculous and if wearing your cell phone or anything else on your belt was ever cool (I'm guessing not), it definitely hasn't been since the beeper days of the early '90s, when it just meant you were a drug dealer or a doctor (which in turn meant you either had a gun or lots of money elsewhere on your person, both of which would put you beyond reproach.)
Aside from a comment about the too-cool-for-it's-own-good band mentioned in my title above, I'm thankfully not victimized by any of this. I've never even taken my iPod out in public. Shit, I didn't even pay for the thing. I don't really do gadgets until they're not considered gadgets anymore. I've only had the hand-me-down iPod for a few months and I first got a cell phone in 2004. In other words, I swing the other way by being an out-of-touch jerk rather than a cutting-edge jerk. (How many more hyphenates can I squeeze into this paragraph?) I do listen to some pretty pretentious music from time to time, though.