I Don’t Know if I Should Laugh or Cry


When I look at myself in the mirror, I definitely see an older me. I haven’t resorted to plastic surgery yet, even though my neck is reaching my chest and my chest is reaching my knees.

Despite all that, I don’t consider myself as elderly. Now that I may be entering my golden years, I consider elderly as someone who just vegetates. Yes, there are many days that I love to lie in bed and watch TV, but that is nothing new. I have been doing that all my life.

I was somewhat shocked, but not totally insulted, when I read Venture Beat this morning to learn about a new cell phone for the elderly by a company called Fujitsu. Target market 65. That put me in my place real fast.

So here I am screwing around trying to keep myself relevant with Twitter, Pinterest, Highlight, Foursquare, blogging, and schmogging, and now I am being pitched by a company who says I need a mobile phone that has noise cancellation, larger text, and even speech-slowing for better parsing of fast-talking callers.

I truly get what Fujitsu is trying to do, but I really think they are slightly outdated with their approach. The design of the phone looks like the call button remote attached to the side of a hospital bed and the features are color coded because “we need extra help with technology.”

Here is a link to the story and a picture of the phone. Tell me what you think. Am I over reacting? It wouldn’t be the first time!


Christiane Amanpour Speaks Out

TV War Zone Queen, Christiane Amanpour, commented on blogging in the August Issue of Vanity Fair.

Asked if foreign correspondents are war junkies, she replied “That’s the biggest pile of crap. If you want us to be the eyes and ears in our field, not people spinning in blogosphere or sitting in armchairs opining about what’s going on in the rest of the world–you need people who are willing to go to the battlefront.”

I love that quote !