A Thing Of Beauty Is A Joy

I started writing here to talk about things I found interesting or challenging or, yes, beautiful. It seemed to me that a superbly well-designed building, a gorgeous couture dress, a fabulous painting and a sublime piece of music could all command attention in equal measure. None of these things are truly equal, I know, but they can approximate each other in intricacy, form or feeling. This new watch from Apple, or indeed the whole line, is no different.

Some wait for it avidly, others are not so sure, but one thing is certain, with its advent, the world has changed, just a little more. Dv

Some wait for it avidly, others are not so sure, but one thing is certain, with its advent, the world has changed, just a little more.

Today I spent my flu-filled afternoon watching Apple videos and glued to a speech from John Carmack about Virtual Reality. How someone can combine so much charisma with a world-class scientific mind is astounding. (For the non-fangirls among us, he created Doom and Quake and finally went to work on the Occulus Rift.) Someone I met recently is working with a Nao Robot, teaching it to do something (I think it’s a secret). All around me seem up to their ears in code or having lock-ins in the editing suite.

So why am I looking at all this tech stuff all of a sudden, you ask? Actually, there’s nothing sudden about it. The first interview I ever made was with James Portnow, riveting writer and speaker on Game Development, and lecturer at Digipen. I asked him about Games vs Art and how games could influence society. I was cheekier then and hadn’t really formed any meaningful relationship with games as a field. Then a few weeks ago, I became a participant in the Global Game Jam, helping with some graphics, (I know, I kept that one quiet!) I did warn you we’re a tiny bit geeky at Dear Velvet. I wasn’t joking.

Each one of these new technologies opens our minds just that little more and we find ourselves ready to embrace things we’d never envisage a week before.DV

I can’t wait to see and feel this watch. At first, way back last Fall, when they were announced, they may have seemed a little off-topic. Apple..watches? What next? But the world evolves so quickly, months in the tech world are like dog years, and we’ve all moved on since then.

Each one of these new technologies opens our minds just that little more and we find ourselves ready to embrace things we’d never envisage a week before.

If John Carmack says we’ll all be walking around with VR devices in the future, make space in your purse, they’re coming. If Christy Turlington Burns says she feels her life will not be the same again after completing a half-marathon wearing an Apple Watch, then make space on your wrist. Those bangles were getting stale anyway.

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The present and the future are colliding and forever is happening now..DV

Am I qualified to talk about tech? Are any of us qualified to use it? Even babies make tracing movements with their fingers now, on their invisible tablets. A friend swears he’s seen a toddler move his forefinger impatiently across the backseat window in a stationary car, wanting to move the scene that refused to change.

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We’re all in this now, learning and growing… aren’t we always? Where will it lead us? I can’t say, but I’m becoming fascinated by the ways in which we can use technology in everyday life. The Internet Of Things is next on my agenda, and according to Paris, we’ll all be wearing smart fabrics by this Fall,  so I decided to make Tech a Thing here.

The watch? I looked at it and John Keats line popped into my head, ‘A Thing Of Beauty Is A Joy..” it goes on to say, “For Ever,” but I won’t say that.* The present and the future are colliding and forever is happening now.

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

John Keats

 

*By the way, are we allowed to speak of Keats and smart watches in the same sentence? Well, why ever not?!

What do You think?

 

 

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