The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]


Out Of Touch …
October 1, 2007, 2:23 pm
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David Hasselhoff

So as some of you know, I had my phone nicked last week and while I knew it would annoy me – even I am shocked at how debilitated it made me feel.

I’ve realised a phone gives [at least to me] a real sense of security because I know I can reach – or be reached – by all the important people in my life plus there’s the added element of having a collection of emotionally important photos/videos/songs/contacts so close to hand.

In essence my phone had become my DNA in physical form and when it went, I was left with a feeling of emptiness.

Yes … yes … I know it’s pathetic, but maybe it’s because we live in such a spread-out, disparate World that having a one-point-of-contact-location was so good for me – and I mean that emotionally as well as physically.

Despite having more fucking hard drives than NASA, somehow I had forgotten to back up all my info so I sit here slowly tapping in names, numbers and emails – knowing I’ll end up forgetting a ton of contacts and pining for the photos, SMS’s and videos that represented a moment in time that was truly special to me for a myriad of reasons.

When we were developing the strat for SONY, we discovered many people were feeling more and more disconnected to life and the things that matter to them – ironically because the technology they use/buy under the impression of helping them stay in contact actually acts in reverse.

We have become slaves to the technology – letting us change the way we communicate, make friends, keep in contact – and maybe it’s things like having your phone disappear that help you get back some sense of perspective.

Don’t get me wrong – I absofuckinglutely love technology [as my new iPOD Touch demonstrates – thank you Mr Jobs, haha] and it is fantastic in what it can do and make better – however we’re slowly losing our ability to ask ourselves WHY we use certain products and all this could result in is a culture becoming overly obsessed with the now and tomorrow without any regard or value for sentimentality of the past or lessons from history.

I have a bunch of things to write about from the MTV Conference of last week – things this post is touching on – however you’ll have to bear with me as it’s going to take about 9 months to type in all your bloody contact information again.

No, that’s not because I am soooooooooooooo popular, it’s because the phone I had to quickly buy at the airport after mine was nicked [circa 1894] is so basic, crap and unintuitive, it takes me about 2 hours to change from CAPS to lowercase.

[NB: No Andy, I haven’t totally turned over a new leaf, I’m only sticking with this SAMSUNG piece-of-shit till the new SONY Ericsson comes out then that’ll be in my hands quicker than a donut is down your gullet!]

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I demand a picture and review of the new SONY when you get it.

Comment by Angus

I demand more Hasselhof imagery.

Comment by The Kaiser

It’s a scary thought [isn’t it!?] that the person who nicked your phone will be able to do a pretty accurate profiling of you and get a lot of insight into the alleged life you lead 😉 Makes me think I should be more careful with my own phone!!

I wonder if it wouldn’t be possible for market research purposes to actually systemize the extraction of data from mobile phones, the compilation and analysis of it and get companies to pay for big bucks for it. Any takers out there?

Comment by fredrik sarnblad

Rob, this is the time to hit up your mate Stevo Jobs to throw you an iPhone!

Comment by Age

I got an iTouch because I DIDN’T get an iPhone.

And they say people don’t respond to ‘guilt’, ha!

Comment by Rob

hahaha, nice one!

Comment by Age

I just had a conversation about this subject this morning with some planning peeps and I think we are on the same line of thought. Now then I’m back in the Smoke and catching up with chit but expect an imminent call my good man.

Loving the Hasselhof gusset. Are they on Ebay?

Comment by Charles Frith

where most people buy cars as a penis extention, you buy mobile phones. whats this new sony like, 12 inches long and fat? sad twat.

Comment by andy@cynic

Where’s Billy?

Comment by The Kaiser

Charles … you’re back … hurrah! Let me know when you want to catch up – flying like a loon this week – but they’ll be plenty of opportunities and it really would be good to catch up.

And Andy, given the phone I bought to replace my stolen one is big, bulky and basic, that would mean my appendage is the size of a semi-detached house, not some dwarf mouse.

[I appreciate my argument falls flat when I talk about the new phone I’ll be getting which will indicate I should actually be called Roberta, but hey … that’s just nit-picking!]

Comment by Rob

you think youre so fucking clever dont you campbell. cock.
billy is currently in rio probably trying to fight off a bunch of trannies he accidently bought drinks for so dont expect him back till hes paid them all off or got an ass the size of a beach ball.

Comment by andy@cynic

campbell, tried calling you but youre engaged. buzz me as soon as you see this as i have to leave for the airport in 5 and need to know what the fuck you want me to say to mr green.

Comment by andy@cynic

Not sure about its dimensions Andy but he’s admitted it takes two hours to change size.

Comment by John

Sounds like Billy is having fun…

Hope no one nicks my phone, as it has sound recordings of me practicing songs for gigging!

Comment by Rob Mortimer

Oi Mr M … what about your phone having recordings of you practicing iPOD Singing????

Comment by Rob

I cant find my bloody iPod!
(and even if I could, I dont think im ready to humiliate myself like that just yet!!)

Comment by Rob Mortimer




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