my favorite snapchat filter makes my face round and my eyes huge, adds giant john-denver-glasses and changes my voice. and i love it! using a filter makes short-selfie-movie-making less about how you look and more about how you could look: with big eyes or ears or as a unicorn or years younger or years older or with different hair or as the opposite gender. my niece wendy and i use it as a constant communication device; we are free to be as weird as we want to be or as funny or as playful.
when this filter disappeared temporarily – the one with big eyes and glasses and a voice octaves above my normal voice – i panicked. making a video for wendy as just me was not nearly as enticing and i sadly thought i’d have to resort to simply texting again. i wondered if i should write a letter to snapchat, but fear those at snapchat don’t read letters. how antiquated. alas, even without a letter of reproach from me, it reappeared and all is well again in snapchatland.
technology is throwing us all for a loop…well, those of us who were not born with it in our very veins. we are videoconferencing for work, google-chatting for play, creating audio and video files to fill in gaps where people can’t be, using photoshop to create slides for iMovies or iPhoto videos, layering audio files on music software, creating youtube channels and pic collages, learning how to change wav files into mp3s into m4v’s, messaging people via text, email, facebook, instagram, pushing our little cellphones to their outer limits (or is it us we are pushing to outer limits?)
we are immersed and treading water.
so much learning. oy, such a steep curve. all in the name of staying in touch in these virtual times. you can’t touch people but these laptops and ipads and cellphones are reeling from overuse. (or is it my born-in-1959-middle-aged-brain?)
but for those of us with analog veins, coffee is still coffee. and i am ever grateful for that. it’s a necessary tool in this virtual world. every day these days needs a bit of a jumpstart.
and as frank k. says, “that apothic. it’s such a drinkable wine!” yes, frank. another necessary tool – the coda of the day these days.
jumpstart to coda. and in-between, we tread, virtual wave after virtual wave.