L.A. restaurant gives discount to ditch the phone

The Eva Restaurant in Los Angeles is offering a 5% discount to patrons who check their phones/electronic devices at the door before being seated and dining.

Nowadays, it’s definitely a common sight to see various people regularly turning to their phones and devices to check messages, text others, or post comments or status updates…all while dining with other people.  Often practically everyone around the table (or at multiple tables) is turning their attention and focus on their phones.

Should we just get used to the ubiquitous nature of technology in our daily lives–including when we’re socializing and dining with company?  Do phones and devices at the dinner table distract, disrupt and disconnect us from the meal and dining company?

Read the article about this restaurant at Mashable: http://mashable.com/2012/08/19/discount-restaurant-no-phone/


Pub and Prayers?

As of the start of this month, the Albany Sports Bar in Auckland, New Zealand started offering church service on the first Sunday of every month, at 7 p.m sharp.  This would be church service with a twist….a twist of lemon or a twist of lime I’m not sure.

Pastors Calvin Culverwell and Vic Francis, leaders in the Protestant Albany Shore Vineyard Church who developed the project, said they were aiming for a relaxed worship atmosphere, where congregants can have a beer during the service. The church will provide pizza and fries.

Hmmmm, I wonder what sort of images they’d have if the bar had stained glass windows.

And will the pastors manage to keep worshippers (a.k.a. bar patrons) focused when the football/soccer game heats up on the large flat-screen TVs?

My last word on the subject:  Amen.  *hiccup*

Here’s the link to read more about this prayer and pub fusion: Church service brought to the bar.


Envisioning the all-purpose handy computer

In 1995, when Bill Gates was 19 years old he envisioned in his book, The Road Ahead, a wallet PC that would be as handy as a Swiss Army knife.  Yup, pretty much an iPhone or smartphone.

He describes, “it will be about the same size as a wallet, which means you’ll be able to carry it in your pocket or purse. It will display messages and schedules and let you read or send electronic mail and faxes, monitor weather and stock reports, and play both simple and sophisticated games. At a meeting, you might take notes, check your appointments, browse information if you’re bored, or choose from among thousands of easy-to-call-up photos of your kids.”

Check out the article from Brain Pickings: The New Swiss Army Knife: Bill Gates Predicts the iPhone in 1995

But hey, how about a prediction in 1968 of something like an iPad!  Also from Brain Pickings is this article about how the science fiction writer, inventor, and futurist Arthur C. Clarke described the “newspad” in his novel, 2001 A Space Odyssey:


Our Google Brains?

Is the internet indeed ruining our brains? Check out this interesting piece and infographic from Mashable.  An insightful, kind of amusing (but sort of sad), and definitely poignant look at our electronic and online multi-tasking practices today.

I have to say that I do tend to have 3 or 4 tabs open these days…and yup, I’m guilty of instant googling to find info quickly rather than sifting through my memory cells.

Lately I’m doing that just to pin point the name of a movie!
Here’s the link:  http://mashable.com/2012/04/10/brain-internet-infographic/