Over weekend we had a game day BBQ for our friends. We were determined that all would not just sit around chatting and that the youngsters would not be "on their phones". So before hand we setup for games of Bocci as well as Texas horseshoes.
We have all seen the latest craze take hold of people chasing Pokemans all over the place.
So something that came up when we were discussing this was how people are not talking to each other.
Well this got me thinking about the forum and thinking back to when i joined.
Ask a question back then and one got loads of valuable input from obviously highly skilled or experienced folk.
Then along the way we start to get this term.....Google it or Google is your friend comes into play.
Well if we rely on Google then we have no discussion and google cannot replace human advice from people one has come to know even if virtually by the quality of their posts most often clearly demonstrating skill and knowledge.
Its so darn easy to become a passive observer or search you tube for some tuber that has made a video on a topic but in my view nothing beats a chat with a friend...
Case in point....i showed a friend of mine the power i have just put in the shop.
One item lacking is lighting. I have the fixtures but how to hook up.
My mind was complicating things with wire on the ceiling and receptacles to plug lights into on my temp panel board.
He looked up and said get those screw in fittings put fixture up in area where existing normal bulbs are, screw them out and hook your fixture up to the existing sockets.
Well Google cannot tell me that ........ so please i appeal to you all don't let the mobile devices result in us all becoming zombies and slaves of Google. Lol
Case in point again, a youngster at a client of mine is going back to school to do woodworking and despite Google he has valued and responded to some input from myself ....face to face and was most delighted with some woodworking books i gave him. He purchased some too. I saw for the first time how despite him being from another generation he was looking for the same info i was when i started this hobby except he is going to do it for a living in the future. If us old coots leave him to Google in have to wonder where he ends up. Google cannot express the passion or excitement we have for a sharp chisel or plane........
Rest my case. Would welcome hearing your thoughts before the zombie apocalypse or Pokeman takeover...lol