whatever happened to anna log?
November 28, 2017 1:28am CST
Anna Log lies forgotten in the corner, her curves still bountiful but her hands crippled and for ever stuck at ten to five. She is silent and still, having nothing to do but watch her replacement Di Gital as he goes about his day glowing brightly with pride. Everybody loves Di Gital. He is easy on the eye and simple to understand. Anna Log is more complex and that has lost her the battle. Interesting conversations I have #1: I can't tell the time with that clock face, whispers Girl in a maths lesson. Poppylicious looks at the pretty analogue watch on Girl's wrist. Why are you wearing that watch then? Poppylicious is a trifle confused. Because it's pretty! smiles Girl. Oh, well that makes sense. It is known that some dyslexic people have trouble using an analogue clock face. However, there are an increasing amount of students who join us at sixteen with no idea how to tell the time using an analogue clock face. They've spent seven years at primary school and five years at secondary school, and still can't tell the time! With the rise in technology Di Gital has taken charge of Time. Where once he was simply a wrist accessory that all eighties kids craved, he's now to be found on phones and tablets, ovens and microwaves, alarm clocks and at bus stops. Anna Log is left to flounder on church towers. Interesting conversations I have #2: Girl says, But this isn't maths! Why do we have to do this? It's so baby-ish! Poppylicious looks amused and simply sighs.
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There was a story in the news recently about how Cambridge University are planning on making all their exams computer based. No more writing. *gasp* I'm sorry, but if you're bright enough to go to any uni, let alone Cambridge, you're bright enough to use pen on paper. So silly.
• United Kingdom
I remember one time in the US, a teenage boy asked me the time. I had just taken a bite of something so instead of mumbling through a mouthful of food I held out my wrist for him to see my watch for himself. I was surprised when he said he couldn't read it. Now it seems that like most things, this trend has spread from the US to Britain.
You frightened me a bit there, I searched my mind so fast and so furiously, thinking quick if I had ever heard of any famous person bearing the name 'Anna Log'. I was calling myself bad names for being clueless about that famous person. Such a relief! I do know both of them after all .
@poppylicious What a delightful way you have of highlighting the amazing skill old people like me have of reading an ordinary, old-fashioned time piece. Learning the when the big hand is at five means 25 past the hour was quite a concept for young minds - yet we managed!
• Gainesville, Florida
Knowing that digital was the face of the future, but also that analog wouldn't completely go away, I made sure to teach my kids how to tell time using the old style clocks. I also taught them how to sign their name in cursive, and how to count change. You wouldn't believe how many college students who work for me that have no idea how to count change when they are running our cash registers at work!
• Gainesville, Florida
@Poppylicious And If you think about it, it is only a matter of time before there's a widespread power outage that sends the people of the world into a frenzied panic! People will be rioting over the fact that they lost their technology and are rendered helpless and pathetic without it.
The idea of not being able to tell the time using an analogue is quite a new phenomenon, mostly found in homosapiens below the age of 21. I don't even have numbers on my watch face and I can tell what time it is. Show that to the students and they generally become mind-blown!