Computer mice have gotten a lot more sophisticated over the years. what started as a little ball embedded in a cocoon of plastic and tiny rubber wheels has given way to lasers and infrared and bluetooth and scroll pads and other technological sorcery to give the end user almost telepathic connectivity to their computers.
I just found this one today – they’re calling it The Flying Mouse.
You see it yet? It’s strapped to his wrist!
I had a wireless mouse – ancient tech when measured against being able to flutter your hands about and make the computer respond to you – but not so ancient it still has a tail. This summer, I rather rudely banged the little red plastic guy with my elbow, and he bounced off the hardwood floor.
Shockingly enough, he survived his rough treatment and still communicated with my computer.
When he felt like it.
See – I kinda look at our tech-saturated world with different eyes. Electronic devices aren’t simply plastic and wire and silicon bits powered by electricity and communicating with each other through fiber-optic cables…
All our bits of tech are actually an extremely advanced race of superbeings.
Vastly more intelligent than we poor, primitive meat-sacks are.
And they co-habitate with us in an effort to study this lesser species and learn about us.
Sooooo – my mouse took a nose-dive off my desk, and bounced at least twice on my hardwood floor. I think it never forgot this attack on it’s little plastic person, and spent the next 6 months torturing me.
It’d track fine for awhile, then become semi-unresponsive. It would sometimes initiate a click when I hadn’t pushed the appropriate button. The pointer would occasionally wander drunkenly across the computer screen even when the mouse wasn’t being moved.
I used to tell people it was possessed. I finally realized it wasn’t an evil spirit…it was just PISSED at me for not taking better care of it.
So this Christmas, the kids went out and bought me a new mouse. I celebrated by throwing the old, full-of-attitude one across the room where it shattered rather excitedly.
So everyone take a brief moment to welcome the little purple guy.
It’s always the simple things that make your day wonderful 😀