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Letters From the Home Front

Despite the fact that I live in a 21st century, multitasking world, I tend to regress into an old-school, linear way of thinking from time to time. I use my calculator only for adding numbers, even though it includes a lot of fancy functions such as standard deviation and subtraction. I have a personal computer for managing my business contacts, writing appraisal appeals, and stalking my daughters' Facebook pages. I generally see my cell phone as a voice-recognition device, even though it includes a 5-trillion megapixel camera capable of taking high-resolution photos of an underfed quark from an orbiting satellite. For photos, I instead use my real camera -- when I can find it. It is usually buried beneath the countless other peripheral devices requiring power cords and batteries strewn across my home office. Those, I call paperweights. And my iPod is for music. It never occurred to me that it could be anything more. But now, thanks to my daughter, my vision in one eye is ...