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.

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