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June 29, 2007

iPhone indifference

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu — David Giacalone @ 12:37 pm

Not only am I not breathlessly awaiting the newest thingy from Apple, which is premiering today, I’m not even among the merely skeptical. The only line you are likely to find me in this afternoon is this one with Union College professor Yu Chang.

watch out, kids!
don’t let those red mushrooms
cast a spell

…… by ISSA (translated by David G. Lanoue)

erasingSF Call me an old luddite, or helplessly behind the times, but this self-proclaimed podriah is going to stick to single-purpose telephones, while enjoying the haiku and senryu of Honored Guest poet Tom Clausen:

strip mall —
the shimmer of leaves
on a new tree

muffler shop
a man managing
his cough

in our doorway
a man reads to me
a bible passage

beginning late . . .
the under attended

the cashier
holds another large bill
up to the light

from the flower vase
returned to the garden

old friends talk —
each holding
car keys

breakdown lane
with political stickers

dining room
next to my wife’s chair
her dog at attention

……. by Tom Clausen from Upstate Dim Sum 2007/1

p.s. Have you ever noticed how hard it is to give up punditry (or even consumerism) cold-turkey? If you’re wondering about the economic and policy implications of America’s $850 Billion current-account deficit, see “Debtor Nation,” in the latest Harvard Magazine (July-August 2007).

1 Comment

  1. Is this technophobia dressed up as sophisticated indifference?

    The touch screen technology alone is enough to get me excited as I suspect it is a trivial prelude to a whole new way of using communication technology in the future – ie tap tap replaced by squeeze-and-rub is so much more organic, more direct and I suspect will allow much more complex interactions.

    Although I bet when the “smaller-flake” technology developed there were droll observers that hefted their chunky flakes that were saying… “give me the old reliable single purpose flake anyday…

    Comment by Jason Irons — August 13, 2007 @ 1:15 am

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