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Technology -- do you remember

Opinion written for Canadian Community News by Mike Sterling

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As we get older our memory comes apart.  One memory sticks to another, but the glue is old and fragile and sometimes breaks.  It's just gone. Something is there, but it's not together as it should be. It's a jumble.

As we think, as we recall, memories come out like incomplete strands that are pulled from a box of Kleenex. One should pull on the next.  They should cascade out without a pause.  We should not have to dig deeper in our memory.

We like to think that as we pack in new  memories, we've just made room by getting rid of useless bits and pieces, but that's not true.  Those bits  are, after all, who we are.  We need them.

Here's how it goes with me at least .... I think of things from the past.  These are not words, but images. Row upon row upon row of images.

Recently a vision of a former mayor of Detroit, who participated in the decline of the city came into focus.  Why think of him? Who knows?  He's hanging there like an incomplete strand.  The glue must be dried up.

I see him clearly.  His face and his voice come back quickly.  I think of his energetic predecessor.  I see him too.  But, what are their names?  I should know them.  I must know them!

No need to panic, I'll remember and I do in a few minutes.  Meanwhile I remember the Mayor's WWII record as a flyer.  I remember the other mayor with his children going to church on Sunday.  These all come from moving around inside my own server space.  Without my private Google, I'm lost. 

All of a sudden the name Coleman is pulled out from someplace and then Young.  Yes, Coleman Young.  That's the guy.  A man with much promise but no friend of goodness. He controlled and participated in the cities decline by controlling the church goers not the bad guys.  Bad guys don't vote after all.

Eventually I pull out the other name.  I have plenty of time to do it, but I should be faster. Nothing is interfering with my name search.

How can we do it consistently?  Ah, I find that my friend Google helps.  Even without the real Google, I can do a bit myself.  Search like Google does is my motto.

Sometimes we don't need Google at all.  The pesky past just needs a strong tug.


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