For those wondering if the fact that I have not written recently is a result of me having mellowed or having found the world more to my liking, not true. I have been busy earning minus points as I tried to get it sorted in those wide open spaces of my mind. It is difficult for me to find much comfort in sleep when I think all the leftist gremlins are in cahoots—I see two masons shaking hands and I think conspiracy.
Now, before this begins to read like I wandered too far from the republican rest home, I note that some of my best friends actually know democrats; so I am not as close-minded, or perhaps clothes-minded, as I would like to be.
Some are slow to adapt ideas to a changing world, aimlessly swatting new ideas away with a no-pest-strip as though they were plague carrying mosquitos. Their thoughts, frozen in time, move so slowly they have been overtaken by a skateboard—and that skateboard was under someone’s arm. These are the same individuals whose ability to play outside of the comfort of their own sandbox has not been seen since the internet was powered by steam. It is a little like being a dinosaur while those around you are still floundering in the primordial bisque, still trying to wrap their synapses around the cold ideas distilled in the anecdote.
That is not to suggest that others do not think. I am sure they have dozens of thoughts scribbled on the inside of their head, but those thoughts are erased each time they play with their hair—brains not big enough to swing a cat in without giving it a minor concussion. There are fomenting alchemies of thought nuggets, but never quite enough to turn base metals into gold. Sometimes, when the lighting is just right, you can see their curve of illogic thought arching overhead like static electricity.
In normal prose, I tend to be few of words. I can get through entire days uttering no more than ‘uh-huh,’ a condition to which I attribute having exited the womb not fully-formed. Writing is different than the spoken word. For one thing it is infinitely easier and more pleasingly voyeuristic, for it can more entertaining to write about venomous ideas, not enough to kill my prey, simply to stun it.
Where then do ideas originate? They are not like sex in a packet where all you have to do is add water. The lack of thinking has led us to a tragic age most refuse to take tragically. Thought patterns are aborted before they germinate, as though the thinker was taking intellectual contraceptives. But believe it or not, I often find myself hoisted high on the petard of my own self-induced mesanic naivetés. When a spark of a thought enters my mind, I rarely let it go quietly into that good night. Instead I tear at it like Henry VIII coming off a forced diet—I know I mixed the metaphor, but I liked it.
I know rarely how my mind moves me from thoughts A to B. Today proved no different. Take the Poken. This device is the newest technological mind-nibblet—a tiny jump-drive device about the size of prune whose purpose in life is to help two individuals sync their personal contacts by pok-in’ their respective Pokens.
You have got to hand it to them, for it sounds like it could be more entertaining than syncing one’s Blackberry. If I understand correctly the concept, if my Poken pokes your Poken the Pokii mate—Pokii may or may not be the correct form of the plural, but it will have to do for now. Once the mating process has ended, and before mine finishes its cigarette, I have your contact information and you have mine.
This could be an interesting way to swap business contacts, but as I live in the land of the Jabberwocky my mind does not work that way. “Then he got an idea, an awful idea. The Grinch got a wonderful, awful idea.”
I jested about the Poken a few days ago, and then I thought about how this device could be made to work in healthcare. The Poken is a communication device, sending and receiving secure requests to the cloud to permit one to access and update contact information. Not much of a healthcare offering doing that, but what if? What if instead of letting me share my contact information with someone I select, it, or something like it, allowed me to share my personal health record with my physician? What if my physician was able to update my health record using a similar device?
The EMR and PMR applications would be in the cloud. The Poken would provide the “handshake.” One fully functional EMR. The rest is history. Thanks for playing along.