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Even when you can't see what we're holding, our body language tells you that we're talking on a cellphone | by Ed Yourdon
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Even when you can't see what we're holding, our body language tells you that we're talking on a cellphone

This woman was sitting at an outside table at a restaurant called "Arte Around the Corner." For what it's worth, I also saw her from a different angle (which turned out not be quite as photogenic), and can confirm that she was holding a cellphone in her left hand...

 

Note: this photo was published in an undated (Dec 2009) blog titled "Special Edition Cellphone Wrist Watch." It was also published in a Dec 28, 2009 HOT Mobile Phone Offers blog with the same title as the caption for the photo.

 

Note: on Dec 28, 2009 I edited this photo, mostly to remove the shadows from the woman's sweater, so that you could see the blue colors and the textured pattern more clearly... it's probably not a big deal, but I do think it's an improvement...

 

Note: this photo was published in a Mar 24, 2010 blog titled "Buy a town to work at home?" It was also published in an undated (Apr 2010) Cheap Cellphone Accessories blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Jun 30, 2010 Technologeek blog , with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in an undated (late Aug 2010) "Best Deal on Phones" blog titled "The Hottest Cell Phone Accessories – Bluetooth Headset, Iphone Headset And Much More." And it was published in an undated (late Oct 2010) "Wireless Keyboard" blog titled "Internet Q & A." It was also published in an undated (mid-Nov 2010) "Wireless Keyboards" blog, titled " I want to build a home music studio. Can someone please help me out on what best accessories are required?" And it was published in a Dec 27, 2010 blog titled "Q&A: What are the steps to take when u hav an idea for a new product and want to get it out in the market?"

 

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in an undated (late Mar 2011) blog titled "Q&A: hp compaq small dc7600 form factor question..?" It was also published in an Apr 13, 2011 Cool How to Talk to Women Images blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Sep 1, 2011 blog titled "Alzheimer's Journey 2: Take the Team Approach."

 

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in an Apr 24, 2012 blog titled "Site Solves International Crisis of Women Dining Alone." It was also published in an Aug 3, 2012 blog titled "6 Ways to Make Caregiving & Dating Go Together ? AARP." And it was published in a Nov 13, 2012 blog titled "How to Survive the Holidays When the Kids Are with the Ex." It was also published in a Nov 20, 2012 blog titled "Trends That Will Help Shape Small Businesses In 2013."

 

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 2, 2013 blog titled "Cholesterol and Women: The Menopausal Spike." And it was published in a Jan 30, 2013 blog titled "The Sandwich Generation, Part Two." It was also published in a Feb 6, 2013 blog titled "Cool Computer Accessories images," as well as a Feb 13, 2013 Gadget and News blog - both with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it was published as an illustration in an undated (mid-Apr 2013) "Thought Questions" blog, with the caption "What's One Thing Standing Between You and Success?" It was also published in a Jun 4, 2013 blog titled "Constructing an Effective Retirement Plan," as well as a Jun 17, 2013 blog titled "Sobredosis de ideas en tu estrategia de marketing de contenidos." And it was published in a Jul 25, 2013 blog titled "Vitamin B usporava Alchajmera."

 

Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Jul 10, 2014 blog titled "The Surprising Perks to Having a Small Family." And it was published in a Sep 20, 2014 blog titled "Easy Parenting, Part I."

 

Moving into 2015, the photo was published in an Apr 20, 2015 blog titled "成功者不會做的15種動作 ." It was also published in an Apr 27, 2015 blog titled "Unmarried And Childless By Choice: Selfish or Sensational?"

 

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Looking back on some old photos from 40-50 years ago, I was struck by how visible the differences were between the culture of then, versus the culture of now. In some cases, it was evident from the things people wore, or carried, or did, back then which they no longer do today. But sometimes it was the opposite: things that didn't exist back in the 1960s and 1970s have become a pervasive part of today's culture.

 

A good example is the cellphone: 20 years ago, it simply didn't exist. Even ten years ago, it was a relatively uncommon sight, and usually only on major streets of big cities. Today, of course, cell phones are everywhere, and everyone is using them in a variety of culture contexts.

 

However, I don't think this is a permanent phenomenon; after all, if you think back to the early 1980s, you probably would have seen a lot of people carrying Sony Walkmans, or "boom-box" portable radios -- all of which have disappeared...

 

If Moore's Law (which basically says that computers double in power every 18 months) holds up for another decade, then we'll have computerized gadgets approximately 100 times smaller, faster, cheaper, and better -- which means far better integration of music, camera, messaging, and phone, but also the possibility of the devices being so tiny that they're embedded into our eyeglasses, our earrings, or a tattoo on our forehead.

 

So the point of this album is to provide a frame of reference -- so that we can (hopefully) look back 10-20 years from now, and say, "Wasn't it really weird that we behaved in such bizarre ways while we interacted with those primitive devices?"

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Taken on May 26, 2009