Sunday, November 05, 2017

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Post 1630. Sunday November 5





What utter balderdash! That fellow would have me believe a machine will one day take the place of the portrait artist’s palette and brushes.

I reluctantly gave him a chance. He led into a darkened room where I was told to sit perfectly still on a chair. He then stood behind a tree legged mechanical contraption, flung a black sheet over his head and bent down. Then, my dear, another chap stood behind him holding a peculiar device on a stick. Would you believe it, the wretched thing flashed brightly and billowed smoke into the air.  I was near blinded and almost choked to death.

He wants me to return tomorrow to view the result of his endeavor. No, my dear, he is wrong, so wrong.  Next, he will suggest that a machine will one day replace my pen and ink! What absolute poppycock.


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19 comments:

  1. Hi Keith - poppycock it probably was ... I wonder what we will consider as poppycock ... well done - cheers Hilary

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  2. This is why i try to keep my mind open about what they will invent next. Somehow i think there will always be surprises. You've brought this bloke to life, i can almost hear him uttering the word poppycock very loudly.

    Have a blessed and beautiful Sunday!

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    1. The best is yet to come, although we not be here to witness it! Thanks for your good wishes mimi.

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  3. You are even older than you look, Keith!

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    1. ! couldn't have acheived that befoe photography! Cheers CE

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  4. A simple story that's delightful to read. Your stories make me smile Keith

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    1. Your kind words made me smile too! Thank you so much.

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  5. This was how every new invention was welcomed to the world. :)

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  6. I remember telling my chemistry students that they could not use a calculator on exams, only a slide rule. Today's students would likely look at me with wonder - a WHAT rule?

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    1. Oh gosh, I'd forgotten about them! Now I feel really old.

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  7. How it must have confused people the first time they were presented with a camera and the resulting photograph. Endearing story Keith.

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    1. My camera still confused me today! Cheers Iain

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  8. You've got to watch those things, they steal your soul (or maybe that's mobile phones?). Liked the story.

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    1. Don't start me on mobile phones! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  9. Love it! It is amazing how fast things change.

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    1. When will it stop? Silly question really! Cheers

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  10. What utter poppycock. Next they will be saying that machines will start to take the place of people in the work place.

    Good story Keith.

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