GorT’s second offspring celebrated her birthday over the weekend. As part of it, we had a number of young teenage girls over at the house for cake and ice cream (that got ‘Puter’s attention). As they got ready to sing Happy Birthday and then after the candles were blown out, I noticed that four of the seven were obsessively toying with their smartphones. It was all innocuous – watching goofy YouTube videos, taking “selfies“, and other goofiness. The remaining three, including my own daughter, continued to carry on conversations sometimes with the electronically addicted. This is not to say that my child doesn’t have her bouts of electronic addiction but she is usually controlled when in group situations.
I have trouble forecasting what my daughter’s 18th birthday will be like. Will there be real, personal conversation? Will they be conversationally challenged (lest we use some non-political correct term for it as I’m sure there will be such a term int he future)? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bemoaning change and the adaptation of our children to different ways of processing information. I think there will be some – for lack of a better word – evolution of how we process information and communicate in both volume and methodology. I just hope that there is some semblance of manners and mutual respect that will persist.
GorT is an eight-foot-tall robot from the 51ˢᵗ Century who routinely time-travels to steal expensive technology from the future and return it to the past for retroinvention. The profits from this pay all the Gormogons’ bills, including subsidizing this website. Some of the products he has introduced from the future include oven mitts, the Guinness widget, Oxy-Clean, and Dr. Pepper. Due to his immense cybernetic brain, GorT is able to produce a post in 0.023 seconds and research it in even less time. Only ’Puter spends less time on research. GorT speaks entirely in zeros and ones, but occasionally throws in a ڭ to annoy the Volgi. He is a massive proponent of science, technology, and energy development, and enjoys nothing more than taking the Czar’s more interesting scientific theories, going into the past, publishing them as his own, and then returning to take credit for them. He is the only Gormogon who is capable of doing math. Possessed of incredible strength, he understands the awesome responsibility that follows and only uses it to hurt people.