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All You Need is the Internet

Posted by BillMurphy Tuesday March 2 2010 at 4:03PM
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There are few things a person truly needs in his or her life. Food, drink, shelter, and the Beatles would throw in love for good measure I’m sure. All other things in life could probably be summed up as luxuries. But I’ve come to realize over the past few days that there’s something else which should be added to the list of bare essentials: the Internet. My fiancée and I just moved out of a condo and into our very own house (hooray for no shared walls!). Originally my internet service was supposed to be installed on the very day that the move occurred. But as I’m sure many of you are aware, cable companies don’t always come when they’re supposed to.

We had al ofl our stuff moved in and most of it unpacked by Saturday. By this time, I’d spent roughly sixty hours without the soft glow of the internet warming me through and through with its Youtube, Hulu, and Facebook. More so, I’d spent this much time without the reliable safety of my online worlds. Now of course I’m exaggerating here, but when I had several hours to kill without a decent book to read, or TV to watch, or even a fiancée to spend some quality time with… I found myself incontrovertibly bored.

I don’t know about you, but I actually just surf the same handful of sites when I’m bored, and next thing I know I’m not bored anymore. Or at least I’m less bored. What’s more important is that all my true timewasters are bound to the internet. Most of my gaming is attached to the stipulation that I simply must have an internet connection at my disposal. The recent DRM fiasco over Ubisoft’s decision to require an internet connection to play their PC offerings (and daring to call the monstrosity a “services” platform) only further causes me to shudder when I think of what life would be like if I didn’t have an internet connection.

What else do I need the internet for? I own the Xbox 360 and even to enjoy that fully I need to have my internet connection running smoothly. We don’t have cable TV by choice, and instead do most of our viewing through Hulu and Netflix Instant… both services that require an active internet connection. In my new town I’m lost. I am one of those folks who eventually knows the ins and outs of a place better than born and bred natives, but in a new place I’m perpetually adrift among the unfamiliar roadways. More to the point, my TomTom needs the internet to stay most up to date. Yes, I’m one of those people who updates his GPS every night. Better prepared than sorry, people!

I finally managed to have the cable company to come out this afternoon, after nearly a week without service, I can check my ridiculous (yet addictive) farm in Farmville. I can stalk my friends on Facebook. I can creep the forums here as much as I’d like. I can watch last week’s episode of Lost. I can log into Allods, WAR, PotBS, Global Agenda, and play as much L4D as I want. Oh yes, it is good to have my trusty sidekick and series of tubes back at my disposal. I never want to be without him/her/it again.

Oh sure, if I really had to I could play offline games. I could use a map. I could actually call my friends instead of seeing how many times in a day they poop and tell us about it on Twitter. I could (gasp!) actually spend time socializing and dig up a few old books that always deserved a second read. I could even sit down and have a conversation with the woman I’m planning on spending the rest of my life with. But there’s plenty of time for all that! The internet is now! The internet is Peanut-Butter Jelly Time! The internet is LOLCatz! The internet is a pickle that has more fans than Nickelback! If I didn’t have the internet, how would I know when celebrities did something stupid? Okay, so maybe we could all do without that last part.

Now if you’ll excuse me, my gibberlings are calling. They’ve missed me.
 

causs writes:

Same here.

Too bad for your Gibberlings tho, days without their puppetmaster :)

Wed Mar 03 2010 7:20AM Report
Lt.Falcon writes:

My god, what did we do before the internet?  It's sad how dependent our lives have become on it.

Wed Mar 03 2010 7:33AM Report
Toquio3 writes:

What could you do without internet? Oh, I dont know, spend quality time with your fiancée maybe? I dunno, its just a suggestion.

Wed Mar 03 2010 7:57AM Report
UnsungToo writes:

Gratz on the new house

Wed Mar 03 2010 1:00PM Report
SnarlingWolf writes:

Update GPS nightly? Considering I've watched the same overpass that I drive over every day to get to work being worked on for over 3 years with no noticable progress I don't see what could possibly change over night to need to keep updating it. But then again, I am one of those people that drives by knowing where he is and finding ways around things, I know contain the shock people I drive without a computer telling me how to ;-). 

 

I've been considering for a while now the possibility of getting rid of my cable tv (or at least downgrading to the most basic of basic packages since almost all the shows I watch new each week are on CBS or FOX anyways). I love netflix instant and love being able to pick up a show I haven't ever seen and watch a couple episodes back to back a night. I watched all of the first two seasons of Dexter this way and now I'm on to the Tudors. I am pretty sure I could easily without TV or phone, but not without internet. I use it for everything and keep trying to expand on what it can do in place of other things.

Wed Mar 03 2010 2:35PM Report
BillMurphy writes:

When it comes to Cable TV (or Satellite or whatever), I'm pretty sure it's just not needed as much anymore.  What would be nice would be if a TV would come with a simple built in Hulu or other Internet functionality, allowing you to hook it up to your wireless or other internet and stream all the shows you could ever stand.

As for spending quality time with my fiancee?  How dare you suggest such outlandish possibilities!  Heresy!

Wed Mar 03 2010 4:25PM Report
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