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It’s all Merlin’s fault…

Does anyone remember MERLIN?  (1978)   I was 8 years old.  My desire to have that toy was so strong that I still get exited when watching this YouTube commercial.  

I think this was the start of my obsession with technology.  

Ok, so MERLIN came out around the same time Little House on the Prairie was hitting Prime Time.  Another favorite of mine:  The Adventures of the Wilderness Family.  

I had never felt so conflicted.  Here was a game that could do EVERYTHING…even play magic square.  And these people were chucking it all and living off the land.  

Well, turns out I never got a MERLIN. 

Instead, I watched Little House every Monday evening with my family and saw all the Wilderness Family movies.  I helped my Dad make a macrame hanging table, a side table shaped like a big hand, and other interesting hands-on projects. I devoured any book about wilderness living, including my Mom’s Prairie Living manuals and made my own makeup with food coloring and vaseline.  I was resourceful, for sure. 

Eventually, my school got one computer.  I was in 7th grade and I was in HEAVEN.  Of course, we played Oregon Trail.  Another contradiction…using technology to pretend we were explorers????  Anyway, I majored in computer programming for a couple of years in college before enrolling in an Occupational Therapy program.  

Fast forward to 2010. 

I bought myself an iPhone (which has much more than Merlin’s “6 games and 20 voices”.  I use technology to make life easier.  I still love to bake from scratch and build things from scratch.  I want MORE time to do my favorite hands-on projects.  Technology has allowed me to do more and have more time for things I LIKE to do. 

Update: added 1/24/10 

So, I guess my point is that somewhere along the way, I was able to combine my wilderness-living mentality with an interest in technology and use BOTH to enhance my life.  Technology is no longer just video games, typing papers on Word, etc.  It’s not a “just for fun” tool.  As technology becomes easier to use, there will be even more application to our daily lives…even for those of us who abhor the thought of texting, twittering, blogging, online shopping….you get the idea.  

Our lives are busy.  We work, we raise children,  we navigate busy towns/cities.  We try to stay in touch with others.  We try to do all this AND find time to enjoy our lives.  I believe technology is the tool that will allow this.

Categories: Technology Tools

Tool Belt

Which technology tools do I go to most often to organize time, projects, and information?

  • Microsoft OneNote 2007
  • GoogleReader
  • iPhone (most used apps:  MobileNoter, GoogleReader, more about apps later)
  • Mindjet MindManager
  • Wish Lists
  •,, Make Magazine

In future posts, I will show you how I use these tools. 

What are your favorite tech tools for managing your life?  Click comments to share…