1. Comparing the smartphone with a mobile water cooler, can only be done in the hot climate zones of our planet 🙂 But it’s true, the smartphone has gradually replaced other hobbies we might have. When will the next great human hobby replace the smartphone, is next question…

  2. I read today that teenagers between 16 and 24 spend the equivalent of two days out of every week on their social media and technology… it’s quite frightening when combined with another story that scientists suggest that children’s intelligence is blunted to the extent that they regress after hours/years spent on their infernal devices !
    Love the conversations on this blog, and your haiku responses…

    1. Hello Valerie,

      If they live life like this – they live only two thirds of their lives. That is, even if it can be called “living”.

      Futurists speak of robots serving humanity. Looks like we are nurturing them in homes – not building them in some factory in China.

      Thank you for your kind words re conversations and haiku 🙂


      Truancy in life
      Robots to serve the wealthy
      Pharaoh is alive

      Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

  3. lonesome desk jockey
    misses chatter of
    drink congregation

    A lot of work gets done in the staff kitchen or around the water cooler when people meet to discuss problems, and office politics can get ironed out, it’s productive. Less so the permanent screen starers.

    1. Hello Sarah,

      Yes, like most everything else, the water cooler and staff kitchen hold potential to cool off and get issues resolved.


      Meet to greet or shun
      Assists to build or destroy
      Bosses set the tone

      Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

  4. I am a big fan of pen and paper but what to do with that written word, unless it is typed up and posted on email or the world wide web how else to get it out there. Not a crib just a conversation piece Eric. Thanks for the continued support through the medium of media…

    1. Hello Chris,

      Yes, writing is the easy part, I reckon.

      And you’re very welcome, Chris.


      Lonely craft, writing
      Writing for one, a great start
      More than one, better

      Haiku: Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

  5. In one sense I agree with your commentators that our ‘devices” are killing face to face contact but on the other hand here we are blogging across the globe and feeling very connected, Perhaps a little less procreation is a good thing!

    1. That’s it, Jane dear,

      The devices don’t kill face to face interaction – people do, as in texting even during dinner in an expensive restaurant no less. But these same devices help us to reach across oceans and time zones to build bridges.

      And your comment regarding a little less procreation lends humour to a serious matter. Good one!

      All good wishes,

      World a click away
      Build friendships, learn and share life
      Beware not to spam

      Haiku: Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

    1. Hello Bill,

      Ah yes, the water cooler is the corporate river bank or should that be the market place, or better yet the grapevine.


      Comes out in the wash
      Laundry done, gossip exchanged
      Families destroyed

      Haiku: Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

  6. Another thought-provoking haiku, Eric. Even though I happily type on my laptop, I can’t help but think that our devices will be the demise of social interaction and productivity because of the distraction. Anything to do with innovation ties into computers, tablets, laptops, and cell phones. I just have a bad feeling and I wonder what the world will be like in 20 years. I try not to think about it though. 🙂 I’m sure you’ve heard about autonomous cars? There is no way in *&^%$#@ that I’ll ride in one of those. Computers crash just like humans do. Sorry, I’m venting. Anyway, have a wonderful day and week, my friend!

    1. I also abhor the thought of a driverless car but keep reminding myself that when the first horseless carriages were introduced people were equally skeptical!

      1. Hello Jane dear,

        Yes, I can only imagine how our great grandparents coped. It is one thing to know the temperament of a horse or bullock, and another to be manipulating wheels and gear sticks. The good part was, humans remained very much in control. And when something is about to go wrong, the draw animal plays up or the machine shudders and lights blink.

        With electronics – we are coasting along fine. Then and without warning, everything dies. How many times have we encountered a blue screen on our laptop? Once is one too many, I reckon. With automation, the level of control and reaction time is much diminished.

        But it is inevitable, isn’t it – and like our great grandparents, we too will have to succumb, I reckon.


    2. Hello Lauren,

      I see your comment as sharing and not venting 🙂

      Yes, when we think “innovation”, we tend to think of electronics and computers. But as we both know, innovations are sweeping all facets of our civilization.

      That said, I appreciate where you’re coming from and share your sentiments.

      Have a great week ahead,

      The human touch lost
      The art of handwriting lost
      Living in silos

      Haiku: Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

  7. I can’t help but feel that innovations are making humans into recluse. Everything we come in contact with will be through devices. There will be no need to procreate since cloning is possible. The priests will be out of a job, as there is no need to preach about love, lol.

    1. Your comment gave me a chuckle, Windy dear

      Trust me, priests losing their jobs is the least of my worries. One thing for sure – many young children and women will be safer.


      Chicken soaked in rain
      Fox laments their misfortune
      Crocodile tears shed

      Haiku: Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

  8. There is quite a lot of discussion on how social media diverts attention in the workplace now isn’t there? Innovation can be the cause of deferring innovation. 🙂

    1. Hello Ian,

      I like what you say – “Innovation can be the cause of deferring innovation.”

      Innovating needs time but some innovations eat up time due to worthless pursuits.

      All good wishes,

      Saved time is squandered
      Where my time went, they wonder
      Nothing to show for

      Haiku: Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

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