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Want to rent a video?

This past December, an icon in the world of magazines ceased publication. "Nintendo Power" first came on the scene in 1987, and quickly became the top source for video game information among console enthusiasts. For over 20 years the magazine adapted and evolved. But the inescapable wheels of technology continued to turn, and "Nintendo Power" became extinct in the shadow of online media.

For sake of nostalgia, I picked up a copy of the final issue and thumbed through the pages. The articles featured the top video games of the past three decades, with iconic characters like Mario, Luigi, and Link filling the pages. Revisiting these memories made me acutely aware of the rapidly evolving culture in which we live. Many of the fun activities I enjoyed in my youth will seem quite odd to my son in years to come.

Here's an example. While we were dating, my wife and I often made a trip to the local video store on Sunday afternoons to catch-up on the latest releases. In this modern age of Netflix and streaming videos, the idea of renting a cassette tape will seem rather archaic in the eyes of my son. He will also be incapable of imagining a world without cell phones or texting.

Without question, every generation goes through the "growing pains" of technology adaptation. And every generation complains that newer generations are "moving too fast". But the curve has become increasingly exponential in recent years. In the "good ole days", only a few select professionals lived "on-call" lives. With social media and mobile devices, we have become a true 24-hour society. Do we really need email notifications ringing in our ears at 2 AM?

I certainly don't consider myself to be a "technophobe". In fact, the business of meteorology has benefited greatly from social networking and computer advancements. Our lead time for severe weather forecasting increased significantly, and that saves lives. The ability to share information and ideas has opened-up a world of possibilities for interaction with each other.

But it's still important to take a few minutes and "unplug". Admire a sunset. Play ball with your kids. Have a simple conversation with a loved one. Relish the sound of raindrops on the window pane. Savor silence.

Be still. You never know what you may hear...

NOTE*- Jerry is now on facebook! Here's the link: Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

By: Jerry Jackson