Saturday, June 12, 2010

All Good Things Must Come To An End

It's been said many times about many things, "All good things must come to an end,"
but some things are better not to come to an end. A few days ago a co-worker had a Car magazine at work, he showed me an article about a hopped up Challenger going up against a Ferrari or something like that. Three of us looked at the pictures of the cars while discussing it and checking it out. The magazine sorta got passed around then was left on a table so others could see and enjoy it to. It was a cool little article with nice pictures to go along with it, and writing that got you excited and telling about what it took to make that old car roll. Then I mentioned a nice old restored motorcycle called a Brough I'd read about. As I tried to explain the coolness of the bike I could see he didn't quite grasp what I was saying while he tried to envision the machine. Being that we don't carry computers around in our pockets, there was no way I could show him about what I'd read on line. Even if I had an IPAD it would have been hard to see all the detail on that itty bitty little screen much less would I just leave it about to be passed around then left on a table.
Sharing on-line articles is tough to do with a group on such a small phone think pad or whatever you call them things. Now had I had a printed magazine with an article on the motorcycle, well, I could have brought it in during break to show them, left it with them to read at their liesure.

Anyhow, I just don't believe all this hype by so-called experts that print media is dead as in things I've read in sources like "Publishing Executive". I believe that whom ever stays the course with print media will see a resurgence in readership. Besides, I don't like being tied to only being able to read as long as I have cable access, a computer and electricity. Reading print material has way to many pluses.


boomer64 said...

If I might be so bold, I didn't know Brough motorcycles existed, but once I saw your blog, I just spent the last HOUR looking up web sites and various articles and info on them. I hate to say this, but if I had been standing there, I'd be asking a lot of questions. These look like neat bikes, the ones you might find in grandpa's barn waiting for restoration. I am not a big ol whiz bang when it comes to knowing some of the lesser known models, but I am trying to learn as I go. What your post suggests to me is that sometimes ya gotta wanna learn, and some folks just don't wanna, if you get my drift. I agree with you. The printed word is probably more enjoyable, to me, because you dont need all that other stuff to use it.

WooleyBugger said...

Hey Boomer64,
I'm happy I was able to introduce you to another fine piece of motorcycle history. The simplicity of the equipment of those times amazes me with the machines produced, and that survived, all these years. No CNC, no water jets, no computer models to make it all fit before trial. Those were real artisans back then my friend.
And yes, I do get your drift.

You know I agree about the printed word. Who wants to balance a laptop on their knees when in the outhouse anyhow ya know.

Willy D said...

That last comment ranked right up there with morons in the bathroom on a cell. Wipe your arse and take it outside. I don’t want to listen to you whining to your girlfriend.

Print will always be around. News is getting its butt kicked. But enthusiast rags for anything will always be there.

Ran into a few Brough Superiors at the Solvang Motorcycle Museum. Gotta’ get back down there soon. Two hundred miles down. Spend the day at the museum. Two hundred miles back. The perfect summer day