March 30, 2005

Magic Keyboard

The Ghost KeyboardI found this box with a keyboard in it next to a coworker’s office. I found the packaging to be really interesting.

Looks to me like this keyboard is not your normal keyboard. It’s for ghosts! Look at the picture — we’ve caught a ghost on camera using the thing! What an amazing idea. Why hadn’t anyone thought of this before? It will revolutionize spirit photography. Instead of just randomly trying to get pictures of ghosts, you can make computer equipment for them and then set up a webcam to catch them in the act of posting to their weblogs. Not only is it science in action, but a good bit of spooky Halloween fun.

Or, maybe it’s a promotional tie-in to the Invisible Woman from the new Fantastic Four movie.

There is the possibility I’m completely wrong about the meaning of the photograph. It could be that this image is just a visual shorthand. Artistic license. But what is the message? My guess is that it is saying:

Congratulations on the purchase of your new keyboard! When you use new computer equipment, it makes you feel special inside. You’ll feel more productive, and you might even be more productive. Please, enjoy the new keyboard as much as you can. Office work will wear you down, killing your soul just a little bit at a time. Slowly you will feel like you’re fading away from existence until everything that ever made you special dies, trapped inside your shell of a body. Soooo…. anyhow. Enjoy the keyboard and all.

Yeah. that’s probably it.

Posted by James at March 30, 2005 12:07 PM
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Interesting. If I get a new keyboard, do I get to start over again with a new soul? Or will I still be a shadow of my former self?

Posted by: Julie at March 30, 2005 12:52 PM

Through acceptance of the new keyboard, you will be reborn.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 30, 2005 1:01 PM

I wonder if this is how the unicorn became invisible.

It's one of religion's great mysteries.

Posted by: James at March 30, 2005 2:42 PM

A practical note: although it says you can use the touchpad as a mouse, this ghostly person still felt the need to have a mouse handy.

Maybe touchpads only work if you are not fading away into the wraith-world.

Posted by: James at March 30, 2005 2:44 PM

James, you aren't supposed to ask how the unicorn became invisible!

It's a mystery of faith! What is a mystery of faith, you ask? Well, zip on over to the Catholic Encyclopedia for an equally mysterious explanation!

Posted by: Patti M. at March 30, 2005 2:54 PM

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