I have a fairly rocky relationship with technology - ever since I lost that three-thousand-word essay in university - but I've experienced some incredibly magical moments when it comes to moving pictures.
As a Media Studies student more than thirty years ago, I was faced with a documentary assignment.
A life full of awesome people delivered me the honour of recording an extensive interview with my dad, then following him around on our farm, in town and into the classroom with a camera - as he had become a teacher like mum - and pulling together my own little window on the life of John Andrew Colbert.
Looking back, he was only on his second career by then and still had a pretty big one to come.
Originally recorded on a video tape that has been kicking around in a crate for years, I was reminded of my creation recently when Katianna produced a short piece about my mum - another absolute superstar.
While Katianna filmed and edited the whole thing on her phone, mine was made using a camera much bigger than my head and featured hand drawn titles and lots of Enya music behind my squeaky little 20-year-old voiceover.
'A Summing Up' was epic at ten minutes duration and is now safely saved onto a USB stick so I can watch it on the big screen TV or on my laptop.
It is a truly precious masterpiece, no matter what the wonky quality, because to see my dad looking straight down the barrel of the camera still breaks my heart.
Dad's been in heaven for fifteen years now and during my short film my dad mentioned his own long-gone father, Albert, and the incredible rate of change his dad had thrived through, from harnessing horses to tinkering with the timing of truck engines within a lifetime.
Today technology has changed more than exponentially within a few years, but any tinkering would end in tragedy for the technological device if tinkered with by me!
Our technology isn't tangible like the buckle on a harness or the metal on metal of engine parts, it's all so invisible and powerful that we are ruled by only a handful of elite experts.
Do I want to keep pace with all current change?
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