As I was trudging up the hill toward my apartment at the end of a long day, I was thinking about how nice it would be to get a dip in our complexe’s pool before it closed in less than an hour. Then one of my favorite kids at the complex comes running out of her building yelling, “Its my birthday Mr. Phil!” Holy crap, my favorite little girl, Zuree is having her birthday party right at that moment – and I forgot! “I’ll get you a card, Honey!”
I rush through the apartment and power up the RocketFish UPC, before launching my AMD quadcore with ‘CrossFired’, twin 4350 Radeon HDs. I’m firing up printers, lights are flashing, the six channel 540X snaps on in 140 watt mode playing the familiar Microsoft OS start-up theme, things are whirring and buzzing, clicks and pops fill the room as this multimedia beast wakes up. It’s a scene straight out of Frankenstein – “It’s alive…..ITS ALIVE!”. I’m tearing off clothes as I go, trying to do eight things at once.
In less that fifteen minutes I’ve changed out of work clothes and into swim trunks and produced a birthday card on beautiful ParchTone paper with a full blown picture of Zuree on the front and filled with pictures of puppy dogs inside. I jump onto my 24 speed, dual suspension bicycle and speed on over to my little friend’s apartment. I stick my head into the room full of people, who’ll use any excuse, like today, to get a party going and shout, “Happy birthday baby!”. Zuree comes around the corner and lights up when she sees the big envelope. “I told you I’d get you a card.” “Thanks Mr. Phil.”
Since 1991, when I first decided I wasn’t going to let my family get left behind in the coming digital age and signed on to N.R.I.’s correspondence course in computers, I’ve been dreaming of, working toward and building the kinds of multimedia systems that I have today. Finally, I’ve created the kind of tool that will give me the ability to do the kinds of magic acts that I pulled off that day. Today, because of the grand age we live in, I have the ability to instantaneously fire off anything my imagination can conjure. That’s what I mean when I say ‘Advent Horizon Reached’.
….and I still had fifteen minutes of pool time to myself!