I work for a company that builds corporate class videoconferencing devices. Ones that let you join conference rooms of people in different locations, in high definition and high frame rate. 1080p at 30 frames per second. Prople buy them because they find that they don't have to fly people across the country to have productive meetings. Even with the bad economy ("Flat is the new up!"), business is booming.
Now imagine what it means to connect Camp Borepatch with FOB Borepatch, at 1080p, 30 fps.
No, it's not like being home. But it's a world different from calling home with the cell phone. Like when they scoop up Crash the Wonder Cat and sit him on their lap, there in front of the video unit. Or when Ivan the Terrier wanders in, wagging his tail. Or when the boys are smacking each other, as teenage boys will do.
No, it's not like being home. But it's a cool drink of water, when you've been in the desert.
We're living in the future. Sadly, I don't have a flying car parked here inside the wire at FOB Borepatch. Because it would cut my drive home next weekend to 7 or 8 hours. But for now, we're there, without being there. Man, technology sure is something.