In Spike Jonze's "Her," Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his operating system, Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johannson), in a world that's clearly set in the future, but not impossible to believe could soon exist. As the film opens, we see Phoenix sitting at a desk, narrating a love story, the words transcribed to look like a handwritten letter on the computer.
Automated Postal Centers (APCs) are kiosks that are available when post office lines are too long, the service counter is closed, or you want to avoid bothersome human interaction. They’re set up very much like ATMs that print postage instead of dispensing cash.
This year, we emailed an electronic letter reporting on our family events and offering best wishes to all the friends and relations to whom in the past we had snail-mailed Jewish New Year greeting cards. We felt guilty about switching away from the time-intensive activity of buying, signing and addressing snail-mail cards, and worried that the email would signal others that we viewed our time as too valuable to spend on a card.