I don't let a day pass without cackling in glee over my running water and magic wireless distance communication devices. And then I gripe about how my Difference Engine doesn't perform wonders Fast Enough. Maybe this is why religions developed ritual, so people wouldn't go "Eh, yeah, walkin' on water, we've seen that. Ooh, hey, has that fire-eating guy upgraded to hot ingots yet?"
Rebus bubbles! I love Rebus Speech. To me it approximates the sensation I generally get watching a conversation in a foreign language-- body language and tone carry a general meaning of the exchange, but beyond that I'm lost.