Thursday, December 31, 2009

End of the Aughts

I almost always have a graphic or two to illustrate a post because I am a designer who "draws a box" around ideas whether it be writing, building websites or just playing around with tech to do things like BRT. For this post, I'll forgo graphics and put up a fairly short and incomplete list of musings to sum up my feelings about this most unsettled decade.
  • "W" - Words cannot describe besides nukeler
  • Pop music - All image, no music save exceptions like U2 & Leonard Cohen
  • US Bankruptcy - Brought to you by Rubin, Gramm, Summer & Geithner aided and abetted by the BA
  • 9/11 - All too many unanswered questions
  • Iraq - Wag the Dog writ large
  • Afghanistan - It's Obama's disaster now
  • Surveillance 24/7 - started by Bush, continued by Obama
  • Orwell - More relevant then ever
  • The Banksters - The real owners of the country
  • Heath Care - Not
  • Tech - The move toward nano marches on
  • Tech - Like nature, tech has no morality
  • Tech - Is advancing at double exponential rates
  • AI - More pervasive then ever
  • Robotics - Insects lead the way
  • ALife - A slippery slope to be sure
  • DNA Computing - Is becoming real
  • The Super Bowl - The ads no longer rock
  • The Web - The end of privacy, the rise of the Smart Planet
  • The Internet - The last bastion of Freedom
  • Science - Fiction yesterday, Fact today
  • Smart People - Never have a problem saying I don't know
  • Curiosity - Is the reason why creativity happens
  • The Art of War - Is timeless
  • Tao - Is also
  • Genius - Is the ability to see relationships and act upon them
  • Creativity - Applies to anything requiring thinking
  • Global Warming - Game changer to the max
  • Movies/Greatly edited - The best - Up, The worst - Battlefield Earth
  • Books - Too many to talk about but The Possibility of an Island comes to mind
  • Pro Sports - The land of the overpaid
  • Politics - The world of the bought and paid for
  • Democracy - The grand illusion of our times
  • Peak Oil - A concept not understood but it will be, soon
  • Hardware - The rise of Haptics is coming
  • Light Rail - A notion Obama doesn't understand
  • The Singularity - Beginning to take shape before our very eyes
  • The Fed - A cartel protected by government
  • Software - Getting better, getting cheaper
  • The Cloud - Computing as appliance
  • Open Source - Rules
  • 3D Graphics - Avatar is just the beginning
  • Physics - Stopping light is just the beginning
  • Biology - Computation and immortality beckons
  • Quantum Computing - The Matrix is just the beginning
  • Humanity - Is not ready for this
  • Earth - Doesn't need us
  • Thermodynamics - Everything has a cost
  • Information - "From It to Bit" - John Wheeler
  • Many Worlds - Is a notion who's time has come
  • Fractals - May be the TOE after all
  • OLED - Fahrenheit 451 comes to mind if you ask me.
  • The Media Merge - It's already here
  • The Web - Is becoming sentient
  • Obama - Change we can make believe in
  • Passivity & Sloth - The mantra of the US citizen
  • Creativity - Is within all of us if we have the courage to make it so
  • Excellence - Requires sacrifice, something to be avoided at all costs when instant gratification isn't fast enough
  • Experts - Anyone who says they are, aren't
  • The Future - Guessing is permitted, predicting isn't
  • Black Swans - Are everywhere
  • Luck - Is a very big deal
  • Chaos, Quantum Mechanics, Fractals & The Laws of Initial Conditions & Thermodynamics - Rule
  • Humor - A defining trait of man
  • Friendship - Without it, we are nothing
  • 2010 - The second decade of the 21st century looms...and, Happy New Year! :)
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