Chronicling the transition from Microsoft flunky to MIT geek-boy ... and back.
Monday, December 27, 2004
Back when -I- was a kid, the world was a better place ... right ?
While wandering around the web looking at various reports on the earthquake that hit SE Asia yesterday, I came across a phrase along the lines of "... and in 2 weeks, everybody will have forgotten about this". That sentence made me start thinking about something that's been bugging me for a while, namely that I seem to have a really poor memory for momentous "world" events. The only major event I can think of in 2003 was the US invasion of Iraq, but there must have been a lot more things that happened on the world stage that I thought were noteworthy [alas, the oracle of Google isn't helping me -- a few searches haven't found a list of the major events of 2003], yet somehow I have no recollection of any of them. It seems like so many insane things are happening nowadays [Yushenko being poisoned, a 20 million pound bank robbery in Ireland, the 8.9 quake in SE Asia etc] that there isn't time for any of them to sink in enough that you can actually remember them for more than a couple of weeks.
The question I have is: are there really more crazy things happening than used to be the case or do we just have much better media coverage, so we're getting news from all over the world [that we weren't getting before]? I'd like to think it's the latter, because it would mean that things aren't going to hell in a handbasket any more so than they were before, it's just that we've gotten better at reporting the speed, heading and contents of the handbasket. However, I fear it's the former.
... and that's it for this installment of "End-of-the-year doom and gloom". Tune in next week for a discussion on "Today's teenagers: should we shoot them all and start over ?"
Location: Jamaica Plain (Boston), Massachusetts, United States
'74-'81: Lived around Stuttgart, Germany | '81-'92: Lived in Cape Coast & Accra, Ghana | '92-'96: Attended U. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
| '96-'97: Worked at Sapient Corp., Boston, MA |'97-'04: Worked at Microsoft, Redmond, WA | '04-'06: MIT, Cambridge, MA. | '06-present: Back at Microsoft
Married to a lovely woman named Christina, proud father of Zander, beholden to 2 cats.