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tech, trends & more.

   Today, as pretty much everyday, is an exciting day for technology.  I’m going to start slow with my explanation about the wonders of the web.  In an event held by the Wall Street Journal Bill Gates of Microsoft and Steve Jobs of Apple sat down for a little chat, and made a lot of technologically gifted individuals (nerds) the opportunity to break out the champagne.  In their meeting a question was posed as to when this whole computer fad was going to ‘burn out’ to which Gates responded with the many futurists predictions as to the failure of various technologies (a great article talking about this is wired.com’swe are the web”). 

He mentioned how the multi-function computer was viewed as pointless an the network-computer a potential PC-killer.  But today we have both multi-function computers (cell phones even serve this purpose today), and with privacy concerns and a lack of need, only corporations use network-computers.  To get a great look at this development Kansas State University came up with a quick (5 min.) video showing the evolution of the web from yester-year to today.  So where am I going with this?  The world of web 2.0 is upon us.  The problem with using a phrase like web 2.0 is, some people didn’t realize there was a web 1.0.  Well, there was, and it served it’s purpose.  Web 1.0 existed in a world where an excite.com search would hit you back with a few thousand results. 

Today, if you google the word purple elephants on trampolines I’d bet you’d find a few million, if not more potential sites.  That’s crazy, there’s no way anyone would ever look at this much information.  So, what is to be done?  New sites were created, like digg or ma.gnolia, to allow for users to start digesting the information.  This digestion wouldn’t just come in the form of pressing ‘bookmark’ and then hoping that your computer wouldn’t crash before you became so bored that you would wonder through your bookmarks again, no, it was helping everyone start finding what was worthwhile.  A computer theory, Moore’s law, talks about this development.  It says that every 6 months (maybe it’s a year) the speed of processors will double.  And the craziest thing is, from when it was predicted 15+ years ago, it’s remained true.  A very similar concept exists for content online, the amount isn’t going down, and the same concept applies to every facet of our society.  The amount of books published in the past 25 years (if not even more recent) is equal to that of every book published before then, that’s lot of writing which suggests something must be going on.  A great book which speaks about where were going is D’nesh D’souza’s, The Virtue of Prosperity.  The point is, it’s important to start to learn the dynamics of these features.  For a laundry list of reasons the world is finding ways to handle this amazing amount of information that will inevitably continue to increase, it’s just sad that people are missing out.

As for trends, the world is pretty fabulous place, which isn’t limitedly developing from behind the computer screen.  An awesome book came out a few days ago called Chasing Cool, it’s a bit of a parody to Malcom Gladwell’s Tipping Poing, but focusing less on the economist way of looking at the world and brining in more of the psychological approach.  Screenland is having some awesome throwbacks like This is Spinal Tap and The Big Lebowski all summer, so it’s definitely worth checking out.  Also, downtown’s crossroad district is really blossoming, and ‘First Fridays’ has turned out to be a huge success.  Art galleries, thousands of people, no work, it’s quite the place to be.  Much, Much more to come…

So, some pearls of wisdom.  A few weeks ago there was a dreary (no offense) parsha (weekly reading of the bible) which spoke about the counting of the Jewish people.  The parsha goes at length to describe the method by which everyone is counted and then the actual counting of everyone, tribe by tribe (I still like to brag about my affiliation with ‘the tribe’), it’s really long and seemingly uneventful.  However, my Rabbi, Rabbi Michael Rosenbloom had a very interesting perspective which he described in his drash (sermon – the part when you were younger your parents let you leave for fear of embarrassment that you might decide that it was the perfect time to throw your paper air plane).  He said, when people are counting diamonds, they never get tired.  The metaphor is great, and the rigor of the parsha is so worthwhile when you see how the length is equated.  We are a loved, chosen people.  How cool is that.  I just thought that the poetic structure of the Torah was worthwhile here.

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Written by Joe

6 June at 9 pm

Posted in muse

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