In the beginning, there was…well, there was all the stuff we have today, everything was just much closer together. Then some stuff happened and God or ‘The Great Something’ exclaimed “Let stuff be awesome” and then the Central Office of Kabbalic Installation & Earthly Deployment Administration Divisionary Association Department of Organizations Dependent On Omnipotence (C.O.O.K.I.E. D.A.D.A. D.O.O.D.O.O.) got to work on planets and whatever creatures could be compiled at the time with very few or no errors and BAM!
Or ZIP! or POW!, I don’t know. I wasn’t there. But basically, you fast forward that timeline a few weeks and here we are, when at any given moment, there are hundreds of thousands of millions of billions of trillions of quadrillions of people toiling away furiously, groping integers and polishing recursive function into oblivion.
I try to imagine explaining that to people who lived in a time of very limited communication – smoke signals, beacons, lean and speedy messengers running through fields, that era. Which is, in fact, most of our history.
Horse-powered travel was the fastest way to travel until 1804 – the year trains were invented in England. There was a regression, due to various wars and other events, perpetuated largely by the Mongols, and the Roman empire.
This is something I found particularly notable: the technology in use during the age of the Roman empire actually surpasses that of the technology used one thousand years later.
A big reason for this is because when Rome fell, few people understood the Roman machinations, devices, and underlying operating principles.
If there was a great war today, and all technology were destroyed (and along with it, any instruction on its use or construction), how do you explain so much to new generations, without the benefit of context or example?
In order to make an apple pie from scratch…
Yes, the 1980’s was tough for us all, but we made it. What am I talking about here? Nothing. I’m making words as files upload to a server. I must confess; at times, I just like to feel my fingers on the keyboard. Usually this results in writing lots of code or music, but at times, words seems necessary.
Also, to my loyal readers: As the two of you may have noticed, I’ve switched to WordPress to power by blog. I like it.
Update, May 2013: Wow. Memories. Less than a month or so after this post, I began design and development exclusively for WordPress sites.