Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
That is a photo of the card catalog of the Library of Congress around 1918. Now, many of us carry all that information and more around in our pocket. Less than a century later.
Which is why I'm always skeptical when I hear someone projecting what the future will be like in more than a fairly short period. Especially economists.
If someone in 1918 said "in less than a century, we'll fit all this onto something the size of a small book" they'd most likely land in an asylum.
(Prompted by a conversation today with a person who was quite adamantly telling me about the future of technology. I'm not saying that he was wrong; just that I'm skeptical that his predictions will be the actual reality.)
(Also, I thought Sweaterman would like the pic.)
Monday, September 26, 2011
OK, not really. But it is a break with one of those traditions that had been true throughout my life:
Hoping to boost sagging revenue, the U.S. Postal Service on Monday abandoned its longstanding rule that stamps cannot feature people who are still alive and is asking the public for suggestions.
It was a concrete rule that the only way to get on a postage stamp was to die. And it was a sacred truth that anybody on a U.S. stamp was dead.
And now that I think about it, a Lady Gaga postage stamp could really be a sign that civilization is doomed.