Monthly Archive for July, 2006

Evolution, Revolution

September 11. War in Iraq and Afghanistan, spilled over now to Israel and Lebanon. Guantanamo. Confirmed global warming. Darfur. North Korean long range missle tests. Pakistani sanctioned and/or supported large-scale terrorist attacks in India over Kashmir. More recently, North and South Korea exchanging gunfire. Transfer of power in Cuba. Mobilization of the Syrian military.

Make no mistake. We are participating in a pivotal moment in history.

I was thinking about the fact (not theory) of evolution. Many scientists concur that evolution takes place in rapid bursts rather than gradually. This concept is known as punctuated equilibrium. I am starting to believe that this evolutionary model can be applied to humanity and its history.

The rise and fall of Greece and Rome. The advent of Christianity. The development of movable type and the printing press. The Enlightenment. The invention of gunpowder and the atom bomb. The airplane. The computer. The First and Second World Wars. The moon landing. And soon, the culmination of genetic research.

I think that people who lived during the Second World War recognized at that moment that history was being made and that they wanted to be part of that. So too did those in the 1960’s witnessing the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, and the assasinations of Kennedy and King realize that they were participants in a rapid burst of history. And they did participate.

And I think we are either in such a period right now, or fast approaching one. And if it is not already here, it will approach faster than ever before, because ideas travel faster now than ever before in human history.

You’ve also heard that history repeats itself or that history is cyclical. You find this concept touted by economists as well as political scientists. I think its telling that the secondary definition of revolution is “a sudden, radical, or complete change.” What is the primary definiton? “a progressive motion of a body around an axis so that any line of the body parallel to the axis returns to its initial position.” In other words, a cycle.

We are in a moment in time that will one day get its own chapter in history books. So what are you doing to be at the right place at the right time when history strikes?

Brilliant Ideas: Tourist Remover

These days it seems that everyone is coming up with a brilliant idea on the good ‘ol Interweb. So much so that I have added a new category to my posts, “Brilliant Ideas.” Today I came across the following: the Tourist Remover.

How it works:Remove moving objects such as tourists or passing cars from your photos.
Take multiple photos from the same scene and the Tourist Remover blends them into a
composite photo without any interfering elements.

Take a look at this example:

Pretty impressive huh? What will the eggheads come up with next!?

25 of the best extensions for Firefox

As an update to my earlier post on Firefox, the following is a list of the best 25 extensions for Firefox. They have been classified into three board categories: those that add additional enhancements to the browser and improve a user’s experience, those that add additional enhancements to certain web sites, et cetera, et cetera. Do it.

Things that make me happy

In no particular order:

The way your skin feels after being on the beach for a week.

Taking pictures around New York City with my Digital Camera.

Retelling really old jokes with really old friends.

Monkeys doing human things.

Reading the Sunday Times at the kitchen table.

impromptu Texas No-Limit Hold’em games at my apartment.

Making my own ice-cream on my own little ice cream maker.

Getting a good deal.

Reading PostSecret.

Tinkering with the computer I built myself.

Chewing ice cubes.

Coming up with t-shirt ideas.

Discovering historical parallels.

Another Monday, another monkey.

This movie is great. This monkey totally fucks with these two tigers for 3 minutes.

David Hasselhoff

The Hoff is my hero. I heard that at the World Cup this year he was having trouble getting in and said to security: “Don’t you know who I am? I’m THE HOFF.” I can’t believe GERMAN security was giving him trouble – I thought he was huge there! Anyway, this video is great. It even has KITT in it. Check it out.