Friday, August 13, 2010

Blogging from my android phone. On the road.

So, I'm the proud owner of an android based phone now, a T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide. Ok, it's really and HTC phone, but that's not really important right now. What's important is that I've failed you, my three readers. For that, I apologize, but only in words, not in crisp new $100 bills. For that, I don't apologize, although it might up my readership a bit.

I have been rather busy over the last few weeks, you see. I'm currently en route to deliver my daughter (and my dollars) to Bellhaven University (it's in Mongolia, Mr. Stalker/Kidnapper), we've been looking at nearly every four bedroom house for sale in the Spanish Fort school district (in Spain, of course, Mr. Stalker/Kidnapper), and I've started a new job (still in Mobile) that's been keeping me busy, not to mention spending a lot of weekends out of town, watching my young nieces for a week (not to worry, Joe and Teri, they were fun!), fixing cars, searching for a car for my daughter to drive across the Atlantic, Europe, and Asia to Mongolia (she's pickier than I, I think! I even got a sunburn on my head one day from the exposure when I didn't think to wear a hat), and who knows what else.  So, I haven't taken much time for blogging over the last month and a half.

Anyway, the other day I was talking with my brother about the world and how it really hasn't changed much until the last one to two hundred years. Really, the only major revolutions that the world has seen are 1) the internal combustion engine, which made man's expansion into the world much quicker, made the world a smaller place, allowed men to travel with ease and spread out, increased productivity through farming and other implements; and 2) the electric/electronic revolution. (My brother also pointed to the printing press as a third major change, but, while bringing printed material to the masses, I feel its impact was not quite as revolutionary as the other two mentioned.) 

If you stop and think about it, things really don't seem that different throughout history until the late 1800s, when the internal combustion engine and man-harnessed electricity came on the scene, and the mid 1900s, when electronic devices started to join the party. Now, going back to that printing press idea, perhaps the recent influx of technology owes to improved teaching and learning from the widespread availability of educational material. However, the "widespread" aspect really began to take off with the coming of age of the internal combustion engine and the vehicles it made possible to deliver those printed media to various locales.

And now, here I am, writing a note about the world on a pad that's smaller than my hand, and my daughter will be able to read it in Mongolia the instant I push "publish" (well, if she read my blog she could, but you can read it wherever you happen to be, and I'm publishing it while on the road in an internal combustion engine powered vehicle that's making it possible for me to take my daughter off to college hundres of miles from from home over a weekend).  Cool.  What's the next revolution that may actually change the world, do you think?

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