Sunday Afternoon

Sun Mar 30 2003 05:07PM -0600

My last day off for God knows how long, and I didn't do half of the things that I wanted to do, but half of what I did do were things that I didn't think I would be doing. (Will my circumlocutions never end?)

Still, it is almost a decade since the popularization of the World Wide Web (I like to count from 1994, when Mosaic introduced the <img> tag and Netscape was formed) and I am amazed at how it has changed the dynamic of the world. This, despite being a geek at heart, having owned a computer since I was 8 years old, and having participated in the whole BBS thing as well as in QuantumLink (the direct ancestor of America Online) on a Commodore 64.

What amazes me is how easy it is to find people on the net. The magic of IM has allowed me to keep in touch with people I might not otherwise have contact with, and I've commented before about how geographic boundaries are less meaningful to me because of IM and, now, SMS. (But, yeah, it can't replace actually being there.)

Not to forget cel phones. Now that's a definite revolution. I joined my college friends yesterday in spirit when they gave me a call from the Berkeley marina (because, fool that I am, I did not foresee that I would actually have a full weekendâ€â€I could've actually easily flown out to see them.) (Oh, and there were some other blasts from the past these couple of days, which I will defer writing about for now. Sometimes I marvel at the bizarre and twisted situations I find myself in. But, like Cypher from the Matrix, I've decided that ignorance is bliss.)

I am quickly losing my point. Let me just say that, through various convoluted via-trails, I have found the blogs of people I haven't talked to for five years, give or take. (Lord have mercy, I have been out of college for five years now.) Yeah. That's what's on my mind. College. Lost opportunities. If only I knew then what I know now. That sort of drek. Ah well. Can't mourn the past. What's done is done. And all that crap. Urk.

Maybe I'll post links of the personal blogs of people I knew in college. Or maybe not.

Wow. I've just gotten in on an IM flurry. See what I mean. I will post this now despite it's general incoherence.

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