Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Thank G-d for the Internet

Try going back in time thirty, fifty, hundred years and telling people that one day soon each person in their home will have access to the biggest repository of information ever. Instant, very cheap access, with a phenomenal search engine supplied by a magic thing called a google. They wouldn't believe you. Rightly so.

I still love books, will continue to buy up ridiculous amounts of them on numerous subjects, but the internet has changed the way I research and reference stuff. Every so often I take a step back and allow my mind to be boggled by the overwhelming nature of the internet.

Like many consequences of modern technology, it has phenomenal potential for good or for bad. I don't need to tell anyone what the bad aspect is. But stop and think about the good. Some people remember the days when you had to go hunting high and low for an idea in an encyclopaedia. Best we could manage was to suck on a damp piece of cloth. I used to get up in the morning, work 29 hours at mill for no pay, come home, eat a bag of gravel and our mum and our dad would put us to sleep by killing us and jumping up and down on our graves - if we were lucky! Sorry, this relatively serious post has been hijacked. But by whom? I want you to name all of them (including the dead one).

TRK

14 Comments:

At 4/20/2005 3:28 PM, Anonymous chanandler bong said...

I need someone to babysit me.

 
At 4/20/2005 7:54 PM, Blogger yeshivadays said...

I agree the internet has a lot of good to it.

 
At 4/20/2005 9:34 PM, Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said...

cb,

I thought philosophy majors are capable of looking after themselves?

YD,

thanks.

TRK

 
At 4/21/2005 5:35 AM, Blogger Shoshana said...

I love the Internet for many reasons, but one of the best is that I can now do all my research for papers without ever entering the school library. It is incredible the difference since I started college way too many years ago.

 
At 4/21/2005 6:35 AM, Blogger ultrafrumguy said...

don't know their names, but it was monty python (probably john cleese was one of them). anyway you must have some british blood to quote them!

 
At 4/21/2005 6:42 AM, Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said...

Shosh,

It really is incredible. Sad thing is that soon there will be people who view us as fuddy duddies because we grew up in an age before internet access and mobile phones.

UFG,

Correct! Or maybe I just happen to be well educated about comedy from both sides of the Pond. It is a classic sketch. JC was one, can you name the others? (No cheating though).

TRK

 
At 4/21/2005 11:43 AM, Anonymous Chanandler Bong said...

No, I need a babysitter at all times.

Idle hands.

 
At 4/21/2005 2:38 PM, Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said...

cb,

Keep talking, you are amongst friends here. In what sense?

 
At 4/21/2005 6:01 PM, Anonymous CB said...

I'm sooo not amongst friends here, Mr. Anonymous.

 
At 4/21/2005 7:14 PM, Blogger Foxtrot said...

Michael Palin
Terry Jones
Terry Gilliam
John Cleese
Eric Idle
Graham Chapman (I'm not dead yet)

 
At 4/21/2005 11:36 PM, Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said...

cb,

you know more about me than my friends and family. seriously though, most of us are anonymous here and I want you to open up about what's wrong.

foxtrot,

well done, I hope you didn't use google. "He's nearly dead". "I can't take him unless he's dead". Pure unadulterated genius.

TRK

 
At 4/22/2005 10:42 AM, Anonymous CB said...

I'm not anonymous, though. There are people in the blogosphere who know who I am.

 
At 4/25/2005 11:28 PM, Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said...

cb,

wanna put an email address up and I will email you?

 
At 5/02/2005 5:47 AM, Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said...

cb,

gmail me

 

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