What if there was no internet

I recently watched Danny Hillis’ talk on ted.com about having a Plan B if the Internet crashes. That reminded me of an old South Park episode “Over logging” where southpark loses internet and Randi’s struggle with life without internet. Both of them concentrate on how life would be without internet. So lets ask the hypothetical question “What if there was no internet”?

Admittedly its going to be tough the first couple of weeks. We might have to read newspapers to get the news, get out of the house to make friends, buy items at the local grocery shop. Post offices will get back into business. But its not unreasonable to expect that things will be ok. Governments and companies highly dependent on the internet might require a longer transition time but I they should be fine as well in the long term.

There are a lot of smart and not so smart people who have dedicated their lives to a career linked to the internet. They will be forced to look at other avenues to explore. After all these millennia we still dont have  a decent knowledge of deep underwater exploration. The recent giant squid discovery was fascinating and who knows, James Cameron might discover something as well with his submersible. So underwater and outer space exploration might be the direct benefactors of not having internet.

For a generation whose lives have been wedded to the internet, we dont know the feeling of sitting on a motorcycle and driving off without a destination. Exploration of the unknown seems an alien concept. Maybe that will change if there was no internet. George Mallory’s views on adventure are very profound. I’m leaving you with another thoughtful ted presentation:

Ben Saunders – Why bother leaving the house

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Before Sunrise: December 2004

I’ve been doing some spring cleaning (on my computer) and I came across something I had written almost 10 years ago. Funny how my feelings haven’t changed much since then. Not that I want to bore you with some old stuff, I just want to put this out there just to see if I feel the same 10 years from now.

 

Its December 2004, it’s pretty cold outside in Chicago and I’m alone at home. I’ve decided to get my glass of wine and put in the movie before sunrise. It’s been almost 10 years since I saw the movie last.

I don’t know if it’s the movie or the wine, maybe a combination of both, but it’s interesting to note changes a person goes through in a decade. A decade, seems a big chunk of time for a 25 year old person.

Optimistically there haven’t been too many changes, I still have ‘why worry’ by ‘mark knopfler’ and ‘desperado’ by ‘the eagles’ going on in the background. I’m still very confused on what I want to do in life, I’m not sure if that is a trait of my generation.

It was a very eager 16 year old watching this movie for the first time. Before sunrise is a good movie to inspire dreams in a young and fertile mind. You have the thrill of a train journey through Europe, visiting historic cities, meeting and connecting with your soulmate and having a magical night.

A decade later on, having lived in America for 3 years, traveling all over the US, having a trip in brazil and the UK, you tend to develop a more pessimistic attitude towards life. I have traveled through the Himalayas, but the farther we move away from civilization, don’t make you feel less empty about things not working out the way you want them too. Maybe all your trips are not as magical as you would dream, the all encompassing love people are made to believe in may not exist after all. Europe may not be such a dream place, just an overpriced over-hyped tourist location for rich people to buy their place in the sun.

It’s a wonder to see how many more of your dreams fall away on the wayside. Sometimes it’s difficult for people brought up on fairytales involving soul mates and the dream person  to come to terms with life where your dreams have no place in reality.

It’s interesting to know the same things can have different meanings. Initially before sunrise signified a freedom of spirit, travel and love in the air, while now you notice more the subtleties of relationships. The female lead in the movie mentions something about how in a relationship of a couple over time can get strained just by their familiarity of each other, by how a person knows the response to any argument and how it can get irritating.

 

That’s an interesting future to be looking forward to.

How I missed you

Its been a real long time since I grabbed a glass of wine and tucked in to listen to music. When you are feeling a bit blue, you have to go back to your old favorites and mine is Madeleine Peyroux. I’m also trying to embrace youtube in all its glory, so I’ve put together a playlist of 15 of my favorite Madeleine Peyroux tracks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yrar4gqiOw&list=PLoC8huLN8yT2G8K-Rs3BTrtnLI2ambrcg

 

The first song ‘River of Tears’ gets you in the perfect mood. If you’ve never listened to Peyroux, try her out..

 

Stop all this talk

Turn off the telephone

Open up another bottle

Send those people home

Let it get real quiet

Turn that lamp way down low

I’m gonna float down this river of tears