Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Informational Cascades, or: Welcome to 2009, The Year The Internet Finally Let Us Do Anything We Want
Welcome to 2009, gentle readers! In today's post I propose to begin with a reflection on the past, then move to the present, and in-between discuss the future.
Since time immemorial, a perfectly sound reason for doing something has been the observation that other people are doing it. In this fearsome blog post, Yours Truly follows in the footsteps of both peers and ancestors, as well as peers of ancestors (Important note: this does not include ancestors of peers).
With no ado beyond that which we've already endured, I hereby invite you, dear watchers (!!!!), to feast your minds and psyches on the following odyssey of communication, technology, art, and that burning, eternal flame that is black-and-white minimally moving human-like creatures:
In addition, and in the continued spirit of calendar-worshipping, I present to you a New Year's Gift of One New Speculation and One New Truth, for a Grand Total of One Speculation and One Truth thus far in this, our fairest of Gregorian years.
- Responsibility exists only in the abstract.
- If you are not inside a Trader Joe's grocery establishment at the precise moment you find yourself in need a bag of freeze-dried mangosteen, you are going to spend your day unsatisfied.
Finally, let us also take a moment to celebrate that this blog just became even more multimedia than it already was. If I didn't worry that it would cause us to shriek in overwhelmence, I would post a celebratory song. For now, we shall suffice with a celebratory made-up word. And a celebratory reward for any reader who spotted the made-up word before it was announced it was made-up. And another celebratory reward for any reader who is currently shrieking in overwhelmence.
Farewell for now, dear readers! May your tomorrows continue to be affected by the things you did today and before that!