Friday, November 2, 2007

22 years ago, dinosaurs (and my friends) roamed the earth

Seriously – 22 years is very long time... I recently hooked up with a close school friend whom I haven't seen in 22 years... a lifetime. By “close”, I mean that’s what we were then, but I haven’t seen her since. And while I feel like practically the same person, the world around me is pretty much a different planet. Country boundaries changed, some wars finished, new wars began, and technology changed a bit (!) and, well, my friend from 22 years ago turns out to still be a good friend :)

We looked at old pictures and new pictures of people we knew - people we know... and it really made it clear how much time has passed. I started to think of the things lost and the things gained in those years... so let's start two lists:

What we have today that we didn’t have 22 years ago:
  • Google, Yahoo, Facebook, MySpace.
  • WikiPedia, Technorati, Techcrunch.
  • Firefox, Safari, YouTube.
  • The web.
  • Laptops, iPods, flash drives, USB, 250gb hard drives the size of a British cucumber sandwich.
  • Digital Cameras (?).
  • Cell Phones (well... there was one I saw the size of a microwave oven).
  • Windows Vista, XP, NT, 3.1, 2.0.
  • Fear of Interns in the Whitehouse.
  • Fear of Republicans in the Whitehouse.
  • Azerbaijan and many other countries.
  • This blog, any blog, the word “blog” (and so many other words!)
  • Avaya, Agere, T-Mobile, Netflix
  • Brittney, Paris, Lindsay.
  • Virgin (Records or Atlantic)
  • K-Fed, J-Lo.
  • The criminal O.J. Simpson.
  • Shoes off at the airport security gate.
  • My kids.

What we had 22 years ago that we don’t have anymore:
  • The Soviet Union.
  • The big 8 accounting firms (Ernst & Whinney, Arthur Young, Arthur Anderson, Peat Marwick Mitchell, Price Waterhouse, Coopers & Lybrand, Delloite Haskins Sells, Touche Ross)
  • Wang Laboratories, Typwriters (I'm assuming they're extinct)
  • The artist Michael Jackson
  • The ex-Football Player OJ Simpson... Nicole Brown, Ronald Goldman
  • The artist known as Prince
  • Phil Hartman, John Candy, John Belushi, Chris Farley
  • Manufacturers Hanover Trust, Chemical Bank, ,
  • Floppy drives
  • DOS, Windows 1.0 (just barely)
  • Almost 3,000 innocent people lost on September 11, 2001, including some friends.
  • My Dad.

I could probably go on with this for a while..... but, I gotta get busy with the next 22 years...


Unknown said...

Let's speculate: What we have today that we won’t have in 22 years ... and what we don't have today that we will have in 22 years

JR said...

now, *that* is interesting... but where are your first suggestions to get the ball rolling? ;)
I may just start up an openly editable spreadsheet to post here to collect some interesting ideas on this new list... great idea.
For starters:
- Tower PCs
- a semi-normal climate?
- Brittney, Paris, Lindsay
You can guess which of the two lists that starts...

Unknown said...

let me try ...
- Dial-up internet
- Carrier controlled mobile phone
- gasoline price in single digit
- Crude oil in double digit
- Google stock in triple digit