There was a warm glow around the city tonight with an odd colour – pink rose. It was a nice night to enjoy the stars. They weren’t very many but it was nice to see them after what seemed like ages of clouds. It was also quite a bit warmer, thankfully. That’s the thing about Winnipeg, the weather teases you… When you least expect it will change from foul to fair and fair to foul.
So it’s a nice night to stay up late and type away to that ever growing internet. All those millions of connections being made, people meeting new people and the general complexity of the world increases ever so slightly. A slow subtle shift upwards in the global conciousness. Call me crazy, call me a fool, but humans affecting random numbers in such a way that collective focus on global events trigger statistical anomolies around the world sounds like something that people should probably be sitting up and paying attention to. It’s hard to argue with statistical data.
What does it all mean though? How is it in any way important to my day to day life? When is this noosphere ever going to pay my bar tab?
I think the meme saying we’re all connected in some fundamental but unknown way is also a subtle shift, but noticable in shorter time. You begin to appreciate other people more. You can understand that your attitude and actions affect the people around you in small, subtle ways, because the people we learn the most from are our friends and family. These are the people you are most strongly connected to and are subsequently most affected by as they are by you. A friend of mine once told me we are made up of shards of each other’s personality. Of course in order for that to happen there has to be a true self, a uniquness that is wholy and completely you, otherwise what would be reflected? It would all be the same image, like staring to too deeply into an elevator. Wouldn’t that lead to insanity? Surely the universe isn’t insane?
And now onto a bit of other news. I’m very happy with my first experience using the new p2p, Suprnova.org. You need to have BitTorrent to use it, but it works great and the concept is neat. Whenever you download a file, the parts that you’ve already downloaded are uploaded to others at the same time. Now if only these guys had a software client where you could do better searches and having bitTorrent encapsulated within, well that would be sweet. As it is I got to see the Star Wars Clone Wars that’s only available on the cartoon network already. I must say that I enjoyed it, short as it was. I can already feel the old star wars blood pumping through my veins like some endless source of wonder.
I quite enjoy reading Wired Opinion, but I often get upset discussing morality issues. It seems that morals are a behavior that are as good as set in stone for many. Moralistic arguments are frequently futile as neither side will concede to even consider the other’s perception, despite just being values trained into us since birth. Issues like abortion are a typical example. It would seem there are no right answers either way – on one hand the rights of a new living being that hasn’t even been born and on the other the safety and health of the mother. I don’t know where I feel on the issue to be honest. I can see it from both sides and I don’t want to have to make a decision. It’s incredibly hard to find the right answer but you can always find an answer, and that’s what scares me.
Anyways, I’m cutting it short in a vain attempt to cram the birth, adolescence and twilight of the development of a short story in the space of 8 hours tomorrow. Chef’s last stand against apathy and laziness.