Swamps

Major things seem so different when they happen to people you’re close to. Or do they?

This month has been absolutely crazy. Earlier this month, my dad got stabbed. Several weeks later, my best friend got married, just after a month of engagement and three-to-four years of relationship. One event happened suddenly, without warning, and one was calculated, albeit very quickly.

Part of me still can’t believe that either of those things happened. I don’t want either of them to have happened (although one of them was a very happy, momentous occasion). When you hear about these things happening to other people, you just brush it off because it doesn’t really affect you that much. But these people are my kin and very close friend, and I just can’t help but brush it off. I don’t know what it is, I just feel like these things don’t affect my life all that much–that things will return to normal after a little bit of time, and if they don’t, then I’ll just get used to the way thing will be. I find that things don’t affect me that much even if they happen to me: I was hospitalized last year and now I’m just living life like it didn’t ever happen.

Waiting for things to go back to normal is impossible. Because things will never go back to normal. “It’s kind of like you’re going down a hallway, and all of a sudden the building collapses and you fall through the floor. Now you can go down this new hallway, but you can’t return to the hallway where you started.” – a very wise person I know.

The permanency of change is partially due to growing up, and growing up is partially due to the permanancy of change. Right when you sit down and get comfortable with where you are in life, something will happen, and you will be forced to make decisions that will change your life forever.

You should not lament change; you should welcome it. After all, a stagnant life is a life not worth living.

The Future of the Internet

The internet has been around for quite a while, now (in technological years, anyhow). If we stop to consider its age, we should be shocked by how far it’s come in so little time. The official beginning of the internet happened in the 90s in the European Organization of Nuclear Research (CERN). I won’t go into further detail–if you’re interested in reading about the World Wide Web and its history, you can find them on Wikipedia.

Surely if you’re here reading my blog post, you know something about the internet. But if you had to guess where we’d go from here, what would you say?

We’re at the brink of an age where everything is interconnected. “Internet of Things,” they call it. In short, the Internet of Things is a concept where everyday objects like your microwave or your home thermostat contain embedded systems that relay information to servers through the internet. The servers will then take the relayed data and use them to make your energy usage more efficient. This idea is already being implemented in smart TVs and refrigerators, as well as with Smart Grid.

Once we reach the point where everything is connected, though… what happens? Suddenly the smart tag on your shirt is telling your phone that you’ve been sweating a little too much and is showing you exactly where your water bottle is in relation to your body. It’s possible that everything that gets created gets its on IP address–I’ve heard that there are more possible IP addresses in an IPv6 network than there are atoms on the planet, so we won’t have to fear running out of addresses.

Then bam. Everything’s interconnected. By the time this happens, someone has to have found a better way for humans to communicate. The internet was a pretty big breakthrough and so is wireless internet, but so were television, radio, telephones and telegrams. The internet has reached a maturity, now, that I’m expecting a new form of communication within the next decade or so. It will be slow to catch on, like all means of communication before it, but it will make Internet of Things more feasible.