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Dam! The Internet is a Small Place!

I normally wouldn´t post this. But this  is a story worth telling. A story that shows us just how small the world really is… and just how small Google has made the Internet.

Our family boat - 1996

The sailboat me and my family lived on during 1996; where we got together for dinner and slept each night. Our international house that travelled almost every island in the Lower Caribbean and Venezuela. A country were time didn´t exist and the strength and direction of the wind was the only thing that mattered.  Yep, that year aboard the sailboat gave us memories and awesome pictures to last a lifetime.

 

14 years later...

Where we in the boat when the gust of winds picked up? When the waves battered the casket like the hooves of a thousand horses?  We most certainlay weren´t. Because fate, life (or whatever else you call it) had other plans for us. My parents sold the boat to couple of Polish/Canadians back in 1999. And they were the ones vacationing in Grenada when the Hurricane Ivan hit the island in 2004.

How then, did we find out about our beloved sailboat´s demise?

The Internet. While navigating the web one day, my dad found a hurricane news article with our boat´s name in it. We each gave it our own personal goodbyes and thought that was it. We would never see our boat again. That was how we felt for 6 years… until yesterday.

¨The Kapsis Wreck¨ as it´s known now

http://www.grenadagrenadines.com/detail/kapsis-wreck/

Apparently, our boat was found by a couple of Grenada scuba divers a couple of years ago and since then has become a diving attraction for tourists. That bring us to the present, when my family did that which we once thought impossible: we saw our beloved Kapsis once more. Although saddening, these news have also brought joy and light to our hearts. Never would we have imagined that our  year-long home would one day become a tourist sight.

And even more unimaginable was that we found out about our sailboat´s fate through random chance in the Internet. It´s one of those stories that remind one of just how small the world really is. And how Internet is doing a great job at making it even smaller.

20 years ago, without the Internet such an ocurrence would have been impossible. And even 12 years ago, when the digital era began, finding such news in the giant mass of Internet information would have been unlikely, to say the least. But it´s 2010, and search engines such as Google and Yahoo have really brought all the Internet´s information closer to us, the users. Thus the technological advances of the last couple years have not only made the world a smaller place, but the Internet as well.

The digital information of today is just closer and more easily accesible than ever. So while the size of the Internet database will always be on the rise, the way we perceive this database as individuals will each day be smaller, closer and more personal. Until we reach a day where wasting hours paging through useless  Internet information will be a thing of the past.

Kapsis (1995-2004)

The name Kapsis comes from an ancient Mayan myth. In it, Kapsis was the name of a native princess. A native princess that loved staring at the stars so much the turtle god decided to turn her into a sea star. That way she could stare at the stars underwater for rest of time.

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Special credit and thanks to my dad [ and family = ) ]

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10 Small Things made Big Impact… Finale

This is the final entry to a remarkable list of 10 innovations, laws and inventions that changed everyday living forever.

These are the two most important.

2nd place: The Fountain of Remedies

Eternally open all year long

21 bottles…

That is the number of medicine bottles I counted at my parent’s house last summer. And they prefer natural remedies over synthetic ones

Which led me to wonder, how many bottles of medicine does an average civilized family have?

Tylenol, Panadol, Bayer, Aleve, allergy medicines, prescription medicines… that just naming the basic ones. Now try to imagine how many medicine bottles a 19th century family had: none? two? if rich perhaps six?

Man… times do change. Now a days there is pill for every mental and physical distress.

Why recommend several days of rest, when a sleeping pill can do the job?

Why recommend eating salad, when a laxative can work just fine?

Why recommend vacations, when a stimulant can serve you right?

Chicken soup, no way, I need Robytusin

Take for example the surge in the number of school kids diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in the last decade.

Time magazine says:

Two studies suggest some symptoms may be due simply to immaturity… One of these studies found that young-for-their grade kids were twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD as those who were old for their grade. (pg. 16, 08/30/10)

Misunderstood case like the following are quite abundant… I’m not saying that medicine is bad. Heck no, medicine has improved our lifestyle in many, many ways.

But like everything else, abusing medical consumption is harmful.

Sure, taking a pill is the easy way

Just not always the right way

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1st place: The Mouth and Ears of your life


You guessed it… that thing in your pocket made it to the top of the list.

I mean, who doesn’t have a phone these days? Who doesn’t get a bit “jumpy” when the battery’s dead? What more reliable lifeline in times of awkward silence?

The telephone

Allows the transfer of thoughts anywhere, anytime.

Took down the barriers of time and space in human interactions.

Revolutionized the work space.

Changed human behavior.

Also, the telephone shows no sign of slowing down it’s technological progress. From the bulky phones of the past to the sleek, camera, GPS, Mp3, Internet, digital cellphones of the future. Now a days the possibilities are almost endless – from surfing the web, finding the nearest exit to your destination,  to identifying a song that´s playing on the radio – the modern cellphone does it all.

Just stop and think….

Is there phone close to you now? Does it accompany you wherever you go? Do you use it to avoid people? To get to know people? To stay in touch with people? Are all of the above true?

More useful tool in the social life of an average person: none.

Telephone

Portable phone

Cellphone

Iphone

Lunch break at Verizon

Thanks for all those that have followed the countdown till the end, hope you had as good time reading it as I had making it.

Till the next post… keep it real

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10 Small Things that made Big Impact… Part 3

This is the third entry to a remarkable list of 10 innovations, laws and inventions that changed everyday living forever.

They appear in order of importance, with 1 being the most influential.

4th Place: Obesity as a Luxury

Thee who cometh, shall multiplieth

Or so it used to be… if we remount back to biblical times we can observe how starvation was quite common in most Middle East and European cities. Back then only the most rich and powerful men could afford enough food to actually become obese. Obesity was the by-product of endless banquets and excessive gluttony partaken by the ruling classes. This meant that the great majority of the world population in that era was either lean or unhealthily underfed.

Then came the late Renaissance (1700’s), and with it the expansion of the middle class and an increment in the amount of food available in Europe. It was during this period that a particular bizarre trend started to gain popularity in the wealthy class. Being obese became fashionable for the rich women since it was a sign of economic prosperity and abundance. Thus… obesity became sexy, as demonstrated by the countless nude paintings drawn at the time.

Fast forward a couple hundred years into the new millennium and the panorama has taken a 180 degree turn. Obesity is no longer a luxury, it’s no longer sexy, it is a health care problem. And a growing one that is, especially in the United States and the rest of the Western civilization. What once was attractive, is now unappealing. What used to be respected by all, is now a shunned by most. Its seem like the overweight/obesity rate in the USA (35%) is matched only by the starvation rate in Africa (28.2%).

Two completely different worlds.

One where people die because of excessive calories.
The other where they die due to the of lack them.

One where people fight eating.
The other where people fight to eat.

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3rd Place: Pandora’s Web

Lets see which monster is the strongest...

In Greek mythology when the mistress Pandora peeked into the forbidden box all the evils spirits contained within escaped and spread across the whole earth. Thus disease, evil acts, and monsters were born.

In the modern age, when the World Wide Web was launched in 1991, all information contained inside became available to everyone and spread like a wild fire across the whole face of the Earth. And with it a new strain of viruses and monsters was born.

The World Wide Web, now more commonly referred to as the Internet, is quickly becoming the most powerful tool of communication humankind has ever known. It allows users to literally do everything they need with the simple click of a button. What started as a simple information service has evolved into a giant web of possibilities: messages, business transactions, online shopping,  movies, chatting, webcam, socializing… if you can dream it, its probably possible.

Besides being an all powerful service tool, the Internet is also an increasingly powerful social tool in today’s modern society. The Internet is without a doubt the most influential innovation social life has experienced in the last couple decades.

Want to date but don’t got time: go to EHarmony

Want stay keep in contact with friends all over the world: Skype is the tool for you

Want to buy something: place your bid in Ebay

Want to find anything: Google it

The list simply goes on and on and on and on… and so does the the amount of hours new generations spend fulfilling their every desire online. Unfortunately the Internet has also dark side to it… it can serves as a portal where one can get away with extremely undignified transactions and propaganda… and worst of all, an excuse for a girl to give you her Facebook account instead of her number.

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Don’t miss the countdown finale next week Friday, Semptember 3.

Till then… have a good night!!

Pame
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It is sad how unbalanced the world we live in is. Where there are only extremes, no in-between. Isnt it crazy how people can fight hunger for two completly different reasons. looks and poverty.

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10 Small Things that made Big Impact… Part 2

This is the second entry to a remarkable list of 10 innovations, laws and inventions that changed everyday living forever.

They appear in order of importance, with 1 being the most influential.

7th Place: All of King Solomon’s riches in your wallet

No wonder Casanova always got what he wanted

Forget long journeys, forget armored caravans and fleets. With the invention of the credit card in 1920’s man made business transactions a whole lot faster and easier. Long ago, being rich almost always meant that you had to protect your own gold (using a vault) and transporting was always a “heavy problem” since gold weights alot. Transporting money was always a delicate process that usually involved some losses due to variety of factors (pirates, raiders, incompentence)

Then came paper money, cash checks – these new innovations helped lighten the load of one’s money, but each had their own flaws. Large quantities of paper money still take up some space (suitcase, a trunk) and cash checks are not the most realiable form of payment due to fraud.

Thank God, then came the credit card. Which allows the user the ability to carry a fortune of money in their pocket and buy anything from anywhere through the internet. Then again, as far as safety is concerned, no paying method in history has ever been 100% burglar-proof.

Pirates stole gold.

Bandits stole money.

Identity thieves steal credit cards.

6th Place: Nature as a Commodity

Where did all the green go?

Yeah… were did all the green go?

Is the first question a New York citizen from 1700’s would ask. New York City stands on what used to be a forest area spanning the island of Manhattan and all it’s sorroundings, but now that forest is no more. Thankfully, Central Park stands as a monument of the importance Nature still has in our concrete society.

I guess you can say… human beings have always taken nature for granted. Our ancestors grew up around it, labored it and learned from it. They would spend countless afternoons marvelling at the horizon and wondering what life had in store for them. All that reflection, amusement and joy that nature brought them and still bring us.

It’s not until you lose something that you truly miss it. Well, we are losing nature. It’s happening all around us and sadly there isn’t much we can do to stop it. Just by sitting down and watching a sunset, the stars, or the beach one can’t stop marvelling at the beauty of it. We come from nature… so why are we parting ways? Why are we being unnatural?

Besides oxygen and food, Nature provides us mental tranquility and a mystical sense of wonder. Since nature used to be so abundant, all humans used to get these benefits and much more for free. But we are in the 21th century, now many of us live in cities or suburds. We live our own hectic civilized lives. Even if we have nature at our disposal, we don’t take the time to enjoy it.

Thus, nature has become a commodity that only those with money…. or time can enjoy.

5th Place: Windows of Past Times

Only takes one second with a Canon

What is a photograph if not a window of a past time. A moment in time and space visually recorded for future generation to observe.

Photographs have changed art. The “realistic” branch of art that once focused on making drawings as realistic as possible has greatly dwindled. Family portraits take a flash and couple seconds to create, not an artist and several months. Paintings used to be only accesible to those who were wealthy and could only be made by those who had artistics skills. Now everybody owns hundreds of pictures, and can take as many pictures as their 60GB camera allows them to.

Photographs have changed history, take Vietnam for example. A couple of raw photographs were powerful enough to turn a whole country agaisn’t the decision’s of its own goverment. Who could have expected that a couple glimpses into a foreign land could spark such massive protest and civil unrest.

Photographs have also changed human behavior. From those who always carry a camera and are constantly taking pictures, those who avoid “picture time”, those who need to be in every picture…. but most importantly those who are constantly looking at pictures. What else does one do on Facebook? Look at pictures.

The countdown continues next week Thursday, 26 of August.

Till then… have a pleasant evening!!

Manuel
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I was blown away by the movie Avatar! Specially all the scenes in that took place in the forest. I was mesmerized by the scenery and all the creatures. It made me wish I could live there. The funny thing is we do! Our planet earth is not so different. Where do you think all the inspiration for that movie came from? We just take it for granted.
I love to go diving every time I get the chance. Last time I realized that live in the coral reefs beats by far what I saw on that movie. Our world is full of wonders, we just have to discover them!

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10 Small Things that made a Big Impact

The following is a list of 10 innovations, laws and inventions that changed everyday living forever.

They appear in order of importance, with 1 being the most influential.

10th Place: The Abundant Seas of Trash

The wastelands of the future

There was a time where the garbage man didn’t pass in front of your house, when it wasnt necessary to use plastics trash bags, where everything that was thrown to the earth would decompose and give way to new life. Sadly those times are quickly to coming to an end. With the beginning of the Industrial Revoulution in the 1800’s the amount of synthetic products sored to unpredecented heights. Then came the invention of tin cans, and more importantly the almost-indestructible “plastic”. Just take a look at your supermarket – nearly  70%  of the products there have some sort of plastic around or in them. If the 60,000,000 american families synthetic trash production is enormous, imagine the worldwide production.

Decomposition rates:

plastic bag: 20 years

plastic cup: 250 years.

plastic plate: 400 years.

thicker plastic products: 1000’s of years

9th Place: The Pocket-size Musician

Guess what God sent Jesus on his Birthday

Music has been the passion and profession of billions across history. A melody to a crying baby, a dedication to a loved one, a cure to our every day problems… the list goes on and on. Music has had as much impact in today’s society as it did back in ancient times. Platon states that his master Socrates repitedly had a dream that told him “Oh Socrates, work on composing music”. You see, Socrates believed that there was only two pure things in life: the soul and harmony – and accordingly he argued “that music was pure harmony”. Such harmony has been recorded over the last 123 years into millions of songs and melodies. Imagine the power to reproduce any music any where any time… that is the power of the MP3.

When was the last time you went for a run or travelled by air or walked through the city without an Ipod?

Might be while ago for a growing number of people in our society. Music relaxes you, makes you happy, inspires you. So it is no wonder that more and more people decide to spend their moments of solitude listening to their Mp3’s. Listening to music sparks sweet moments of tranquility where you leave all  worries behind and you are able to only focus on the present. Next time you walk through the city or university try pay attention to the percentage of people listening to their Mp3’s. The results might surprise you.

8th Place: The Unnatural Act of “holding it in”

Good Thing Big Daddy Wasn't rolled in Spain

Yep, cause the price for peeing in a public space or park is worth 250 euros in most European countries. Kind of crazy that a couple hundred years ago one could pee anywhere he wanted: from a bush in the side of the road all the way to the dark corridors of french palace of Versaille. Anywhere was a possiblity as long as one did it discreetly.

But in our society, evolution and social changes have marked certain places where the current human “should” liberate his urges. This being capable of driving a person insane at moments when one can’t find a marked zone. This rather “recent” social norm has impacted human behavior  to such a point that there are people who rather pee themselves than pee in public places.

Good thing “marked zones” exist though  because otherwise the magnitude of bad odor and bacteria would make living in giant metropolis impossible. The only problem is that… We all get emergencies people. I personally find that getting charged 250 euros (350 dollars) is a bit outrageous. Next time you pee in public space, try not to do a victory dance afterwards. = )

The rest of the countdown will be published weekly starting this next Friday 20th, August.

Till then… have a good day!!

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