Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Sat 30 Dec 00 06:33
This isn't just any New Year's Eve, nor is it just the turn of the century. We're turning the *millennium*, and we ask WELL members to join us in Inkwell.vue for a New Millennium Party and Online Community Jam. Post your thoughts, any weight or multi-vis, about the old and new millennium and the state of world as seen through your eyes and your life. And while you're at it, feel free to post top ten lists, best and worst, all the kind of stuff we're prone to share when the calendar flips! This topic will be frozen in a few days, our millennium time capsule for the world to view...
John Payne (satyr) Sun 31 Dec 00 11:33
The trouble with this turning of the millennium is that, a few computer bugs, most of which struck already, aside, tomorrow is very probably going to feel like just another day, like the old, jaded interpretation of SSDD - Same S###, Different Day. Almost takes the fun out of New Years, when you think about it, to see one 1000 year period come to a close and another begin with little more than a hiccup. Of course, we could have arranged for some excitement, say by declaring that all constitutions, governments, laws, titles, contracts, and so forth, established prior to the end of the millennium, would become null and void at the stroke of midnight. Hard even to think about, isn't it? Nasty business it would have been, too. Kind of glad we didn't, even though it would have meant a new start in many ways. So, instead, we muddle on, business as usual...
Erik Van Thienen (levant) Sun 31 Dec 00 18:14
I had all the exitement I need in a new year, when, after the traditional New Year's fireworks, about 3 hours ago here in Leuven (Louvain), Belgium, I discovered that I had locked myself out of my appartment building. All my neigbours being out, I had to start the New Year by bashing in the window beside the front door. Auspicious, I tell you... Anyway, I'm glad 2000 is over and done with. A false century and millennium start, lots of emotional and financial turmoils, oodles of red tape. So it will be on it's place on the trash heap of history. Let's hope the new year will offer some stability for those who need it ...
John Payne (satyr) Sun 31 Dec 00 18:34
> false start Let's hear it for second chances!
Angus MacDonald (angus) Sun 31 Dec 00 19:19
I feel kind of funny, because of having accepted that 2000 has not really been the beginning of the 21st century, nor the end of the 20th, so it's like leaving a buffer zone now.
Thomas Armagost (silly) Mon 1 Jan 01 00:15
John Payne (satyr) Mon 1 Jan 01 10:16
Welcome to the third millennium, CE.
dog (bud) Mon 1 Jan 01 17:26
Sympathy for the bashed window light <levant>, but you may have rid yourself of bad moves for the next millenium. There's a positive for you.
honoria (honoria-opera) Mon 1 Jan 01 18:58
My new millenium resolutions involve finding more balance in my own life and hoping that it will radiate out to my friends and co-workers, and random acquaintances. Happy New Millennium everybody.
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Mon 1 Jan 01 19:16
Great one, Honoria! I'm wondering whether the human race is going to get serious about space exploration. I understand there's a plan to build a "string" into space, a kind of tube or tunnel constructed so that you could drive a car to the space station, even the moon! I'm blanking on the title of the Arthur C. Clarke book that foresaw this... but it would be a cool development, though not in my lifetime, I suppose. I'd like to see a resolution by the human race to deal with global warming before it deals with us, and to build some kind of defense against stray asteriods.
Katherine O'Brien (feste) Tue 2 Jan 01 01:20
>I'd like to see a resolution by the human race to deal with global >warming before it deals with us so would I jonl! The weather has been so awful awful here; and the predicted effects on Italia - floods in the north and a desert in the south - are due to our own stupidy in messing with the planet. Planet's revenge.
Ozone & Diesel Fuel (ssol) Tue 2 Jan 01 08:37
I fear that we're starting the new millennium bound for trouble in that regard. With a simpleton in the White House, and a crew of head-in-the-sand, knee-jerk-pro-biz oil millionaires advising him, we're going to continue to hear that "science disagrees and is inconclusive on the matter". Those folks understand neither science nor the consequences of their idiotic stance on global warming. Anyhow, at least I got to ring in the new year in the company of my best and oldest friends, great food and music, in the Catskills. We were also joined by a large family of skiers from Shangai, who got stranded by the blizzard. I think they were greatly entertained by our drum circle's great racket as the clock counted down to 00:00 1/1/01. Oh, and I'd like materials and space scientists to perfect the Bucky-tube Space Elevator, foreseen in Clarke's 3001, and let's get on to Mars, already! My wife won't tolerate my taking such a long trip, and doesn't like to fly. I'll have to content myself with a jaunt to low earth orbit on a thread to the heavens, if I live to see the technology deployed. While I'm wishing for outlandish things, let's bring learn to be peaceable, and may all the children of the world be more generous with their cousins.
Bruce Sterling (bruces) Tue 2 Jan 01 09:48
I feel a profound sense of gratitude for having survived the 20th Century. If I live to be 91, I'll make the Centenary of the Atomic Bomb in 2045. I really feel that civilization has the potential now for a whole new set of awful troubles. The 20th Century' and its wacky obsessions are going to look as weird and corny as those of the 19th. It's good to be alive! Every day is a gift!
John Payne (satyr) Tue 2 Jan 01 09:54
> I'm wondering whether the human race is going to get serious about > space exploration. Nearby space, a.k.a. the solar system, almost certainly, but the distances involved in going on from that to the stars will probably prove daunting. Even sending probes to the nearest star will be a multi-generational project. But the asteroid belt (almost certainly a rich source of materials) is relatviely close at hand, and between that and the abundance of energy available from the sun, taking the step out into the solar system will be relatively straightforward, almost easy. On the other hand, large telescopes and arrays of antennas in high solar orbit will allow us to explore without actually travelling beyond the confines of our own solar system. Of course that all could change depending on developments in physics...and even without any surprises from that direction there will probably be manned craft sent into deep space -- one-way.
John Payne (satyr) Tue 2 Jan 01 10:17
Right after posting that I remembered seeing an article about a proposed interstellar probe that would use light pressure to accelerate a gauze-like sail to a substantial fraction of the speed of light. This sail would be composed of a fault-tolerant network of identical units that together would perform energy storage, computation, imaging, and transmission, allowing it to assay the system of whatever star it was aimed at as it approached and send the data back. > I'd like to see a resolution by the human race to deal with global > warming before it deals with us, The first thing we need to do, aside from desisting from making the problem worse by increasing the output of greenhouse gases, is to figure out what to do about the many millions of people who are going to be displaced from their homes as ocean levels rise. (Bangladesh, in particular, comes to mind.) And reliably predicting how climates will change is essential to that planning process.
Steven Solomon (ssol) Tue 2 Jan 01 17:04
The very first time I went on the Internet, I did a search of gopher-space. I needed a keyword to search for, and there was a CD sitting by my computer. It was by the band Sea Level. I typed in Sea Level, and was surprised to get a bunch of hits from a university on the island nation of Singapore, I think. The documents cited were all about the evidence for, and the consequences of, global warming for folks near the coasts of islands and continents. Reading thru summaries of the first few files, my skin crawled. I think this was back in 1990 or '91. Jezuz-kerriste, there's plenty of money to be made making clean fuel and attenuating the damage that we've done.Can we get busy making money and doing good in this new century? If that meme doesn't work out in practice, I hope it just seems to be one of those whacky 20th Century notions that gets replaced by more grounded and informed reasoning in the next.
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Tue 2 Jan 01 17:48
Steve, you've gone Viridian!
John Payne (satyr) Wed 3 Jan 01 07:58
For a definition of "viridian" see... <http://www.viridiandesign.org/> & <http://www.well.com/conf/mirrorshades/viridian/>
John Payne (satyr) Wed 3 Jan 01 08:22
<11> we're going to continue to hear that "science disagrees and is > inconclusive on the matter". Which translates (more or less) to "The preponderance of evidence is insufficient to compel us to acknowledge it in abrogation of our habitually-conceived self-interest."
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Wed 3 Jan 01 09:23
A single asteroid impact will fix all that. *8-)
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