An overdue thank you…

One of the problems of being an early adopter is that you get old, and newer technologies blaze past, leaving you sitting in your comfortable, but hoary, tech equivalent of the cave you share with your pet dinosaurs.

In my case, the pets are my blog, online in some form or other for 15 years now, and email. My blog autoposts to Facebook and twitter, so, for the uninitiated in the niceties of autopost scripts, it looks like I go there, which is occasionally true. But days and weeks go by without me actually logging in to either. If my name appears on twitter, Google Alerts usually catches it and emails me. But Facebook is inaccessible to Google, and it’s email updates are so numerous that wading through them has become a low priority.

So I missed something very special, I’m sorry to say. Writer, former colleague, Rip Rense chose to forward something he’d penned, on the occasion a recent special event:

Birthday poem:

If brevity is the soul of wit
Then life is the grandest of punchlines. . .
All the years add up to a sum
That just isn’t very some
They say the time contained in a day
Is infinite in its way
And the days contained in
one’s time
Are universes sublime
It’s mad, still, the reck
of tick-tock’s dull beckoning
How else can one think it
When stars look like trinket
And the universe is said to have borders
(As if endlessness can somehow have hoarders!)
Well, it’s magnificently beautiful absurdity
If that’s not too flowerly wordity
This collection of agains and old somedays
You’re invited to gather up at your birthday
And muse over, for whatever it’s worthday.—Rip

As I wrote, belatedly, to Rip….I’m awestruck. What a gift…


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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One Response to An overdue thank you…

  1. Anonymous says:

    Not sure what the Book of Face looks like for someone with 150 friends. Must be total noise but there are days when very few people post anything & days when everyone posts. The algorithm promotes news from people you interact with most & doesn’t show anything at all from people you ignore or block. This in turn determines what you find out about people, who you fall in love with, what you spend your time on. Our destinies are literally determined by software. The Google algorithm tells a programmer in Palo Alto to write a certain prioritization algorithm, which determines what content is shown on the Book of Face, which determines what the Google algorithm sees, & so on. What do humans still decide?

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