Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Been thinking of you, y'know, Down Under

If it weren't for Twitter, I probably would have paid little attention to the bushfires in Australia. The latest news is that over 200 people have lost their lives already, many more having lost everything they own.

Now that we're all connected in this new social network, more than a few of my followers are located in Australia and now I have a compelling need to know that these new friends are "Ok".

Technology is shrinking the world, as more people are able to communicate about things they have in common. The only obstacle now is language and, I'm sure that once Google or some other tech company has figured out how to do on-the-fly translation, the world will shrink even more.

Suddenly, issues that are localized to one continent like the wild fires in Australia or the situation in Darfur will more personal, more in the collective consciousness. And that, my friends, will be a change for the better.

I'm hoping you and yours are well today. The snow isn't gone yet and riding season still seems too far away. Sorry to get all serious on you. I'll revert to happy-go-lucky again once I can clear these seasonal cobwebs.

A low, slow wave,

Joe Rocket