Back in December of ‘06, I was asked to come up with artwork for a team, the Moore Storms. Although I never took it further, I re-discovered a rough draft I came up with while digging through some archives.
If you aren’t familiar with the meteorological symbols, here they are in order, following the tornado: snow storm, hurricane, thunderstorm, cold front, and dust storm.
Of the things we take for granted, instantaneous global communication is perhaps the most far-reaching. But it’s such a recent advancement. A mere 50 years ago, the only way to communicate overseas was by a letter and a boat. Where it took weeks to have correspondence before, the first trans-Atlantic cable allowed us to have – get this – 30 simultaneous voice calls going on at once. Thirty!
It truly is amazing how far we’ve come in that 50 years. And you might think that our advances continue to accelerate. That is true, but consider these thoughts:
- We couldn’t make a phone call to Europe, but we sent men to the moon (the moon!) only a few years later.
- Video phone? That’s not a product of of the Internet age, we had that in 1964. In ‘70, AT&T was selling it. It failed, no one wanted to see other people.
If we’ve come this far in only 50 years, I can’t wait to see what happens in the next 50.
thoughts from shawn keene: analyst, technologist, microsoft mvp, skywarn storm chaser, fitness freak, and nerd