Most of the anniversaries I commemorate on this little blog aren’t really earth-shaking. I tend to notice the more obscure stuff.
But today, well, today my friends, we have an anniversary of an invention without which our lives would be totally and irrevocably altered.
On August 30, 1982, a 16-year-old named V.A. Shiva copywrited (copywrote?) the word “email” after developing a program that allowed computer users to write messages to each other from different locations, and transmit them to different locations.
I had no idea it was a 16-year-old who first came up the word “email” and the concept, but I’m not surprised. The Internet has always been driven by kids.
Think about how much we take email for granted now. You could argue it’s the single most important invention of the last 50 years.
Think about how often you email, and for how many different purposes: For work purposes (your resume to an employer, an email to a colleague about something going on at the office), for fun (hey, those Nigerian bank scams don’t write themselves!) or to learn something new (hardly a week goes by where someone doesn’t email me something, a story, a video, something, that I never knew before).
It’s truly amazing how much email has changed our lives over the past 16 years or so most of us have used it. And yet we never think about it anymore, because it’s always there and so easy.
Of course there are downsides; so many of us are slaves to our Inboxes (guilty as charged; even on vacation I found myself checking my work account at least once a day at my last job), and yeah, it has made the old-fashioned, wonderful practice of letter-writing pretty obsolete.
But still, email is 46 kinds of awesome to most people. And 30 years ago, it didn’t exist.
And now it’s such a fabric of our lives I don’t know what we’d do without it.
Don’t agree with me? Go ahead and email me about it.
**Sometimes you have to just tip your cap to a criminal. Not because you’re proud of his crime, but because it’s darn impressive he was able to pull it off.
Today I’m talking about a man from Kentucky named George Howard, who was arrested last week when his 2006 Ford swerved across a road in Louisville.
What accounted for Mr. Howard’s erratic driving? Well I’m glad you asked: He was driving, drinking a beer, and having sex all at the same time.
A menage a trois of dangerous road habits!
God bless you Mr. Howard, for making the rest of us multi-taskers hang our head in shame.
**Just like I don’t think the founders of Twitter ever imagined their little 140-character service would be used to help overthrow governments (see: Egypt), I have to think good ole’ Mark Zuckerberg (or the Winklevii twins) never imagined something like this happening when he founded Facebook.
A juror in Texas was disqualified from a jury recently, because he tried to “friend” the defendant in the case on Facebook. 22-year-old Jonathan Hudson was cited for contempt of court.
Hey, it’s not like he asked the guy to be his partner in FarmVille or anything….