This blog turns 10 later this month. Iâ€™m no longer nearly as prolific a writer as I was back then, but Iâ€™m still kind of amazed that Iâ€™ve kept at it this long. Among other things since then: I got my masterâ€™s, moved cities/jobs twice, got married, and had a daughter. Wow.
While all 625 old posts are still available in the archives, I implore you to pretend most of them aren’t there. With the benefit of a decadeâ€™s hindsight I just see typos, odd sentence structures, weird choices in my URL structure that still haunt me today, and all-around questionable writing galore.
Thereâ€™s one exception: I do want to point out the second post I ever wrote, way back on 12/26/04. I titled it simply â€œGooglezonâ€. While I was a bit late to the party at the time, I pointed out an interesting little movie called EPIC 2014. It forecasted the internet and society of 2014, from the perspective of 2004. Itâ€™s about 8 minutes long, and still exists on the web in flash format today (remember, this predates Youtube! Ancient history!).
EPIC posits a 2014 where Google and Amazon merged (after Google bought Tivo), Microsoft bought Friendster, the New York Times has gone print-only, and more.
But buried among these amusing predictions are grains of truth. EPICâ€™s forecasts of how we generate and consume news arenâ€™t that far off from reality, and it seems to have pretty accurately predicted the rise of Big Data. EPIC is a fun look back at where the web was, and where it might still be going. Iâ€™ll check in with you again in 2024.
(side note: While researching this piece, I realized that the Robin Sloan who worked on this short film is the same Robin Sloan who wrote one of the best books I read last year.)