Dan (danguyf) wrote,

accessories, history, and asimov

I've been writing LJ posts in my mind daily, but never seem to remember to type them out, or if I do it's too late and I've forgotten what I wanted to say.

I've started wearing a pair of Vivo Barefoot shoes, which I read about in NY Magazine. They're basically a rubber/pleather moccasin that looks like a normal shoe, and they're amazingly comfortable. It's almost like having to learn to walk again, though, retraining myself to walk naturally rather than the way shoes have trained me to tread.

In other hipster geek news, I got myself this Tokyoflash watch for my birthday two months ago.

On the radio yesterday I heard someone quote, "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it." Teachers always trotted that out to justify the importance of learning history. And it occured to me that it's not really true anymore, not on an individual scale. I don't need to know anything about the Civil War or WWII or the Ming dynasty or the Enlightenment because each of those events has a large number of people that are completely obsessed with it's history and many of them have blogs. If something ever comes up with an important historical precedent, they will tell me within six degrees of seperation and with gratuitous footnotes. I don't need to remember history; I have the internet.

Along similar lines, I've been doing some reading lately about the history of the American educational system and had a bit of an epiphany. No offense to any education professionals on my flist -- who are surely frustrated, noble cogs struggling against an unstoppable machine that takes knowledge-hungry kids and turns them into undistinguished laborers -- but I think that when we achieve Hari Seldon's dream of psychohistory it will not be because we have taken a quantum leap forward in mathematics but rather that we have finally suceeded in making everything thoroughly average and therefore easily modeled.

What realizations have you had recently?
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