The Silicon Age

I was born into a world that barely knew what computers were. Computers were magic, science far beyond the common man, but wielded by people writing fancy math to make complicated equations solved in secondsĀ minutes.

At the time, no one realized the true potential of computing. No one realized that we would model entire planets, that we would rewire the world to sing the song of silicone.

I am a writer, a poet. And I speak code, and I see the song. I do not speak of the power of the Silicon age because I am a Silicon Child, a speaker of code and languages. I speak of it, because it is pervasive. Not understanding basic computer skills now is anathema. It has almost reached the point where it is pointless to list basic Windows and Office skills on your resume, because you should understand it.

The only reason it is still listed is because the generation ahead of me doesn’t quite get it. They either do not think it is important enough to learn, or think they can’t. Both are wrong.

I wield the power of software. If you’ve ever searched the internet, especially in the near past, you will know software is power. Software is knowledge.

Hardware wires it all together, but software makes it all talk. Hardware is getting everyone in the same room. Software is giving them a language.

Software is what makes all the pieces come together.

Silicon makes it possible.

Use the knowledge. Learn. Dream.

Because otherwise, people like me wasted our lives. We worked to make software give you more power. More knowledge. More than we ever had even dreamed of.

You have it now. Take it. And don’t just dream. Take it by the horns, and surpass us.

Life Loggers

I started really journaling hardcore while I was in high school. Whether or not it ends up here on the blog, it’s something I’m always doing as a part of my life process. It’s therapeutic, it helps my art and writing, it helps me understand where I’ve been and where I may be going, etc.

These days, some kind of journal keeping (or lifelogging) is done by most people to varying degrees. People use all kinds of technology to aid this, and it’s become much easier to do this more consistently, on a large scale, and to share it with people.

It’s something greater than simply making a record, and there are many different reasons people do it. I think the places where it seems to be going are really exciting.

This little movie is about that.