Happy Birthday to me

I don’t usually blog about myself, but this is a special occasion, so bear with me and you won’t have to read it again for a while.

So today I turned the big 3-0. That’s right, thirty. I had that moment thinking to myself “Wow, I never thought I’d make it to thirty.” My younger years were rough around the edges, to say the least. Not much I care to go in to, really.

So today, after some stress around BlueHost’s CPU throttling mechanism, I decided to move the site to another host, MediaTemple. Any time the site would experience a load spike, BlueHost’s CPU throttling would choke the site down, pretty much to a standstill. Obviously I’m looking to gain traffic and be able to handle load spikes, so I thought that they might not be the service for me any longer.

So I moved the site to MediaTemple, and as I was waiting for things to get set up, I started thinking about all the ways the world has changed since I was in high school. I have no idea where the thought came from, it was just there.

Here’s some of the points:

  • In high school, having a set of encyclopedias was considered an asset. Today no one uses them.
  • In high school, you actually had to learn to use a card catalog. Today you learn how to use a search engine.
  • In high school, people knew which finger their index finger was, and why it was called that. Today no one has a clue.
  • In high school, people knew what plagiarism was, and knew it was bad. Today you can easily find five sources that have the same content word-for-word and no source, original author, link, or credit.
  • In high school, pagers were cool. Today, grade school kids have cell phones.

That was 12 years ago. What do you think things might be like 12 years from now?

Also, I did get much love on Facebook, which was nice. Thank you Facebook friends! (I thought most of you were ignoring me) ;) Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes.

All things considered, it was a good day today.

To everyone, thanks for reading.