Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Welcome to the Future

First there was the Internet,
already predicted (among many other facets of 21st-century life!) in its contemporary form by David Brin in his novel Earth.

And then we partied like it's 1999!
(that's Will Smith's brilliant takeoff on Prince's "1999")

Then we had our first hand transplant.
Amusingly enough, not long after the newsworthy procedure took place, a certain science-fiction TV show that shall go unnamed had an episode in which a character was unrecoverably injured in their hand. Or lost their hand in an accident. Or something along those lines. Anyway, part of the plot was trying to deal with the loss of the hand, and the flaky attempts to use crappy mechanical replacements. So I'm watching this episode, and thinking, why the heck don't they just give the guy a hand transplant?

So now I hear about this face transplant in France?
Barukh hu’ haborei’ — avinu, bore’einu, yotzereinu, hatzayar ha‘elyon — asher hhalaq mikohhotav lebanav!

However, I am proud to say that the clearest sign that we are now living in the Future is part of a homework assignment written by one of my students. As an 'everyday example' of how a historical gap can complicate attempts to understand and interpret a text or other form of communication, one of them wrote:
"If I was talking to someone from the 20th century it would be hard for me to understand how the world was back then.
[However,] if I was talking to Sam who is from my century we would understand each other."

10 Comments:

Blogger Habib said...

The student was referring to the 20th century according to our sefirah. Avraham Avinu, of course, was born in 1948 after the creation. Obviously, we would have trouble communicating freely with Mr Avinu, as he would be completely unacquainted with the internet, and would have one of those clunky old brick cellphones.

(I think you should vote on my national anthem poll).

12/01/2005 8:54 AM  
Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

lebanav

Yuck!

12/01/2005 8:58 AM  
Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

If I was talking to someone from the 20th century it would be hard for me to understand how the world was back then.

Ha!

12/01/2005 8:58 AM  
Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

If I was talking to someone from the 20th century it would be hard for me to understand how the world was back then.

In other words, "If if was talkin' to you, crotchety old Steg, it would be hard for me to understand how the world was when you were growin' up."

Was that at all implicit in the student(in)'s words?

12/01/2005 9:00 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Habib:

maaaaayyyyybeeeee....


Mar Gavriel:

cut me some slack, i was trying to be understandable to the non-linguisticly inclined.

Heh, maybe that was what they were saying... ;-)
I am so oldschool. I was about to reference "All in the Family" to my class last period but had to ask them if they heard of it first. They didn't, so i had to move on :-P

12/01/2005 10:00 AM  
Blogger Habib said...

I am so oldschool. I was about to reference "All in the Family" to my class last period but had to ask them if they heard of it first.
That is pretty old-school, old man Steg.

I feel old, b/c I don't have a clue what kids watch on tv now.

12/01/2005 11:09 AM  
Blogger orthomom said...

that is very funny. Definitely makes me feel old, though.

12/02/2005 1:40 PM  
Blogger MC Aryeh said...

David Brin?! I thought Al Gore invented the internet...must suck for your student to only be able to understand people who are 5 and under....

12/04/2005 5:58 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

OrthoMomOf4:

Well, i guess all us old people from the 20th century are in this together, then ;-) .


MCAryeh:

David Brin just predicted the internet; it was actually me who invented it! ;-)

12/04/2005 9:25 AM  
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