Posted By Kathleen David on November 19, 2012
(For housekeeping purposes there is no T-4 because I counted wrong in my head.
Other housekeeping notes: Peter will be handling the Spiderman balloon again this year so look for him in the Macy’s Parade)
I am thankful for technology. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming how fast it is changing but it is also interesting to watch. I remember when a laser use to take up a chunk of a lab and I watched them over the years get smaller and smaller along with cheaper and cheaper where now you can get a little He-Ne laser for under 10 dollars. Holograms are another thing I have watched develop. From the red light to the white light to the little stickers you have on your credit card.
I am thankful for computers. Again watching it go from entire building of servers to something you can carry in the palm of your hand. From using paper tape to cards to magnetic tape to disk drives to USBs and the amount of data you can hold in your hand is amazing. Computers and the Internet have made it possible for that idea of a world wide web where we can talk to people just about anywhere on the planet. It has made us more a global society than just about any other invention.
I am thankful for the Internet for so many reasons. I am an information junkie. I get interested in a topic and I try to learn as much as I can about it. Books and talking directly to people were my way of doing so before the Internet. Now there is a wealth of information at my fingertips. Research for a costume is so much easier. Recipes are a snap to find. Crafty ways of using materials are on a plethora of websites and web logs. The Internet has allowed my family and friends to keep up with me and my life and I can keep up with theirs. The Internet has allowed me to find old friends and make new friends.
I am thankful for GPS devices. It has made getting from point A to Point B so much easier. We still carry a map with us for those times that we need to get around something that the GPS can’t but overall it has made it easier to travel as have electronic toll passes.
I am grateful for all these things that make my life easier and more interesting.