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'[OT] A Remarkable Gift'
1999\12\08@133552 by Wagner Lipnharski

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It will be a simple new year as usual, and how it passes fast as you get
old...

It will be a special new year. For several people like me, it still not
yet the beginning of a new millennium, but what a heck, for almost 99%
of the 6 billion people it will be, so what matters if we all can enjoy
and commemorate it as best as we can.

I will be out of the net until January, so I will unsubscribe this list
for a while but I will be reading my email.

I also want to say that it has being a remarkable gift to share my time
with you all, and see you doing the same with other piclisters, and
mostly knowing that we all will cross together this so much important
event, a new millennium, a door that opens to a complete bright and
marvelous future.

You can be sure that in this new millennium you can not blink your eyes
anymore. The new discoveries and technologies will be happening so fast
that you will be able only to follow a little piece of it.

The Mars Lander experience should be accounted as one more success of
our technology. It doesn't matter so much if it landed or not, and if we
can communicate with the device or not, well, it would be great if all
the mission was a complete success, but we need to remember that our
knowledge is based in failures.  One can only acquire knowledge from
failures, there is no other way.  Congratulations to the Jet Propulsion
Lab and all the technicians and engineers involved in it.  If you feel
bad when your PIC project doesn't work well, or when things are so bad
that you think it is better to kick it and take a beer and turn on the
TV, imagine what those guys are feeling about the Mars Lander, without
any possible way to find out what is happening... Hey guys, you did
great, better luck next time.

We need to remember that in less than a single generation time, we went
from the first documented airplane flight with Mr. Alberto Santos Dumont
in Paris (by the way another brazilian fellow) up to send robots to
Mars. It is very few time of evolution, and we did it all.  We should be
proud of it, and we will do much more, wait and see.

Right now because the information technology, China is consuming 30
thousand new phone lines *daily*, at this rate, if each family of 3 or 4
plans to have one phone line, we are talking about 250 Million phone
lines, and it will take 10 thousand days, or 30 years. Of course it will
be faster, so they (and we) should be prepared to an astronomic silicon
and software invasion in our lifes, much more than what is happening
already.

The word here is:  Be Prepared. Things will change.

I guess that Internet will be one of the most important vehicles that
will change the world, countries bounderings and money exchange.  It
will not make sense anymore why I can not pay my bills via Internet, or
do everything I want, shopping, super market, food, movies, cinema,
school, working, and things we don't even imagine yet.

I guess that we are just at the dawn of the technology age, and this
time will be remembered forever.

It is a remarkable gift to be part of it.

See you guys at the next millennium, it is knocking the door already.
Merry Christmas and Happy new Year.

Wagner Lipnharski & family.

1999\12\08@140051 by James Paul

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Wagner,

AMEN!!! And the same wishes and happiness in the next decade/
century/millenium to you and your family.

                                    Regards,

                                      Jim




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1999\12\08@141752 by jamesnewton

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Happy new year Wagner! I hope to see you back on the PICList next year, we
owe you a lot. I owe you a lot. Best wishes.

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1999\12\08@175227 by William K. Borsum

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At 01:31 PM 12/8/99 -0500, you wrote:
>It will be a simple new year as usual, and how it passes fast as you get
>old...

Huge snip of Wagner's wonderful thoughts--
Here are a few of my own.

NASA'a current efforts remind me of Heinleins "no Free Lunch"--I always
said;  "Good, Fast, Cheap---pick any two."
Small probes to mars is like buckshot in a shotgun--some hit, some doesn't.
We forget progress is made by hitting your thumb with a hammer and
discovering it hurts.  Look at the old movies of the dawn of the space
age--how many blew up on the pad before they achieved a reasonably reliable
launch capability.  We learn by making mistakes.  Stupidity is making the
same mistake twice--and trying for zero failures--or perfect safety.

My dad graduated flight school the year after Lindbergh.  My Mom and Aunt
survived the first fifty years of their lives without Penicillin--I can
remember driving the family cattle down the beach to market in San Diego on
horseback--and $0.13/gallon gasoline.

We should all know about critical mass in nuclear reactors.  But I have
long felt there is a critical mass in information.  My first wife was
Hungarian, and we were married in eastern europe when there still was an
Iron Curtain--and you did NOT tell Lenin jokes--even in private.  I
remember getting off the plane in Budapest in 1972 and thinking how old and
decayed the buildings looked--until I realized that the holes were from
bullets and tank shells--and were fairly recent.

When enough people (that critical mass) KNOW that blue jeans and cars are
common in the rest of the world, then governments that deny that reality
WILL fall.  I suppose we should thank the perrier swilling, BMW driving
yuppies for exporting their lifestyle to the rest of the world--think what
will happen when China is on the internet--it truly boggles the mind.

Also, think of genetic diversity--and how we need it to survive as a
species, and as a world.  There is another variant called "memes" which are
cultural ideas embedded in the way a group of people think about things.
We need this diversity as well--a technical reason, if you will, to get rid
of bigotry and racism.

Remember Malthus--any severe over-population is self correcting--usually
catastrophically.

What form, do you suppose, natural selection of the human race will take
over the next 100 years?

Thanks, Wagner, for tripping some thoughts on the advent of the "new age."

Enjoy your holidays, all.
Will be monitoring the list, but probably not participating much.

Kelly


William K. Borsum, P.E. -- OEM Dataloggers and Instrumentation Systems
<borsumspamKILLspamdascor.com> & <http://www.dascor.com>San Diego, California, USA

1999\12\09@050340 by Pavel Korensky

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Hello,

At 13:31 8.12.1999 -0500, you wrote:
>It will be a simple new year as usual, and how it passes fast as you get
>old...
>
>It will be a special new year. For several people like me, it still not
>yet the beginning of a new millennium, but what a heck, for almost 99%
>of the 6 billion people it will be, so what matters if we all can enjoy
>and commemorate it as best as we can.

Nice speech.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (century, millenium, anything) to you
and your family.

PavelK

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1999\12\09@075338 by Daniel J. Bernal

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I«ll really like to speak English enough to have other words to say, but I
only can say, Well said Wagner ...!

Daniel.

-----Mensaje original-----
De: Wagner Lipnharski <.....wagnerKILLspamspam.....USTR.NET>
Para: EraseMEPICLISTspam_OUTspamTakeThisOuTMITVMA.MIT.EDU <PICLISTspamspam_OUTMITVMA.MIT.EDU>
Fecha: MiŽrcoles, 08 de Diciembre de 1999 02:40 p.m.
Asunto: [OT] A Remarkable Gift


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1999\12\09@122130 by Jean Paul Cantarutti

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>It will be a simple new year as usual, and how it passes fast as you get
>old...
>
>It will be a special new year. For several people like me, it still not
>yet the beginning of a new millennium, but what a heck, for almost 99%
>of the 6 billion people it will be, so what matters if we all can enjoy
>and commemorate it as best as we can.

>Nice speech.

>Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (century, millenium, anything) to you
>and your family.

>PavelK


That's are my feelings too, Merry Christmas and Happy New Begginning for
everyone


Jean Cantarutti from Chile - South America (I'm the only one from here i
think)

Virtual Media S.A.
Santiago - Chile
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