That’s not the sun. But for a brief period, in a small Arctic town in Canada, in the dead of winter, it was the next-best thing.
This 100,000 lumen artificial sun lit up the town of Inuvik, giving them long days during a winter that’s mostly shrouded in darkness. It was sponsored by Tropicana, which I’m sure had some bizarre marketing angle about orange juice and breakfast and sunrises. BUT: the important thing is that technology—as simple as affixing lights to a large helium balloon—gave light to 3,500 people who were otherwise mired in darkness.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.