He discovered the New World much like a meteorite discovered the dinosaurs.
- The Oatmeal, “Christopher Columbus was awful (but this other guy was not)”
I love when The Oatmeal tells it like it is. The discussion of Columbus is made more poignant after reading The Devil in the White City, which frames America’s first serial killer against the backdrop of the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Arguably one of America’s finest moments commemorates a man who really shouldn’t be so popular.
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.