Doesn’t make a hell of a lot of sense to do a Thanksgiving post close to a month after the fact, but I just want to thank the forces of the universe, the United States military, and all the geeks, nerds, technicians, CERN, Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau, Jeff Bezos and many many more for inventing the Internet, the Web, Amazon, etc.
Much like I wonder how people worked 9-to-5 office jobs before the internet era, I wonder how people survived Christmas shopping without the web. Don’t get wrong, I actually dig going to a mall at least once during Christmas season or knocking over Japanese people in Soho or elbowing yuppies trying to push their double-wide stroller through the single-lane Christmas shops at Union Square. What I don’t like doing is having to, you know, actually buy things while there. And considering that 99.9% of my gifts must end up in Louisiana anyway, well, forget about it.
The Internet is probably one of those things that’s stopping you from seeing me on the evening news after an unseemly incident with a Santa Claus.