Wednesday, March 05, 2003

The problem is, of course, that I am just not doing anything. I have tons of things in the to do list, but no gumption to finish them.

I guess I have to say something each day. Recent Readings: Being trapped at the tail end of the Baby Boom*, I enjoyed reading the book Baby Boon by Elinor Burkett. It is a tale about how the Baby Boom generation sold out its ideals of youth, the women's revolution, etc., for tax breaks and new family perks. It was a fun read. Sure enough, I usually am the only person working on X-Mas and July 4th (when I am fortunate to have a job). I have no doubt that one of the reasons I was on the layoff list was that I was single.

Of course, the book I am currently reading is even better. The End of Certainty by Ilya Prigogine is about time, irreversibility, thermodynamics and other hot topics in modern physics.

I am only on page 100. So far, it has been a great read. My only disappointment is that the author incorrectly portrays past scientists as too caught up in determinism. His argument for this is that Newtonian physics used linear equations that were by nature reversible. The truth of the matter is that the scientific method had always held experimentation and verification in higher esteem than the logical models of the scientists. Prigogine tries to portray previous generation of scientists as old codgers who were absolutely certain of their pronouncements, when in reality, they were probably more open minded and less certain in their findings.

NOTE:I was born in 1962, I am part of what Coupland originally called Generation X. Generation X originally referred to the tail end of the baby boom. It was too cool of a name for that group of losers, so the younger crowd hijacked the name and it now refers to people born between 1965 and 1980. I think some others use GenX for people born between 1970 and 1990. ¿Quien sabe?

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