10.31.2010

A Hiking Guide to the Internet

Stephen Jay Gould, one of my favorite authors and paleontologists, published a theory of punctuated equilibrium as a mechanism for evolutionary biology, which was the opposite of that given by the Darwin school. Basically, he said, there are extended periods of stasis, followed by rare events of dramatic change.

It seems like technology enters my life in much the same way - multiple gadgets and devices forcing my brain to adapt rapidly (and kicking my ass in the process). I spent the majority of the week frustrated, trying to figure out how to create and publish Robert's website. Turns out I've learned very little useful information from years of reading blogs on the internet.

Saturday, we went hiking in Providence Canyon in Georgia, which was breathtaking! The "Little Grand Canyon" is the result of poor farming practices by early settlers, who cleared trees to plant crops. Nevertheless, my brain was revived and I was able to renavigate the treacherous world of websites - until I installed the code for an interactive calendar and accidentally deleted the home page a couple of hours ago. It might be another long week.



9 comments:

TQ said...

Beautiful! Hiking will be my next trip.

TQ said...

...after my remaining bouts with the law, and who the winner might be.

TiffanyBerry said...

Looks like Tony has raised two hikers... who would have thought???

Laoch of Chicago said...

Beautiful pictures!

LQ said...

Awesome!

I rarely hear this: "...one of my favorite authors and paleontologists..."

The Gaelic Wife said...

I had no idea Georgia had such landscape. What part of Georgia?

ColleenQ said...

TQ/Tiffany: it must've been all the hiking trips TQ took us on when we were young...

Laoch: taken with my bf's phone, no less (8 mega pixel - I love that Droid X!)

LQ: it IS tricky to pick just one.

Gaelic Wife: the southwest corner of GA, across the border and about a half hour from Eufala, Alabama. Who knew?!

TiffanyBerry said...

Yeah... I think it was all of those hiking/camping/ trips we went on as kids. Followed by family portraits at Olan Mills.

That last picture is breath taking... did you come back to Colorado, and not tell me??? You know you can trust me, I wont inform the police department if you EVER come back.

Hmmm... Literary Dynasty?? I'm thinking Thug-Life Dynasty.

DavidShag said...

My first thought echoed LQ; I didn't know folks HAD favorite paleontologists. You are a deep one.
Are you saying that all that beauty was created just since the time of early settlers? I am going outside immediately and starting some bad practices - it will both improve my landscape and, one hopes, cut down on the maintenance.
I am not sure new electronica comes in bursts - it seems more like an ever-increasing torrent, without the assimilation pauses in between. And it is almost impossible to take a stand at some point and say no more, because the point I have already gotten to stops working.