Archive | January 2005

Brainstorming

I have to say that wireless internet might be the most amazing new technology I’ve experienced in my life time. Just the idea that I can sit anywhere I want, and browse, shop, and download pictures, movies, and software. It’s amazing that all that information can seamlessly flow through the air to my computer just as easily as if it were plugged in. I love how the millions of tiny wifi networks are being woven together to form an all ecompassing wireless netowork. Soon, there will be no corners left untouched by the wireless internet universe. But despite the growing popularity of wireless internet, there still is a major ball and chain hanging on my wireless dreams. See no matter how many places have wireless internet we all still rely heavily on wires. I need to power up. I need to plug in. No matter how efficient they make machines, they still run out of power. I want wireless power. Just as wireless internet seemed impossible 10 years ago, so does wireless power today. How could power be delivered through the air? Could we do it without damaging living creatures (aka us and everything else)? I mean would we have to beam some pretty powerful stuff through the air to just power my cell phone? Or could we build some sort of “sail” that could capture all the radio waves that zing through the air at any given moment, and concentrate them enough to power our wireless devices. Do we really need a very powerful signal? Imagine if your device comes with a full battery charge, and you can charge it by plugging it in still, but what if it was constantly being charged by this collection of radio waves? So instead of your cell phone slowly draining power while it sat in your pocket, it would collect just enough power to either sustain battery power or even slowly charge it. I’m sure this technology for cell phones exists today, and I can’t imagine the capability to power laptops, ipods, and dvd players being that far off. But I want it now. Imagine how many millions of people would pay for wireless power. What if you could pay 10, 20, 30 a month more on your cell phone bill to have your phone charged “wirelessly?” I would definitely pay it. How many millions of travelers would pay the same amounts or more to always have power on that laptop, or ipod? I would. I’m sick of the ball and chain, I’m ready to be truly wireless.

Some very interesting links on this subject:
http://www.tfcbooks.com/articles/tac3.htm
http://earlyradiohistory.us/1912tes.htm

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Letting go

It’s amazing how the same themes seem to run throughout your life. One constant lesson being thrown in my face is the struggle of proving my worth to others. I’m at a pretty exciting time in my life, and I’m energized and optimistic about my present and my future. Yet despite all the good, I still am driven to prove to others just how good it is, just how hard I work, and just how much I’m worth. People can make seemingly insignificant comments that can suck the wind from my sails for days. They can literally pull everything to a screeching halt. I can go from completely confident and driven to confused and listless. I’ve always been quick to blame them for having such a powerful negative effect on me. But how can I blame them for how I choose to feel? This is all me. I’m the one who fails to keep the wind in my sails. I’m the one who doubts where I am and where I’m going. I’m the one who needs to get this, or it will keep smacking me in the face. Why spend so much wasted time and energy worrying if my actions are enough, if my dreams are possible, if I’m doing the wrong thing? How dare I let someone have so much power over my dreams? I’m choosing to let go. I’m choosing to be free of this burden. I’m choosing to live and love the path I’ve chosen. I’m choosing to put the wind back in my sails. It feels pretty good.