Sure To See Amazing Things In 2011

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Photo courtesy of Glori Olsson

The annual cart parade in Christopher Creek was a fun way to end the year.

Hello again, fellow Creekers.

Well another year has come and gone. Can you believe it? And next year will be the year 2011! Doesn’t that sound like some sort of futuristic Star Trek kind of date?

Christopher Creek is not exactly the technology capital of the world (in fact, it is probably the opposite, which I kind of enjoy), but really have you stopped to think about what marvelous times we live in?

Not long ago there was no such thing as e-mail, Internet or cell phones. There was no Facebook, no eBay, no Google! How did we ever get along? When I think about the fact that my cell phone can pull up instant navigation to tell me where I am and where I am going. When I can literally ask it where the nearest pizza joint is and have it call for me. Well I’d say it is something out of science fiction, but it is in fact reality. The tiny microchip in your cell phone is literally millions of times more powerful than a chip 10X its size only a couple of years ago.

In the last few years they have cracked the genetic code, performed cloning, found an “earth like” planet they say could support life. And there is a group out of University of Arizona that is proposing one-way manned trips to Mars and this is all happening right now — really it is, no joke. Richard Branson has started a company called Virgin Galactic, which is planning to offer sub-orbital flights, which will allow a short period of weightlessness, in the next year or two.

There is a concept out there called Moore’s Law. It was named after Gordon Moore (Intel’s co-founder). It originally applied to microprocessors, but basically it means that technology exponentially increases and that exponential increase causes further increases (faster advancement fueling yet even faster advancement). Think of what this means for science, technology and medicine. Think of what we’ve done in the last 10 years and what the next 10 will likely hold. I know that not everything has been great over the last few years, but overall what an exciting time to be around. So, here’s to 2011 and whatever amazing things we’ll surely see.

Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their stories and overwhelming support and kindness. I’ve been writing for going on about a year-and-a-half now and it has been my pleasure. I’d also like to thank the Payson Roundup and editor Tom Brossart for their support and making my job easy. See you next year!

As always, I do need your help with content and stories! For anyone wanting to submit information from the Christopher Creek area for inclusion in our weekly article, please e-mail me at: info@christophercreeklodge.com. Any submitted pictures must be full-size (typically around 1MB per picture). The cutoff time for inclusion in Friday’s article is close of business on Monday.

Thanks again for reading the column.

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