Saturday, December 26, 2009

Goodbye, aughts

When the twentieth century began, that first decade from 1900-09 was known as the "aughts" as in 30-aught-6 (the only place I ever heard it, some type of gun). Oh, and about that snowman: I saw him while in Leavenworth, and he looked to me like he was sadly saying goodbye. That's the only reason for his picture here.

I went looking on the internet for the name of the decade we are just now leaving, to see if anybody had ever come up with a name for these years with zeros. It was so helpful to all the New Years Eve revelers who wanted to have glasses made out of those zeroes. I would put a picture up but I think I'm glad to see the last of those. There never did seem to be a name for this decade. People are beginning to notice, as they try to decide what to call it. I did find this really cool blogger who writes for the Buffalo News, Anne Neville, and give you a quote from her blog (although the above link gives you the whole post if you are interested):
As the millennium dawned, nobody had an iPod or an iPhone, much less an app. Google, YouTube and blogs were all nonsense words. Texting was unknown; we communicated instantly via IMs while sitting at our computers. Twitter was something a bird might do, not a person. If you bought something on eBay, you paid with a money order -- no PayPal. Imagine life without Facebook -- some 300 million people worldwide can't.
It amazed me to realize the truth of all that: in 2000, our blogosphere was just being born. My mind is boggled at how much the world can change in the space of ten years, and it can't help but make me wonder about ten years from now. Anybody who says they can tell us is either misguided or ready for the loony bin.

Not to mention where I will be. Hopefully, like Abe Lincoln (a favorite blogger) over at Pick a Peck of Pixels, I might still be plugging along at 77. I just can't even imagine what the world of 2020 will be like, but it's fun to think about it. Change does seem to be accelerating in speed as I begin to walk more and more slowly. But at least I'm still walking!


  1. Yes, I agree. All those science fiction shows af years ago... is it anything like those movies thought it would be? Will we be blogging by telepathy in 10 years? I can hardly wait, can you DJan?

  2. I remember when BLOG was first introduced as a word. I thought it sounded stupid and the concept of blogging seemed like such a waste of time. Now here I am - addicted to it. I guess my attitude has changed as much as the process of computing on the internet.
    At least we can say we are moving along with the times and adapting to the computer decade. Some people refuse and are still stuck in the year of 1999-Slow without instant everything. They might as well be in the dinosaur age!

  3. I can't imagine not blogging now. I feel like a whole new world has opened up to me. On top of all that, it keeps my mind creative and thinking all the time.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed getting to know you and reading your blog!

  4. Merry Christmasto you and your family!

  5. Merry Christmas, DJAN! I look forward to each and everyone of your posts in 2010!

  6. DJ...what a wonderful wrap-up of this decade! Thank you so very, very much!! I love this! And the photo of the snowman? I'm crazy about it!! And I'd say, you are keeping up, and passing us all by ...BRILLIANTLY!!! Happy New Years...New Decade, dear friend!!! Love, Janine XO

  7. It amazes me that a decade into the new millenium is already over! How time flies when you're having fun.

  8. You're right; it's mind boggling how many changes have occurred in the last ten years.
    I cannot imagine that you won't still be chugging along at the end of the next decade!

  9. Being a totally techno junkie I can't wait to see what's next on the horizon.

    But we have one more year in this decade. I'm one of those who insisted that the new millennium did not begin until 2001 (when we count we start with one not zero), so one more year to go, IMHO!

    Hope you had a great Christmas,

  10. I love the book Culture Shock because it addresses the speed at which the world is changing..and that is an OLD book by now. haa

  11. Hi DJan..I saw a program the other day that was voice typed for you as you that would be a blast for me!! I watch Sunday Mornings on CBS and they always say twenty -oh- I always think of these years as the oh's:)

  12. That snowman has a lovely expression on his face doesn't he. I cannot believe it is ten years since we started the aughties. I'm always apprehensive about the New Year starting so let's get it over with and carry on - as normal.
    Blessings, Star


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