Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Another Reason To Blog - Getting It On The Record

Check out this CNN Article, it's about harvesting solar power from space. A quick summary:

Yet Mehta has another solution for India's chronic electricity shortage, one that does not involve power plants on the ground but instead massive sun-gathering satellites in geosynchronous orbits 22,000 miles in the sky.

An interesting tech piece, sure, but what really caught my attention was that this was an idea I had when I was like 12 years old. If I had blogged about it then, I'd be considered a visionary today (OK, that's a stretch). Instead, I'm just some guy who says he had thought about the idea.

Which brings me to today's reason to blog: getting your ideas down in the permanent record, which is the internet. How cool is that you can record some trend or idea, and a few years later have it come true. And you've got the evidence to show that you were thinking about years ahead of time. Think of the bragging rights?

Hey, it worked great for Leonardo da Vinci. His notebooks demonstrated concepts helicopter and tank. Perhaps he was the original blogger?

The only drawback, of course, is all your crappy ideas are in the record too. Oh well, no system is perfect.

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