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Cats versus science, no contest

9 October 2015

I have to say I'm very disappointed in the way that we've failed to leverage the power of the Net.

When I was much younger, researching many particular subjects was a very time-consuming process involving much reading, consulting with "experts" by mail or phone and sometimes engaging in some extra tertiary training.

The Net changed a great deal of that and now I can gather most all of the information I need, on almost any subject I want, with just a few keystrokes -- thanks to the power of the Net.

When you stop and think about it, the Net has given every man, woman and child in the Western World, almost unfettered access to the combined wealth of knowledge we've acquired over centuries. Am I a little optimistic to think that this ready-access should have created an explosion in creativity and new ideas?

So why on earth has this explosion simply failed to appear?

Why instead am I left so bitterly disappointed that so many people use the Net as little more than a vector for swapping pictures of cute cats and for bickering with folk more than half a world away?



Forums are up!

Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.

Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.

So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkrox when asked for it.

Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.

The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.

Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.

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