This Week on the Web
By Anna RohlederAnnaMetro. Friday, March 16, 2012 10:40:33 AM
Like the first flowers of spring, this week saw a colorful assortment of techie holidays and milestones sprouting up on the calendar. Wednesday was Pi Day, as the 14th of March can also be written as 3/14 (get it?). It is a day to eat pie (or cake), reflect on the beauty of irrational numbers and possibly watch the movie of the same name.
Moving on to the next day, the 15th (also known as the Ides of March) marks a number of important events in history, for our purposes the most relevant one being the registration of the very first dot-com domain name on the still-infant internet - in 1985! This went to a software company calling itself symbolics.com (back in the days when you had to say a full and complete "w-w-w" before pronouncing the name of any website). Now, 26 years later, there are over 138 million domain names registered online, with hundreds of thousands of dot-coms, dot-orgs and dot-nets appearing and disappearing daily.
Speaking of the internets, a list has just come out of the most confusing tech buzzwords of 2012 - just three months into the year! (Imagine how disoriented we'll be by June.) Near the top of the list is "the next big thing," a term so technical it is usually just abbreviated as TNBT... this is of course not to be confused with Taman Nasional Bukit Tigapuluh, a national park in Indonesia. (Shout-out to Jambi province!)
Today, 16 March, has its own significance: a new exhibition on The Art of Video Games opens at The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. The stated purpose of the show is to highlight the creativity of the games, especially in their visual elements, but there will also be opportunities to relive all those good times you spent with Mario and Friends and actually play the games too.
Last but not least, to wrap up the news for this week, let us skirt the metaphorical hem of controversy and not go into what is claimed to be the most viral video ev-ah, but rather skip right along to something everyone can agree on: solar flares. So far they don't seem to be causing any more trouble beyond the odd disruption of communication networks, rerouting of planes etc... But here's a fun fact about the sunspot 1429, the source of the latest activity: it is already seven times the size of Earth, and still growing!
Put on those shades before you go outside, people... Have a great weekend!