Thursday, January 13, 2011

2010 is gone? Already?

It’s weird, I visited many blogs and yet very few which talk about 2010. I don’t know if you agree or not but 2010 was just ridiculously fast, it was really in a hurry and didn’t even wait for a single breath. This made me curious as to what all happened during 2010, I surfed the net and found tons of events, so I shortlisted them from what I remembered happened during 2010.

1. Earthquake devastates Haiti
Surprised at how many natural calamities strike earth each year, we are really testing the tolerance limit of our planet, aren’t we? It’s high time we drop some irrelevant research and invest in finding planets we can move people to, that would certainly make earth happy.

2. BP Oil Rig explodes off Louisiana gulf coast
All I remember was reading and watching this news for several days, especially the picture of leaking oil and felt bad for the poor fish, they must hate us. I can imagine them discussing:
Shark: Grrrr we have been too tolerant, the next time I swim by the coast to watch little kids building sand castles (sooo cute), I am totally throwing up some fish guts on someone

Pufferfish: (puffing away) What is that black stuff and what do humans do with it, its just causing me to puff even more

Shoal of herring: Cool, lets imitate this black thing and confuse the predators. I kind of like this stuff, though its making me sick now.

Though I am making fun of this event, it was kind of sad.

3. Supreme Court overturns ban on direct corporate spending on elections
Always wondered how politicians here could manage to run such great advertisements and campaigns on television where as in India you would find some people hanging out of a rickshaw with loudspeakers during all odd times of days and advertising:
“Jeet hogi jhadu ki, vote ki nishani jhadu”

4. Rescue of Chilean Miners
The first Chilean miner rescued was exciting but watching all 33, every single one of them. Don’t get me wrong I was completely impressed at technology. But really 24 hours of watching chilean miner arriving one after another was really boring, meaning after first few rescued guys I was pretty sure, rest would arrive quite safely. But hubby dear wanted to see the entire thing, apparently it’s kind of historic.

5. Toyota Recall
Changed my attitude towards Toyota, wonder if I would buy that car now. Possibly every part of that car could potentially be recalled.

6. Ash Cloud from Iceland Volcano Shuts Down European Air Travel
Lots and lots of people were stuck at the airport and it was quite a nuisance. But somewhere I really wanted to see the whole ash thing.

7. The 2010 Winter Olympics are held in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada.
This was the first time I thought I truly enjoyed and watched Winter Olympics. Maybe being so near to Canada was one of the reasons. Btw, I watched it on tv not in person.

8. XIX Commonwealth Games, were held in Delhi, India, from 3 to 14 October 2010
After all the caos and nonsense finally the Commonwealth games took place and in the end it all wasn’t so bad. Just like all events, we created a lot of negative advertising for the event.

That was glimpse of 2010, the year went fast and I think 2011 is moving even faster.

So what do you think will happen in 2011:
- Islands shifting, new emerging
- China finally taking over the world
- US economy getting back on its feet
- Mystical creature spotted somewhere
- We find life on some planet
- Planes travel faster than ever (in 3hrs to India)

Edited (thought of one more list entry)

- Device will be built combining all possible technologies (kinect, iphone so on). This device will recognise you, change into a phone, computer, tv (changes size), will recognize your emotion and talk to you.

This is a random list and not much thought is given when building it. Feel free to chip in and add.


Rafiki said...

I like the 3hr trips to India. :) I'd go every weekend if I could afford it.

Nice list. 2011 is one year before the world ends right? So I guess it is going to be either really crazy or absolutely boring! ;)

Hema P. said...

My word, did 2010 fly away fast!? I couldn't agree with you more on that one!

Loved your list, especially the humor explaining each of the items... :)

As for what may happen in 2011, wouldn't it be great if scientists really found a glimmer of life on some other planet and/or get a little closer to explaining how the universe came into existence via the God Particle experiments?

Neeraja said...

The 3 hour India trips would be lovely! I would also root for discovering a cool mystical creature :)

I am bad at predicting things, but like your list!

Anonymous said...

What a great list of events, I too watched the Winter Olympics on TV!

What I wish would happen in 2011 - What if dogs begin to speak? It will be crazy and fun.


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SUMI said...

Personally for me 2010 was a tough year, and I think globally too it's been bad. Bad for planet earth and the life on it. With the oil spill, the recession, the earth quake etc., as you listed.

I hope 2011 is a much better year globally and personally.

I think China's economy will get better but their attitude towards sociological issues, like freedom for people etc. will not. It will not because the current system has worked for them, clearly and they acknowledge it. I expect that they will take over as a superpower in ~5 years, and after that the restlessness will begin- and the system might change, it will take a revolution. :-)

Well other things in 2011- I think more people in more parts of the world will become more green aware, and I expect that governments will think more strategically to invest more in green energy.

Technology wise, there is one buzzz word: Natural User Interfaces :-) I am glad to be working in that field. :-)

I don't know about 3 hour flights to India but of course, would be the happiest person if that happened!

Happy 2011 to you!! :-)

Perception said...

Rafiki: Me too, would travel every weekend and maybe on occasions during weekdays too. I thought 2012 was the end of the world, but guess whether its 2011 or 12 or 20 wouldnt matter since it would be quite sudden, or I hope its sudden. I also hope 2011 is absolutely interesting for all of us.

HemaP: Can you believe its end of Jan 2011? I do wish we find life on some other planet, find we have neighbors in this universe and reach the level of Star Wars universe. Wouldnt it be just great, so amazing to find new things, new places, new living forms?

Neeraja: Mystical creature, hmmm maybe dragons?

Suma: If dogs would talk hehe, that would be kinda cool

Sumi: NUI, you lucky girl. Its simply awesome field. Can't wait to see down 30yrs what all you guys do in that field. Wish you a great year ahead and hope all your wishes and dreams come true.

To Everyone who visit this blog: May this year bring good health and happiness to all of you. And may all your wishes come true.