Fast forward into the past & Nobel Peace Prize

I found this very interesting site a few months ago, and was playing with it just now. Too much fun!

Internet Archive – Wayback Machine

They have been trying to keep an archive of THE WHOLE INTERNET since ~1996.

Just type the URL of the website you want to see, and click “Take Me Back”.

Of course, only static content is archived (you can’t do a Google search using 1996 Google =P that would be so much fun, though).

Google Beta, circa 1998

Facebook, 2000
Yes, it was called “AboutFace” back then.

Or perhaps you fancy some high end computer parts?

Oct 23, 2001, introducing… the iPod! “1,000 songs in your pocket.”, Sept 11, 2001
“FAA grounds all U.S. flights until noon Wednesday”
“U.S. military on ‘high alert'”
“President Bush: U.S. will “punish those responsible””

Fun to see history as if it’s happening right now, in present tense.

As of 2009, the Wayback Machine contained about 3 petabytes of data and was growing at a rate of 100 terabytes per month, as compared with the 12 terabytes/month growth rate reported in 2003.

– Wikipedia

It’s saddening to see how Nobel Peace Prize has become such a joke now.

First Al Gore the hypocrite, “for [his] efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change,” even though he did no original research and many before him had been quite vocal about this issue already.

Then Barack Obama?! “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples … [and his] vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons”.

This one is classic. Awarding the Nobel Prize for what he is PLANNING to do.

I plan to make the next huge breakthrough in theoretical physics, too, would you give me the award first? I’ll even take it as a “call to action”.

He seriously should have considered rejecting the award. That would’ve won him a lot of respect.

Of course, that’s easier said than done. If they are really going to give me a Nobel Prize, I probably won’t reject it, too. But he is a political figure, and should show some true dignity.

4 thoughts on “Fast forward into the past & Nobel Peace Prize”

    1. Really? where did you read that?

      “Throughout history, the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it’s also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes,” Obama said. “And that is why I will accept this award as a call to action — a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.”
      – Wikipedia (I think it was on Vancouver Sun 2 days ago, too)

  1. Obama would get a Nobel Theoretical Peace Prize.
    If he got the prize for a vision and work for a world without nuclear weapons, then I’m sure many more famous people like Einstein should’ve gotten that before him.

    In general, I think such an award would be called
    The Nobel Prize for Theoretical Theoretical Physics (or whatever field the prize is in)
    lets get you nominated for that one!

    1. haha yeah, I don’t think they are being too fair. It makes sense if the purpose of the award is really to “motivate”, though, since Obama does have a larger influence. The question is should it be given as a motivation, or as recognition of work done.

      Nobel Prize for Theoretical Theoretical Physics sounds cool =P, I’ll grab that one, thanks =D.

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