Apr 13 2009

Lead, steel and digits

Published by at 8:33 pm under Uncategorized


On July 6th, 1776, the local New York press announced independence.  Three days later George Washington read the document to his soldiers.  In a rush of patriotic exuberance, militiamen and civilians rushed down Broadway and at Bowling Green, mobbed a gilded equestrian statue of George III.  Underneath the gilded gold statue, lay 4,000 pounds of solid lead that produced 42,088 musket bullets.  It was said that the king’s soliders would probably have melted majesty fired at them.


One of my favorite mentors provided a bit of historical context for me while discussing history, economics, trade and warfare.  He said, “prior to the start of WWII, the US was kind enough to send steel to Japan.  During the war, the Japanese were kind enough to send it back.”


In 1963, Licklider proposed networked computing, leading to the birth of the World Wide Web in 1989.

In ????, the digits were kindly returned.

Currently reading Alexander Hamilton by Chernow, where I found the first passage.  That made me recall the second, leading to third.  Just random Monday night thoughts.

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