Egosurfing/What people really care about.

First, don’t judge me. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who decided to try out the kindle app for his new iPad by downloading his own book. And this is probably old news to most of you, but apparently one of the things that amazon is doing is keeping track of the highlights that you make in your ebooks. The cool part of our new totalitarian state is that you can find the most popular passages as identified by others.

I was kind of disappointed in how prosaic ours were:

  • The modern value of the speed of light is 299,792,458 meters per second.
  • Brace yourself for a philosophical bombshell: because light moves at finite speed, we are always looking into the past.
  • You also may not have noticed that if you’re standing on the equator, you’re moving at more than 1000mph around the center of the Earth. Faster still, Earth is moving at 68,0000 mph around the Sun. And the Sun is moving at close to 500,000 mph around the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, which in turn is traveling through space at well over 1 million mph.
  • Time and space really are relative to your state of motion. This is not an optical illusion; it is not a psychological impression; it is actually how the universe works.
  • …”hadrons,” though you may know them by their individual names: protons and neutrons.

See? Not a joke in the bunch.

Surely I’m not the first one to do this. Fellow authors, are the highlighted passages in your own books quite this boring?


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