Once in a while, I slip into a fantasy world. Normally it is triggered by some article or book I read or some movie I watch.
- It may be because I love SciFi – though, I am not finding time to doing much of that nowadays.
- It may be because I was crazy about the Space programs in mid nineties and used to read up everything I could get from the American Library
- It may be because there is an inherent geek in me that believes in break through scientific discoveries
- It may also be because I am always fascinated by Science – both the Science I know and the Science I have no clue about
It does not matter why. I kind of like being a bit of a nut, hoping to see galactic travel in the next couple of decades by humans. Now that I know about 100yss my hope has gone up a couple of notches.
Andromeda Strain and Terminal man were my introduction to a class of science fiction called future history. And when I learned that Michael Chrichton was in his early twenties when he wrote these books, I was simply blown away. This morning, I learned that he passed away at the young age of 66.
Farewell my friend. The world lost not only a great story teller, but a big visionary and a source of inspiration.
It is funny how you can go along, kind of knowing a word and even using it with no idea of its origins. I knew what grok was but never knew its origin. Never even realized that it came from one of my favorite SciFi authors.
The word grok comes from the novel Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein, and is defined in his book as:
Grok means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes part of the observed – to merge, blend, intermarry, lose identity in group experience.
The thought of observer becoming part of the observed is kind of enticing. It is the kind of experience one feels in full immersion in anything. For me it is technology. Some times, I wonder what the fascination is all about. It is not a particular programming language or software environment. I guess it is the people in the tech industry, the industry itself. It is a fascination some times almost becoming infatuation.
From an introductory chapter in Plone book -> Grok Page-> this post.