Because we all came from the sea

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I first heard this recording of JFK talking about the sea and mankind’s relationship with the sea about 5 years ago on NPR. It has stuck with me since.

Kennedy made these remarks to the American and Australian yacht racing teams on the eve of the America’s Cup race. I think his remarks were off the cuff and rather casual. But as I think you will hear he begins a little slow and stammers a bit but when he starts to talk about man’s similarities to the sea water he hits his stride. He stops stuttering an just hits his point home.


“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came.”

President Kennedy, August, 1962


I think it is interesting to note Kennedy’s suggestion that we come from the sea. A suggestion that seems consistent with a belief in evolution, a somewhat controversial position for the second most powerful Catholic in the world.


If I had to put a sticker on the back of my car it would be a fish with legs.

Disambiguation

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I first heard this word while working on an e-commerce web site at AT&T Broadband. It was used to described elements of a page or process that were designed to to help the user better understand what they were buying or configuring as well as helping then understand where they were in the ordering process.

According to Wiktionary.com disambiguation is a noun meaning the the removal of ambiguity. A few good synonyms are clarification, explanaiton, illumination.

I was reminded of this useful term of art while browsing wikipedia.org. Wikipedia uses disambiguate pages to help users find just what they are looking for. A search for quicksilver will display a nice example of one of these pages. Essentially these disambiguation pages list all the contexts this entry fits in. In the case of quicksilver Wikipedia lists Quicksilver the clothing brand, Quicksilver the software, Quicksilver as the archaic name for the chemical element mercury and several more entries for quicksilver.

If you haven’t taken a look at wikipedia.org you need to check it out today. It is an incredible open source style encyclopedia with almost 400,000 entries. It is the first best place to go for encyclopedic research.