Pretty much out of nowhere, I had an epiphany today. Someone was talking about cloud computing and the first thing that popped up in my head was Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree series. So, buoyant with sangria, I shared this insight with the geek in whose company I was getting sozzled. “The world,” I pronounced, “is going to end up being how Enid Blyton imagined it.” Geek blinked. “Have you read The Faraway Tree books?” I asked. “The one with Silky and Moonface and Saucepan Man and Dame Wash-a-lot? There was a magical tree above which floated clouds that had different lands in them, essentially different kinds of data. Clouds came to the top of the tree and you could go up and get stuff from that land and then come back down that tree. That’s essentially what cloud computing does too, right? So basically, it’s like we’ll be living in the Faraway Tree now with our computers and we’ll get stuff we need from passing clouds.”
Geek’s reply: “Epic.”
Not sure whether that was said ironically or earnestly.