Gotta love ScientificAmerican. In an interesting article about why we haven't found any extra terrestrialsyet, is this great section: As the galaxy is 100,000 light-years across, it takes no more than aboutfive million years to colonize it completely. Though a long time in humanterms, this is only 0.05 percent of the age of the galaxy. Compared with theother relevant astronomical and biological timescales, it is essentiallyinstantaneous.
Only in the scientific arena can one refer to a multi-million year processas nearly instantaneous.
Last night I went to a barbeque up in Marin county. It was probablyonly the fifth or sixth time I've ever been up to Marin, even though we'velived in CA now for a bit over a year and a half. For those who don'tknow, Marin is where the modern version of mountain biking got it's start,and the area in which the barbeque was held, Fairfax, is the heart of thatarea. There were several of these mountain biking pioneers at the BBQand it was fun to hear them talk about the sport.
If you haven't seen the movie The Paper you don't know what you're missing. The moviedoes a great job at getting across time and pressures and how people dealwith them. I've probably seen it ten times and it never gets stale.