The page is dynamically generated “on the fly.” I didn’t get what this meant at first and it confused the heck out of me. But essentially I think what it means is the page doesn’t actually exist yet at this point. It is assembled right then and there on the spot via a PHP program, which is the programming language WordPress is written in
Think about a professional football player stepping up to take a penalty kick in a World Cup Final. He has done this 1000 times before in training. Under normal circumstances he could score the goal with his eyes closed. But under the circumstances the pressure is too great. The weight of the world is on his shoulders. So he capitulates and misses.
It took over 200,000 years of human history for the world’s population to reach 1 billion; and only 200 years more to reach 7 billion. That is an astonishing example of exponential growth.
What I thought of the book? I’ve often felt swamped by the sheer amount of things that life throws at me. With so many things coming at you and all screaming that they are urgent and important it is easy to be overwhelmed. This book has helped me understand the difference between being effective (doing the right things) versus being efficient (doing things right). I still regularly come back to it as reference.
The data rate of reading is much greater than when somebody is talking. What’s the output rate of speech? It’s like, a couple hundred bits per second? Maybe a few thousand bits per second, if you’re really going full tilt? You can do several times that by reading.
The moral of the story is that life by its very nature is capricious and unpredictable. Our concepts and beliefs regarding luck and misfortune are very limited since we can never see the big picture nor predict the future.
Thank God for books. It showed me that it is possible to dream again. An inexhaustible sea of information at your fingertips, cataloging the entire human body of knowledge and immortalizing the deeds of men in the annals of history. Forever etched in ink.