We are getting into some pretty advanced concepts of the perceptions of time here Mike. It literally provokes me in many different directions. Everything from wanting to point out the Paleofuture blog, to the effect of observation, and the creation of "The Past" into "History" by the act of documentation. There is a fantastic blog out there dealing with the topic of how we perceived the future over the ages out there called the Paleofuture Blog. It's been hosted by a few different sites, including the Smithsonian. I would first encourage anyone to look for that as it is a useful lens on how we have thought about the "Future." Next I am reminded of how the very act of observation changes the result and think maybe that the "Now" is changed in the same way. And finally I am reminded of the adage of all history being written. By documenting the Now you turn it into a record. It becomes the past. It becomes history. The change of momentarily now into stone solid history takes place. This is incredibly important, but it may be that the way things are done now lack deference for the creation of that record and that it lacks that same respect of the transitory now.