Ah, the Noughties. The decade in which we discovered that America won't let a little thing like the collapse of its only credible enemy take it off a constant war footing.
The decade in which one web boom ended...
And another began.
In one span of ten years, the US got its stupidest president in fifty years (see above), and possibly its smartest.
Meanwhile, we stuck with the usual suspects.
As did the UK.
Global warming went from something a little obscure to a major problem of the day.
We had another oil price spike.
House prices increased indefinitely...
Except when they didn't.
Of course, the end of the decade doesn't put an end to any of this stuff. I have no doubt that the Great Recession will stand astride the Noughties and the 10s like a Colossus made out of dubious securities and consumer debt, rather than the traditional bronze.
And there's another thing. What do we call the upcoming decade? The noughties was bad enough; the 'tens' seems totally unsatisfactory. I suppose we will just have to put up with it until the twenties, when we'll be back on safer ground...
Since 2000, I've gone from being in school to finishing college, working on server-side stuff for console games, and now working on web games. What will I be doing in 2020? Am I now typecast as a games programmer or might I yet escape and end up writing Enterprise Goat Management software, or whatever? Only time will tell. What were you doing ten years ago?
Oh, and anyone who leaves a comment that the decade doesn't really begin til 2011 will get such a slap.