In a blur of frantic genius, Gmail announced yesterday (well, at least that’s when I found out about it) that you can send emails from the past. Sure, it’s a small step for man, but one giant leap for unscrupulous people everywhere. Now, not only can you send in that report hours after it was due, but you can email the finished product in a way that makes it look like you had it done before you even were told to complete a report. From slacker to go-getter through the magic of email. How scandalous is that?

Pretty scandalous, I’ll tell you that. Okay, so it’s not really time travel as much as a falsified time stamp… but isn’t it pretty crazy anyway? Of course, no modern miracle of science fiction would be complete without rules. You know – you’ve got to be going exactly 88 miles per hour, you can’t feed ’em after midnight, you can’t wish for more wishes, that sort of thing.

There are always three rules, though. Have you noticed that? There’s three concerning google’s time traveling email as well. The biggest one is that you can only go backwards, not forwards. Rule number two is that you get just ten little emails to send from a different time. Number three is that you can only go as far back as gmail’s inception in April of 2004. I guess they didn’t want you emailing any dinosaurs…

Whatever the case may be, I’m excited nevertheless to send a time capsule of links to all stupid websites I look at now to my past self, so that way he doesn’t have to spend so much time looking for them. How will you use this power – for good? Or for evil?

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