Life in 2008

History, Silly, Infinite Series 2008-09-09 07:03

What will life be like in 2008? An article from 1968 makes a slew of predictions. I’m impressed:

“The single most important item in 2008 households is the computer. These electronic brains govern everything from meal preparation and waking up the household to assembling shopping lists and keeping track of the bank balance. […]

Computers also handle travel reservations, relay telephone messages, keep track of birthdays and anniversaries, compute taxes and even figure the monthly bills for electricity, water, telephone and other utilities. Not every family has its private computer. Many families reserve time on a city or regional computer to serve their needs.”

Damn, it was doing so well right up until the last two sentences.

Cogs

Culture, Silly 2008-08-21 07:56

Steampunk chat abbreviations. My favorites:

-_Q Monocle.
-O=O- Goggles.
BTC By the cogs!
WATT What’s all this then?

I’m totally going to slip “By the cogs!” in my next conversation.

Phone Books Are Useful

Silly, Infinite Series 2008-07-22 06:35

Still get phonebooks delivered to your house? Wondering what to do with them? One possible use: “Place under your monitor to raise it to the correct viewing angle when searching for phone numbers online.”

In Other Words, Leave Me The Hell Alone

Silly 2008-02-23 06:08

This sign appears on many of the buses in my area:

Information gladly given but safety requires avoiding unnecessary conversation

I should get this made into a t-shirt for myself.

iPod Agony

Silly 2007-12-25 06:43

I see this billboard all the time, and I can’t help filling in my own caption:

iPod: the best device for listening to your favorite music while suffering the firey, eternal agony of damnation as punishment for a life of sin.

(You caught me - I doctored it a little. Here’s the original. But when I see it out of the corner of my eye, especially since there’s often a tree blocking the upper left corner, this is what pops into my head.)

Motivational Poster

Spirituality, Silly 2007-12-04 11:51

Reality is awesome.