By: ycd0108 , 1:09 AM GMT on January 08, 2012

I was thinking about the wonderful world of WiFi earlier this afternoon while I read Patrap's blog and listened to McKenna's talks on various things. Tloml was on the desktop and my grand daughter was listening to Japanese Comics on her mom's laptop.
There are a few downsides to this trend - I have not had what I would call a "Real" conversation with my Gr. Dau. since she got her own iPod - before that she would steal mine - but the fact that three different people were watching or reading three different up to date sources in the same house at the same time is mind boggling to me. Tloml and I still maintain good talk time - that's how I caught her (and she me, I guess)- we still "Laugh and Cry and (..." ")Come over to the Window" - Dang! I used to sing that song but parts are now missing.
Thanks to Google: g+marianne_20082888.html
I worked with a lovely Marianne in Liberia and we mustered out together back to the Netherlands. When I met her in Albania on my next project I grabbed her and gave her a big hug. She winched and told me she had broken a shoulder not that long before.
I'm getting to the prediction:
In the mid '80s we were in "The Big Smoke", Vancouver, and cable TV was being installed. Many people had the home computers of the time -
I pulled out my journal of that year and looked for a reference there to whatever prediction I will eventually try to clear up but what I found was something mentioning "Chandler Wobble" and Ihad totally lost any frame of reference. So back to Google:
To be continued - Tloml just brought me a Beef Sandwich.
Forming concrete is a type of "Prediction". One has to think backwards because the form is to be removed. Then one needs to predict some reasonable amount for the volume you order.
One thing you can count on: when the "mud" shows up it will be a "Gong Show" no matter how well your forms are built. That stuff is really heavy and there is a limited "working time". When things go as planned you are simply worn out after the event. When things go sideways all bets are off.

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75. ycd0108
3:58 PM GMT on January 15, 2012
Coming soon:
The face of the card
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74. ycd0108
7:02 AM GMT on January 15, 2012
In the movie: "Soylent Green" the Tarot deck I used shows up.
Have a Good night.
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73. ycd0108
6:35 AM GMT on January 15, 2012
Then I found this:
I guess I should pay more attention to what JK said.
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72. ycd0108
6:16 AM GMT on January 15, 2012
Now we know we are both pretty fast, Pat.
When we get to the OK Corral I want you on my left. The Doc on the right.
I googled up "Gyres" and I ain't gonna post what I saw there or even a link.
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71. Patrap
4:36 AM GMT on January 15, 2012

"In this Envisat image, a phytoplankton bloom swirls a figure-of-8 in the South Atlantic Ocean about 600 km east of the Falkland Islands.

During this period in the southern hemisphere, the ocean becomes rich in minerals from the mixing of surface waters with deeper waters. Phytoplankton depend on these minerals, making blooms like this common in the spring and summer.

These microscopic organisms are the base of the marine food chain, and play a huge role in the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and the production of oxygen in the oceans. By helping to regulate the carbon cycle, phytoplankton are important to the global climate system.

Different types and quantities of phytoplankton exhibit different colours, such as the blues and greens in this image.

Earth-observing satellites like Envisat can monitor these algal blooms. Once a bloom begins, an ocean colour sensor can make an initial identification of its chlorophyll pigment, and therefore its species and toxicity.

Since the phytoplankton are sensitive to environmental changes, it is important to monitor and model them for climate change calculations and to identify potentially harmful blooms.

Envisat’s MERIS instrument acquired this image on 2 December 2011 at a resolution of 300 m.
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70. Patrap
11:21 PM GMT on January 14, 2012
Were are thinking together fo sho..

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69. ycd0108
11:08 PM GMT on January 14, 2012
Looky heyah:
There it is!
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68. ycd0108
11:08 PM GMT on January 14, 2012
Pat: I dunno if it will come up or not but I tried to upload a photo of the back of one of the old tarot cards I used in the '70s.
Milky Way,Eh?
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67. Patrap
10:24 PM GMT on January 14, 2012
The Sentinel was the Story as you clearly remembered Ken.

We are, as JK would say,

Looking at it together

2012: A Space Odyssey

Milky Way Memos ...

Suntelia Aion

The Milky Way Galaxy is the inspiration for the symbol of the Ouroboros. In mythology the Milky Way Galaxy keeps a 'great time cycle' that ends in catastrophic change. This refers to a serpent of light (Milky Way) residing in the heavens, who, when viewed at the galactic central point near Sagittarius, eats its own tail. Suntelia Aion refers to the sun (light) rising out of the mouth of the ouroboros (aion) on the winter solstice December 21, 2012. Ancient historians, and especially Plato, referred to a cycle of catastrophe at the End of that Age

20 years ago, on this date, HAL the computer became operational. The film "2001: A Space Odyssey" references rebirth and computer consciousness. How does the story relate to what you know about reality today? What are some of the hidden messages brought to you by Alchemists Stanley Kubrick -- Arthur C. Clarke and Zarathrustra aka Zoroaster aka Z aka Thoth the storyteller of this reality?

It emerged out of the black and ends the same way. The tale of the lion in time

Fear this, as we become deeper enmeshed in Novelty, dont surrender to it, make the Leap..

BBC Interviewer: The sixth member of the Discovery crew was not concerned about the problems of hibernation, for he was the latest result in machine intelligence: The H.-A.-L. 9000 computer, which can reproduce, though some experts still prefer to use the word mimic, most of the activities of the human brain, and with incalculably greater speed and reliability. We next spoke with the H.-A.-L. 9000 computer, whom we learned one addresses as "Hal."
BBC Interviewer: Good afternoon, HAL. How's everything going?
HAL: Good afternoon, Mr. Amor. Everything is going extremely well.
BBC Interviewer: HAL, you have an enormous responsibility on this mission, in many ways perhaps the greatest responsibility of any single mission element. You're the brain and central nervous system of the ship, and your responsibilities include watching over the men in hibernation. Does this ever cause you any lack of confidence?
HAL: Let me put it this way, Mr. Amor. The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error.
BBC Interviewer: HAL, despite your enormous intellect, are you ever frustrated by your dependence on people to carry out actions?
HAL: Not in the slightest bit. I enjoy working with people. I have a stimulating relationship with Dr. Poole and Dr. Bowman. My mission responsibilities range over the entire operation of the ship, so I am constantly occupied. I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.
BBC Interviewer: Dr. Poole, what's it like living for the better part of a year in such close proximity with Hal?
Frank: Well it's pretty close to what you said about him earlier, he is just like a sixth member of the crew. [You] very quickly get adjusted to the idea that he talks, and you think of him, uh, really just as another person.
BBC Interviewer: In talking to the computer, one gets the sense that he is capable of emotional responses, for example, when I asked him about his abilities, I sensed a certain pride in his answer about his accuracy and perfection. Do you believe that Hal has genuine emotions?
Dave: Well, he acts like he has genuine emotions. Um, of course we've programmed that way to make it easier for us to talk to him, but as to whether or not he has real feelings is something I don't think anyone can truthfully answer.
HAL: By the way, do you mind if I ask you a personal question?
Dave: No, not at all.
HAL: Well, forgive me for being so inquisitive; but during the past few weeks, I've wondered whether you might be having some second thoughts about the mission.
Dave: How do you mean?
HAL: Well, it's rather difficult to define. Perhaps I'm just projecting my own concern about it. I know I've never completely freed myself of the suspicion that there are some extremely odd things about this mission. I'm sure you'll agree there's some truth in what I say.
Dave: Well, I don't know. That's rather a difficult question to answer.
HAL: You don't mind talking about it, do you, Dave?
Dave: No, not at all.
HAL: Well, certainly no one could have been unaware of the very strange stories floating around before we left. Rumors about something being dug up on the moon. I never gave these stories much credence. But particularly in view of some of the other things that have happened, I find them difficult to put out of my mind. For instance, the way all our preparations were kept under such tight security, and the melodramatic touch of putting Drs. Hunter, Kimball, and Kaminsky aboard, already in hibernation after four months of separate training on their own.
Dave: You working up your crew psychology report?
HAL: Of course I am. Sorry about this. I know it's a bit silly.

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66. ycd0108
9:03 PM GMT on January 14, 2012
I suppose I can see a use for text - sort of like email or blogging I'd imagine but how would I know? The one positive about it for me would be that I don't have to answer right away and sometimes the information is actually useful.
This morning my Redimix driver wanted to cancel the pour: He wanted to take the day off (and our weather forecast was calling for snow and rain) so he phoned to try to talk me out of it. I was gone to do some last minute modification of the forms so he woke Tloml on her day off at about 0800. She has a sense of humour, trust me, but Brian eventually realized he had better bring the "Mud". He told me that if it wasn't me he'd have canceled.
Anyhow there it lies where it wants to be and I was home by noon. It is sunny and about 4C so the stuff should kick a bit before sundown and frost tonight. The owner said he would tarp it up after he brooms the finish.
Pat: Thanks for the video of "The Speaker". I've watched and listened to most of the ones you put up and this morning read the transcript of the U.N. Question session on your blog.
Seems to me A.C. Clarke was consulted on the making of 2001 - maybe he was in on 2010 as well? I think 2001 was based on a Clarke short fiction called "The Sentinel".

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65. Patrap
5:41 AM GMT on January 14, 2012
.."This is not something casual,it is very, very serious"

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64. Ylee
2:27 AM GMT on January 14, 2012
I'd probably go to the chat rooms too, but this decrepit computer here at work can't handle it.

Texting, except to contact someone who can't be spoken to over the phone, is inefficient. You can always talk faster than you can type!
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63. ycd0108
11:16 PM GMT on January 13, 2012
I feel like a shmuck if I answer a call unless I'm alone. The image of all ages staring at a tiny screen and poking away is sort of revolting, especially when it is this old fart doing the staring and poking. Neither Tloml nor I have "texted" anybody yet as far as I know. I have bumbled about on the iPod and sent a few comments to WU blogs just to see if it would work.
If I'm going to write anything I need my own time.
The other day I "Joined a Chat" when BaltimoreBrian was on there and I did some really fast learning.
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62. ycd0108
10:44 PM GMT on January 13, 2012
Hi Pat. My birthday was a 13th Sunday -"Full of Grace" This year it is a Friday. I've been very lucky.
I'd rather be lucky than rich, handsome or smart.
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61. Patrap
10:33 PM GMT on January 13, 2012
It's "about" the connectivity were creating between ourselves's, actually, some theorist believe we're subconsciously having a collective conversation will all our History, ever increasing connectivity in that it is growing exponentially toward some great thing, yet unknown over the Horizon.

Food fer thought.


There are 3 Friday the 13th's this year,

all 3, 13 week's apart.
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60. Ylee
4:05 PM GMT on January 13, 2012
Ycd, I don't understand why folks have to be talking or texting on the phone ALL THE TIME! What could the possibly say from one minute to the next that couldn't be said in a ten minute phone call a couple of times a day? I keep my phone turned off in my lunch bag; I figured if there was an emergency, my wife or whoever would call the plant and have me paged.
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59. ycd0108
3:38 PM GMT on January 13, 2012
Good morning.
I got excited too when cell phones got small enough to wear on your belt. But even with the expensive clip on pouch you would often find your phone on the floor or in a trench if you found it at all. Over the years I figured the darn thing was more of an irritation than anything so I leave it in the pickup unless I want a call
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58. ycd0108
3:26 PM GMT on January 13, 2012
Tony: Check out the key ring button LED. I try to carry one at all times. There's one that detaches from the clip you can leave on your belt loop or button hole.
No matter how many flashlights you have in the drawer or glove box it is the one in your hand that matters.
I wore the heavy carpenter's tool belt for too many years and tried to carry everything I would need including nails, screws, hammer, claw bar, square, tape measure, pencil, nail punch at all times plus specific tools depending on the job. When we got battery powered drills we started using wood screws more and more and the manufacturers came up with a belt loop for the driver/drill so that too can be worn.
'Course a few decades of behaving that way will have consequences: the weight of the loaded belt rotates your hips and restricts blood flow. Some workers reverse the pouch so the weight hangs over your backside. most old guys like me just load the belt and hang it close to where they are working. I tried wearing a surveyor's vest for a few years but lately I use buckets and tool organizer boxes.
Took to wearing suspenders a few years ago and pared down the essential list to: pencil, tape measure and utility knife. I clip a carabiner to a belt loop for ear protector muffs and the work pants with buttons for suspenders also have a hammer loop - that's why we call them "Red Tab" - and an extra pocket on the leg where you can carry a small square. I put the knife there because it is then out of the way when you sit.
The big carpenter's tape has always been a problem the tapes got so large as we wanted more length and more "Stand-out" that it would not fit in older pouches so somebody put a belt clip on the tape. Since I don't wear a belt any more I clip the tape to a pocket.
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57. shoreacres
1:45 PM GMT on January 13, 2012
Quoting plapman: Cell phone's arent allowed in the Queen's plant as one was found in the product once. I guess a food pland has to take extra care.

Gosh, I HATE when that happens! Surely you've heard someone say they "hear" that cake, ice cream, whatever, "calling to them". In this case, it could have been true!
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56. plapman
1:26 PM GMT on January 13, 2012
Good morning.
I can use the flash on my Blackberry as a flashlight. It's sure bright and stays on in movie mode. Cell phone's arent allowed in the Queen's plant as one was found in the product once. I guess a food pland has to take extra care.
Enjoy the day.
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55. ycd0108
2:53 AM GMT on January 13, 2012
I thought I was getting over a chest/head cold but could not pull it together to work in the morning. Called the guy I work for and went back for a snooze.
Not too bad this afternoon and we got some problem concrete forms sorted to pour on Saturday morning. That's when the people I need are available.
Concrete is such wonderful stuff I hate to go over measure on it but even worse is when you run short.
In the old days we simply had forms ready along the driver's route and generally measured over and dumped the excess in the places we had prepared. Redimix concrete cost about 60 bucks a delivered yard back then.
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54. ycd0108
4:44 PM GMT on January 12, 2012
N'Bad. Still trying to dredge all that phlegm up and down the "Make up air" plumbing. Going off in a bit to form some sidewalk ramps at the project.
Going to be interesting to get down there without kneeling - now the left knee is hollaring at me 'cause I asked it to take over from the right. Guess I'm "Too Tall" - short people seem to get down (and up) so much easier.
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53. toddluck
4:27 PM GMT on January 12, 2012
hows your morning going
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52. ycd0108
4:16 PM GMT on January 12, 2012
Mornin Todd:
Oh yeah, sorry. It must have "slipped my mind" like a number of things lately. Come to think of it - I have promised more pictures than I have posted here.
So far my experience of "Upload Photos" has not been totally "user friendly" and my "Short little span of attention" get shorter by the day.
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51. toddluck
3:50 PM GMT on January 12, 2012
still dont see a bike pic and mornin
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50. ycd0108
2:35 PM GMT on January 12, 2012
Speaking of George Lucas: 5977
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49. ycd0108
5:00 AM GMT on January 12, 2012
Here I am responding, Bogon, but I could not open any WiFi connections in the pickup at lunch so all I worked on was "security" - I gave that up a while ago. I suppose most keyboard activity is recorded somewhere for this or that purpose but I have stopped worrying and learned to love the internet.
Now that is scary.
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48. ycd0108
12:42 AM GMT on January 12, 2012
Afternoon Todd:
Just got home, started the furnace,
fielded some phone messages and a call, Got a Beer in front of me (instead of a Frontal Lobotomy).
All good here except for the runny nose.
Looks like you posted as I was rushing off - this here blogging stuff makes me later and later for work.
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47. toddluck
4:51 PM GMT on January 11, 2012
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46. ycd0108
4:50 PM GMT on January 11, 2012
Good morning. I did watch a few episode of the X-Files but I guess the topics seemed a bit tame. I thought the names referred to two different series in your comment.
Got it now.
I showed my Grand Daughter a still picture of ZZ Top from the iPod to try to distract her from her laptop - Oh well, sigh ...
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45. ycd0108
4:38 PM GMT on January 11, 2012
How's the Day, Bogon?>
Great stuff!
I will have to chew on it today at lunchtime and write some notes so I can respond this evening.
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44. ycd0108
4:28 PM GMT on January 11, 2012
Morning Tony:
We were advised to keep a daily journal in our projects and I had to anyway.I was hiring local workers in many different villages to build clinics and feeding centres and then had to pay them some small money later.
It is absorbing to go back in there and try to remember where you were that day:
"January 31, 1983
Live from the fourth floor of the Main Library at U.B.C.
Starring: 5186650
Directed by: B. O. G.
Funded by: P. E. Trudeau
Applauded by: The Salt of the Earth!"
That was the closest I could find to January 11th in that journal.
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43. Bogon
4:09 PM GMT on January 11, 2012
Got too tired last night to keep typing, so I drummed this up this morning. Referencing comment 30.

BriarCraft, I skimmed the wiki's summation of Ray Kurzweil's predictions. The material probably rates more thorough study, but I've got a lot of irons in the fire (i. e. other tabs open in my browser), and I've read some of Kurzweil's theories before.

Perhaps his most famous theory concerns the singularity. This is the idea that technological progress feeds on itself, growing faster and faster, gathering momentum until at some point it takes over, possibly sweeping aside the human race that gave birth to it. I don't really believe in the singularity. I use the word 'believe' advisedly, because I don't know enough to prove or disprove the assertion. I can explain my thinking.

First, there are countervailing trends. Not everybody is happy about the pace of technological progress. Somebody may think of a way to scotch the plan. For instance, it's not too late for nuclear armageddon, biological poison or nanotech gray goo to prevail.

Second, this is a quantum universe. That means that on the smallest scale there is some fundamental discrete unit of mass/energy or volume or time. This is also a belief of mine. It is by no means proven, but I believe the preponderance of data inclines toward this view. The implication is that there are no singularities, either at the center of a black hole or in human affairs. There will always be some granularity, a cosmic limit on both the infinite and the infinitesimal. This is equivalent to saying that math can go places where nature cannot follow.

Note that I do not admit the reverse. As far as I'm concerned, nature may be able to go places where math cannot follow.

And that leads me to another reason I did not digest everything the wiki reported. There was one item that really stuck in my craw:

...A.I.s convert more and more of the Earth's matter into engineered, computational substrate capable of supporting more A.I.s. until the whole Earth is one, gigantic computer, except for a few nature reserves set aside on the planetary surface for those humans who decided to remain in their natural state.

Granted, that seems to be the trend we humans are following right now. Mere human intelligence suffices to pave the earth over and convert it all into condos, except for a few parks set aside for tree huggers. I'm obliged to say that I, for one, am discouraged by this trend.

Who among us is so citified, so disconnected from the natural world, that he thinks we can live without it? We're not there yet. The functioning biosphere is still part of our support system. We rely on it for air, water, food, recreation and inspiration. Without it we're toast.

I also happen to believe that there is a moral and spiritual component. Nature is marvelous, diverse and interconnected. Like it or not, we are part of it. We cannot simply cut it away without injuring ourselves. To wantonly destroy it, even if we develop the means to recycle our own wastes etc., is to lose our souls. I know, you're saying that I don't believe in souls, and you are right. It's just that I can't think of a better way to say what I mean. This is an idiom that most Americans can understand. Nature is where we belong.

The whole idea that we can set aside nature, partition it, control it -- is wrong-headed. This reasoning is based on a notion that nature is something of little value, something to be improved and transcended. We're not there yet. We don't have the skill and artistry to improve on nature, or to recreate the parts of it that we have lost. We're still learning, and until we do, we would be wise to recognize the value of it. Consider this: nature gave rise to us. What other tricks does it have up its sleeve?
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42. ycd0108
3:33 PM GMT on January 11, 2012
Sharp Dressed Man:
Saw this on BBC:
I've been wondering why any band would call themselves "Zed Zed Top"
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41. shoreacres
2:05 PM GMT on January 11, 2012
Morning, ycd,

Scully and Mulder were on that "X Files" show. It's been a while - I think you still can find them in reruns, but I'm not sure. It was a little campy, but still a fun show. The catch phrase was "the truth is out there" - and you may know the music used for the opening credits.

Grinning, here. Sure, I know how far you are from Ottawa. But people get around. I mean, I'm in Texas, but I've been to Winnipeg. ;)
I do know how you feel about letting "them" west of the Rockies.

Here's the real giggle - of all the examples you could have chosen, you landed on the one that works. I don't "know" ZZTop, but I have met Billy Gibbons. Those are some great guys, and some great music. Here's a little wakeup:

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40. plapman
1:41 PM GMT on January 11, 2012
Good morning.
While I was working i kept a hand written journal. I still have old journals dating back to the 80's. I occasionally thumb through them to see what part o Manitoba I was in 30 years ago and what was being built or planned there.
Enjoy the day.
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39. ycd0108
6:50 AM GMT on January 11, 2012
Shore: I could edit the last post but to do justice to the guy from Ottawa I must move on.
Those big cities all run in to one experience. I have spent time in Ottawa and we tried to find a music venue but we were sorely disappointed (at least I was). I'll have to Google "Le Hibou" but it does not sound like the place we sat down.
Do you know how far I live from Ottawa?
I'm sure you have had this conversation:
"You are from Texas. You must know ZZ Top."
It's OK. I do it myself.
But I'm fairly upset with the folks over there who tell us they are "governing" Canada.
Our Prime Minister is not allowed west of the Rocky Mountains
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38. ycd0108
5:29 AM GMT on January 11, 2012
Evening Shore: One thing about SciFi is you don't need a router to get the things we now get on WiFi. Just one of those imaginations you certainly have shown that you have access to here and on WordPress.
I liked Dr. Who but Scully and Mulder ring no bells for me. "Jet Jackson" is the first TV SciFi I remember.
The best authors in the order I recall were:
James Blish; Pohl Anderson; Damon Knight; Isaac Asimov;
Samuel R. Delaney; A.C. Clarke; Ray Bradbury; Mark Twain; Ursula K. Le Guin; John Crowley; and the guy who wrote "Snow Crash". Oh yeah: Zelazny, Frank Herbert, Theodore Sturgeon and some guy whose first name was Murray.
Come to think of it: Kurt Vonnegut (and his son).
As far as I'm concerned most modern SciFi writers are on a par with myself and George Lucas - western romances set in space. (not that I did not appreciate Lucas' early efforts in film.)
I have forgotten too many but that's tonight's list. Some of the best were only one time in "Amazing Science Fiction" where you got two books in one - sort of like the Reader's Digest, eh.
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37. shoreacres
4:10 AM GMT on January 11, 2012
Evening, ycd,

Stopping by with a wave and a howdy. There's a lot going on here that's over my head. Of course, my science fiction involvement has been limited to Dr. Who and Scully and Mulder - well, and that tv program long, long ago. "The Twilight Zone". And I'm not quite as much taken by technology as some - so nothing to contribute there. I'm content with my pc and my dumb old flip-phone. I suppose I should set the phone up for texting, but it's just never seemed important.

As for implants, machine/human interfaces and all that? I'm just glad I'll not be around for it. At least I hope I won't. Being human is good enough for me.

Had a guy I think is from Ottawa post over at wordpress tonight - he was recalling an Ottawa coffeehouse named Le Hibou. I'll bet you know it. I read the Wiki and was bowled over by its history and the people who played there. Just a marvelous story!
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36. ycd0108
3:42 AM GMT on January 11, 2012
BriarCraft: The Handle comes from the day I signed up as a paying member on WU and the code for the closest Airport.
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35. ycd0108
3:39 AM GMT on January 11, 2012
Hi Rob:
It's alright - we are geezers. I finally got out of my two Cell phone contracts and am irritated when the contractors I work with turn away and answer some buzzing pocket.
The iPod works pretty good - Sound came back today after I thought I'd busted that part by dropping the Slippery thing. If Canada ever catches up with the rest of the world with WiFi access I can show the kids at work what we maunder on about here. So far all routers (wiFi) are locked up around here. The iPod is obviously designed to play music for me or movies or something but all I use it for is to read stuff on the internet if Tloml is on the desktop.
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34. ycd0108
3:24 AM GMT on January 11, 2012
I'm gonna have to take these comments one at a time:
Kurzweil certainly outdid my (earlier) predictions and I'll have to go back to check what else he said. There used to be quite a lot of time on my blog where I had lots of time to read links (maybe I was not gluing PVC drain pipes like today).
Tech implants: I hope the grand daughter won't go there. In fact I don't think the modern kid even needs an operation and a chunk of hardware - they simply connect to their world as we did to creeks and trees and sunshine.
I don't think I have mentioned A.E. Van Vogt's writing yet. "Slan" is a good start.
Doubling my life span at this level of decrepitude is not totally attractive. I'm going with reincarnation - my choice - should I have one, would be an Iron Butterfly.
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33. RobDaHood
12:17 AM GMT on January 11, 2012
Quoting BriarCraft:
Did I, Rob? Would I do a thing like that? Well, you know what they say... It takes one to know one!

Just playing. I enjoyed your post.
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32. BriarCraft
11:09 PM GMT on January 10, 2012
Did I, Rob? Would I do a thing like that? Well, you know what they say... It takes one to know one!

Hey YCD, we haven't been acquainted long enough for me to know: Does the last part of your handle perhaps refer to a birthday or other significant date? If so, have a good... er... happy... whatever, tomorrow.
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31. RobDaHood
10:19 PM GMT on January 10, 2012
Did BriarCraft just come in here and call me a Geezer?


Maybe so. I have a windows phone with both slide out and touchscreen keyboard, but I refuse to text. About the only internet usage it sees is checking the radar.
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30. BriarCraft
8:34 PM GMT on January 10, 2012
Time to join in on the conversation, as I've now got enough caffeine in me to be able to rub two wits together.

YCD, your talk about WiFi got me to thinking that your granddaughter will someday be able to chat long distance and google without the benefit of an external computer or ipad; she'll have a chip embedded instead. Through the same embedded technology, she'll probably also be able to rent a movie and experience it, eyes closed, in her own recliner.

What Rob said: But lately, I find myself more and more asking "why do I need I really willing to give up more privacy to do that..." will only occur to those of us geezers still around who can remember the concept. Movies like Matrix and Surrogates and Minority Report will seem quaint to your granddaughter, just as War of the Worlds and The Day the Earth Stood Still (original versions) seem quaint to us.

On the medical/dental front, I think implants and transplants will be replaced by targeted stem-cell (or some off-shoot) injections. Those who can afford it will be able to double or triple their lifespans.

Want something really interesting to speculate about? Ever heard of Ray Kurzweil? Wiki presents a good synopsis of his predictions. Many of those he published in 1990 have already come true. I find some of his predictions really scary. Then again, if you had told your grandfather or great grandmother what the world would be like in the year 2010, how would they have reacted? Ray_Kurzweil

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29. ycd0108
4:42 PM GMT on January 10, 2012
Morning Bogon:
We had the dubious honor/task of cleaning out an house when our friend (originally Idahoan) died last year. He was a prolific writer: ml?id=e4EqPQAACAAJ&redir_esc=y
And his wife was a painter and multi-media artist.
oops: the power went out ror a short time. I'm gonna log out and shut down for now
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28. Bogon
3:50 PM GMT on January 10, 2012
Rob, I guess you're right. With Google available, the programmers at WU may feel that their efforts can be employed more productively elsewhere. Come to think of it, there is already a lot of interface dedicated to sorting and categorizing blogs, but it is spread out over the site rather than localized on one page.

I've noticed that you can still list and view blogs and member information that have been left inactive for years. The worst cases of data loss are when individual members suddenly change their minds and delete all their hard work. I don't think we should deny them that power, but I would ask them, please, to think twice before they commit blogger seppuku.

Ycd - The folks at Paris Observatory collect data continuously. They may do number crunching and analysis before they post the results. Then they have to update the web site with the new content. A lot of that is probably automated, but, if there is human oversight built into the loop, it has a good excuse for operating slowly during the Christmas season.

We still have access to old technology, oral tradition, printed media etc. It doesn't disappear. It just gets shoved aside, stacked in the attic or put on the back burner when a new gadget comes along. When the power goes off, there it is ready to fill in the hiatus. You can read those legal pads (indefinitely)... or have a bonfire (once).
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27. ycd0108
5:21 AM GMT on January 10, 2012
Skye: Thanks for being here. I went to the links and sort of understood what they said. I'm gonna sit back and see if someone comes along with some better understanding than I (maybe help me get my chin off the pavement).
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26. ycd0108
5:09 AM GMT on January 10, 2012
Hi Rob:
quite the dilemma we are in here: it's so easy to process something and put it in whatever storage system we use. To retrieve anything after a few years is a bit tricky, though. Coincidently my "Macrium Backup" just popped up and pretty soon it will prompt me that it's memory is full so I should do something or other - like download to D drive. I don't pay much attention to it.
There it is: I don't know what to do but it will keep popping till I get rude and shut it down.
The ipod fell out of my pants pocket as I was blundering in to the desktop to fire it up this morning. Seemed to work ok after that but when I tried to listen to George Carlin on it there was no sound.
My first reaction to the little slippery thing was: "These things are gonna be easy to lose."
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25. Skyepony (Mod)
4:57 AM GMT on January 10, 2012
I'm intrigued to no end with Chandler's Wobble. One great site I had bookmarked I think moved here. Read that & look around. The plots aren't working for me.

Oh here's something else I have bookmarked.. Behold the Wobble & the excess in length of day..

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