Archive for category: Futurism

Challenger, 30 Years Later

28 Jan
January 28, 2016

Thirty years ago, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds into its flight. Seven were killed.

This is perhaps the first memory where I remember where I was when I heard the news. I was in sixth grade, coming back from PE, when a teacher burst into the hall to tell us what happened. We watched the coverage for pretty much the rest of the day. A friend of mine was in Nature’s Classroom and actually saw the Y-shaped cloud.

  
Image is from CBS news.

Friday Quote – 8/7/15

07 Aug
August 7, 2015

The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.

J. Robert Oppenheimer, leader of the Manhattan Project

Friday Quote – 12/26/14

26 Dec
December 26, 2014

For the last Friday Quote of the year, I give you a quote of hope for the future:

It is now feasible to take care of everyone on Earth at a higher standard of living than have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting high technology from weaponry to livingry.

R. Buckminster Fuller

I don’t think we, as a species, have quite reached this point. Still, I have hope that one day humanity will reach it.

Friday Quote – 9/12/14

12 Sep
September 12, 2014

I’m optimistic. I see no longer people accepting fuzzy thinking in the world. The change is not that people aren’t still saying under-informed things. The change is that if you’re in power and you say something under-informed, there are people out there with a voice who will take you to task for saying so.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson

The marketplace of ideas is truly a wonderful thing.

A HUD For Your Car

06 Aug
August 6, 2014

This looks interesting. Very interesting.

I wonder if one of the apps would give you cool reticles, so you can pretend to get missile lock on that annoying car in front of you. FOX TWO, MF’ER!

Personally, I’d like to play with it before dropping $300-$400, but I’m still cleaning up drool.

H/t Alan

Navy Rail Guns Closer to Reality

08 Apr
April 8, 2014

According to this article from Ars Technica, the U.S. Navy is set to field test its new rail gun in 2016 aboard the USNS Millinocket. The video in the article is pretty nifty as well.

It makes me wonder if/when we’ll be switching out our chemically-propelled small arms for hand-held versions of these. FSM, I love living in the future.

Friday Quote – 1/24/13

24 Jan
January 24, 2014

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those that cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

Alvin Toffler, writer and futurist

This is “react, adapt, and overcome” raised to the next power.

Friday Quote – 9/20/13

20 Sep
September 20, 2013
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as “bad luck.”

Robert Heinlein, science fiction author

The Future Is Now

18 Jul
July 18, 2013

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Last week, my computer got nuked by a thunderstorm. So, now I’m building a new desktop. To be honest, I bought the parts my brother and friend recommended and will be helping them as they actually build it. So, what does that have to do with the pic?

Parts have been coming in over this week. One of the parts is a 120 GB Solid State Drive. For those who don’t understand techno-speak (of which, I’m barely conversant), it’s a much larger version of a flash drive. Here’s the fun. It was packed in the box with another part, and I COMPLETELY MISSED IT. When I was doing delivery reconciliation, I noticed that the SSD was reported as delivered, but I never saw it. I decided to check the box again before I went into a tirade about people swiping stuff off of my front porch.

I carry an phone with 64 gigs of storage. I’ve seen thumb drives with the same storage. I don’t know why I was shocked at how small the SSD was. The thing was about the size of my iPhone.

Every so often I am smacked in the face with the realization we are living in the best times of human history.

I Read Way Too Much SF

24 May
May 24, 2013

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that military commanders in Britain are recommending soldiers not wear their uniforms off-post, in light of the recent attack.

Where was I reading that soldiers would never wear their uniforms off-base because it invited attack? Oh yeah, here.

I’m not claiming that our world is going to become the UN that Williamson describes. It’s too complex, with too many different forces vying for social control.

Still, I am a pattern-seeking monkey, which makes jumping to those analogies very easy. Kind of like the Christians who see Armageddon around the corner because something may, kinda, sorta, look like it came out of Revelations.

I need to go back to straight fantasy for a bit.

H/t Sebastian