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jerry w.

And here I've been, calmly waiting for my flying car (or at least a backpack jetpack).

I suppose that one or both of those will show up sometime before the U.S. gets

out of the crapload of problems brought about by "W", of course that's if he

doesn't get us all vaporized in his quest to be the harbinger of "Rapture".

I'm thinking early in 2050, I hope I can hang in there to see it happen.

That only will happen if our owner (China) will front the $$$.

http://boskolives.wordpress.com/

rita mae

D.MENTED --- I saw the same news about "printing new organs." Don't think it will come in my lifetime. Butttttttt, if it did, I bet my fucking insurance company would say they don't cover it. They would cover a couple of Zip-lock Baggies and a straw. Am I right?

Rita Mae

Jabba

All together now:

"It's the most wonderful time of the year!"

Prof. Frantz

Naturally, your discussion of the so-called "Wonderful Time" begs to memory the words of one Arthur Schopenhauer. To wit:

"Truth is the short interval of time between when an idea is heresy and when it is plattitude"

Of course these English words contain but an ounce of their true character as witnessed in the original German scrit, but surely you get the gist.

D.H.F.

Frank Goodman, Sr.

An excellent observation. But, look at the underlying value of this attitude. It is the seminal attitude that propels the human psyche into the advanced state of the orgy of achievement. It is the drive that makes inventors, writers, scientists, philosophers, great teachers, comic strip artists and poor people. Statistically, only about 5% of achievers get rich. That is what is left over when two standard deviations on the curve of effort fall into near normal distribution. A few outliers also appear from time to time to create an illusion that statistics are not accurate or relevant.

On the flip side are the 95% who fall in the success part of a normal distribution curve. Then there are the 5% on the left tail of the distribution who create an incentive to do-gooders and justify the industry of charity. That there are about 5% of people below the poverty level statistically, no matter how high the top level gets, escapes all politicians, all religious people, and most normal achievers. Enough high achievers donate a part of their real value income to support the lower 5% at near subsistence level to keep dead bodies off the streets.

We even make work for philosophers who calculate that the productive capacity of the entire population of the world could eliminate poverty. It is probably quite true that the real production of about 5% of the worlds population could sustain the world at subsistence levels. In fact, it is probably true that we have no poverty at this time. But, also true that poverty provides the best motivation for the rest of us who do produce something of value to contribute to human welfare. Money is the incentive to do all that.

Ask a homeless man on a corner with a sign, "Will work for food." if you can bring him a sandwich. He would prefer a dollar, though he can't eat the paper currency or the coins of the same face value of exchange. Hunger is of all kinds. Hunger for economic power is higher than hunger for world peace or good comic strips. Desire for eternal life feeds the collection plate in church.

Silvox

I wonder how much trigger energy diamond needed to exo react. For the water guy, it took a 4 e- to get 4H+ yield 4OH- so....

I was no string lead, sorry.

Frank Goodman, Sr.

An excellent observation. But, look at the underlying value of this attitude. It is the seminal attitude that propels the human psyche into the advanced state of the orgy of achievement. It is the drive that makes inventors, writers, scientists, philosophers, great teachers, comic strip artists and poor people. Statistically, only about 5% of achievers get rich. That is what is left over when two standard deviations on the curve of effort fall into near normal distribution. A few outliers also appear from time to time to create an illusion that statistics are not accurate or relevant.

On the flip side are the 95% who fall in the success part of a normal distribution curve. Then there are the 5% on the left tail of the distribution who create an incentive to do-gooders and justify the industry of charity. That there are about 5% of people below the poverty level statistically, no matter how high the top level gets, escapes all politicians, all religious people, and most normal achievers. Enough high achievers donate a part of their real value income to support the lower 5% at near subsistence level to keep dead bodies off the streets.

We even make work for philosophers who calculate that the productive capacity of the entire population of the world could eliminate poverty. It is probably quite true that the real production of about 5% of the worlds population could sustain the world at subsistence levels. In fact, it is probably true that we have no poverty at this time. But, also true that poverty provides the best motivation for the rest of us who do produce something of value to contribute to human welfare. Money is the incentive to do all that.

Ask a homeless man on a corner with a sign, "Will work for food." if you can bring him a sandwich. He would prefer a dollar, though he can't eat the paper currency or the coins of the same face value of exchange. Hunger is of all kinds. Hunger for economic power is higher than hunger for world peace or good comic strips. Desire for eternal life feeds the collection plate in church.

Peter Johnston

I remember a story about a guy a couple of thousand years ago turning water into wine. Didn't realise he was working on biofuels!!!

Glenn

>If grandma dies, don’t waste her. Pop her in the burner and let her treat you to some TV on the big screen.<

DUDE! Do we have issues with Grandma during Christmas? Where did that come from did Grandma make you wear bunny outfit during Christmas? OR She had you get her dentures from the glass by her bed?

Good blog Thanks!

Podders

Thanks man, I certainly will.

Rack

This idea is certainly wrong because the entire structure of society is built around limiting enjoyment. We already possess a vast excess of the resources needed to fill everyones needs and allow a massive amount of time for personal enrichment, yet most of the world is starving, the vast majority of the rest are forced to work like dogs on things so staggeringly and obviously useless it's abundantly clear the sole function is to spread misery. Technology will only improve our ability to pursue our current goals, and really that is not a good thing.

Richard Gosling

I'm sorry, I can't enjoy the Wonderful Time on this one. Even taking the article completely at face value, there's a problem. Where do the tyres, and plastic bottles, and everything else the machine will consume, come from? They're mostly made of oil. Unless you can stick a tyre in and get enough oil out to make a new tyre, AND some left over, you haven't solved the worlds energy problems. And if you did do that, you've invented a Perpetual Motion machine, in which case you're not only the richest man in the world, you've also broken every law of science known to mankind.

It's still good to be able to make oil out of waste, but it's not The Big Answer.

ShirtBloke

Wow!
Typepad just rejected my comment as spam.
Can I have some artificial intelligence please?

Rafał Dowgird

"Immortality is getting nearer, and we’ll all be stupid-happy, and wealthy."

Wealth is supposed to make you happy (results reported: mixed).
Immortality is supposed to prevent you from being unhappy (but it just removes one potential reason).

The stupid-happy pill makes you happy, period. No ifs or buts. Why would you need the other two?

Saju

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Diana W

Coincidental timing or more proof we're computer generated? I'm in Belgium this week finishing a project started last Spring. We brought the new system live Wednesday and everything was working so well that the customer signed Acceptance yesterday, a day ahead of schedule. It was the Wonderful Time. Not 2 minutes later we discovered a system outage (a personal record). It took until 5am this morning to get it up and running again, and there are still many hours of database cleanup left to do. I feel like I got cheated out of sufficient Wonderful Time.

As for the organ growing, I'm betting one of the biggest applications will be to grow new breasts, obsoleting the old leaky implants. I'm sure the first doctor to do this will win a Nobel Prize and the thanks of men everywhere.

Shawn

I immedietly thought of the case of those poor West Virginian coal miners.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10682163/

JT

When I was a kid, I used to think that a really good way to get rid of nuclear waste and other undesirable trash would be to load a big rocket full of it and shoot it at the sun.

adora

I have wonderful time very often these day, thanks to telemarketers. It is between learning I won a cruise vacation and learning it is a time-share-like scam.

Smartwomn2

I'm bad at math. (Really bad.)

When estimating the potential size of an order with a vendor it was like a zillion units times a penny or $400,000. Or $4,000.

When the Wonderful Time ended, I had to call the guy and say "cancel the BMW-er order - it's $4,000 not $400,000."

As this is not the first time I've made amazingly bad math estimates/calculations, we laughed until we peed. It's one of our favorite stories.

So, until Grandma can actually contribute to the TV electricity, I'll hold the BMW-er order.

carl

The feel good phase was short lived...next post please

Joe

It's not working for me.. the thought of spending the rest of eternity as an immortal with you clowns is getting me depressed. So in the immortal words of an unnamed mortal, I say, "Stop the world, I wanna get off." And I'll add that by "get off" I mean not the good way, although I'd like to do that one more time, too, while I've got the chance.

lorenzo

uhm. free energy for everybody would mean the earth would become a *lot* much hotter in much *less* time.
well I suppose we can build more powerful air conditioner......

Clumpy

This is one of the finest things you have written.

Jan

This is why I read Wired magazine, seriously. Damn it makes me feel good. (it was better in the old days, but that's probably another illusion)

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