Alternate Reality

Alternate Reality

Way back in the 50’s there was something called Cinerama.  Three huge synchronized screens along with an amazingly powerful surround sound system.  A whole theater on Hollywood Boulevard totally was devoted to this new immersive technology. The first scene was a...
The End of Conversation as We Know It

The End of Conversation as We Know It

It is a growing custom in New York for people having dinner at a restaurant to pool all their cellphones at the end of the table.  First person to answer their phone pays the entire bill. It’s part of the growing recognition that our electronic gadgetry is destroying...
1984 Is Here and Gone

1984 Is Here and Gone

Nineteen Eighty-Four is here and gone. For those of use with short memories, Nineteen Eighty-Four is George Orwell’s tale of a dystopian future in which the government spies on everyone.  It is a world of conform or else.  Published in 1949, this book accurately...
Flipping the Bird Scooters

Flipping the Bird Scooters

It’s everywhere… young people on Bird Scooters zipping in and out of traffic, riding everywhere they please, ignoring all the rules, and risking death or dismemberment. So far I haven’t heard of any accidents but it’s a matter of time. The Bird Scooter instructions...
A Frightening Phone Call

A Frightening Phone Call

You always know when it’s a telemarketer on the line when you pick up the phone and hear this funny beep.  Sort of an electronic warning.  I usually hang up.  But this morning, with nothing better to do, I stayed on the line. “Hello, this is Chuck from GE Home...

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