Check out Andrew's page at the'SingularityHub' website, as there are some interesting stories and videos over there like this one about a retail store with no employees working in it.
I could imagine IKEA salivating over the above employlee-less store, but I bet you'd still get lost and find it hard to find your way out of an IKEA virtual store ... and you still wouldn't want to know how they made their IKEA meatballs in the future;-)
And don't forget to check out the TED website... that's ThirdEyeDrops ... for some great pod-cast shows to have a listen to.
I was working on a follow up post to my1967themed post - 1967: The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past? this morning, but this post I'm working on is about the year 1977. Just like my previous post I'm heavily relying on Wikipedia for most of my information and links to write these posts. As I'm going through the events of 1977wondering which events to include in my blog post I came across a link to the Taksim Square massacre in Turkey. I'd never heard of this event until now ... forty years later.
"Access to Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia, has been blocked in Turkey over content said to present the country as supporting terror.
The country's official news agency quoted the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs andCommunications as saying the site was blocked for "becoming an information source acting with groups conducting a smear campaign against Turkey in the international arena". "After technical analysis and legal consideration ... an administrative measure has been taken for this website [Wikipedia.Org]," the BTK telecommunications watchdog said in a statement on its website. It cited a law that allows it to block access to individual web pages or entire websites for the protection of public order, national security or the wellbeing of the public. The Anadolu news agency said officials had warned Wikipedia to remove content likening Turkey to terror groups, but the site "persistently" did not."
Sounds more like 1984than 2017 in Turkey at the moment to me.
I also think it is ironic that
January 1977– The world's first all-in-one home computer (keyboard/screen/tape storage), the Commodore PET, is demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago
When this stuff wasn't legal I would eat it for breakfast, sprinkle it on my Vegemited toast, pour it into my orange juice, so it would look suspiciously a wee bit green ... except on St.Patrick's Day when it looked like I was drinking a cup full of blended mower clippings. But after reading this news story today - Hemp food products approved for human consumption in Australia and New Zealand
"It will soon be legal to consume hemp food products in Australia and New Zealand, after a landmark decision made in South Australia.
An ongoing campaign to change food regulations culminated in a meeting of federal and state food ministers today, where it was decided low-THC hemp seeds were fit for human consumption. To be clear, hemp foods sold in Australia are low enough in THC (the hallucinogenic substance found in marijuana) that you can't get high from eating them. Before today, hemp fell under a classification that prohibits all species of cannabis from being added to food, or sold as a food.
The change should come into effect in both countries in about six months' time."
Snap, crackle, BUURRRPP!!!
Looks like I'll have to go back to beer with extra bubbles and acid sprinkles in the mornings to get my not so legal kicks again.
But don't worry, I'll take it easy on the Rice Bubbles, as I know that's not a real good way to start the day;-)
And if I get sick of having beer on my Rice Bubbles, I can always mix them with Coke/cane and hope I have to explain that to a snooping government food inspector.
But seriously, it's about time the Australian government woke up to their stupid food laws on hempproducts with no drug content in it and for those guys in South Australia who have paved the way for those crazy laws to come to an end I and many others salute you.
about 2017 being a year of significant anniversaries,
"2017 might seem like the hangover after a particularly-nasty meth, glue and Thunderbird bender, but it's actually a year of major anniversaries.
We're coming up on the 70th Anniversary of Kenneth Arnold and Roswell (as well as the National Security Act), the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love and the centennial of the Russian Revolution.
But there are a lot more observances, all kinds of 'ennials to observe. I thought I'd dig into a few anniversaries germane to The Secret Sun and the topics we look at here.
Readers are encouraged to weigh in with their own (observations that can be counted in multiples of five and ten, that is) in the comments.
December will see the fifth anniversary of the 2012 apocalypse/ascension/absurdity (depending on your point of view).
Needless to say, most of us are still here and the skies didn't open and Nibiru didn't come crashing into the moon.
So there goes another apocalypse. I can't help but wonder about the 2012 meme, though.
As I wrote a couple years back, it certainly seems like something changed that year, that the bottom fell out somewhere but no one seemed to notice it at the time. I mean, Donald Trump is sitting in the White House, isn't he?
If even you're a Trump supporter you have to admit this would have seemed impossible five years ago. Maybe the Apocalypse works on a different timeline than it does in the movies.
Maybe we're living in one only we can't see the forest fire for the burning trees.
I truly believe deeply on a subconscious level anyway, that Chris is spot on the money about the significance of the major anniversaries happening this year going back especially in decade blocks and probably no year more significant that 1967and all the fifty year anniversaries taking place this year. Oh ... and if you look at the Amazon link to get to Chris Knowles' book https://www.amazon.com/Our-Gods-Wear-Spandex-History/dp/1578634067 notice what two numbers the link ends on?-)
And I'm not just writing this post because of my favourite football team celebrating their 50 year anniversary in 2017(hopefully with a back to back premiership at the end of it, too).
I was turning three in the September of 1967, so while I was alive then, it was hardly a year that I remember, but it would pop-culturally reverberate throughout and profoundly effect my life, just as it has for significant chunks of the worlds living population.
I think it is quite jaw dropping when looking back to what happened in 1967 from the vantage point of 2017 pop-culture ... and I'm only looking at an obvious minute fraction of things that happened from that year.
I think the other decades (1977, 1987, 1997, 2007) deserve a post each, so this post is going to just pick out a few points of interest from the big daddy of them all, 1967 and you can throw them under your own microscope and see if it's worth taking a closer look, but I think some things that happened that year a worth a peek and I'm sure there are plenty more that I've missed, or glossed over.
April 10 Oral arguments begin in the landmark Supreme Court of the United States case Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), challenging the State of Virginia's statutory scheme to prevent marriages between persons solely on the basis of racial classifications.
The march, organized by the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, from Central Park to the United Nations drew hundreds of thousands of people, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Harry Belafonte, James Bevel, and Dr. Benjamin Spock, who marched and spoke at the event.
A simultaneous march in San Francisco was attended by Coretta Scott King. Scotland defeats England 3-2 at Wembley Stadium, with goals from Law, Lennox and McCalligog, in the British Championships. This is England's first defeat since they won the World Cup, and ends a 19-game unbeaten run.
The mission plan was complex, involving a rendezvous with Soyuz 2 and an exchange of crew members before returning to Earth.
However, the launch of Soyuz 2 was called off due to thunderstorms. The flight was plagued with technical issues, and Komarov was killed when the descent module crashed into the ground due to a parachute failure.
It was given a more general objective, to "perform a broad systematic photographic survey of lunar surface features in order to increase the scientific knowledge of their nature, origin, and processes, and to serve as a basis for selecting sites for more detailed scientific study by subsequent orbital and landing missions".
It was also equipped to collect selenodetic, radiation intensity, and micrometeoroid impact data."
These orbiters were good little machines and I bet they would come in handy if say for some reason like if you couldn't fly a man through deadly radiation belts that might be situated between the earth and the moon;-)
August 6 – A pulsar is noted by Jocelyn Bell and Antony Hewish. The discovery is first recorded in print in 1968: "An entirely novel kind of star came to light on Aug. 6 last year [...]". The date of the discovery is not recorded.
This radiation can be observed only when the beam of emission is pointing toward Earth (much the way a lighthouse can be seen only when the light is pointed in the direction of an observer), and is responsible for the pulsed appearance of emission.
Neutron stars are very dense, and have short, regular rotational periods.
This produces a very precise interval between pulses that range from milliseconds to seconds for an individual pulsar"
November 2 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson holds a secret meeting with a group of the nation's most prestigious leaders ("the Wise Men") and asks them to suggest ways to unite the American people behind the war effort.
They conclude that the American people should be given more optimistic reports on the progress of the war.