Archive for the 'futurism' Category


There’s gold under them thar’ arches

Kitchen grease fuels a wave of fry crooks

Used cooking oil is stolen from restaurants to brew biodiesel


The biodiesel boom is turning into an unanticipated boon for a far-from-green portion of the population — petty thieves, who are trading in the used cooking oil.

Cooking oil rustling is such a problem that the owners of the Olympia Pizza and Pasta Restaurant in Arlington are considering using a surveillance camera to keep watch on its 50-gallon grease barrel.

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Bill Joy: “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us”


The Ads of the Future

Writing about “Wise Girl Malthusian Lozenges” and “Nice Girl Cola,” in my last post, reminded me of a concept blog I started a while ago, that I put on a back burner. It was to be written in the “Gonzo” style, as if it were from some manner of overburdened, overpopulated future. I even made up a bunch of mock future ads for it, some of which I share with you, now. Use ’em if you like. I’d ask for a link back, but that’s probably not gonna happen; c’est la vie.

DrugworldSoylent Grillers are PEOPLE!Just dial SUI…In the future, Toyota will be forced to diversify…Are you a nice girl?Try Googling “Vuarnet” and “Solar Temple”


farmer in the sky

Farmer in the SkyRobert Heinlein’s Farmer in the Sky this isn’t. Nevertheless, Heinlein would have been fascinated with the concept in the linked article, below. Heinlein was big on comestibles in his books, whether it was “syntho-steaks” or “yeast chops” or “Wise Girl Malthusian Lozenges.” And over two decades after his passing, a number of products are approaching what could be called syntho steaks; “Quorn” is pretty close to yeast chops, and the Malthusian lozenges*…well, that’s an old story, by now.

In this real future, however, Johnny Appleseed won’t be aboard Spaceship Bifrost, bound for a terraformed Ganymede. He’ll be out there on the Las Vegas skyline.

The Future of Farming: Reaching for the Sky (and down in the basement)

When you think of a farm your mind may invoke images of rolling fields, tractors and perhaps a cow or two. But in the future – not so! Farms are movin’ from the country and into your nearest metropolis faster than you might think…

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*A contraceptive lozenge, mentioned in Stranger in a Strange Land. I read the book many years ago, and for whatever reason, I had in my mind transformed/confabulated these “Wise Girl Malthusian lozenges” into a non-existent product called “Nice Girl Cola.” This only became clear to me when I began a fruitless web-search for “Nice Girl Cola,” which led me to the Malthusian lozenges.

Kinda catchy, though, isn’t it? Nice Girl Cola. I like the ring of that. 🙂


A speech by Michael Crichton

CrichtonA speech Michael Crichton gave at Caltech in 2003:

Aliens Cause Global Warming

California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA
January 17, 2003

My topic today sounds humorous but unfortunately I am serious. I am going to argue that extraterrestrials lie behind global warming. Or to speak more precisely, I will argue that a belief in extraterrestrials has paved the way, in a progression of steps, to a belief in global warming. Charting this progression of belief will be my task today.

Let me say at once that I have no desire to discourage anyone from believing in either extraterrestrials or global warming. That would be quite impossible to do. Rather, I want to discuss the history of several widely-publicized beliefs and to point to what I consider an emerging crisis in the whole enterprise of science-namely the increasingly uneasy relationship between hard science and public policy….

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One Google Gadget I hope we’ll never see

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Starman Jones rejects this technology