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Thursday, December 13, 2007

What may happen in the retro-future

I found this excellent turn-of-the-(previous)-century article from The Ladies Home Journal using stumble upon. It's easy to laugh at this kind of thing... so let's go ahead:

"There will be no C, X or Q"

... because they are useless. Actually, we seem to like useless things, and have preserved most of them, while inventing new useless things of our own. I predict that in 100 years we will have merged pictograms into English :-( .

"No Mosquitoes or Flies"

Whoa - I'm not even sure we want to get rid of flies, even if we could. I'm sure they do something useful.

"Grand opera will be telephoned to private homes"

As a form of futuristic torture no doubt.

"England in less than two days"

On hydrofoils with air-enveloped skids that convert to submarines during bad weather. Fricken' AWESOME.

Curiously, right after the (obviously accurate) prediction that automobiles will be everywhere and used for everything horses were, we get:

"Everybody will walk ten miles... Any man or woman unable to walk ten miles at a stretch will be regarded as a weakling".

The predictions of television-like devices, and telegraphed photos both include the example of watching battles in the orient. I guess watching Chinese fight was how nerds got their jollies back then too.