Prediction Eleven: Within the next fifty or one hundred years, physical books will be declared to be a significant health hazard, and owning them will be strongly discouraged. TSIAH! TSIAH! (Probably there will also be an effort to do away with most physical paperwork as well; a virtual memory hole is [...]
Archive for April, 2010
Prediction Ten: No Social Security for me; not that I can count on for retirement. Either they’ll raise the retirement age to 80, or they’ll let inflation finish gutting the value of the benefits, or they’ll set an asset limit so low that no property owner qualifies, or they’ll just scrap it and [...]
I haven’t been keeping a close eye on Congressional antics lately, but I’m sure the Democrats are up to something that will further bankrupt the country, while they remain comfortably insulated from reality. Pelosi’s Dumpster will be the last place that the recession will strike, so I think of it almost as a poor [...]
Prediction Nine: Within the next few years, an internet sales tax (or some other lucrative internet tax) will be created.
…I would like to point out that the per diem allowance for legislators in Minnesota is $96 per day for senators; $77 per day for representatives. This is for miscellaneous living expenses; salary, housing costs, and travel are compensated for by other funds.
Compare that to the child care reimbursement for stay-at-home moms called in [...]
1. Hanging laundry to dry means that I can wash the loads faster; don’t have to wait for the dryer to finish each load.
2. Handwashing all the dishes every day means I get to use my favorite dishes every day.
3. Lulu.com is offering a coupon for $3.99 off shipping (i.e. free shipping [...]
Prediction Eight: There will be wide-scale bulldozing of “excess housing inventory”, to keep the price of housing from falling to affordable levels for my family.
(I wouldn’t live in Detroit if you paid me a million dollars, so those pocket-money-priced houses there are still much too expensive.)
Since I had problems sending my comment to Mommylife’s recent post, and the comment relates to another one of my predictions for the future, I’ll post it here:
Articles like this [about only half of American households owing income tax] drive me crazy, because hard-working families with children and a lower income get lumped in with [...]
Prediction Six: Within my lifetime, Google will turn evil.
I already gave my reasons in a comment a while back. Basically, Google’s stated goal is to have all the world’s information streams pass through it. Add that to the tendency of governments to seek total power, and the future doesn’t look too cheery. [...]
I’m in the middle of re-reading Refuse to Choose, by Barbara Sher, which is about project management and lifestyle design for people with far more interests and project ideas than time.
One of her points is that there is a reason for being interested in something, and interest will drop off once that reason has been [...]