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Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Landlines July 12, 2006

Posted by KG in Etc..

You’ve probably had the same conversation I had last week.  “It’s The Future!” someone will say, “it’s 2006 — that’s six years into The Twenty First Century! — and still, man has not invented the hoverboard.  Come on, science, get with it!”

Normally I would agree.  It is, definitely, The Future.  But I think the obsession with things hover shows that maybe some of us have watched a certain Robert Zemeckis film a few too many times.  Sure, flying cars and hoverboards are interesting looking ideas — but how are they any better than what we have now?  I’ve seen real life traffic hell on three continents and contend that adding another dimension to vehicular movement is an invitation to disaster, or at the very least twelve new types of collision.  And don’t get me started on hoverboards.  Let’s leave technological considerations aside.  At essence, the hoverboard seems like a toy for people who are simultaneously scared of the wheels on a normal skateboard and into Parkour.

Still, there’s no need to write an epitaph for The Future — despite mankind’s lack of innovation in the realm of wheel-free land vehicles, I think it is alive and well.  Really, it’s the little things.  Like those lightbulbs that last for like twenty years.  Or, even cooler, stories like this.  The circumstances are pretty dire, but the combination of capitalism and technology shows that we’re progressing, even in the worst places on Earth.



1. smuttynose - July 13, 2006

Did I ever tell you I did a sixth-grade book report on the novelization of Back to the Future III? I still say the book is better than the movie.

2. smuttynose - July 13, 2006

Also, we have until 2015 to invent the hoverboard, if I’m not mistaken …

3. the g. - July 14, 2006

listen, i stick by my hoverboard comments. i mean it.

4. Phil - July 15, 2006


I am in need of your expert carpetry (carpettery?)

Fellow FSO in Laos looking at a pretty big purchase and would like to get your take, long distance, since you seem to be somewhat of a carpetophile.

I put my e-mail in the comments section. Let me know if you can help.

First off, yes, Laos isn’t known for its carpets, but this is relatively unique.



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