Time travel, part 2

Kathryn asked two questions, so today’s post answers the second:
In 20 years time (presuming the world gets better, not worse) what do you think will be the biggest technological difference between your life now and your life then ?

If I knew the answer to this, I think I’d be rich! I mean, I couldn’t have predicted any of the technology we have now – the Internet, mobile phones, email everything…

Who could have predicted the impact the Internet would’ve had on the media, entertainment, education, communication, banking, shopping…

You remember this 1995 article? Why the web won’t be nirvana:

We’re promised instant catalog shopping—just point and click for great deals. We’ll order airline tickets over the network, make restaurant reservations and negotiate sales contracts. Stores will become obselete. So how come my local mall does more business in an afternoon than the entire Internet handles in a month? Even if there were a trustworthy way to send money over the Internet—which there isn’t—the network is missing a most essential ingredient of capitalism: salespeople.

I think the only thing I can safely predict is that I can’t predict what the biggest technological difference will be, between my life now and my life twenty years into the future.

Thanks, Kathryn, for the prompt!

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Time travel, part 1

Thanks Kathryn for this prompt:
If you could go back and tell your 20 year old self one thing that was going to happen to you between then and today, what would that be?

I’d tell myself: It will all be fine. You will learn, do stuff, try new things, it will all be fine.

Back when I was 20 years old I had zero clue what I was going to do with myself when I grew up. I went to uni because I didn’t know what else I wanted to do. I went to chef school because I didn’t know what else I wanted to do. Then I went to library school…

So everything I’ve done and learned has helped me and contributed to who I am today. I still don’t really know what will come next but I think I will just keep on trying new things, learning, and seeing what will happen. I’ve been very lucky, really – I’ve had a lot a lot of fun so far and I’m sure I will keep having fun.

What about you? Would you tell your 20 year old self?

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Magnificent dogs

Read this beautiful eulogy today – to Zen the dog.

So true:

“I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time?” — Sir Walter Scott

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