A better 2004?
A mixed look at what Indian and Chinese astrologers see for the new year. We're soon to move into the Chinese year of the monkey,
a symbol of revolution, movement and changes... a year of more conflict and disharmony in international relationship but there are good chances of seeing new light and brighter future after struggles.
But on the brighter(ish) side, Stargazers agree that the coming 12 months cannot fare much worse than the seesaw ride that the world went through in 2003, dogged by war in Iraq, fluctuating financial markets and mysterious diseases.
posted by amberglow
on Jan 1, 2004 -
Aids in Africa
- you know the facts right? Well perhaps not, what you know are the predictions of a Computer Model. Rian Malan in today's Spectator highlights how alarmingly inaccurate such models are proving. Paul Henman
illustrates how common it is to build political assumptions into a model and then hide them under layers of complexity and apparent objectivity. Think global warming
. How do we challenge the models that increasingly determine our opinions and priorities?
posted by grahamwell
on Dec 12, 2003 -
Airplanes, movies, guided missiles, submarines, the electric chair, air conditioning , the fax machine - in 1870
" Alvin Toffler, John Naisbitt, Faith Popcorn: all of them famous prognosticators. Yet each comes off a piker when compared to the true master of industrial clairvoyance, Jules Verne."
posted by Voyageman
on Apr 1, 2002 -
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--In 28 years, commercial airline passengers will routinely fly in pilotless airplanes. Sound ludicrous?
Not to Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Craig Mundie, who recently bet Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt $2,000 that the prediction will come true.
This site is all about, well long bets. Oh, and it's all for charity.
posted by Zool
on Mar 26, 2002 -
Like tarot or astrology
in that it's a tool for introspection, only without the occult trappings. Kinda fun to play with, though. Or maybe not. (Warning: annoying The Weakest Link
posted by alumshubby
on Mar 5, 2002 -
The editor of CBS Marketwatch predicts that Enron is not Bush's Whitewater; it's worse
. "Don't expect to see either Bush or Vice President Cheney directly linked to the financial shenanigans that brought Enron down. They won't be.... Enron won't bring down Bush.... But it will be a major thorn in his side through the rest of this presidential term, and it might even play a role in the next election, depending on what comes out." (via Drudge)
posted by pmurray63
on Jan 10, 2002 -
The Dead Zone all over again? Lucich said the boy approached his teacher on the afternoon of Sept. 10 and casually told her: "Tomorrow, World War III will begin. It will begin in the United States, and the United States will lose."
eerie little story about a 5th grader in Dallas
posted by LeLiLo
on Sep 20, 2001 -
Have we entered a
Neil Howe and William Strauss have written a series of books (really, the same book rehashed three times, but who's counting?) on generational cycles. Their theory is that we are due for a "fourth turning" in the first part of the 21st century: a catalyst event that causes an extreme change in public mood, causing us to go through a decade or two of crisis. For example, the 1929 stock market crash was a catalyst, and the Depression and WWII were the time of crisis. Was 9/11 such a catalyst?
posted by litlnemo
on Sep 15, 2001 -
Miracles of the Next Fifty Years
-- a reprint of an article from the February 1950 issue of Popular Mechanics. At times laughably naive, other times pretty accurate (the author predicts that cancer won't be cured by 2000, but it won't be far off), it's a fun piece of George-Jetson-meets-Ozzie-and-Harriet gee-whizness.
posted by RylandDotNet
on Jun 2, 2001 -
"I think it's dead.
I think it's over with; it's gone. There is no long-term prognosis. The patient has died. There is no future." That's the web as content medium he's talking about. [more inside]
posted by rodii
on Feb 3, 2001 -
Predictions from an Icelandic prophet for 2001:
Total war in the Middle East, a worldwide natural disaster, money market instability, the spread of mad cow disease, and oh yeah - an Oscar for Bjork.
I'm not sure what to comment on; what safe bets these are, or the interesting addition of Oscar picks in the predictions.
posted by jragon
on Jan 2, 2001 -
One of the holy grails of the infosaturated overworking computer professionals like myself is a single food capable of giving all the nutrients you'd need for a meal, and be as easy as possible to prepare and eat. Some friends used to call this dream creation "food paste" or "foodstuff capsules" or most simply "fuel." I never thought my Jetsonian
dream would ever come true, but now there's the Dilberito
, with 100% of 23 vitamins
and Jamba Juice's
Smoothies. Why do I mention Jamba? Because I saw this poster
in the SFO airport last night, and they even go so far as to answer the question "can I get too much Jamba?
posted by mathowie
on Mar 6, 2000 -