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And then it goes on my Live Journal...

Back from the Golds’ Sukkot, I’m sitting here typing up another of Fred’s old Apa L zines -"Rábanos Radiactivos" #82 to be precise, dated May 12, 1966, and am amused to find discussion of a topic currently being discussed in one of the newsgroups I read , namely mundane references in science fiction/fantasy tales. Moving right along, I am reminded that I’m going downtown Tuesday and decide to check Weather Underground to see what the weather is apt to be like. (Hot - guess if I want to wear the light t-shirt I want to get sparklies for at Bohemian Crystal it’ll be by itself and not over a second shirt.) Anyway, it strikes me as to just how stfnal my current situation is - I’m copying over a fanzine written on stencil and mimeographed 44 years ago on my laptop computer, a device that didn’t even exist at the time, playing mp3s of the Jurassic Park CD contents (ditto) on the aforementioned device as background music, and linking to the internet (ditto ditto). And when I get through with the aforementioned fanzine, it’ll be going up on the Internet for people all over the planet to look at if they want to while I go put a sf author’s schedule for an upcoming convention (Ryk Spoor and Albacon, to be precise) onto HIS website (which I currently run) so his fans can know what’s up. Oh how I wish I could send some comments back to post in ‘L 83… :)


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Sep. 27th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
On the other hand, there are the things which were supposed to have changed by now which haven't. We were all supposed to be using videophones. No more ground cars -- air cars! Marsport hasn't been built yet.

And the Soviet takeover of the US seems to have been less likely than many people thought in 1966.
Sep. 27th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC)
Actually if you've seen some of the latest cell phones (Vicky just got a Droid), we DO have the videophone - it's just not quite the one we were expecting. And I'm just as glad to miss out on the three dimensional traffic jam... Marsport I miss. Heck, I originally planned to spend my 50th birthday playing tourist in the Lunar Hilton, but they never built one (nor, alas, the Lunar Base to tour in). Oh well...

As for the last, yeah, be kinda hard...
Sep. 27th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
Videophones went on the market around 1965, from AT&T. There are various videophone setups in use; I know at least one person whose computer is also a videophone. But they were supposed to have taken over by now -- there might be a few stick-in-the-muds still using voice-only, but most people in 2010 were supposed to have videophones.

I suspect that some time within the next 20 years, almost all cell phones will have videophone capability. But I also suspect most people won't use it, most of the time.

The oldest prediction I've seen for flying cars taking over is end of WW II. And I believe some have been put on the market over the decades. But they haven't caught on, and certainly haven't replaced ground cars.

I suspect the people who predicted an flying car in every garage didn't consult traffic cops or air traffic controllers.
Sep. 27th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Likewise on both counts. The videophone as originally imagined turned out to be one of those things more interesting in the consideration than in practical use - the interest in seeing the other person was neatly negated by the interest in not being always visible oneself. Teleconferencing in what is effectively a boardroom setting where everybody is dressed as they would be for a ftf meeting eliminated that one, and is fairly popular I gather.

As for air traffic control; 'tis indeed bad enough with the current situation!
Sep. 28th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
Jack Wodhams "Stormy Bellwether" in an early 70s Analog does a *great* job of showing the problems with vidphones getting common.
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