Silly Me! I forgot a very important visit we also had which I should have posted last time - it was a birthday visit with Melanie - sweet and beautiful daughter! We were only able to share a short time with her as she was working. We all chose to do a "picnic" of sorts - in the parking lot of her workplace. So we brought part of the lunch but she brought her own dish, a recipe she created herself and it was so delicious. She's given permission for me to share it here:
Melanie's Pesto Prawns
Several Tbsp Pesto
Pinch of Curry Powder
Saute in a fry pan on medium heat for several minutes until Prawns are done. Thats it!
This dish is wonderful chilled as well.
Not only has the girl grown into an attractive and confident woman, she's a good cook too. Thanks for sharing your recipe Mel. It runs second only to your chicken stuffed with goat cheese. And we don't even like goat cheese but you made it taste good. Amazing.
And I also forgot to thank my friend JanMary for the subscription to Life Beautiful Magazine which arrived in my mailbox the other day. Its bright, crisp, inspiring and inspirational! I really appreciate it. A few articles have "hit home" already.
Bird with a Street Address
Our friend Roger is a fabulous photographer, and he also has a good eye for an interesting subject - and a great sense of humour. He's also a philosopher of sorts and he sent me his thoughts on technology recently and has allowed me to share them with you. He gets you thinking...
Computers Later On
This is what I think will happen with computers in the future.
Hardware would be almost gone. No keyboard, screen, mouse, etc.
The ‘screen’ would be the optical centre of the brain. The visual portion of the message would enter this area and would be seen just as if you were looking at it directly.
The same would be done with audio, scent, touch, taste, etc. Cooking shows might be more interesting. Pig farming, not so much.
A person could see, hear and feel as if they were actually there in person.
The two versions of the input would be external or implanted. The implanted version would have an induction charger which could be used while the person was asleep. In this case dreams could be downloaded. Or a person could study during their sleep. Programs would be loaded this way as well.
Kids would show there incisions to prove they were in the upper escalon of communications. However, most of them would have virtual friends that they would never meet. Make-believe avatars in a pretend world.
To write an e-mail the sender would think it and when it was ready think Send.
Checking e-mail would be the reverse, by just thinking receive and selecting what to look for.
The communication could be written or spoken. A person’s feelings could be added as well, making a real emoticon. Having a lot of depressed, paranoid friends and relatives would make this feature rather unattractive.
Surfing the web would be similar. Think about what you want and it searches for it.
Write a story by just thinking it.
More than a computer, this would be a unified system: phone, TV, reader, banking, medical analyzer, GPS, music instrument, camcorder, calculator, PDA, etc. etc.
You could download a movie, read a book, have your health checked, attend a business meeting, do your shopping, visit places around the world, write a story, paint, design, start your car, order a pizza, pay some bills, control household appliances, or just hang out with your family and friends.
Instead of a camera, you could just record what you see and hear in 3D and stereo.
Since brainwaves are unique they would be your password.
You could record your holiday this way and torment your friends and family with it.
The downside would be people doing all these things while driving or walking.
When talking to people you would never know if they were listening to you or were in some other activity. You know for sure your kids aren’t listening.
Spam would be crowding your brain and people would be trying to steal your thoughts of things, like your bank account and where you keep your valuables.
Homeland security would want access to your mind to see if you were a terrorist, or avoiding taxes.
We haven’t even mentioned cyber drugs.
This is just a bit of what could be done.
And I agree with Roger - anything is possible. Its mind boggling. Its sometimes overwhelming. In fact I often get overwhelmed and thats sometimes why I disappear - I just want, actually need, time away from all the tech toys. And the other day I heard this article on NPR which got me thinking even more about the influence it has on us. Just click on the title to be taken to NPR where you can either listen to it or read it.