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Old 02-14-2012, 09:57 PM   #51
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you guys would be amazed at how nielsen and other ratings services work from a technological point if view.

hey, maybe they can do a show about me getting to the bottom of bad shows getting good ratings. television ratings investigator: nyc.

i think brad pitt and tom cruise are too short to play me. maybe kurt russel, if he makes a comeback. i kinda looked like him 20 years ago...
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:50 PM   #52
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...i think brad pitt and tom cruise are too short to play me. maybe kurt russel, if he makes a comeback. i kinda looked like him 20 years ago...
Nope. You are better looking than him any day of the week (and I think he's good looking!). You've got those killer eyes! And I'm not talking about your Homer avatar!
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:02 PM   #53
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I'll always think of BT as "Homey." I know few people who have chosen such appropriate avatars.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:33 AM   #54
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I do believe in the suspension of disbelief long enough to watch a show for the entertainment value. But, there are some shows where the characters are so odious that it is difficult to suspend disbelief and enjoy the show.

Personally, I'm enjoying the 136th Westminster Dog Show...now THAT is entertainment.
Yup, broke my disbelief suspenders a while ago (for most television). I can still find a pair or two for a good SF novel.
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:52 AM   #55
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lol, geez, thanks barbara. does snake pliskin blush?


unfortunately, greg, i truely look more like homer nowadays.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:15 AM   #56
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One thought occurs to me about the computers and other sci-fi equipment is that so many things that can be imagined can be done.

Think - two way wrist radio that Dick Tracy used. Now phones with computer ability in a credit card size package, and the hands free blue tooth.

What man can imagine, can and has often been done. I don't think they are all that far fetched.

Many things that I have wished they would make have become everyday household items in my lifetime.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:24 PM   #57
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Where are our air cars?
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:46 PM   #58
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Think Cessna.

I think technology will catch up with fiction, look at the touch screen technology already available.

The internet and credit/debit cards were sci-fi not all that long ago.

Except for things like time travel, and faster than light travel...
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I do think Cessna. I'm an amateur pilot and I trained in Cessnas (and Pipers). I shudder to think of typical citizens like I see on the streets and highways operating aircraft. If they ever have flying cars then I hope to God that the flight controls are totally sealed and inaccessible to the occupants of the aircraft except for selection of a destination. Nothing can go wrong, can go wrong, can go wrong...

At least in US the government seems to be pushing us into mass transit. We already have airborne mass transit, the airlines. I doubt personal aircraft will ever be practical for the masses, or at least not for many many decades or even centuries.

One good thing about my prediction is that I won't be here to be proven wrong!


I'm even skeptical about self driving conventional cars, at least not for a few more decades. It is possible in theory of course but I think we are further away from that than most people believe. Even if it's simply for economical reasons, the added cost to equip vehicles with the package. Also I wonder about the practicality of having automated driving unless all cars on the road are automated. It seems to me that a mix of automated cars and the drivers I currently see on streets and highways would be a disaster begging to happen.
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you just described florida, greg.

a mix of crazy drivers and old folks going slow snd steady, oblivious to everyone else, with their turn signal on for miles...
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