Archive for May 15th, 2007

Freudian Slips and Stranger Things

Aside from opposable thumbs, it’s the ability to communicate clearly that puts we humans ahead of our fellow vertebrates. Aside from the most rudimentary basics of interpersonal communication necessary for day-to-day life, most of us require a minimum competency at communication for success in our jobs. While some people need never say anything more challenging than “Would you like fries with that?”, higher-paying positions usually come with certain expectations regarding one’s ability to be understood.
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Published in: General | on May 15th, 2007 | Comments Off on Freudian Slips and Stranger Things

In the Year 2025

In the year 2525 – if man is still alive…

The 1990s seem to have been something of a heydey as far as government-sponsored science-fiction is concerned; in addition to previous examples posted here recently, the Air Force created a program called “Air Force 2025” back in 1994 to “examine the concepts, capabilities, and technologies the United States will require to remain the dominant air and space force in the future.”

As seems to so often be the case, the results are both relatively impressive, and relatively prescient. A military overwhelmed with global counterterrorism commitments? Instability due to increasing income disparity? Technological advances creating power, fear, and anxiety, while forcing the military to cope with new high-tech threats? U.S. global dominance waning due to domestic problems? Conflict between haves and have-nots? Not terribly ground-breaking, I admit, but it’s the details that make the stories. For your browser-friendly viewing pleasure, the paper is available online at the FAS website; you can also download the original paper right here (952KB PDF.)

Published in: Geekiness, General, History | on May 15th, 2007 | Comments Off on In the Year 2025