Jeremy Rifkin: The Future

If I had to pick three words to describe this interview with Jeremy Rifkin, they would be terrifying, informative, and uplifting.

Why? Watch it and find out. A great interview.

Mind you, if you pay attention, he also says we’re about to be hit by another financial crisis. Sadly I think he’s right on the money, and this time Canada won’t be safe.


The Jetsons take place before The Flintstones?

So I was part of a conversation where some friends were discussing this video:

And one of my friends who uses the name Mysterious Pants brought up the following mind-blowing theory:

“Actually, I like the idea that the Flinstones is, in actuality, the future of the Jetsons after all the computer A.I. and robots leave Earth. Humanity degenerates and, without industrial machinery, relies on the ancestors of genetically altered, talking animals to do all their labor in a mockery of what mechanical things used to for them and live their lives in a pseudo-“modern society” for reasons that have been lost to time. Again, without machines present, the Earth environmentally bounces back (when the floating cities finally drop down to the surface, the Earth has, as it turns out, recovered but has become an overgrown, primordial jungle thanks to the greenhouse effect of all the smog in the upper atmosphere).”



4 Things Science Fiction Needs to Bring Back |

A truly great list that I agree with 100%!

It’s tempting to look around at today’s literary scene, with its Twilight and its Fifty Shades of Grey, and wonder if we shouldn’t just flush the whole goddamn concept of written language down the toilet — maybe start again with some sort of hybrid colorwheel/odor system for communicating thoughts. Strangely, the one genre thriving in the swamp of modern literature seems to be science fiction. It’s kind of appropriate, actually: All of our crazy high technology has made publishing and distributing books about crazy high technology much more approachable and widespread than ever. But even the best works could stand to learn a little something from the past, so here are a few things that I miss about old science fiction, and would like to see come back.

via 4 Things Science Fiction Needs to Bring Back |

Gun Control Revisited

I’m for gun control. I have been for a long time, it’s probably just a natural part of being Canadian. I don’t think we need to carry around handguns to be safe in our country, and I have been all for the idea of restricting access to firearms as much as humanly possible because I believe it’s a heck of a lot harder to kill 40 people with a kitchen knife.

That is, until I listened to the most recent episode of Dan Carlin’s Common Sense podcast. (Which is one of the best shows Dan has ever done.) After which, an odd thing happened. I realized that my outlook on gun control has very likely been completely wrong. I mean, I try to keep an open mind about things, but Dan actually really changed my perspective, at least in regards to the United States. I still think gun control in Canada is a good idea but as far as gun control in the United States, it’s a lost cause and there are much better ways for anti-gun people to spend their time and resources. Guns are here to stay, and trying to take them away is stupid and unproductive for the most part.

So, what should be done?

The answer, as Dan rightly points out, is social programs.

Is it any co-incidence that Switzerland (4th most guns per person in the world), has 68 firearm crimes a year, in comparison with 9,369 in the USA (Number 1 in gun ownership)? I have always said I don’t mind the idea of paying more tax for people to be on welfare because I know that guaranteeing those people a minimum level of income reduces the crime in Canada quite a bit. In fact, the current government’s focus on cutting welfare/health has been one of the most worrying things about its policies.

I think if we take care of each other properly, the amount of crime (and the need for guns) naturally takes care of itself. I believe that the countries with the most social programs tend to have the least amount of violent crime because there are less desperate/alienated/sick people without options who commit those crimes.

As Dan says in the show, and I think even the most hardened pro-gun supporter could agree with, America needs to stop wasting time on anti-gun law, and start pushing for better mental health care for its people. There are a lot of poor, sick, desperate people out there afflicted with problems that can be solved (or at least alliviated) by modern medicine and treatments, and letting them and guns mix is a bad idea. Since guns are here to stay, people should focus on what they can change- helping their fellow man.

Then maybe there won’t be such a need for guns after all.


Ghost Ends

I just finished watching the final episode of the Korean Drama called Ghost that I previously reviewed on the blog. The ending was a week late because of the Olympics, but was totally worth the wait. It was a great roller-coaster of a series, and now that it’s finished I have to say it’s one of the best Korean dramas I’ve watched to date.

One thing that impressed me about the ending was that despite all the twists, turns and tricks the producers have used over the twenty episodes to keep the show unpredictable, they actually didn’t go for any gimmicks in the end. No twist ending, no double-fakes, just a solid little end with a proper epilogue that wasn’t crammed into the last five minutes of the show (or the end credits background!) like many shows do.

Bravo to the producers and writers of this fine show! Thanks for a great ride!


Urban Sprawl- Mexico City Style

A friend linked to this picture of Mexico City this morning and I have to say it really made my jaw drop. I don’t even think the term “Urban Sprawl” does this picture justice, it’s like a giant maze of a city. Make sure you click on it and see the full version to understand.

Funny Mama – Harry Potter Comics

I don’t usually post links to things like this, but this collection of Harry Potter gag comics really made me laugh this morning, so enjoy!

Funny Mama – Harry Potter Comp.