I just read an interesting article about the digital house of the future. This quote from the article, “You wake up in the morning and use the bathroom, your toilet takes a quick health check-up and emails the results to your doctor.” reminds me of a science fiction short story I read a long time ago.
As I recall it was an exposition on “modern life” including much of what’s described in the article I quoted above. What caught my eye was the bit about emailing the doctor. In the story I recall the scene was that the kids, and dad, were grumbling about the tiny portions they got for their meals. Portions that were under the control of the “machines” that ran the house.
Well, you can probably guess what’s coming … one day mom got her regular food, and then more and then even more! Yes, the “machine” knew she was eating for two long before any one else, and so increased her food rations. And there was much merriment and celebrating (and of course the reader was left to ponder what life might be like in the future).
Anyway, just thought I’d share this memory. It was likely brought on because I’ve been re-reading some Bradbury today (the Veldt is more chilling than ever). Iwould love to know the name of the story I just described; I don’t think it was by Bradbury, but it could have been I guess.
Worth noting, I couldn’t find any dead tree Bradbury stories in the house. No problem, I’ll just buy a couple for my Kindle. Hah! Turns out Bradbury was against e-books, so the only available versions are PDF files. Weird that one of the leading science fiction writers of all time was against the use of a relatively mundane 21st century technology.
UPDATE: On February 4th, we received a check for the full amount in dispute. It was a bit of a pyrrhic victory considering how much time it took to get resolved, but in the end Amazon did the right thing.
UPDATE: Amazon contacted me to tell me the check would be returned and that to be safe I should also have my bank do a stop payment. Kind of ridiculous to make such a suggestion given that the check has already been cashed! And I wonder how they plan to return a check that's already been returned, (by virtue of it being cashed). I know they're powerful and all, but still.
I got a call today regarding the repair of the heater in our 2003 Toyota Highlander. They wanted $850 dollars to get things working again; almost $700 of that was for the "heater control head."
It’s time for this year’s installment of Rice Paddy Art. The crop art is created by strategically arranging and growing different colors of rice plants and the results are impressive!
Thanks to Pink Tentacle for the original story, which includes many more photos.
You can also visit the original Japanese blog, からぽねやみの絵日記 and see much larger versions of these fascinating images.
Here are a few of my favorites to whet your appetite:
As Sheryl put it, it was a Mother’s Day gift from nature when the cardinal and oriole posed for me late Sunday afternoon.
It wasn’t as good as the return of our apparently lost for good cockatiel, Ginger, would have been, (she flew off a few days ago and hasn’t been seen since), but we’ve been trying to attract orioles for some time now and it’s finally paying off.