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  1. Making Money the Old-fashioned Way

    by , 02-17-2015 at 04:12 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Someone I am acquainted with made an interesting suggestion. He said that he would turn me in as Joseph Mengele and collect the reward. I pointed out that I donít look even a day over ninety years old, and he mentioned that some of Mengeleís experiments were with transplantation of flesh and he would have rejuvenated himself. Well he hasnít tried it yet, so I looked up Mengele and learned that the body of a drowned man was identified as Mengele. I donít know if they used DNA at the time, but there ...

    Updated 02-17-2015 at 04:15 PM by PeterL

  2. Cold Rings

    by , 02-15-2015 at 08:56 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I have a mind that tends to associate things. Today it is rather chilly and windy around here, and I happened to notice a guy with a nose ring. I donít usually think about piercings, but my mind put together the coolth and the metal in his nose, and I wondered how that might feel, not that I really want to know that. That brought to frostbite.

    I usually forget such vagrant ideas when I get into doing something else, but this afternoon I spent about twenty minutes outside, and it ...
  3. Why Not Nature

    by , 02-09-2015 at 05:52 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Recently it has become patently obvious to me that most people are afraid of the natural world, and I'm not the first or only one to notice this disturbing change in human nature. I have known for quite some time that many people did not like the natural world, but those were just some oddballs who grew up in urban areas, so I didn't pay much attention to them. But in recent years they have become more common and more influential.

    Some of those people who fear nature have gained ...

    Updated 02-10-2015 at 03:06 PM by PeterL

  4. Nanny Government Versus Autonomy

    by , 02-07-2015 at 05:05 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Recently there has been a kerfuffle about parents not having their children vaccinated against measles. This arose from a small outbreak of measles among people who had visited Disneyland. Apparently someone came to the U.S. with measles, and several children who had not been vaccinated were exposed. There are a number of reasons why some parents prefer that their children not be vaccinated, and some of the reasons are very flaky, while a few of the reasons are reasonable. One of the flakier reasons ...

    Updated 02-07-2015 at 05:36 PM by PeterL

  5. Potential Life Expectancy

    by , 01-31-2015 at 11:53 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    The One Who Dies Last Wins

    I realize that I wrote about this a while back, but it might be a good time to revisit the matter. As I am sure you know, one of the foremost experts in longevity declared a few years ago that the first person who would live to be 1000 years old probably was already alive. I donít know whether he was right, but that may turn out to be true; Iíll let you know in about a thousand years.

    Even if humans donít start making it to a thousand, there ...