Wikipedia’s List of Emerging Technologies

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It seems as though every day we are coming closer and closer to living in what we perceive to be The Future. In fact, a brief walk down 23rd street and you’ll know that we’re there already, judging by the amount of people staring into the small black rectangle they are holding in their hands.

But the “The Future” is about a lot more than ubiquitous computing and telecommunications. It’s a time and place full of marvelous feats of engineering, biological breakthroughs and mastery over the natural world.

This list of emerging technologies page on wikipedia is like a ones-stop-shop for every interesting technological development happening right now. It’s great place to keep track of “The Future” as it arrives.

In addition to being a really handy list, the technologies are broken down by industry (Agriculture, home appliance, etc.) and then into a handy table that includes the potential applications of the innovation along with links to relevant articles, and perhaps most interestingly a box for marginalized technologies – that is current technologies that will be replaced by new innovations.

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I was listening to Dan Carlin’s excellent podcast Hardcore History, when I heard a name I had nearly forgotten about: Will Durant. Will and his wife Ariel were prolific writers in the areas of history and philosophy. Together they cranked out a small library worth of work including an incredible eleven-volume series called the Story of Civilization. 

When I was a teenager first learning what was what on the philosophical landscape I remember reading his History of Philosophy and it finding both incredibly informative and easy to understand.

 I should say the secret to happiness is to have a purpose which tells you every morning what you have to do; fills each one of your days with some meaning and gives a unity and continuity to your life. I can’t imagine the average person sitting down and saying, ‘I’m going to give 40 years now to doing that particular job.’ It’s very rarely that anybody is in a situation to say that, but it happened to me. So I can’t universalize the formula; I can only say that I was mighty lucky to have a purpose that took me 40 years and then lucky enough to have a wife who agreed with the idea, and who joined in with it and worked with me day after day.”

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Peet Gelderblum is a freelance editor from the Netherlands. Last year he took some time to re-edit Brian DePalma’s overlooked gem Raising Cain. Cain is a difficult movie for anyone who is uninitiated into the delights of DePalma. It’s trashy, garish, overacted and nonsensical. In other words: a masterpiece. 

In an interview DePalma hinted that the released cut was not the one that he originally envisioned. Rather, he had a beginning that focused on the female character almost exclusively. Much the way he had done with Dressed To Kill. Peet took these ideas and ran with them. Recutting the film to become even more dreamlike than it already was:

For over 22 minutes, the focus of the re-cut stays on Jenny—not unlike the way De Palma put the spotlight on Angie Dickinson in the first half hour of Dressed to Kill. We watch Jenny fall in love with old flame Jack, feel the pain of her dilemma, fool around, wake up the next morning in the wrong bed, hurry back home, die, and wake up all over again. Meanwhile, her husband Carter is nothing more than a figure in the background. Then something unexpected puts an end to the romance and a string of flashbacks shows us that there’s more to Carter’s personality than we thought. Much, much more…

Of course, I didn’t have access to footage left on the cutting room floor. After a few disastrous test screenings, De Palma felt compelled to make drastic cuts in Jenny’s story for the theatrical release to work. A leaked second draft of the screenplay – entitled Father’s Day at that point – reveals deeper layers of complexity in the form of a quickie in the changing room, additional flashbacks (including Carter’s marriage proposal to Jenny), Jack doing a private investigation following Jenny’s disappearance, and a vengeful Jenny attacking Carter at the playground using twin carriages as bait. Fortunately, most of these missing elements had already been scrapped or rewritten by the time of shooting and none of them are crucial to the plot.

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What’s hard to find in this world are companies that are doing things right. And by right I mean building high quality equipment that doesn’t cut corners in any way shape or form. There are a few of them, out there but they are becoming more and more rare.

Grado is one of those companies. This is from their website:

Grado, one of the oldest family owned companies in the Audio Industry, has for over half a century been the leaders in design engineering for the high-end audio and recording industries.
Grado is famous for their remarkable headphone and phono cartridge designs and hold over 48 patents. Company founder, Joseph Grado is credited as the inventor of the stereo moving coil phono cartridge. He is responsible for more innovations in phono cartridge design than any other person in our lifetime and was inducted into the Audio Hall of Fame in 1982.
Time honored manufacturing know how and painstaking attention to design detail allows previously unobtained levels of pitch control, harmonic accuracy and bass quality to be achieved. All Grado headphones and cartridges are hand made to Grado’s full performance specifications… nothing leaves the factory unless it sounds pure Grado.

And yes, I know it’s just a bunch of copy. but at I have encountered a couple of Grado products in my life and I would have to honestly say that this rings true.