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One hundred years ago, in June 1911, the Miami Metropolis published legendary inventor Thomas Edison’s predictions about what the world would be like a century in the future, in 2011. Here are some of Edison’s guesses:

** The steam engine will be obsolete.

** Railway trains will be driven “at incredible speed” by electricity.

** Travelers will, quote, “fly through the air, swifter than any swallow, at a speed of two hundred miles an hour, in colossal machines.”

** Houses will be, quote, “furnished from basement to attic with steel, at a sixth of the present cost — of steel so light that it will be as easy to move a sideboard as it is today to lift a drawing room chair . . . converted by cunning varnishes to the semblance of rosewood, or mahogany.”

** “Books . . . will all be printed leaves of nickel, so light to hold that the reader can enjoy a small library in a single volume.”

** “Gold . . . will be as common and as cheap as bars of iron or blocks of steel. . . . In the magical days to come there is no reason why our great liners should not be of solid gold from stem to stern; why we should not ride in golden taxicabs, or substituted gold for steel in our drawing room suites.”

He was smart that Thomas Edison!

To read the full article, CLICK HERE

Kim 😉

How would you like a refreshing glass of Beef Stroganoff water? Or maybe some Meatball juice? Or a swig of liverwurst sandwich?
 
Well, I have to admit that I am not sure if this is reality or a hoax… (It seems like that question is quite the debate over the world wide web these days) but Meatwater, a new line of hearty — and obviously meaty — meal supplement drinks has been launched! 
 

The drinks are being marketed as “High Efficiency Survival Beverages”, made of “only the finest protein – an organic compound composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen”.

What flavours can you hope to enjoy? Over 60, including: Cheeseburger, barbecued chicken wings, Italian Sausage, Wiener Schnitzel, Beef Jerky, Pekin Duck, tandoori chicken, bangers n’ mash and the No. 1 selling Hungarian Goulash!

For those with a taste for the finer things in life, the company also offers “luxury” flavors such as Escargots Chantecleer and Moules Frites!

To toast to a healthier lifestyle, four new offbeat offerings that are vegan-friendly and devoid of animal byproducts are also on the market. Plus, you can also get your greens on the go! Grilled Chicken or Salmon Salad maybe?

Apparently, you are what you eat — and I guess in this case, what you drink!

Curious?! Dinnerinabottle.com is their website!

Kim 😉

52$ — that’s how much I have to pay after my parking meter expired for a whole 4 minutes before I made it back to my car yesterday… ARGH! How frustrating and, seriously, what are the chances!?

Well, thank god I have the iPhone and that I can now equip myself with this new app! Tap Tapas released the Parking App iPhone application (http://www.parkingapp.com) — a quick and intuitive tool with which to avoid accidental parking violations, and the resulting tickets and towing.

Features of Parking App include:

– Slide to start meter timers – the fastest way to start a timer

– Flexible parking zone rules for adding the streets you park on, anywhere in the world

– At-a-glance street sweeping warnings for all of your favorite locations

– Ability to note your car’s location with a single tap, or save a photo or text note

– Alerts with sound and vibration when your meter expires and when you need to move your car for street sweeping (or other restrictions)

It’s available for $2.99 in the iPhone App Store — a small fee compared to that 52$ I now have to pay!

Kim 😉

In a sharp departure from her normal hip-hop, fly-girl look, Fergie appears as a raven-haired seductress in a take off on the cult TV hit “Twin Peaks” for a Dr Pepper commercial.

 
If you were not a fan of the show, Twin Peaks was a dark series based on the murder investigation of a teenage girl, Laura Palmer, in a small town with a lot of dark secrets. It’s on the show that evil, seductive, teenager Audrey Horne made tying-a-cherry-stem-into-a-knot a famous bar trick…
 

In the commercial, Fergie doesn’t actually tie the stem with her tongue, but the ad is still clever, nonetheless!!

 

Check it out:

Kim 😉

He’ll do anything to smooch on to his son’s death… Michael Jackson’s father is set to launch a fragrance collection dedicated to his late son!!

Joe Jackson has teamed up with a French perfume company to create the male and female scents, called Jackson’s Tribute and Jackson’s Legend, which are inspired by plants grown at the late King of Pop’s Neverland Ranch.

The fragrances will be released on March 7 in the U.S. A portion of the proceeds will given to a number of the late singer’s favourite charities.

A representative for Jackson’s estate has confirmed the project has not been authorised by them, branding it “a Joe Jackson deal”. Ya–not surprising! At least, it won’t smell like Joe Jackson… rotten!

Kim 😉

Taking into account the earth’s change in position over the years, apparently our zodiac signs are off by a month… Well, at least, that is what was asserted in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article that created havoc over the internet Thursday!
 
You can breathe easy today–as experts/astrologers say it’s not true!
 

Well, not true if you are a Westerner and adhered to the tropical zodiac – which you probably do! That’s because the tropical zodiac – which is fixed to seasons, and which Western astrology adheres to – differs from the sidereal zodiac – which is fixed to constellations and is followed more in the East, and is the type of zodiac to which the Star Tribune article ultimately refers.

Watch what CNN had to say about it!

 Wohooo! I am still a Cancer!
 
Kim 😉

SmartPhone addiction… it happens!!

Think your love for your phone may be more than a slight affinity for texting? Here are the top ten signs you’re addicted to your smartphone:

Kim: I am guilty of many on here but maybe not to that extent!!

10. You’ve spent more on accessories than on your phone.    It started out with something harmless like a car charger, but then you stepped up to the car FM transmitter, armband, a different case for each day of the week, spare batteries, screen protectors, a stereo Bluetooth adapter, wireless speakerphone,… You do realize that none of it will work when you inevitably upgrade to the next version six months from now, right?

Kim: Mmmm a little guilty…

9. You have 30 different apps installed. And use them all.   

We’ve all gone through app-installing binges where we’ve installed some questionable stuff on our cell phones. Two weeks later, we either figure out it’s garbage and delete it, or leave it to stagnate. But those of you still checking on your digital iPhorest trees, using car locater to find your Camry down the block every morning, and thumbing through digital copies of the U.S. Constitution during heated political debates are the real nuts.
 
Kim : Do games count?!
 

8. You have alarms telling you when to do everything in your life.

Business meetings, doctor’s appointments, and group meetups. All valid events to put in your phone. Have an alarm for putting out the trash on Wednesday night? You’re in way too deep, buddy. When you need your phone to prod you through every step of the day, it might as well be your respirator or dialysis machine.

Kim: Ok… I don’t have one for garbage day… does TV shows count?!

7. You read about your phone on your phone.

Not content to dream about your phone, fondle it in your pocket all day long, and relish every chance to use it, you actually invest time in finding out more about it, while using it.

Kim: Woohoo! Not guilty!

6. You’ve cut back on necessities to afford your $100 a month cell phone bill.

OK, lunch is pretty important. But $5 a day adds up to like $150 a month, and that can totally pay your phone bill if you just switch to Jell-O and ramen noodles for a while. Or maybe you could just move to a cheaper apartment. Or carry a balance on that credit card…

Does this logic sound familiar?

Kim:  Nope! Not my case!

5. A full battery charge barely lasts the day.

After brushing your teeth and washing your face, your last ritual before bed is plugging in that smartphone. Because if you don’t, there’s no way that sucker’s lasting another full day after the workout you gave it today. We’ll admit that the battery life on some modern smartphones is pretty dismal, but if you’re downing a full charge day after day, you might need to lay off the juice.

Kim:  I charge it overnight even if the battery is not dead….

4. You broke it, and it feels like you lost a friend.

In a moment of clumsiness, you went to remove it from your pocket for the 37th time in the last hour, slipped, and sent it pinwheeling toward pavement, where it landed with a sickening crack. Or, in a less-than-sober moment, you dropped it into a fountain! Whatever the circumstances, you can’t stop replaying the event in your mind, running over its irreplaceable digital contents in your mind, and kicking yourself for letting it happen. Maybe you even have dreams about a reunion with your long-lost friend. Er, phone. When the symptoms start to border post-traumatic stress disorder, it’s time to move on.

Kim:  I did cry… but no post-traumatic stress!

3. When you meet people with the same phone, you can only talk about the phone.

“You have an iPhone too? Oh awesome, have you tried the PDXBus app yet? Yea, this case is pretty cool, but I’m getting this metallic one soon that’s even slimmer.”

If this sounds at all like a conversation you might have upon meeting someone with the same smartphone, you should reconsider your smartphone addiction and your social life.

Kim:  Sometimes….

2. You feel a brief moment of panic when you touch your pocket (or grope to the bottom of your purse) and it’s gone.
 

We’re not talking about a lost phone here, just realizing you left it at home. And feeling the skipped heartbeat of sheer terror.
“What if people try to call me?”

“What if I can’t find the nearest Starbucks without asking someone?”

“What will my Twitter followers think?”

Take a deep breath before you need an iDefibrillator app and forge on without your faithful digital assistant. Life will be OK.

Kim:  Made forgetting my phone at home an on-air topic… Totally guilty here!

 1. You use it in the bathroom.
 

This is just wrong. But not for hygienic reasons as you all suspect. If you’re using your smartphone on the can, you’ve just robbed yourself of your last refuge from interruption. You’ve tainted mankind’s last fortress of solitude by draggeing the entire equivalent of a computer into the equation. Can’t you live five minutes without e-mail? Really?

Kim: It’s like reading a magazine, no?! OOPS!!! I wonder how many of these you need to be considered an addict!!! I’m definitely borderline!!

Kim 😉

Thanks digitaltrends.com


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