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Looking backwards and forwards


By Miranda

If you were a child of the 50s, when the Cold War was in full flight, the idea of vaporising meant only a reference to the nuclear threat. Fortunately, things moved on to a more peaceful period in which the vaporiser was best known as an aid for people, especially children, with asthma or other respiratory complaints.
But vaporising or vaping, as Oxford's 2014 word of the year has it, is now the realm of reformed smokers. Thus far the scientific jury is still out over the merits of 'vaping', so it looks as if the 'vaporising' threat-level has been reduced, if not entirely eliminated.
And something for the year to come - the film Interstellar spun off a virtual reality experience using Oculus Rift technology. Now Oculus Rift may sound like a character out of Harry Potter (well, it does to me) but it is in fact the head-mounted display which allows a completely immersive experience for gamers. 
The real world is totally excluded, so this 'completely immersive' experience requires you to be sitting safely the whole time. Come to think of it, the idea of people wandering around with one of these modules on their head is much, much more dangerous.
But that's by the way. The technology may be a different type of magic than any at Hogwarts, but the results are amazing. For myself, I'm adequately terrified by the prospect of an opponent taking my pawn (and that's on a real-life chessboard, not even a computer), I've regularly gibbered through, possibly from under the cinema seat, such treats as Psycho, Carrie and the various Aliens and Predators, and I've tolerated endless weekends of listening to digital carnage on X-Box et al. So the prospect of having one of these headsets on and playing fully immersive hide-and-seek with iconic menacing sci-fi creatures is not my cup of tea. Obviously that's not the limit of the technology which makes me wonder just what will emerge...
What are your predictions for the year to come?

1686 Responses to

Looking backwards and forwards

Rayza said:
February 03, 2015 at 11:34 AM

Well I've finished that whatever it was meal and my bed beckons. Have a good day/night everyone.

February 03, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Your lamb stew sounds YUMMY...but a salad when it's -16c?:)) Sleep well Ray...:)) I'm off to take Penny for a walk.:)))

mommyscat said:
February 03, 2015 at 11:48 AM

Yes Fir we have the GST like Pete said but the difference between Canada and Aus is the GST is added to the purchase price at the cash register in Canada, but here in Aus it is included in the purchase price so that the price tag on the item is the price you pay at the cash register. No nasty surprises or trying to figure out if you have enough cash on hand to complete the purchase.

fir said:
February 03, 2015 at 12:07 PM

Hi Scat...I think that I prefer the way it is here so I know the prices of things before tax. I add 10% (in my head) to get a partial estimate of the total owing then there is no surprise. If there is a surprise then I can check my bill. It's probably all in what you get used to. :)))

fir said:
February 03, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Peter, I have a salad at dinner every night, summer-winter, rain or shine. :))

fir said:
February 03, 2015 at 1:32 PM

New Topic !!!! :))