Archive for January, 2011

Edison’s view of 2011

Paleo-future shares an article from 1911 where Thomas Edison laid down some predictions a hundred years later. Guess what? It’s a hundred years later.

There are some intriguing predictions (“The baby of the twenty-first century will be rocked in a steel cradle”), but the most interesting is his take on 21st century books:

Books of the coming century will all be printed leaves of nickel, so light to hold that the reader can enjoy a small library in a single volume. A book two inches thick will contain forty thousand pages, the equivalent of a hundred volumes; six inches in aggregate thickness, it would suffice for all the contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica. And each volume would weigh less than a pound.

And then a paragraph later he makes reference to “Wood kindle-ing from the deep forests of the Amazon.”

Actually, he doesn’t, but it would have been kind of cool if he did.


On New Year’s Day, a guy from the local fire department or rescue squad came around soliciting donations. As I was writing my check out, he said, “One-One-Eleven… all ones… wow, when’s something like that going to happen again?”

I responded, “Well, probably about ten days from now.”

He paused and said, “Oh. Yeah.”

Stuff I’m Reading – January 6, 2011

I’ve dispensed with the delicious links being posted to the blog, but I thought I’d manually share some stuff I’m finding interesting today: