Neural lace – Innerscape comes one step closer!

Apologies but I’m high fiving myself like an idiot because of an article I just read in futurism.com:

https://futurism.com/within-the-next-decade-you-could-be-living-in-a-post-smartphone-world/

The whole article is interesting as it attempts to predict the near, medium and long term future of communications technology, but it was this paragraph that made me so happy:

This week, we got our first look at Neuralink, a new company cofounded by Musk with a goal of building computers into our brains by way of β€œneural lace,” a very early-stage technology that lays on your brain and bridges it to a computer. It’s the next step beyond even that blending of the digital and physical worlds, as human and machine become one.

The only thing I’m sceptical about is the time-frame. Tech that you carry and tech that you ‘wear’ is one thing, but tech that invades your brain is something else entirely. I’m sure there will be some maverick individuals who will ignore the risk and give the neural lace a try, but most of us will not jump in quite so quickly. Think desktop computers and the general public. The vast majority of people who use smartphones now either never learned to use computers properly or never felt comfortable with them – i.e. the gain did not negate the pain.

I think the concept of an in-built, brain-machine interface will be around for quite a while before some tech comes along that will make the interface, safe, painless and most of all, easy.

To me, easy is the operative word because, as a species, we always look for the line of least resistance. I just hope I’m still around when it happens as the next few decades are going to be very interesting indeed. πŸ™‚

cheers

Meeks

 

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288 responses to “Neural lace – Innerscape comes one step closer!

  • Gradmama2011

    I am nearing my likely-last decade, possibly a bit more … always optimistic, I hope to be lucid right up to the last, but that would be a bonus! Such wonderful things just beyond our horizon, we may never know what we will miss. I read an article in Newsweek magazine about plans to transplant human heads to other bodies. Apparently they have actually accomplished this fete with mice…hundreds of mice…and they think (hope?) that it will also work with humans. Of course the ethical concerns and the logistical questions boggle the mind.

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    • acflory

      Hmm…that actually scares me a little because I’ve never believed in the old ‘Mind/Body’ dichotomy. Even when we’re not ‘thinking’ actual thoughts, our minds are busy processing the billions of bits of information that our bodies absorb every second or every day. Take a brain out of its body, and you cut off all that stimulus. Unless you reconnect every single nerve ending somehow, that brain would be sitting there, ‘alive’ but more like one of those unfortunate victims of locked in syndrome than a human being.
      I’d love to be able to extend my life to three or four hundred years but I just can’t see how a brain transplant would be worth it. 😦

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      • Gradmama2011

        The article claimed that it was the head with all the connections and nerve endings…in the mice anyway. The idea of brain transplants may be more feasible than the joining of one person’s head with the other’s body; that would involve such complicated fusion of parts. I meant to find the links to the Newsweek article, I’ll get it from the print magazine.

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      • Gradmama2011

        http://www.newsweek.com/2016/05/06/first-human-head-transplant-452240.html

        Although I just read that article last week in a current magazine, apparently it’s been planned/considered for several years. This link ‘s article excellent speculation about how such an event could be accomplished. πŸ™‚

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        • acflory

          Hmm…this Doctor may prove everyone wrong, or his patient may die from one of a hundred problems. :/ I guess if I were in Spiridov’s shoes I’d probably take the gamble too, but only on the basis that any improvement is better than none. I wonder if it will ever go ahead?

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          • Gradmama2011

            Spiridov will not be the first patient, but since the procedure is being done in China, they will have a Chinese donor. The implications are enormous, I find it fascinating. So many technical questions I have. Being a natural skeptic, I do wonder if the whole thing is actually planned or if its a wishful-thinking kind of thing.

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          • acflory

            If it succeeds the whole world will know about it. If it doesn’t…:)

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          • Gradmama2011

            Hope you have a lovely holiday. πŸ™‚

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          • acflory

            The same to you. I wish you good company and good food. Nothing else matters. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            Thank you my new friend of 2018! That is a big deal. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            Great post on Meeka’s Mind today… since the re-blog button was present I took the liberty of reposting it on my site, Sometimes. Thanks!

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          • acflory

            Oh! I’m honoured. Thank you. It’s a topic I’ve been mulling over for a very long time now. Something really has to give.

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          • Gradmama2011

            Elections are like fifth grade popularity contests: the best candidates hardly ever win. I was interested to see that Australia has mandatory voting. I did not know that. Some of the Central American countries also have mandatory voting…especially the most repressive governments. They always get lots of “help” in various forms from the U.S.

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          • acflory

            To be honest, I was shocked when I first learned that most Western democracies don’t have mandatory voting. I somehow assumed it was the norm rather than an ‘aberration’. Given that most everything else copies the Westminster system, I’d love to know why we chose to be so different.

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          • Gradmama2011

            Here some places are more interested in preventing certain groups from voting, with voter identification laws geared toward that end. In Central America, specifically Nicaragua and El Salvador (in the 80-90s) actually required people to vote, but fraud was rampant and also election results badly skewed.

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          • acflory

            Yeah, I’ve read that your elections happen on a Tuesday and that many people actually can’t get there because of work and other commitments.
            Ours are always held on a Saturday so no one has an excuse not to vote! lol

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          • Gradmama2011

            Its all about controlling the votes. I never dreamed elections could be stolen in the United States.

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          • acflory

            Yeah, I guess anything can be hacked/abused, but something so basic is a shock.

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          • Gradmama2011

            It is a shock for real, realizing the skull-doggery carried on in the name of democracy.

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          • acflory

            Sadly no system is immune to human greed. :/

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          • Gradmama2011

            #45 seems to be imploding…how sad 😦 Not! πŸ™‚ There are new books coming out by Trump’s former “staff.” I won’t be able to buy them until they pop up “used” on Amazon. All Hell is starting to break loose…45 bragging about his big “button” would be funny except his “button” could annihilate half the world.

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          • acflory

            Yes, I’ve been reading about some of the stuff coming out about him. I think the boy is starting to realise his new toys aren’t as much fun as he thought they’d be. I sure hope some adult slaps his hand if it strays near /that/ button.

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          • Gradmama2011

            good lord! It gets worse by the minute. Let’s hope to god his “button” is just an air-horn ooga-ooga or plays a nursery rhyme song. πŸ™‚ Yes, I think the message he got about his responsibilities as POTUS was simply —“wow…now I can be the most important man in the world!”

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          • acflory

            Yup. All politicians must have big egos, but 45 has taken the mindset to an absolute extreme.

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          • Gradmama2011

            He just yesterday told America and the world that he “very stable, and really, like, very smart.”

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          • acflory

            I know! That tweet must now have travelled to every last corner of the known world. πŸ˜€

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          • Gradmama2011

            Indeed… actually he IS a brilliant con-artist, always was. Very rich, smooth and handsome, and suave … personally I think he has snapped under the load of being “the most important person in the world” as he has said.

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          • acflory

            -blinks- I’ll agree to con-artist and rich, probably even smooth but handsome??? 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            back in the day… in fact he is still nice looking when not glowering or sneering. Not my type…he’s so big that his hulking doesn’t help him.

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          • acflory

            Ugh…not my type either I’m afraid. I much prefer thin men. πŸ˜€

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          • Gradmama2011

            one of the Senators was overheard on an open mike commenting that trump
            “is SO big! and he isn’t that attractive.” Susan Collins. Actually Trump was always before tall and thin, and when he had real hair he wasn’t bad looking. He’s 70 now, and apparently eats too many cheeseburgers! πŸ™‚ He even eats cheeseburgers in Japan I hear. He thinks if he orders food from McDonald’s it won’t be poison because it is ordered on the spot. πŸ™‚

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          • acflory

            Gah…has no one told him about heart attacks? I had to wait around getting a tyre fitted today and it was raining so I went into McDonalds and had a fillet of fish. Tasted good going down but I’ve had indigestion ever since. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            too much grease I think. I do love McDonald’s, especially their chocolate milkshakes…I love it.

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          • acflory

            Yeah, I think you’re right. lol no milkshakes for me…they’re fattening. :p

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          • Gradmama2011

            ha….really? I’ve always wondered why milk and ice cream and a tad of chocolate syrup would be fattening. πŸ˜‰ Wayyyy back in my soda-jerk days…my very first job…I learned to make sundaes and sodas, flips burgers, make shakes….I was the only employee there. Shake drinkers had an option…malt or no malt. yummy

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          • acflory

            I tend to steer clear of most sweets because all that sugar does pack on the pounds. I guess it all depends how much of it you have anyway. A bit never hurts.:)

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          • Gradmama2011

            #45 was elected by our electoral college…a system that should have been abolished long ago…not by a majority of voters. His approval rating is very low, below 30%. Evangelists, gun-people, against abortion and Planned Parenthood, dislike foreigners, and believe 45 is the savior of the world incarnated. (My daughter accuses me of thinking I am “smarter than everyone else” but that isn’t true. I hasten to add that she is not a typical trump-base voter, is finishing up a master’s degree in Infomatics, retired registered nurse. Most of these people have an irrational hatred for Hillary Clinton.

            Key for me is the Russian thing…being a 50’s-Cold War survivor.

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          • acflory

            Yeah, the Cold War was still going when I was growing up so I know what you mean about Putin and the Russian connection.
            Detente is a good thing. Winning at any cost is not.

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          • Gradmama2011

            SO true. Some today think the Cold War was a joke, and pooh pooh the Russian thing. I’m going to post some past blog entries from last year. πŸ™‚

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          • acflory

            Yeah, we grew up with the spectre of world annihilation hanging over our heads. :/

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          • Gradmama2011

            remember the old saw about the gorilla in the middle of the room with a machine gun: what does he do? Yep, “anything he wants to.”

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          • acflory

            Ah so that’s what the gorilla with a handgrenade image grew out of. :/

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          • Gradmama2011

            Yep #45! Originally it came from an old joke “Where does a 600-pound gorilla sit? Anywhere he wants to.”

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          • acflory

            -giggles- Definitely 45!

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          • Gradmama2011

            I’m starting to feel sorry for him now, his friends are deserting him like rats from a sinking ship. Dumb dumb dumb.

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          • acflory

            I guess that’s when you discover who your real friends are. I wonder how long that Ryan guy in Congress will stick around. Sorry, I’m terrible with names.

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          • Gradmama2011

            Oh…yes. Paul Ryan is the Speaker of the House. He is something of a snake, but that is a necessary trait to survive in Washington. Ryan hates #45, as do 99% of the Republicans, but in view of 45’s popularity with his “base” he doesn’t have any choice. I think Ryan will step down as Speaker shortly. My own Senator is Sherrod Brown, a democrat. He has been in there for years, and although I no longer actively work with the campaign I appreciate him.

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          • acflory

            I suspect the Republicans are going to have to rethink their whole purpose in life post-Trump. Between him and the Tea Party, the party seems to have been taken over from within. Let’s hope they get a massive trouncing in the next election and have to rebuild from the ground up.

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          • Gradmama2011

            My humble opinion is that the Democrats will be running things for a few years, until we get sick and tired of THEM. Trump isn’t actually a Republican…his “kids” are still registered Democrats I believe…he just jumped on to the band wagon when it came rolling through.

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          • acflory

            Hah! That figures. And yes, there were comments on the news tonight about the Democrats being tipped to win control of something or other. Sorry, can’t quite remember.

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          • Gradmama2011

            It is quite possible that they will win control of the Senate, which consists of two senators from each of the fifty states. The House of Representatives (not sure how many, but reps from every district…hundreds) swings back and forth. The Dems will have to pick up a lot of seats to win the House. Who knows?

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          • acflory

            With all the retirees from the GOP camp, I suspect the Democrats smell the sweet scent of victory. Fingers crossed.

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          • Gradmama2011

            Yay! Then we will have several years of the Rs sticking it to the Ds…graft and corruption will reign as always. Yes I am a cynic.

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          • Gradmama2011

            You may have heard of trump’s use of the word “shithole countries” yesterday at a cabinet meeting or whatever…. and today he is having Martin Luther King Day pre-gathering, and when the camera panned the room after the speeches we see ALL the people in the room were black….all of them I saw except one Marine…. I guess he forgot to request a special black soldier!

            talk about pandering!

            MLK Day is January 15, which is also my daughter-in-law’s birthday.

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          • acflory

            Meh…the man tries to hard. And Happy Birthday daughter-in-law!

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          • Gradmama2011

            He doesn’t even try…but unfortunately what he says and the media makes a BFD out of (big fing deal) is stuff that many of idiot countrypersons say anyway. OMG! The F-bomb! What is its power?

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          • acflory

            -sigh- I wonder if he has Tourettes?

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          • Gradmama2011

            I wonder…many people who just say whatever they think are just rude and mean.

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          • acflory

            Yeah. It would be nice if he did have an actual reason for his outbursts but I think you’re right – rude and mean describes him to a ‘T’.

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          • Gradmama2011

            Barb is my only daughter-in-law, but I can’t imagine anyone better. She is a lovely woman, an artist like my son, she does lovely quilts and other art work. Very talented.

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          • acflory

            They sound like a good partnership. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            my son-in-law Mike’s birthday is tomorrow, the 16th. January is our biggest birthday month.

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          • acflory

            lol – that’s amazing. My late father’s birthday was on January 28th and Mum’s was on February 23rd. The Offspring just squeaked in on March 30. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            Jan 28 is my great-granddaughter’s birthday; her uncle’s the 24; one son the 31; my husband would have turned 101 on the 4th of Jan; another grandson the 6th.

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          • acflory

            Oh My God….?!? That is amazing.

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          • acflory

            Just had it. πŸ™‚ Jan. 12th. I’m a Capricorn apparently.

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          • Gradmama2011

            Speaking of SIL’s one of our exes died Friday night. He was my oldest daughter’s first husband, father of her two kids. We don’t have many details yet, but according to coroner’s report he died of an over-dose. Yep, drugs. A text-book example of how drugs can ruin someone’s life.
            The last family person he seems to have called was ME….his former mother-in-law from thirty years ago. Sadly I was the only person that would talk with him…..including his mother and sisters, and his daughter… very very sad. I am very likely to go into bitch-mode over this issue…be warned!

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          • acflory

            Ugh. I know he must have given his family hell, but no one deserves to die, especially alone. I’m so sorry. -hugs-

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          • Gradmama2011

            apparently he wasn’t alone at the time. Arrangements got delayed over the weekend because of complications. Long story, He wasn’t a kid, 60 years old. The last person who talked to him from family was ME…his motherinlaw from decades ago. Sad…very sad.

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          • acflory

            Well, that’s something but definitely sad.

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          • Gradmama2011

            My nagging sense of fairness and compassion is making me feel slightly guilty. The man, #45, clearly has a condition with if it were physical…cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s…..would lead to empathy for him…but mental illness is still not “OK” no matter how much we pretend that it is understood. The issue, though, is like giving a gorilla a hand grenade and showing him how to pull the pin…shame on us for allowing that gorilla such a toy. We are talking about our world, Earth, here.

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          • acflory

            I like the gorilla analogy, but I’m just not sure about the mental illness part. I’ve read that he’s a sociopath or a narcissist and/or dyslexic, but…he’s not a complete fool. And I’m not sure how much of what he says and does is learned behaviour rather than illness. What I mean by that is that he’s ‘learned’ how to get his own way, probably from a very young age, and now he knows no other way of relating to the world.
            I don’t know. I think historians are going to have a field day with this presidency, once it’s over.

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          • Gradmama2011

            There already several history books out. The big one is on sale now.

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          • Gradmama2011

            It is cold here, brrr. I think I may be having a touch of the flu. I feel like sleeping, but can’t since the furnace guy is coming to fix the ignitor. The cost pretty much takes care of my “discretionary funds” this month. Also the gas bill is liable to be a real shocker! Last year we didn’t have any really cold weather to speak of, so the bill was light. I pay on a budget plan, metered out over the year. Last time I got a bill for $400 I about died… there’s no way I can do that, so I pay about $94 a month all year around.

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          • acflory

            Hmm…I should probably do something like that as well. I hope the two bills surprise you in a good way. I know what it’s like to be on a tight budget. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            Yep, the “no charge” was good news on the follow up. I need to call the bank and plead with them regarding my mortgage payment…got gobbled into due to assorted year-end unexpected bills. I get pension checks the first and the “15”th of each month, (could be as late as the 22nd) so my budget is pretty strict. I have a piece of land to sell which will be a bonus, but it will take some hassle bills: like a lawyer, real estate person.

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          • Gradmama2011

            Our antiquated system involves the Electoral College, in which the actual presidential candidate is put into office via the vote of just a couple of political appointees in each state. This is the reason Hillary Clinton lost although she had more than three million votes MORE than #45. The same thing happened both times George W Bush became president, when assorted issues cast the winning votes to him even though the respective Democrats Al Gore and John Kerry actually both got more popular votes. Others back in history as well.

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          • acflory

            Hmm…we don’t have an electoral college but we do have each state divided up into ‘wards’ and essentially we vote to put someone into the ward in which we live. The party that ends up winning is the one with the most members in the most wards. So not the popular vote here either. Then again we don’t actually vote for a president so…bah, getting confusing.

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          • Gradmama2011

            We have a Ward Councilperson for each of 4 wards in this city; 3 Council at Large people, which makes 7 council members. And a Mayor. Then we have Counties., I think 88 in Ohio. too complicated and boring…. πŸ™‚

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          • acflory

            Yeah, the whole thing does my head in. I understand that you’ve got to balance out populations but…gah. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            One daughter and hubby will be here tomorrow, and my 97 year old sister-in-law, The next day another daughter and crew…including the woman back from Thailand! Can’t wait to see her…so exciting. (I often call her a “girl” but at 30 she is no longer thus in actual years.)

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          • acflory

            -grin- that’s Family with a capital ‘F’! Enjoy. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            It was nice, just six of us…usually we have a huge mob and I zone out bonkers for the day. :-0 My day really brightened when my youngest granddaughter, Gina also arrived…she was originally going with her dad to Ashtabula, but they cancelled. She turned 21 in October. Today’s group includes my rocker-traveler, back from Thailand. I can’t wait to hear all about her trip. πŸ™‚

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          • acflory

            We caught up with a brand new member of the family – a nephew twice removed by marriage? Gorgeous little boy. So nice to have some young ones again. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            hmmm… have to draw a family tree πŸ™‚ We always say “my cousin’s kid is my second cousin.” But others say “my cousin’s kid is my cousin twice removed.”

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          • acflory

            Yeah, I get totally lost on that geneaology. :/

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          • Gradmama2011

            it’s that twice removed thing…that always confuses me.

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          • Gradmama2011

            The not so good news is that my furnace igniter decided to go out…so we have to plod downstairs to flip the switch. Worse is that it cost me $155 holiday-charges. Murphy’s Law of furnaces. That will throw my finances off kilter…damn!

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          • acflory

            Ouch. You have my sympathy but I’m not surprised. This is the time of year things go wrong for me too. I guess we just have to shrug and say that’s life, but boy its timing sucks.

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          • Gradmama2011

            It makes me nervous to worry about the temperature. I keep it at 67 at night, about 70 in day. (Wear a damn sweater if you’re cold… I tell my son.) The furnace needs a new ignitor and I already paid $155 (holiday rate) for the guy who came out and looked at it but he didn’t have my ignitor with him. (of course he didn’t.) He was rude and I threatened him that I was going to tell the boss (a good friend of mine) on him. He said basically “go ahead.” Punk. Of course I won’t say anything…he’s right I should not have waited until the holiday. Bah humbug.

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          • acflory

            Damn…that was bad luck. But holidays are exactly when things always break. It’s like fate having a laugh at our expense.

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          • Gradmama2011

            I have an appointment for Jan 2 to have the new ignitor installed. If the register is blowing cold air we go down and flip the switch on-off twice.

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          • acflory

            Roll on January 2. Do you have any backup heating if it fails before then?

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          • Gradmama2011

            no, but we do have a small portable heater. Also, I could call the repair place but if they came out or did any work I’d have to pay double service rate because of overtime.

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          • acflory

            Hmm…I understand about the economics of the thing but…stay well for goodness sake.

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          • Gradmama2011

            So far, so good. It is really really cold. We always have wild unpredictable weather, maybe because of the lake effect. Up in Erie Pennsylvania they had more than 5 feet of snow in the last three days. My granddaughter’s Dad’s family had to cancel their holiday thing because of the snow…they live along the lake shore up there too. Big snow belt. I don’t mind snow, really, but I am so afraid of falling.

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          • acflory

            Hmm…do you have to go outside much? Even with the right shoes/boots, snow can be treacherous.

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          • Gradmama2011

            I try to avoid going out. Our city does a good job of snow removal from the streets, but it is still treacherous walking on the ice. Snow isn’t bad if it isn’t icy. This year’s cat shelter is such that I can step into it and not encounter any snow or ice. Cold, though.

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          • acflory

            Oh that’s good. There was a thing on TV tonight about the freezing weather the US is having. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            The news media always make a lot out of the weather. This year the whole country has had all sorts of disasters…the terrible hurricane in Puerto Rico caused power loss that still has not been returned. Floods, tornados… my son et al live in Minnesota, which gets a ton of snow most winters. The last two times I visited in early December the Minnesota airport was closed. I was there when the destination/arrival boards were changing to Cancelled. Joe had to come back and get me…I stayed in the airport hotel one night then at their house another night.

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          • acflory

            I just can’t imagine being that cold. We /never/ get anything even close to that. Ever. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            The Brit newscaster on CNN just reported that it is 14 degrees Fahrenheit in Times Square New York; he added that that is -10 degrees Celsius.

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          • acflory

            Damn…I’m definitely staying in Australia. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            Don’t blame you. I wish we would have stayed in Arizona after my husband got out of the army there.

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          • acflory

            It’s so strange. Melbourne has been my home since the second year we arrived in Australia. I’ve never had to face the prospect of moving away from my home state. Must be hard.

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          • Gradmama2011

            oh…Arizona is not in fact my “home” . we were stationed there at an army base for three years, and stayed on briefly after husband’s discharge. Tucson, Arizona is actually the home of my heart, although Ohio is where I was born and lived here most of my life except from the time I married Bill and went to Germany, then eventually popped around with the army (Texas, Oklahoma, etc.) until we returned to Ohio.

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          • acflory

            Oh I see! I’ve never been to either of those states. What’s so special about Arizona? Isn’t it mostly desert?

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          • Gradmama2011

            I think it would be that it is MY idea of heaven. ..specifically Tucson, Arizona. The city is right up in the mountains, in the desert, and is partially known for its many, many Saguaro cactuses. The last time we were there it reached 125 degrees F. Yes, it was hot, hot hot… in middle of July…how dumb is that? Part of my love for the place has to do with my longest-living BFF who lived next door in the trailer park near the army base. She is one son’s godmother, one daughter’s namesake. She is responsible for my great love for anything Spanish, Mexican, Southwest. (Note that is friendship love, nothing more.)

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          • acflory

            -hugs- I understand completely. Place and people go together for me as well.

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          • Gradmama2011

            My youngest great-grandson Edward is in hospital, diagnosed with pneumonia, croup, and ear infection. He is 4 and 1/2. His Mom is with him of course, and she told me last night he will be there at least another day, probably more. So that means his grandmother (my daughter) is with the two older kids, who are 10 and 12. I am just staying home minding my own business. πŸ™‚

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          • acflory

            Ouch, poor little kid. Hope he gets better quickly. Being in hospital is no fun for him or his mother.

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          • Gradmama2011

            He’s better, and home. His mother had just had a surgical procedure herself, so back to the hospital for her.

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          • acflory

            Talk about a perfect storm of bad luck. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            yes. School is back in session, so the older ones are back, not sure if the little one is back yet or not he’s in pre-school.

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          • acflory

            Probably won’t hurt him to stay at home until he builds up some resistance.

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          • Gradmama2011

            He’s a strong little guy. His Mom could have used a break, having been home from her own surgery just a couple of days before he got sick.

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          • acflory

            Yeah, that’s true. How is she recovering?

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          • Gradmama2011

            She’s fine. Soon to turn 40…my oldest granddaughter.

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          • acflory

            Wow…my Offspring is yet to turn 31. I was a late starter though. :/

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          • Gradmama2011

            My oldest is 60, youngest 52. I was 23 when my first was born.

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          • acflory

            Wow…you were so young! I was 34 when the Offspring was born so I guess I was an ‘old’ mum.

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          • Gradmama2011

            The one when I was 23 was much easier than the one when I was 31! Back in the early 50s girls could realistically expect to be a Secretary, a Nurse, or a Teacher. Marriage a week after high school graduation was common. Girls were expelled from school if they got pregnant. Girls planned their graduation parties at the same time they were planning their weddings….

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          • acflory

            Both my parents were in their late twenties when they married so once I’d gotten past the “eek, I’ve hit 24 and I’m not married yet, I must be an old maid” thing I didn’t really mind.

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          • Gradmama2011

            yeah, girls/women past about 21 were looked at as having something “wrong” with them if they were not married. I was asked often when I was going to find a nice boy and get married. haha πŸ™‚

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          • acflory

            I was a flower power girl so no one dared, not even my parents! πŸ˜€

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          • Gradmama2011

            my oldest was a flower child too, albeit too young to really enjoy it. My half-sisters were real flower children…they went to Woodstock, much to the chagrain of their brother-in-law, who was a cop in Virginia at the time. He tried to forbid them to go on to Canada when they drove up from Florida.

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          • acflory

            Hah! To be honest, the closest I came to all that was one ‘joint’ and some cheesecloth. Didn’t really like either very much but I did love the music.

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          • acflory

            Mmm…it’s what we call that kind of hippy material that was all the rage back then. Not sure what you guys call it.

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          • Gradmama2011

            well, thinking about the concept I sort of get it…the flowery flowing … ephemeral?

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          • acflory

            lol – flowery and flowing yes but it is definitely an actual type of cloth.

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          • Gradmama2011

            I just had a brainstorm…possibly it is just the thermostat that is faulty. Hmmm, I should be so lucky, cost wise.

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          • acflory

            OH! Yes, that could be it. In fact, it probably is the problem as the heating does work at least some of the time. Good thinking 99. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            I put new batteries in the thermostat, but still had to go downstairs and flip the switch on and off to ignite the burner.

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          • acflory

            That’s a shame. I was hoping it would be a simple solution. Mind you, if the thermostat is faulty, it might still be a fairly inexpensive fix.
            When is the repairman coming?

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          • Gradmama2011

            He will be here today. I re-set the ignitor this morning, after it cooled down or not.

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          • acflory

            I hope he’s been and gone by now and that you’re feeling warm and comfortable. -hugs-

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          • Gradmama2011

            He has been here and gone, assured me all was well….but it isn’t, as I still have to go downstairs and flip the flipping switch. I’m pretty sure it is the thermostat acting up, I’ll call back and tell the woman at the phone station that…they didn’t charge me for the last visit. sigh

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          • acflory

            Grrr…that’s insane. Why would you call someone out and pay for the privilege if the system was working the way it should?

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          • Gradmama2011

            well I, in my great wisdom πŸ™‚ have deduced that the thermostat is to blame. Occam’s Razor there… there is a timer sequence connected from the upstairs thermostat to the furnace downstairs. Putting 2 and 2 together, I take as ominous the paragraph in the manual…which I consulted online…” compressor delay feature is active if icons are flashing” and “will not turn on until the 5-minute delay has elapsed.” Further more, the time sequence (4 hours) cannot be a coincidence… god maybe I can get a job as a furnace repairperson…? lol

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          • acflory

            Good for you! Quote that bit when you ring and complain about the repairman. Maybe mention that you have a blog and you’re not afraid to use it. πŸ™‚ Bad publicity should get some action.

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          • Gradmama2011

            Actually the owner of this company is a good friend of min, I’ve know him since city council days. The only time I complained about a tech was when the guy insulted my son-in-law (next door.)

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          • acflory

            Fair enough, but you can’t afford to pay twice to get the furnace fixed. :/

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          • Gradmama2011

            Incidentally, I know exactly what is wrong now…a benefit of actually reading operating manuals. It is the thermostat, which has its compressor delay feature messed up, so once I alter the thermostat—like turning it down at night, I like it at about 68 and 71-2 during the day. Once I alter the (desired temperature) on the thermostat it resets the thing so it will revert to the “minimum-minus” pre-sets which means it won’t get colder than about 59 at night if left to its own auspices. I tested my theory last night by not adjusting the temp… set it at 72 in the morning when I had to reignite it, then then NOT changing it all day and even now, the next day, it is working as expected. I will call again Monday and tell them to fix the thermostat or replace it! (There is some kind of government incentive to buy a fancy-dancy thermostat that does various tricks, but all I want it to do is what it is supposed to.

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          • acflory

            Well done you! That’s really clever. I’d love to see their faces when you tell them what’s wrong and why. πŸ˜€

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          • Gradmama2011

            The key is tact πŸ™‚ All they had to do was read the f-in’ manual.

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          • acflory

            lmao – yup, tact. yup…;)

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          • Gradmama2011

            I did put new Energizer batteries in the thermostat, which should have activated the doohickey to start the thingamabob sequence and since the little “thingies” that look like rain drops are not flashing, as they are supposed to…I think….. uh

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          • Gradmama2011

            do you see the pink bunny with the drum ads? The Energizer Bunny. He’s been around for decades.

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          • acflory

            Ah! I see. And yes, we used to have that adv on tv too. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            The Bunny is a real fixture on our TV

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          • acflory

            Not sure whether we still get that adv. or not. I stopped watching commercial tv about the time I got hooked on MMOs – online computer games. That was about 12 years ago now. I’d far rather play than just watch.

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          • Gradmama2011

            The bunny is always with us! πŸ™‚ Perhaps there is a message here in that we are fascinated by pink bunnies banging on huge base drums and wearing flip-flops and sun glasses.

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          • Gradmama2011

            buy Energizer batteries…. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            a pink bunny toy with sunglasses, flip-flops and a loud off-beat banging drum gets attention…LOL and the batteries get advertising. Case in point, when I first typed the maker name I wrote Duracell….but the manufacturer is Energizer. (I always say an ad is ineffective if I don’t know what it is for…”

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          • acflory

            Oh! But I thought the maker was Duracell as well. How odd. ?

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          • Gradmama2011

            the Energizer Bunny runs on batteries, and he just keeps on going… πŸ™‚

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          • acflory

            lol – I remember he was also a very cute bunny!

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          • Gradmama2011

            oh yes he is adorable! sincerely… its maybe the single most effective advertising gimmick I can think of

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          • Gradmama2011

            So…now Oprah Winfrey is posturing and positioning herself in line to be POTUS? Well she would be an enormous improvement! I don’t care for her because she thinks she is so important and hot….hmmm, come to think of it she IS important and hot. πŸ™‚ I wish she would scrap the dark glasses and over the top wig…and cover up her … self. πŸ˜‰

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          • acflory

            lol – we saw that rousing speech as well. She does have a definite presence but I didn’t know about the wig. Oh well, there goes another naive assumption. lol
            If an entertainment personality has to be the next POTUS I’d much rather it were her than say a rock star or soapie star. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            I never liked her much. Having said that, I must say she is a big personality, and really has accomplished some very worthwhile charitable fetes. The wig is over the top…and who the hell makes a speech about harassment with their low-cut gown displaying the goods? bah humbug!

            We did have Ronald Reagan as president…and Arnold Schwartzenegger was governor of California…and Jesse Ventura was governor of Minnesota… shriek!!

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          • acflory

            lmao – definitely precedent there πŸ˜‰

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          • Gradmama2011

            I guess Oprah is sincere enough, but she is a super drama queen! I heard she was the richest woman in the world…even more than the Queen!

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          • acflory

            I wonder what that much success and power does to a person? Maybe not such a great candidate after all.

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          • Gradmama2011

            I’m not so sure. Oprah has done a lot of good, and she is very rich but uses her money well…. I THINK… The person that comes to mind here is Hillary Clinton…”they” did a bad hatchet job on her over the last few years….and I, who tend to be highly critical, have never had anything against her. Her husband Bill Clinton was president for eight years, and his things like NAFTA was very objectionable to me as a political left-wing radical. But Hillary managed not to run afoul of me πŸ˜‰ which was some fete….my like-minded friends (few and far between) shared my attitude toward Hillary, so it is a mystery to me just how she got such vicious venomous opposition.

            Yeah…the Russian bots on Facebook. I scoff at myself for even putting that in print…right out of SCIFI world.

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          • acflory

            Hillary has always been too smart for her own good. More radical fem than stay at home ‘mom’ baking apple pies for the family. I think people just wanted to think the worst of her, yet her work with and for children has been exemplary. But it’s not advertised so people don’t know or care.

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          • Scottie

            One huge problem for Hillary was that for years before the election the republicans in congress constantly held hearings after hearings, even when the hearings showed no wrongdoing. Plus the media arm of the republicans called fox news outright lied and constantly spread conspiracy theories about her. Sad but true, one republican chairman admitted it was all about knocking her poll numbers as low as possible. They are starting it again to take attention away from tRump’s scandals by investigating things again that have long been known to have not wrong doing. Funny fox news tells their views Obama did horrible things as president before he was even elected. Shows their clear bias.
            Hugs

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          • acflory

            Bloody hell…talk about fake news. Why don’t people, i.e. Hillary, sue for libel or something?

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          • Scottie

            Our laws are strict on what is considered slander and libel. With the right of free speech it is hard for the government or people in government to sue about lies. Hugs

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          • Gradmama2011

            My oldest was simply aghast at the mention of Oprah…with the comment that “that would be terrible, she would put in blacks everywhere.” Yikes….

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          • acflory

            Wow…how odd. Isn’t that what everyone was scared Obama would do? Besides, I thought Oprah had almost universal appeal?

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          • Gradmama2011

            I’d like to ask the woman who answers the phone to come out and look at the job…but the one repairman already thinks I am an uppity woman. πŸ™‚

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          • acflory

            -grin- Let him! The only really nice thing about getting older as a woman is that we can finally rage and stamp our feet instead of being meek and mild! You pay for something, you deserve to get value for money. Do it!

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          • Gradmama2011

            I do it all the time. My kids call it the “old lady card.”

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          • acflory

            -giggles- Does it work?

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          • Gradmama2011

            it is 12 degrees Fahrenheit. brrr

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          • Gradmama2011

            It’s the Andaman Sea, which I never heard of before. Not that it is unusual for a place to be unknown to me…. I am SO jealous!

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          • acflory

            Eek…I haven’t heard of that either. Just looked it up. The pics look lovely but I”m still no wiser. lol

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          • Gradmama2011

            It is amazing how many little towns I never heard of here in my own state…let alone the country.

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          • acflory

            lol – we’ve been here in Warrandyte for over 12 years now and yet there are big chunks of the ‘township’ that we still haven’t explored.

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          • Gradmama2011

            Even our own town has grown so much with new streets there are places I haven’t even heard of. My late husband was the fire chief, and he always kept up on new developments, obviously.

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          • acflory

            When I was younger and used to do a lot of walking, I’d walk around my neighbourhood [with my dog] and get to know it that way. Here, it’s very hilly, there are few footpaths and little dog with short legs ends up being carried so we don’t really explore. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            I’ll have to look up your town.

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          • Gradmama2011

            Well I just took a quick tour of the world between here and Australia….found Warrandyte, and Melbourne, and Grafton (up far in NSW) where my Grampa was from. How exciting…. I absolutely LOVE maps!

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          • acflory

            lol – Google maps? with the satellite images? I love them too.

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          • Gradmama2011

            It’s pretty simple: if the register is blowing cool air we go downstairs and flip the switch on and off. Easy enough…but it makes me nervous!

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          • acflory

            Plus stairs can’t be fun. :/

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          • Gradmama2011

            It is getting more painful for me to climb stairs, due to slight arthritis in my knees. On Xmas my sister-in-law was here, and my “kids” picked her up in sil’s pick-up…a major deal getting her into the truck! She has a big problem with stairs, even the two or three up to my front porch. She’s 97.

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          • acflory

            Oh my god…she’s doing well just to be able to get out at all. Your family is strong and long-lived. My sister-in-law’s Dad is 94 and he joined us for Christmas lunch but…he’s barely there any more. I’ve always been very fond of him and it was devastating to realise he didn’t know who I was. He did remember me later, which was a lovely gift, but I fear he’s fading fast. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            She’s my late husband’s sister; all the women in her family lived to be upper 90s, her mother was 96, one aunt was 106. My own greatgrandma was 93 and my Dad’s cousin was 96.

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          • acflory

            In that case, I expect to wish you a happy 100th one day. πŸ˜€

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          • acflory

            You have way too much to do yet to leave. -hugs-

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          • Gradmama2011

            I know…that occurs to me sometimes. I have so many things I would like to do and learn. My traveling days are over, running through airports dragging luggage is just not something I could do now. But I absolutely loved my traveling years as a loner, some research trips. I don’t mind being alone. My husband and I traveled a lot. I wish I would have gone to Australia when I had the money and time to do it….two of my cousins went about ten years ago and loved it. Our family is from Grafton, Australia, specifically. Where Grandpa ran away from on a sailing ship when he was 16.

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          • acflory

            Don’t say ‘never’. You may still win the lottery and come out here on your own private jet. πŸ˜€

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          • Gradmama2011

            That would be nice! I’d do it, too. Both the distance, and the cost of travel from here to Australia was always beyond my means.

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          • acflory

            I desperately want to go to Japan but the cost is just beyond me. If I did go though, I’d have to do it in nice little ‘hops’ as I don’t think I could cope with a 12 hour flight or however long it takes from here.

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          • Gradmama2011

            I believe the flight from here to maybe Singapore was 23 hours . The longest flight I was ever on was to London from Cleveland.

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          • acflory

            I’ve been to Europe a couple of times and the US once [for a week only] and the trip to London was awful. 24 hours of canned air, terrible food and aching tiredness. Can’t sleep sitting up so… 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            My favorite flights were on Aero-Carib…small planes, great food.

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          • acflory

            -shudder- small planes scare the hell out of me. :/

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          • Gradmama2011

            I tend to be claustrophobic, so its the huge airliners that bother me.

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          • acflory

            -grin- Let’s compromise and not fly at all!

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          • Gradmama2011

            the first (only) time I went to Germany was on a US Navy transportation ship… 9 glorious days on the ocean! At least I thought they were glorious…I was on deck every moment I could be there.

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          • acflory

            -giggles- I’d probably be seasick on a boat, even a big one. Honestly, I can’t really see myself travelling any more, I like terra firma way too much.

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          • Gradmama2011

            I was 21 when I went to Germany to join my new husband, who was in the army, and stationed there at the time. So I was traveling alone within a group of military wives and some higher-rank military officers. I loved the ocean…absolutely loved it!

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          • acflory

            You really have led an adventurous life. Have you never thought about writing a memoir?

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          • Gradmama2011

            That’s what the blog really is. Maybe I’ll re-post some of my early blog entries. The thing about being an army wife was very common back in the day, after World War II when they were stationing troops all over the world. I just happened to be involved with a soldier…also not unusual at the time…the U.S. still had the military draft. The German cities were still bombed-out in 1955, which was 10 years after the war ended. My first husband was a Korean-war vet, actually.

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          • acflory

            To be honest, all I know about the Korean conflict is what we all saw in MASH, but I imagine it must have been just as awful as any other war where death is the name of the game. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            When I was in high school (a very small population) many of our boys quit school to join the military. Or joined up right after they graduated. One of my good friends died in a tank explosion in Korea soon after he got there. The air force pilot I dated(almost married) got his Mechanical Engineering degree after he got out of the air force. In those days virtually everyone served by being drafted or enlisting. It was before Vietnam. There were deferments, of course, but except at very high hoop-de-doo levels (read Bush, Trump, others in the National Guard etc.) almost everyone (men) was in.

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          • acflory

            I had no idea. Makes sense though. It would have been not that long after WWII with the Red Menace just around the corner. How horrible though for that whole generation. And now we have Trump and the aftermath of that conflict sniping at each other on Twitter. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            The key being the Russians, who were always right there. having said that…I must add that while we kids here in the US were constantly threatened with annihilation…. the British kids,
            French kids, Russian kids, Japanese kids, etc etc ….. where not only threatened but also literally ran from airplanes with machine guns and had real bombs dropping on them.

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          • acflory

            Yeah, it seems unbelievable that little more that 70 years ago everybody was busy killing everyone else. I truly do not understand how we let things like that happen.

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          • Gradmama2011

            greed…money…oil…politics…idiocy…lack of education…stupidity. uh…. complacency…

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          • acflory

            Gah…stop! Every single one of those words sounds so very familiar. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            Sometimes I suspect that some readers don’t believe me. Life is full of wonderful opportunities. A lot of it is “being in the right place at the right time.” Once my son called me from an airport someplace and said “MOM! You were right about being in the right place at the right time! I got the job!” Joe always said I had a million lectures.”

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          • acflory

            Totally agree. Right place, right time and maybe…right attitude?

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          • Gradmama2011

            My brother was in the navy at the time, and he told me everyone gets sick at times on the ocean. I was determined to prove him wrong, so I bought some MotherSill’sSeasickRemedy pills and did not get sick at all. However I did get car sick over the years, and the worst of that was in high altitude places, especially mountains in Mexico. My doctor gave me a prescription for some stuff that he said mountain climbers used successfully, and it worked like a charm!

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          • acflory

            I don’t get motion sickness in cars or planes but I don’t think I’m brave enough to test that on the ocean.

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          • Gradmama2011

            ha! I have been violently sick on ships and boats, just not that ship I went on to Germany in 1955.

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          • acflory

            Oh! lol That’s good coz I was feeling most inadequate. πŸ˜€

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          • Gradmama2011

            Oh! My non-sick voyage was largely due to a life-long competition with my brother. πŸ˜‰ Actually I finally learned that my motion sickness is due to altitude, not necessarily movement.

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          • acflory

            How interesting. I’ve never had nausea on planes but definitely in cars. Not all the time just sometimes. Very odd.

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          • Gradmama2011

            altitude changes was my problem; mountains (heading down especially) and airplanes landing in high places like Mexico City.

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          • acflory

            So maybe an inner ear problem?

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          • Gradmama2011

            I don’t know. But when I told my Doc I was going on the trip and I dreaded being sick, he is the one that thought of the altitude sickness meds…the mountain climbers in the Andes etc. had had some success with it. The clue was that it is only in a descent that I got sick, like airplane coming into Mexico City…very high altitude airport. Or mountain curves headed DOWN the mountains.

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          • acflory

            Well, at least you have meds to help. That’s something.

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          • Gradmama2011

            that was at least 30 years ago…hard to believe.

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          • Gradmama2011

            How awful it would be if the subject survived the procedure and was like a new person…a MAN of course…and then upon leaving his final exam before the whole project is declared a huge success…he is hit by a huge truck and dies? Oh the irony….

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          • acflory

            lmao!!!! Oh you are wicked. πŸ˜€

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          • Gradmama2011

            The procedure has been done, apparently, on human cadavers. Not so far fetched as I thought. Heart transplants started within my lifetime…the last 50 years or so. All organs and tissue transplants; also people donating kidneys to siblings, etc. My youngest daughter worked for many years for Life Banc, which procures and arranges them. She had a young widow bring a photo of her, her late husband, and some kids…to “show her what he looked like.” The most difficult part of the job was dealing with family members, etc. that objected to organ donation. Just the desire of the donor alone is not sufficient…the procedure can still be blocked by spouses or whatever.

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          • acflory

            Yeah, it’s a tricky thing. I think I’d be okay donating my own organs but I don’t think I could bear to donate the Offspring’s. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            The offspring would have to do their own donation authorization, although the procedure can be reversed or delayed at the time. Do you (Aussies) have the organ donation info on your driver licenses? It is optional of course. πŸ™‚

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          • acflory

            Mmm…I don’t honestly know. I haven’t looked into it much but I think I remember reading that we don’t have a lot of donors so…maybe not?

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          • Gradmama2011

            There is a whole urgency about the procedure, obviously. I am told that one donor can save or help up to 30 recipients.

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          • acflory

            My head knows that being a donor is a good thing. I’m just not sure about my heart. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            I do know what you mean. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            The outside temperature is 12 degrees F. I doubled down on the cat shelter contraption I have on my back deck. πŸ™‚ Brrr, my daughter brought me a bottle of Drambuie for Xmas, warms the shackles nicely.

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          • acflory

            Ugh…that’s a long way below freezing isn’t it? I hope your heater is still working as well. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            Yes, freezing is 32 degrees F. I was concerned about my outdoor cats. This year I have the shelter right outside the back deck door, A couple of bales of straw is an effective wall, plus more straw for the bedding….I dragged out some old blankets also for them, and some ancient sofa cushions.

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          • acflory

            I’m sure they’ll be fine, or like that little cat you mentioned, they’ll come inside and not leave!

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          • Gradmama2011

            I did let Peggy come in last night, but she was anxious to get out this morning. She is Bob/Baby’s mother. I also put out an old sofa cushions and a warm blanket for them. They all huddle in a pile in the shelter.

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          • acflory

            Your feral cats are the lucky ones. I hate to think how others out there must be faring. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            Cats are resilient critters! Peggy declined my invitation to let her go back outside this morning…wonder why? It is bitter cold. My furnace igniter is still acting up, but when I started downstairs this morning the warm air was coming out of the registers…no idea why but I’m happy about it.

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          • acflory

            lol – Peggy is a smart cat. And I’m so glad you’ve still got heat.

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          • Gradmama2011

            My granddaughter is back from Thailand. She loved it…she said where she was isn’t a big tourist area, which is always a bonus! She didn’t take her own guitar with her, but bought one there when she first arrived. She played everywhere she went, and she loved the people…who of course speak Thai, little English, but she managed to learn a few phrases and words and did just fine.
            She brought me a small box of seashells that she gathered along the shore. I’m not sure of what body of water it is, I need to check a map. πŸ™‚

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          • acflory

            Aaah! A light dawns. This is the Andaman sea area you mentioned?

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          • Gradmama2011

            Yes. I asked her where she picked up the seashells from the beach, and she said its an island shore of the Andaman Sea. Off the other coast of Thailand is the Indian Ocean I think? I don’t know if she was just traveling through, or if she actually was staying in that area. She did say there were not many tourists…and that the “foreigners” were not Americans. Mostly she talked about her guitar playing and the friendly response of locals.

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          • acflory

            It looks quite lovely on the internet. Off the beaten track but I suspect that’s exactly what she wanted.

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          • Gradmama2011

            She visited at a friend’s invitation, and likes to avoid tourists. Meeting the real people is always a good thing. Being unencumbered and more or less carefree….I know that is potentially dangerous, but my motto is “if your afraid of everything you’ll never DO anything.” I believe that. I had some experiences in Mexico where I wondered “what the hell am I doing here?” My husband would not go on the “reality tours” with me, he said masked men with machine guns were not his idea of fun. Last time he went (not me) he met me in Mexico City; I had been in Chiapas for two weeks.

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          • acflory

            lol – I’ve always enjoyed travelling by myself too, although ‘masked men with machine guns’ isn’t exactly my idea of a fun adventure either. :/

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          • Gradmama2011

            That was one of my Global Exchange reality tours…also known as “war tours” back in the 1990s. GEx is a human rights outfit out of California. I went on three trips with them…very very excellent! The Chiapas rebellion…Zapatistas … πŸ™‚

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          • acflory

            Reality tours? Did they have virtual reality back then??

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          • Gradmama2011

            Funny! Not exactly, it meant non-touristy visits to far out villages, real food prepared by real people, and interesting materials. I loved it!

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          • acflory

            Oh…duh. πŸ˜€ Sorry. And that sounds brilliant. I’ve never liked following the tourist paths like sheep!

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  • dvberkom

    Well done, you! And quite concerning…

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  • First Night Design

    I think there’s too much that could go wrong, however much we may think we’ve achieved perfection with the technology. I wouldn’t want to be around.

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  • ChrisJamesAuthor

    Ohhh, interesting – thanks for sharing! Personally I can see this these sorts of things being the 21st century’s version of the “flying cars” from the 20th century. You remember those? In the 1950s we were all going to have our own flying cars… until the snags meant that we didn’t.
    I can see something similar here: right now there are all kinds of problems that could prevent tech this becoming a reality. In any case, regarding tech in the body, I think communications will come second to medical needs, e.g. implants under the skin that monitor blood pressure, and constantly check the condition of your blood or specific organs, etc then let your doctor know when something starts going wrong.

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    • acflory

      I agree, Chris. Medical implants are already happening – think pacemaker – so they’ll simply become more ubiquitous. But non essential implants? Especially to the brain? No, can’t see it happening, at least not on a society-wide scale.

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      • ChrisJamesAuthor

        Exactly: I think medicine is where we’ll really see some sci-fi become reality, like cloned organs. Imagine a new heart/lungs/kidneys being grown from one’s own cells with no chance of rejection? Obviously it will be too expensive for the peasants, but the 1% will be able to live forever in a few decades πŸ˜‰

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        • acflory

          lmao – peasants indeed. :p Actually, I just read an article today about a new idea being tested to help people with spinal cord injuries walk again. A ‘device’ is implanted just below the point of injury and somehow connected up so that the patient can start to move his legs again. Only been tried once so far but pretty amazing.

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  • drewdog2060drewdog2060

    If humankind can do something (or has the potential to do so) then as sure as eggs are eggs someone will give that something a go. Whether that is aalways wise is a very different kettle of fish. We already have a significant number of people (particularly among teenagers) who are addicted to technology. I worry that we are in danger of allowing tech to become our master rather than (as should be the case) our servant. I do, of course recognise the value of implants from the point of view of people with disabilities. Giving a person with paralysis the ability to control a robotic deveice enhancing their independence is a wonderful thing. I do wonder though if wearable tech gets to the stage where a gadget the size of a tiny earring can be worn (possibly even as an earring) might that not negate the desire for brain implants. It would, after all be relatively easy to remove so, if someone wanted to be alone with their own thoughts (I.E. without receiving noise from cyberspace) they could (relatively easily) unplug themselves. Kevin

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    • acflory

      Hi Kevin. πŸ™‚ I agree, we do have a crazy streak a mile wide and some would do it just for the thrill of being different. But if neural lace/interfaces do become possible I worry that they’ll be used to directly stimulate the pleasure centres of the brain. Not a new idea, but for the first time, that type of addiction is a real possibility. Hope it doesn’t happen.

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  • Scottie

    Hello Meeka. I agree but think there will be a few intermediate steps much sooner than we realise. I love the idea of a neural net and being super connected to a computer, but I would need a flow control. Not sure I can handle functioning and the incoming full data stream. πŸ™‚ However every sci-fi show that uses computer / human interactions seem to have some type of combination of external and internal parts. It seems they have plugs inserted in the brain they can lay an outside thing on, or a “jack” hole they can insert a jack in to display / control the interface externally. Then when the plot calls for the human part to overload they or their hero can pull the jack out, or yank the device off them. Using that Idea I am thinking as you once mentioned I think of the many prosthetics today which have a neural component and use thoughts from the brain to move the limbs. So do not despair good lady, your ideas will see truth far earlier than you thought. Hugs

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  • davidprosser

    You just wanna join Innerscape so you can say you predicted the neural net. and get off with some fancy doctor.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx ❀

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