Where's My Flying Car?
When I was a kid in school, I was lead to believe that the future held the promise of robots, rocket trips, and tooling around in a flying car. So, where the fuck is it? It's now 2007. Computer technology is almost at a molecular level, and people are walking around with talking cameras and matchbox-sized things that have 50,000 songs on them. Isn't it a little strange that we've essentially been using the same mode of transportation for the better part of a century with little improvement on the original concept? We're getting hosed here, and with no end of it in sight.
I suppose flying cars could prove to be problematic, but hey, nothing's perfect. Just don't let Paris Hilton know, and we should be all right. If the rest of us try and stay out of trouble, and don't give the cops any reason to get riled up, then it's fly the friendly skies. Call it manifest destiny. After putting up with all this crap, we have it coming to us.
Meanwhile, there are those who have developed cars that run on water. Too bad the guy keeled over in a restaurant, dead from poisoning. Anybody know why that might happen? Maybe he didn't pay off his gambling debts, or his wife caught him with the babysitter. As for being the next guy to invent a car that runs on water, well, you go first.
In the 70's, a band from Akron, Ohio created a concept known as de-evolution. It was funny at the time, but it's not so funny now. We seem to have been conditioned to learn nothing from history, and to accept whatever mediocre garbage that's laid before us as the status-quo. If Ford put out nothing but a dumpster with four wheels, we'd be driving them, and liking it. Mighty big sunroof there, so what's to complain about?
I know there won't be any flying cars, and my childhood hopes and dreams have been dashed. We're resigned to a trailer park planet, where progress moves about as fast as a turtle on his way to a funeral. The only thing that IS progressing at a robust rate is called novo ordo seclorum. Good luck with it, and may the road rise to meet you.