What killed prognostication?


DVD cover of Who Killed the Electric Car?The beginning of the new year is always the time when people will either traditionally ask, “What do you predict will happen in the future years?” or they’ll traditionally tell you.  I’ve been avoiding making outright predictions of what will happen in the future… and the reasons go back to 1980, and a slam-dunk future that turned out not to be. Continue reading

Titanic: Emblematic of our life and fate


At the one hundred year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, programs about the doomed ship, passengers and crew abound.  One of the more interesting ones, to me, was the program by James Cameron, director of the 1997 film Titanic.  In his program, Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron, he gathered numerous experts and carefully studied the latest information on the Titanic, examinations of the wreck and accounts from that fateful night, in order to try to correct some of the wrongs and misconceptions about how the ship went down.

Though the forensic investigation of the most infamous ship disaster in history is fascinating, I will not go into its detail here.  To my mind, the most valuable part of the program was the ending, and Cameron’s very appropriate last words. Continue reading