out to run free. Today is such a day.
- Lately, everything reminds me of a warning heralded by a movie - but nothing more so than the robots that have moved from the factory floor to the job market. SABRE Autonomous Solutions report that they are providing robots willing to work all day without a break - and they're actually making decisions about what needs done. SKYNET HAS GONE LIVE. If these robots can determine whether or not my fast food order is identical to what is actually in the bag I'm handed, many minimum wage jobs will disappear. And there's that whole "machines taking over the planet" thing...
- Meteors are slamming the earth. I know, I know...they do that all the time. But they seem to be getting bigger...noticeable...on the news, in places like New Jersey. Again, movie references: Deep Impact, Armageddon, Asteroid...
- The ebola virus that is plaguing Africa is scary. Once again, it reminds me of a movie warning...specifically, I start thinking about the scene with the map in The Planet of the Apes movie that pulsates with glowing markers tracking the worldwide spread of the weird virus that knocks humanity back a notch and lets the apes take over (again, a run-on sentence says I mean business). Let's keep our eyes on the apes. In all likelihood, they've seen the movie, too.
- (Yet another movie reference: insert Mel Gibson screaming, "Freedom!" from Braveheart) Scotland will vote on independence from Great Britain today, in case you haven't watched the news this week. What started as a "maybe" seems to have built up momentum, particularly with the younger crowd. It might be a risky proposition for Scotland and I'm sure they are bombarded with the pros and cons right about now. I should really be holding up a tartan or a plaid something, since my maiden name is McKendrick. I relate to the desire for independence - we were serfs in Scotland, basically! Sadly, the most important thing about Scotland to me is the kilt. If Scottish independence will result in more men in kilts, I'm all for it. Men like Gerard Butler...yeah, that would be great. Or Sean Connery, perhaps.
- Forget the previous bullet point about independence. Definitely leaning more towards anything that results in increased views of Gerard Butler, however...in fact, I'd like to see a massive move toward a mandatory kilt-on-Butler vote in Scotland. I'm behind that movement.
(Good luck, Scotland...)