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David Zach
Milwaukee, WI, USA
futurist speaking around the planet on trends, traditions, and a few funny ideas ...
Interests: architecture, design, haruki murakami, science fiction movies, art deco antiques, my macs, eric hoffer, reading, writing, old movies, jasper fforde, woodworking, my prius and the view from my condo, favorite authors include: gk chesterton, nicholas christopher
Recent Activity
Sony Demonstrates Life-Altering SmartAR (augmented reality) Technology http://bit.ly/kQN3hc This is the way it will start. Pretty soon reality will look naked without it, and just as rude and socially unacceptable. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2011 at David Zach, futurist
The worst part about the prediction for the end of the world today is that if it actually does happens, we won't be able to talk with each other about how cool it was. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2011 at David Zach, futurist
1 day ago: One year for Christmas I bought my 4 year old son a small shovel, a hammer and an inductive flashlight. For Easter of 2010 I bought him a bow and arrows. I teach him how to use... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 28, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
The heartbreaking fate of the lovable Newton is exemplar of everything that is wrong at an Apple without Steve Jobs, and why a customer reaction of “Is that it?” can be a product designer’s best friend. via cheerfulsw.com As someone... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 27, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
On two occasions, Steve Jobs has called the iPad the "most important product" he has ever worked on. Keep in mind, this is the guy who, along with Steve Wozniak, essentially invented the personal computer. Jobs was also the driving... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 26, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
Selma, California—Most people who earn Ph.D.’s aspire to tenure-track professorships, think tank jobs, or careers in government. When Stanford University awarded Victor Davis Hanson his classics degree 26 years ago, he chose to become a farmer. via www.hoover.org A short... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 24, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
The September 1, 1896 San Francisco Call (San Francisco, CA) ran this image of inventor Dr. C. A. Smith's flying machine. Apparently Smith had a model of his airship propped up on two stools in a shop on Market Street... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 20, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
Four generations of children know those words, delivered by a four-foot municipal official holding an outsized death certificate 71 years ago in The Wizard Of Oz. The Munchkin coroner, played by Meinhardt Raabe, outlived almost all his Oz compatriots -... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 20, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
via www.youtube.com [YouTube doesn't allow embedding, so just follow the next link after clicking.] Beautiful song, great artist, cool video. [and, in case you would wonder, for me the definition of "futuristic" is for anything that has lasting value. New... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 17, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
A video by Cisco to demonstrate its architectural vision for "Borderless Networks". Company networks are undergoing so-called “de-perimeterization,” as online collaboration with partners, customers, telecommuters, and others outside the physical LAN becomes more and more important to doing business. At... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 16, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
via www.youtube.com I think a good way of thinking about the iPad is to not think about it. Just play with it, explore it and be expressive about what else you'd like it to do. Like any first generation device,... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 13, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
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via www.sepiatown.com Cool site. Old photos connected to locations in NYC, etc. Through Google Maps, you can see what it looks like now. Leo Tolstoy: All great literature is one of two stories: A man goes on a journey or... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 9, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
Just found this PDF publication from the Rockford 100th anniversary event where I spoke. (It's on page 9 and copied below) This was from an interview done after the event and summarizes some of my comments about how does a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
FloatingSheep, a fun geography blog, looks at the beer belly of America. One maps shows total number of bars, but the interesting map is the one above. Red dots represent locations where there are more bars than grocery stores, based... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 8, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
The MPs were kind to Professor Phil Jones. During its hearings, the Commons science and technology committee didn't even ask the man at the centre of the hacked climate emails crisis about the central charge he faces: that he urged... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 7, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
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via www.aolnews.com Reminds me of the notion from G. K. Chesterton that "That Jones shall worship the "god within him" turns out ultimately to mean that Jones shall worship Jones." Or Chopra - if in fact he actually is asserting... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 7, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
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via www.telegraph.co.uk Reminds me of the line: they've finally found the missing link between apes and civilized man. It's us. Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 3, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
If you want the last lesson of politics, it is if you forget the far-off things, your sons and grandsons will remember them and rise up against you. G. K. Chesterton My question is, is the current generation now rebelling... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
This year, the system will pay out more in benefits than it receives in payroll taxes, an important threshold it was not expected to cross until at least 2016, according to the Congressional Budget Office. via www.nytimes.com That's OK, I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Tuesday night offered an amendment that would require the president, vice-president, members of Congress, political appointees and congressional staff to get their federal health benefits through the soon-to-be-created health insurance exchanges. via www.washingtonexaminer.com Of all the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
One science professor achieved minor YouTube fame recently when a video surfaced showing him freezing a student's laptop in liquid nitrogen, then smashing it on the floor. The professor commanded: "Don't bring laptops and work on them in class!" (I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
Scientists find how relaxed minds remember better | Reuters So what I want to know is where did they find enough people feeling relaxed in 2010? Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
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via pewresearch.org Wordles are great because they give a snapshot of words being used to describe something, in this case Congress. The bad news is that there's only one good word there, oddly enough, the word Good. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at David Zach, futurist
On God and Santa Claus Saw the article about people thinking that the new healthcare thingie is gonna be like Christmas. http://goo.gl/idhBReminded me of this favorite thought from P.J. O'Rourke's book Parliament of Whores: I have only one firm belief... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2010 at David Zach, futurist