Albert relaxes at a workstation.

No cord-cutting in this post.

I was messing around on our office computer, when who should appear in front of my screen but Albert, our neighbor’s friendly cat. He apparently got cabin fever on this snowy day and felt like visiting a different cabin (ours). I brought up his favorite tag on this site.

As you may recall, Albert (a “tuxedo” cat) was named after Al’s Formal Wear in Tulsa. Here is a photo of “Weird Al” posing at that establishment last year.

Someday we’ll have to get Albert a top hat, cane, and monocle to complete his ensemble.

Us 3 weeks ago in Cozumel, Mexico. This morning in Tulsa, it is 8º F.

With no home theater available, I read ebooks during our cruise. Checked them out from the Tulsa library (where I volunteer 2 hours/week) and loaded them to both my rooted wifi-only smartphone and my 1st generation Nook reader. I read from the Nook during the day, the phone at night. While reading on one device, the other was charging. I also set up Gaye’s Galaxy Note II “phablet” and Nexus 7 tablet with books and magazines from the library. Saves a lot of weight in your suitcases.

My vacation reading list (I keep a virtual bookshelf on LibraryThing):

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (2006)
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink (2011)
A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher) by Lee Child (2013)
Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin (2013)
Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet by John Bradshaw (2014)
Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen (2007)
Stormy Weather by Carl Hiaasen (2001)
Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson (2012)

We also worked out every day, went on excursions like the above snorkeling trip, and a jeep tour of Cozumel (Gaye drove stick shift), relaxed on the beach and ship with tropical beverages.

I’m stuck indoors today with single-digit temperatures outside, reading the first Jack Reacher novel, Killing Floor, listening to Tiki music on Pandora, and drinking coffee.

Take me back to Cozumel, it’s freezing here!

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Are we there yet?

Ray Kurzweil is the inventor of the flatbed scanner and electronic keyboard instruments, cofounder of Singularity University, director of engineering at Google, and futurist.

Here is Kurzweil’s recent summary of what our future will be like, with my own futuristic thoughts appended:

  • Our brains will extend to the cloud, which will allow us to learn new things at any age.

    -You’ll have to pay to avoid product placement in your new memories.

  • We will be able to selectively erase pieces of our memory.

    “Do these jeans make me look fat?”
    -“Who are you?”

  • We’ll be in augmented reality at all times.

    -What kind of joint is this, man?

    -It’s a heavy-duty joint, man.

    -It looks like a toothpick, man.

    -No, it’s not a toothpick, man.

    -It is a toothpick, man.

    -No, man, it’s just…

    -It is a toothpick.

    (“Up In Smoke”)

  • By 2029, machines will be able to match the intelligence of humans, and they’ll be able to make us laugh and cry.

    -Each will be equipped with laughing gas/tear gas canisters.

  • Around the 2030s, tiny “nanobots” able to repair and preserve our organs will keep us healthier and smarter.

    -People will be standing in line all night to get the latest upgrades. Those who miss out will suffer from organ-tuning ‘bot envy.

  • 3D printing will be even more common than it is today, with public 3D printing stations for people to print out clothes, toys, and anything else.

    -Will add a whole new dimension to butt-scanning.

  • Within 25 years, computers will be the size of a blood cell and we’ll be able to connect it to the brain without the need for surgery.

    -We’ll need tiny tweezers to operate our smartphones.

  • Society will reach a state of “technological singularity” in 2045 where technology enables superhuman machine intelligences to emerge and people and machines become deeply integrated.

    -Become one with your smart TV!