Monday, December 31, 2018

MWGIC EP-00084: Goodbye 2018 And Happy New Year 2019 - Dan's Geek & Tech Predictions

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Show Notes:

Geek Goodbyes In 2018:

Dan's Geek & Tech Predictions For 2019:

  • Multiple companies will launch Low-Earth-Orbit broadband internet satellites by the end of the year, and SpaceX will lead. It will be the beginning of an internet revolution as big as the change from dial-up to broadband,  resulting in ubiquitous cheap global gigabit internet access within ten years.
  • Mobile 5G technology will begin rolling out in earnest, and by the end of the year large metro markets will have some coverage - and even a few phones that can use it.
  • Cable internet provider companies will be talking about major rate reductions and trying to sugar-coat crappy customer service by the end of the year due to the above two stories. The level of dispicableness they have maintained for so long will see people eagerly awaiting leaving them for satellite and mobile competitors - but the competing networks will need about two additional years to really begin replacing cable internet in earnest.
  • Carte-blanche virtual content marketplaces will begin and start proliferating.
  • Empty big-box store buildings will become data center assets due to available power drops, large flat roofs ideal for solar power and cooling plant, ample room in empty garden centers for emergency generators, pre-existing loading docks, ample parking space for technicians and installers, and massive available floor space, and their location in areas with a low cost-of-living and low-cost real estate. Look to see dead Sears, Kmart, and Walmart stores filling up with co-location cages, servers, routers, fiber optics, and both mobile and satellite internet links.
  • Someone in the Marvel Universe will fry Thanos, grab the Infinity Glove, and restore half the universe's Marvel characters. Probably Star Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy by a freak accident aided by the Norse God of sheer Dumb Luck.
  • Processor power will begin increasing in earnest again toward the end of the year as stacked 10nm chips are combined with new materials that run cooler than existing silicon come on market.

Happy New Year, and welcome 2019!


Sunday, December 23, 2018

MWGIC EP-00083: Merry Christmas And Happy New Year From Midwestern Geek In Cali!

Show Notes:

Christmas Comet 46P On

The Electric Elf: 

'Twas the night before Christmas, 
And all through the house, 
The parents were scrambling, 
Because the twinkle lights were out! 

'Twas the night before Christmas and no one slept a wink, 
Where are those spare Christmas bulbs, 
Oh please help me think, 
Before I call a Christmas shrink! 

'Twas the night before Christmas and I keeled over in bed, 
As my wife and I looked at the clock in dread, 
I set the alarm for six when the clock said four thirty, 
So don't blame Mrs. Claus if Santa is surly! 

The bells just rang without moving the sleigh, 
Oh, my goodness, it's Christmas Day! 

I hopped in my suit and a candle I lit, 
I ran down the stairs and I stared like a twit, 
For just at the tree was an incredible sight, 
There was a Neon Elf with a spare Christmas light! 

Yes, the stockings were twinkling, 
The tree was ablaze with blinking, 
The windows were glowing, 
Outside it was even now snowing! 

I shook and I sputtered, 
I think I must have quite stuttered, 
As I thanked him and all his ilk, 
I even handed over Santa's left over cookies and milk! 

Well, he winked, 
I swear his eyes blinked, 
And quicker than you could say Blitzen, 
Up the chimney that Electric Elf was splittin', 
A whoosh I heard and I saw a cloud of soot, 
The last thing to go was a lighted Kid Nike foot! 

Then I heard giggles from the top of the stairs, 
I hurried and emptied my bag of merchants' wares, 
The tinsel tree was glowing just bright as could be, 
Lit by the now fixed cloured light rotisserie, 
And down the stairs came my little kids, 
When they saw all the lights they quite flipped their lids! 

Soon Mrs. Santa arrived and all was Christmas glee, 
As little Whosits tore paper up under the tree, 
And that's when I thanked my lucky stars, 
Mrs. Santa's from Venus, 
But that Electric Elf left toy light up cars! 


By: Daniel A. Stafford 
(C) 11/16/2001 

Author's Comments: 
I know it's a bit early, but the Muse' gifts 
are given when She's ready, so here we are. 
(PS: The spell checker wanted to replace Blitzen - with "blitzed"!) *LOL* 

The Official NORAD Santa Tracker:

Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa?

The History of Christmas Trees:

Some Of Dan's Christmas Art:

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year To All!