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Hey there! Welcome to the newest issue of TimeMachiner. For those of you who are new here, thanks for giving me space in your inbox. 🙌🏻
The past week has been the start of what many call "Techtober" even though we're still in September. What this made up word means is we have now entered the season of companies rolling out new products and software to lock in their holiday lineups.
Apple and Samsung have held their events (with more to come from Cupertino) and the battle of "this year's best phone" is already happening. For most of us, this is all noise. Technology advances in such an incremental way, the days of major "wow" news from any company is few and far between. We are in some weird annual cycle of refreshes that have taken some of the fun out of new "things" for us to enjoy. I was even talking to a friend about this last week and I wish we would get updates in a more random fashion. Software that takes 18 or 24 months to come out. Or revisions to phones or computers whenever they are ready.
The video game industry follows this with new hardware coming out only once every 7+ years with a few small tweaks along the way. But consoles last for "generations" and it is always exciting to see what is new. Perhaps other industries could learn something from seeing that excitement that is gone from what they're doing.
In other news, I finished Star Trek: Strange New Worlds a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing! The final episode was spectacular and got me to delve a bit into classic "TOS" Trek with Kirk and the original crew. I won't spoil anything, but if you want fantastic Star Trek, SNW is surely a fantastic one.
Finally on the book front, I tried about five times to get into Max Gladstone's "Last Exit" but it wasn't doing it for me. So back to the library it went. This is what I love about the library, especially for the Kindle or other ereaders. You can borrow, renew, and return without ever needing to go to the physical library. The resource is truly a benefit for all. So, now I'm fully-immersed in Elliott Wink's "After IO" which is a fun space thriller / mystery. I have only had the book for a few days and the first third has gone by super quick. I can't wait to see how it turns out.
Here's today's Random Factoid: Camels store water in their bloodstream, not their hump which is fatty tissue. Source
Poll of the week
Last week's results:
Would you rather speak all languages or speak to animals?
Unlike last time, there are no ties this time around! Speaking all languages would certainly go far in the modern connected society in which we all live. While I would want to know what animals are thinking, I do think being able to converse with everyone out there without practice would be super awesome.
Which invention from the following list would you eliminate forever from the present, past, and future?
Results will be posted in the next newsletter.
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