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One day…

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…there will only be one copy of each individual version of a given piece of (licensed) electronic information, whether it be a music track, television show, photo or other.

And one day, such data will always be accessible thanks to a revolution in information transmission, rendering local storage only as a failsafe or for when you make a conscious choice to ‘disconnect’.

One day!

Preparation club: Keep a semantic (tagged, keyworded, descriptive) log of what you like, but for the long term, don’t worry too much about the actual data. The material you are interested in will be available (legally) from someone somewhere…


Written by Oflife

August 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Why is this woman being vilified?

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It is evidence of how far along we have come that society now takes the corporate control of a natural (and healthier) lifestyle for granted, so when someone speaks out with some honest common sense, they are put down.

The problem is, not enough people took an interest in Science Fiction movies when young (it was uncool to be into such material back then), so missed out on some somewhat tacky but visionary analysis of where humanity was headed if it allowed large detached entities to gain control of our lives by proxy. In this case, outwardly appealing products that are marketed as a convenient alternative to nature’s offerings.

Enlightenment is priceless.

Fight back club: Follow your instincts.

Written by Oflife

August 4, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Posted in Capitalism, Health, Society

Crime in the UK

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Not soon after I arrived back in the UK from the US in 2000, I commented at the time that crime here appeared worse than the US, Internationally perceived to be a fairly lawless country. (I don’t include massacres, such as the one co-incidentally unfolding in Connecticut today). Ten years later, the media have finally cottoned on that it is so. Speaking from experience and observation, a decade later, it is indeed far worse here than the US, but the issue of concern is how the British react to crime, not simply the amount of crime, although the two are of course linked.

What is unsettling – and the direct opposite of how Americans (thankfully) react – is that the victim is normally blamed or it is suggested they ‘move on’ or ‘buy another one’ in the event of property crime.

When criminals are caught, the punishment is not enough to deter repeat offences or those who have yet to offend. But, until the coalition, it was even worse, you were more likely to be branded a criminal yourself for breaking a recently introduced speed limit of dubious intent than a bike thief was to be caught red handed by a policeman on the evening beat.

Fight back club: Hound* the police and media, and if possible, go after the criminal.

*That is what they are here for. To uphold freedom and the right to exist without fear or theft. “It’s my country, and I’ll dance if I want to! La la la la…”

Written by Oflife

August 3, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Posted in Crime, Society


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For quite a while now, Vision Aforethought has focused on some specific issues, with one or two technical comments thrown in on occasion. With the aim of this blog to achieve positive change through pro-active suggestion, (rather than to profit anyone, including the author), it may be appropriate to engage in some trumpet blowing through a look at how effective and/or accurate my ramblings have been to date:


  1. A government that trusts the people has been elected, and whilst not everyone will agree with all they are doing, the coalition have begun to undo a state of affairs that was very close to turning the United Kingdom into an inescapable dystopia
  2. Roadside CCTV cameras are now being disabled across the UK starting with Swindon where I challenged (successfully) the authorities whose excuse for imposing a ridiculous speed limit was so outrageous, you would not believe it – and now my home city Oxford has switched them all off too. Co-incidence?
  3. As suggested here over a year ago, Apple are gently merging OX and iOS. Watch what happens over the next 6-8 months – and start saving for your 21″ ‘iMac Touch’.
  4. Some (not all) rediculous health and safety laws are being repealed. Sadly, there are still more examples that stink of an accident lawyer/corporate controlled nation that is doing all it can to ensure our kids get fat and therefore rely upon a lifetime supply of insulin to remain alive – quite a lucrative industry we humans are!
  5. The DNA database is being repealed, although it has NOT been abandoned altogether. Related, the UK’s nasty ‘ContactPoint’ database of children is being switched off.
  6. ‘Lean over your electronic workspace because it is ergonomically more comfortable’ based productivity has been adopted enthusiastically by the success of the iPad – one is being used to type this (from a train). The form factor of the future is projected to sell 100 million units by 2012
  7. 3D in movies and TV was predicted on this blog to fail long term, and many agree. (The fact manufacturers are forcing it on us does not mean it is a viable technology.) This blog predicted that proper hologram like 3D is the way forward – and the Japanese are working on it! Imagine sitting around your coffee table watching a Holovision football game, tickling the players with your finger! “Hey. Roonie, get on ya!”
  8. Banks are being encouraged to support small business, a great way to create employment and future tax revenue (Midland Bank kick started my employer – thanks Mr. Olive!)
  9. Lazy hypercondriacs are being forced into work with a massive overhaul of the welfare system


  1. I thought it would be wise fort RIM (BlackBerry) to buy Palm to get their hands on WebOS and makeover the Blackberry’s lacklustre GUI. I believe their choice not to will prove damaging to RIM. Let’s see what HP do.
  2. The UK weather, like in several other countries, is becoming more tropical. That is, warm and moist with heavier rainfall – as predicted by scientists quite a while back. This blog predicted that Britons that didn’t like this change (if temperatures became unbarable) would emigrate to cooler climes. Problem is, things are warming up everywhere, so we will probably stay where we are and become a warm weather society! Siesta anyone?

Sadly, despite a swing to the positive recently, large corporations that have so much money they are able to bend the law, blackmail and distort the truth – and get away with it – still have too much power. And that is having devastating effects across the world. So, there is now going to be a race/war? between well meaning visionary industrialists to create a more pleasant sustainable future, and old school corporations that fail to adapt because they just don’t get it and/or just don’t care.

Fight back club: Dig deep*, smell the coffee – react accordingly.

*For information, not oil!

Written by Oflife

August 1, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Posted in Prediction

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