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January 19, 2010


Kerry Clare

I love that no one ever thought that there might be a vision phone you could take with you. Ursula Leguin mentions something similar in a recent interview in Room magazine-- that characters in old sci-fi books would seek out amazing payphones with screens built in, but nobody ever envisaged a world without payphones at all.

Tonya Harmon

How funny to read this now. In 1972 I remember imagining that one day travel would be by magnets - you would get on and off a track and be pulled along by magnetic forces.

I also came up with the idea of hot and cold water pills - just plop one in a cup and you would have instant hot or cold water.

And band aids of different skin colors. That one was invented years later.


I remember reading that comment, too, K. Wasn't she talking about the payphones in Blade Runner?

Well there's your next next business, T. Those hot and cold water pills.

I once thought I invented the dishwasher. Only it already existed. I just didn't know about it.

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