How much has where you grew up determined your personality? How important is location? Those who grew up in New Zealand, how much has its culture and limitations shaped you? Children of expats, how did having expat parents influence you? Any Americans in NZ want to tell me why they are raising their children there? [more inside]
I'm in a relationship but unhappy where I live and planning to move. My boyfriend may not wind up joining me. Is it better to cut off the relationship or pursue a long distance relationship again for a little while? [more inside]
Are there any metals or minerals, especially ones essential to some vital industry, that are in danger or becoming "extinct"? [more inside]
What can I do to feel more positive and confident while riding out uncertaintiy in "transitional" phases of my life?
What can I do to feel more positive and confident while riding out uncertaintiy in "transitional" phases of my life? [more inside]
Is there a better word for this notion than "futurism?" [more inside]
Can anyone identify these cartoons? One about two poor kids who dream of a world made of food, then wake up to a feast in their kitchen. Another about a young couple at a future world/technology expo where they see instant houses, get groomed by robots, and ballroom dance? [more inside]
Can I help my 19yr old brother with little hope for his future? [more inside]
Please point me to some examples of people/characters imploring their future selves not to forget, diminish, or dismiss the experiences of the present self. [more inside]
What (if anything) is the value of an MBA in today's market? [more inside]
How do I pick a major? Work I love, classes I love, or a subject I love? [more inside]
I'm looking for predictions of near future technology made by people who are actually working on that technology and have the funding to make it happen. [more inside]
(Relationship Filter) What's a rational, fair, and non-dramatic way to deal with mixed signals from your significant other? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples where people invest work in projects that they know they will never live to partake in the outcome. [more inside]
How do I go about telling my girlfriend I want to be a father? This makes me nervous, since I don't think she wants to be be a mother and life-goal conflicts like this are pretty big when talking about relationships. [more inside]
Discovered recently that my wife is expecting our second child - mixed feelings are overwhelming me - practical solutions? [more inside]
I am looking for a quote I once read about the decline of nations/empires. I think the quote was specifically referencing the Roman Empire and said something to the effect of when a nation starts putting the current generation ahead of the unborn generation, that's when it falls. [more inside]
How did you propose to the man, or woman, you loved? Did it work? [more inside]
I never think about the future. Is this strange? Should I? [more inside]
We're on the cusp of 2009 and I want to start living like George Jetson. What are some of the things around your house/office that make you feel like you are living in the future? What are some of new technologies in development that I can look forward to?
Zeitgeist: the movies versus the movement... objective thoughts? [more inside]
ID That Story: novel (novella? short story?) in which a man is standing in line. Pretty much the entire story is his experience while waiting in line. It's a future/dystopia story. The man is waiting in line to make a complaint. He falls in love with the girl in front of him, though she's not allowed to turn and look at him. It's a parable about overpopulation. It was probably written in the 60s or 70s. That's all I remember.
This spring I will be finished with my second Master's degree. I've been at my current job for almost three years and while I enjoy it immensely, I am wondering about other opportunities that having two graduate degrees might open up for me. Am hoping to obtain answers especially from individuals who have multiple degrees and have gone into somewhat different career paths. [more inside]
I LOVE Brainstorming. How can I do more of it? [more inside]
I need suggestions for a message to a one-year-old to be opened on his 10th birthday. [more inside]
Short Story Askme: I read a short dystopian story many years ago set in a run-down, post apocalyptic future. A queue of people line up on a street to spit at a painting. The painting represents all the problems of the past. It is implied that the painting is The Mona Lisa. What is the story?
Question about WordPress, IE, and peculiar "no posts matched your criteria" errors. [more inside]
i want to live/work with indigenous peoples in the amazon, write literature, and honor my immigrant parents by avoiding a hedonistic/freewheeling lifestyle. how do i do all these things? [more inside]
What things could one person do now to best progress human civilization in the long term (ie, millions of years)? [more inside]
Watershed moment or wishful thinking? : 26 year old father considers future life. Looking to the hive mind for direction. [more inside]
A good friend of mine just took his own life. That's not what this question is about...it's more about direction. This is long, so bear with me. [more inside]
Grammar Filter: what is the English equivalent to the "Double Future Tense"? [more inside]
Please help me out with my doomsday anxiety. I need some respected, rational, realistic stuff to read about economy, oil, food, etc. in the near future and beyond. [more inside]
What looks, uh, the least bad on a transcript - a C or a D w/ an A or B as a repeat grade? [more inside]
Optimism Filter: What individuals, groups or publications are thinking innovatively about the future of our planet and how to get there? [more inside]
I tire of the summer hiatus from academia. I live with a very strong work ethic and moral sense of duty that causes me a sort of existential crisis when my life seems to be put on hold. This feeling cannot be ignored, and cannot (seem to) be reconciled. Do you have similar experiences? I'd love to hear stories... [more inside]
To what extent could sleeping with my ex-girlfriend, who is now very firmly just a friend, jeopardize the acceptability/reasonability of said relationship to any future potential girlfriends? [more inside]
Newspapers and media: the sky is falling, the bowl is being circled. What can we do about it? Your best suggestions please. [more inside]
Looking for books that take a philosophical look at the origin of the universe and where mankind is heading (among other things)
Why are we here? What started it all? What is the purpose of life? Where is technology taking us? What will happen to humans eventually? I'm looking for books that discuss the above questions. I don't want the readings to be too dry and textbook like. Thanks a bunch.
Aumented Realityfilter- Please, Me-Fites give me your examples of films/video clips of humans with built-in H.U.D.s...? [more inside]
What literature anticipated future trends, but does not have a causal link? What did the literature anticipate? I'm thinking of 1984/USA politics and Neuromancer/Internet I'm looking for some good reading material about this subject; therefore, I'm looking for these literary instances, or even books based on this subject--including reference material, or websites.
What is it called when you can't imagine the past or the future? [more inside]
How can I get wordpress to show a post as though it had been published in the future? [more inside]
US Foreign Service filter: What's it like to leave school and future career to become a trailing male spouse? [more inside]
On the way to Henry's Market to buy the avocados for guacamole, I was listening to a story on NPR about the automobile industry's unwillingness to adopt stricter mileage standards at a time when gas is $100 a barrell yadda yadda. There are plenty of examples of companies that are unwilling to adapt their business practices in changing times, like the recording industry's fiasco with peer2peer file sharing and drug companies' ip battles. I imagine three hundred years in the future we will all be driving our garbage-powered plastic flying cars (or working at home) looking back on the time when oil was this hypervalued commodity and people were willing to kill other people over it and we will think how sad a time that was. My question, then: Are there examples from the past of companies or whole industries that used to be in a situation similar to oil, big pharma, RIAA, etc. that are now less causing of worry among the general public than they used to be? My roommate suggested railroads, and that makes sense to me. Any other examples?
Should I buy a house? This one? Now? (Sticky family and personal issues involved.) [more inside]
What kinds of high-technology things exist now but will only come to light 50 or 100 years from now? Speculative, but asking for concrete answers. [more inside]
I am searching for examples of The Infinite, or the immeasurably large, in our mythologies and archetypes. I am also interested in the categories of Truth which came out of the emergence of Western, ontological thought. Does the trust in a rationally conceivable reality deny us the infinity of the mythological realm? By rooting ourselves in the present, and denying atemporal mythologies, do we also deny the infinite origins from where we came? [more inside]
If the world were your oyster, where would you go? [more inside]
Is Resfest coming back?? If not, what else is most like it (that has dates in NYC)? [more inside]
Where can I find the a photo of the Delorean from Back to the Future streaking off leaving a trail of flames behind it (and preferably with Dr. Emmett Brown standing behind looking dumbfounded)? [more inside]