SUNSHINE65   67,465
60,000-79,999 SparkPoints
SUNSHINE65's Recent Blog Entries

Predicting the Future

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

"Who in their right mind would ever need more than 640k of ram!?" -- Bill Gates, 1981

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." -- Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." -- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year." -- The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957

"But what ... is it good for?" -- Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." -- Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." -- Western Union internal memo, 1876.

"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" -- David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.

"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible." -- A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" --H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.

"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper." --Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone With The Wind."

"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make." -- Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies.

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." -- Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." -- Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895. 

"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy." -- Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.

"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." -- Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.

"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." -- Marecha Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre. 

"Everything that can be invented has been invented." -- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899. 

"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction". -- Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872

"The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon". -- Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CJSARGENT1 8/23/2012 9:59AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
NAYPOOIE 8/22/2012 3:35PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
MISSDAISY23 8/22/2012 3:07PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALICERIEGER 8/22/2012 9:30AM

    It just proves no one can see the future.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ILOVETOCRUISE 8/22/2012 8:01AM

    These are emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
COACHPENNY 8/22/2012 7:37AM


"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper." --Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone With The Wind."

Gary Cooper would have made a poor scoundrel.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Paul Ryan's Grand Vision

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

REVASEAN 8/27/2012 6:30PM

    I'm pleased to have read this article, thank you.

I suspect our country's problems stem from a public that does not read and gets information from the nightly news on cable or from any radio station that corroborates their view.

Living in DC as I do, I can easily get the gist of potential laws that affect me. Every trade association has a person in charge of following Congress and the state legislatures as well. One can easily see the self interest (of the various
industries etc ).

So I'm confused by GMFAY33's comment about quotes. To me the Time article mirrors what the NY Times columnists and the Washington Post's columnists as well, have been saying for months. The Financial Times,. an English paper, again the same. Some columnists have been very harsh about the extreme lack of detail in the budget.

In any event, we are here to lose some weight. So my fellow sparklers I hope this week brings the results we are striving for.
reva emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GGMFAY 8/22/2012 1:43PM

    I don't know if political blogs are appropiate here. What I have gotten from this article in Time Magazine shows me why the magazine is losing it's popularity. I won't point out the twists and misquotes, I don't think you would believe me anyway.

Report Inappropriate Comment
IDLETYME 8/22/2012 1:31PM

    Very interesting article. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
COACHPENNY 8/22/2012 7:34AM

    I couldn't agree more.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Neonatal department

Monday, August 20, 2012

I was the nurse caring for a couple's newborn first child, a son, after his cesarean birth. Since the mother was asleep under general anesthesia we took our tiny charge directly to the newborn nursery to introduce him to his daddy. While cuddling his son for the first time, he noticed the baby's ears conspicuously standing out from his head. He expressed his concern that some kids might call his son names like "Dumbo." The pediatrician reassured the new dad that his son was healthy, the ears could be easily corrected later during childhood.

The father still worried about his wife's reaction to those large protruding ears. "She doesn't take things as easily as I do," he worried.

By this time, the new mother was ready to meet her precious son. I placed the tiny bundle in his mother's arms and eased the blanket back so that she could gaze upon her child for the first time.

She took one look at her baby's face and looked to her husband and gasped, "Oh, Honey! Look! He has your ears!"

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ALICERIEGER 8/21/2012 4:30PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
MISSDAISY23 8/21/2012 1:37PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
KAURAKITTEN 8/21/2012 12:44PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
NAYPOOIE 8/21/2012 12:23PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
COACHPENNY 8/21/2012 8:26AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
123ELAINE456 8/21/2012 7:38AM

  Love it. Very funny. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KDAILEY70 8/21/2012 12:01AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
NANCYRUBIO 8/20/2012 11:38PM

    That is so funny! Thanks for relating us! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SANFORMRN 8/20/2012 11:36PM

  I LUV it!

Report Inappropriate Comment

My Husband was seen with another woman...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ladies, you have got to read this blog! It is so great and so funny!

Okay, you guys can laugh too.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MISSDAISY23 8/19/2012 7:26PM

    emoticon story!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNSHINEGB 8/19/2012 5:03PM

    I loved it, thanks for pointing us to this blog!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JTREMBATH 8/19/2012 3:32PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRFUZZ 8/19/2012 3:03PM

    Read it yesterday! Still love it! So awesome!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRANNYQUINN 8/19/2012 12:38PM

    Very Good!

Report Inappropriate Comment
AQUAGIRL08 8/19/2012 12:09PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
ATLTRAINR 8/19/2012 7:19AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
COACHPENNY 8/19/2012 4:43AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
EBONYSOL 8/19/2012 3:47AM

    Good one!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ZAHNASGRANDMA 8/19/2012 3:37AM

    Loved it

Report Inappropriate Comment
MI-ELLKAYBEE 8/19/2012 3:29AM

    emoticon what a great story!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Please listen, Folks!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Love you all,

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUNSHINE65 8/21/2012 10:43PM

    I feel like this is a life or death situation for us seniors. If the Supreme Court decides this election like they did before, or if the uninformed vote against their own best interest, and not enough people turn out to vote for the Congressmen who will put their constituents before big money, our goose is cooked. This is not politics, this is survival! I can talk about my greatest fears here, because I understand that it's my blog.
Good luck in all you do.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BAYBERRYBEAR 8/21/2012 10:29PM

    Coming here was the only place on the internet....or in life, these days, where politics were left out.

Comment edited on: 8/21/2012 10:30:04 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
RAWHIDE64 8/20/2012 9:39PM

    This is what you put on my Spark Page: "Guess it really is scary to me that you didn't hear anything! This is a real crisis that is set to end my medicare and social security! If you don't care about your self and your old folks, nor your children...who do you care for? Your vote will decide whether this country goes to the corporatists or to you and I. Ponder!"

My blogs and my page pretty much tell who I am. What they don't say is that I am an Independent and my thinking is pretty well unbiased by party politics. I do ponder, I do read a lot, and I think for myself. I respect what SP is trying do do on this site and try to be a positive influence on other member's lives.

What I don't do is let a political party tell me what to think. What I don't do is go on a team members Spark Page and put them down. I respect other people's opinions and while I may not agree with them I treat them with respect and civility.

Finally, I feel that blogs of this nature should be where all discussion of the topic should remain as this is the only place SP allows political discussion. As you said to me, Ponder!


Report Inappropriate Comment
RAWHIDE64 8/19/2012 4:33PM

    I'm listening but you didn't say anything.

Comment edited on: 8/19/2012 4:34:38 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
ATLTRAINR 8/19/2012 7:22AM

    Sorry - have to strongly disagree!

Report Inappropriate Comment
READE2MOVE2012 8/18/2012 6:22PM

  We are definitely on the same mind thought

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 Last Page