9 Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime…….

Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come. 1. The Post Office. Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. e-mail, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills. 2. The Check. Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business. 3. The Newspaper. The younger generation simply doesn’t read the newspaper. They certainly don’t subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services. 4. The Book. You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music fromiTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can’t wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you’re holding a gadget instead of a book. 5. The Land Line Telephone. Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don’t need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they’ve always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes. 6. Music. This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It’s because innovative new music isn’t being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is “catalog items,” meaning traditional music that the public has heard for years, from older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, “Appetite for Self-Destruction” by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, “Before the Music Dies.”

Not just because of the economy. movies. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. And some new artists are turning to nontraditional sources to get their music out. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix. or open up a CD case and pull out the insert. There are cameras on the street. It’s time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. It’s been gone for a long time anyway. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically. And “They” will try to get you to buy something else. Your software is on a CD or DVD. Ref: http://xenohistorian. 9.” That means that when you turn on a computer. and documents. and even built into your computer and cell phone. Windows. That’s gone. Privacy. Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives. “Things” That You Own. Microsoft. However. like YouTube. your habit is put into a zillion profiles. So. and you can always re-install it if need be.com/2011/03/11/9-things-that-will-disappear-in-our-lifetime/ . And they’re playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. In this virtual world. it will be saved to the cloud.” Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures. the University of Kentucky has two radio stations playing artists you don’t hear elsewhere. you can access your music or your books. and your ads will change to reflect those habits. If you click an icon. “They” know who you are and where you are. Did you hear how the band Journey picked up a new member that way. But all of that is changing. music. will you actually own any of this “stuff” or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big “Poof?” Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album. Again and again. If you buy something. Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. That’s the good news. and that gives me a spark of hope. right down to the GPS coordinates. and Google are all finishing up their latest “cloud services.wordpress. and the Google Street View. But you can be sure that 24/7. and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. but we may not actually own them in the future. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider. Television. But. grab a book from the shelf. the Internet will be built into the operating system. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. in most of the buildings. or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. Apple. it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something. Google.(Unquote: No wonder my home town doesn’t have a top 40 station. I say good riddance to most of it. 8. out of a slum in the Philippines?) 7. it would be privacy. They may simply reside in “the cloud.

2. they were evacuated as recently as 2000. Here are 12 remarkable locations in which people once lived (and some still do). This is mainly due to a pension provided by scientists studying the debilitating effects of the environment. from Cloud City to Bartertown. Neft Daslari . they make alien societies seem ordinary. 1. these will probably be the only people left alive. citizens moved back. Izu Islands Off the coast of Japan lies a series of volcanic islands. despite having to wear gas masks for most of their day.12 bizarre real-life places that are stranger than science fiction Science fiction is home to some fantastic societies. But you doesn't have to leave reality for this—our own world has places so abnormal. Due to the air being full of sulphur. However. When the alien zombie virus hits Earth.

3. Located in Azerbaijan. except it's not called "Oil World" and it doesn't go on forever.Neft Daslari is a functional city built 34 miles from the nearest shore. It kind of resembles one of those apocalyptic Kevin Costner films. Sedlec Ossuary . the town began as an oil platform before growing into the sprawling megaplex it is today.

000 years.One of the creepiest places on Earth. a man was hired to arrange the bones. the church eventually found itself with a bone storage problem. and he made the whole thing look like the love child of LEGOs and death metal. A popular burial site for nearly 1. Coober Pedy . Sedlec Ossuary is a Roman Catholic chapel in the Czech Republic. In 1870. 4.

when sinkholes forced a near-total evacuation (probably because drunk people kept trying to pee on the fire). This town is our first warning system against an invasion of Mole People. Attractions include subterranean chapels. It has been burning steadily ever since. a huge underground coal deposit ignited beneath the town of Centralia. Pennsylvania In 1962. Centralia. a metal tree and a golf course open only at night. . (More great pics here.Temperatures in this Australian mining town reach well into broiling. Still. the hearty town residents stuck around until 1981.) 5. so the opal miners who live there have built most of their town underground. Pa.

Barcelona Supercomputing Center . Gate Tower Building It's funny how something as boring as zoning regulations could lead to one of the most exciting office buildings on the planet. otherwise the entire building would be constanty vibrating. A conflict between highway builders and skyscraper builders led to a unique compromise and an eye-popping piece of architecture. Building employees are encouraged not to spit out the window. 7. The highway is completely separated from the tower.6.

Spain. 9.Inside a spectacular Spanish church sits an enormous glass box. We argued against this. as plans call for similar towns themed after Sweden. The public research center provides invaluable data to the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. traditional Chinese. This is just the start. 6 from The Prisoner. 8. insisting the computer would become sentient and attempt to start a brutal religious regime. That's a lot of different places to stash No. is a quaint-yet-fully-functional re-creation of a classic English market town. German. Holland. China. Inside that glass box is one of the world's fastest supercomputers. Thames Town Nestled near Shanghai. the United States and an ecologically-themed town. Manshiyat Naser . Italy.

Linfen Originally nicknamed "the modern fruit and flower town. Temple of the Rats . which means citizens no longer have to wear black every day. Karni Mata. 10. too. The bustling area has shops.On the edge of Cairo lies a community whose entire economic system centers around collecting and sorting garbage. Before reform." this Chinese city was home to the worst pollution of any metropolis on Earth. 11. We're also guessing it probably has some of the largest homemade forts in the Middle East. belching coal plants continuously choked out the sun and citizens often had difficulty seeing their own hands. houses and even the largest church in the Middle East. A crackdown on pollution and a switch to natural gas has resulted in dramatic improvements to air quality.

As such.php . probably because shoes are the rat's natural arch-nemesis.This Indian temple is home to the belief that reincarnation occurs as a rat. Kowloon Walled City Due to an invasion by squatters. 12. Ref: http://blastr. the lack of building codes created haphazard structures never seen before. The sun never touched many of the narrow streets until the city was demolished in 1994. lawmakers turned a blind eye to this section of China from 1947 until 1973. thousands of rats roam freely among worshippers. This was as close to lawlessness as non-celebrities could ever get. Notorious for being completely run by gangs. Being barefoot is a must.com/2011/01/12-bizarre-real-life-plac.