30 Day Challenge 23

Oh all right, PK, I’ll extend this little project to the 31st. :-) Actually, I never did the math to figure out when the thirty days would end — the 31st sounds like a dandy cutoff.

Today’s is a bit of a tuffy:

Day 23
Name one thing (either physical or abstract) you believe will be obsolete 10 years from now.

Gas-guzzling automobiles.

14 thoughts on “30 Day Challenge 23

  1. Meg's Mom

    1. cursive writing for young people…

    It’s not a tested skill so there is very little focus on it.

    2. long division by hand…

    It will go the way of the slide rule. Calculators are replacing basic computational skills. I don’t agree with it, but it’s a reality unfortunately.

    3. the ability to read a map…

    Why would you when your GPS will do it for you?

    4. thinking???? (Did I really say that?)

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      #1 — I have spoken with students on that very issue! Many of them confess to being UNABLE to write in cursive. They don’t see the point. I think they’re missing out on a crucial skill for reading, directional flow and other fine motor and cognitive skills.

      Remember when we got penmanship grades? I remember getting a D in it in 2nd grade, and my horrified mom making me sit at the kitchen table and practice until it improved. Totally worth it.

      Hey, it’s your last day with kids!

  2. PKPudlin

    Wires. (Telephone wires, computer wires, etc.) We won’t need wires because of ‘cloud’ computing and wireless connectivity.

    That means I won’t have a mound of spaghetti behind my desk. Yay.


  3. BoomR

    Compact Discs, DVDs, and other sorts of optical media. I think the next version of Mac OS (“Lion”) is only going to be available as a digital download.

    …so I guess I better hurry up & get my CD finished so I can sell a few of these dinosaurs, eh??

  4. Meg

    Manual labor. Soon I don’t think we will ever have to lift a finger if we don’t want to, even in our own home. We already have washers/driers, ovens, dishwashers, robot sweepers, etc. Before we know it *everything* will be manufactured by a robot and no human hands will be needed in the work place either. We will all just turn into even lazier bums. Wahoo!

  5. RD

    Maybe my 1997 Mercury Sable — just maybe :-)

    Maybe me, though I’m not making any plans for it.

    Invasive heart by-pass surgery. They’ll be doing it robotically and orthoscopically.

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Nah — your Sable will last forever, especially since you haven’t run the air conditioner since 1997. LOL

  6. Stein

    1. Rap Music

    2. Needing to seperate trash from recycling. I feel that these should and will be done automatically when brought to any center. (At least it should, as many people don’t feel the need to recycle.)

    3. Paper

    4. Enriched flour vs. whole wheat

  7. Suzanne

    I am thinking a PC–laptops and pads and whatever will be the norm. Was also thinking along the line of wires and being mostly wireless.

  8. Rat Fink Post author

    Totally agreed on all the communications comments — land lines most likely being the first to go.

    I don’t know about rap, Steinball. It’s a billion dollar industry (annually!), and has such deep ethnosocial and cultural roots, I predict that one day it will function as a stand-alone genre, like rock, country and classical, as opposed to an off-shoot of R & B. We’ll check back in 10 years, if I’m still alive. :P

    Meg, it just goes to show how everything old is new again. I remember in my childhood seeing demonstrations at department stores and on TV of how much tedious work a new appliance would save “weary housewives.” I remember when disposable diapers came along, and how thrilled everyone was that you no longer had to rinse cloth diapers in the john, then wash them, dry & fold them, only to do it all over again the next day. Now, many of these erstwhile conveniences have become commonplace necessities, and even viewed as evil and wasteful. Hence, there are folks who are getting away from all the machinations of life and going back to a simpler existence. It’s weird, and explains why people refer to life events as a “cycle,” ja?


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