It's funny how many things that were once just science fiction are now actually reality...
Time travel is a reality - I have occasionally had to travel back in time in order to read code written by my predecessors. Plus, other days I sit down to start work in the morning, I blink my eyes, and suddenly one of the other developers is saying "So, what's for lunch boys and girls?"!
Alien life also exists. It has only been spotted occasionally, sometimes hiding at the back of the office fridge. (Meaning of course, if we happen to bring our own lunch to work, we have to be careful when reaching in to the fridge).
Also, some of the computers we use here are definitely self aware. They don't appreciate us using them so much and they are beginning to fight back. The production and traffic manager's computer is obviously one of them - her keyboard and mouse randomly stop working. Mine objects to being left on overnight - I come back in the morning and it's rebooted itself.
These things may be real, but I am glad that the 'technological singularity' is still science fiction - after all, it means I still have a job!
Ok, I'm off to find that parallel universe where our coffee machine is actually a tea machine.
Like it or not, I have decided to use this space for a shameless promotion of my home country, Slovakia. Recently, Lonely Planet ranked Slovakia in fifth place of the 10 best countries to visit in 2013. So with the holiday season just 7 weeks away, now it is the best time to tell you some interesting facts about Slovakia.
Slovakia is a car-lovers heaven. With more than 100 cars per 1000 people, Slovakia is the largest producer of automobiles per person. The inventor of the first parachute ever deployed was from Slovakia. He tested it in 1914 by jumping out of an airplane, and surviving! Women from Slovakia marry younger than women from any other country in the European Union. The average age of marriage is 24. (I guess at 30 years old it doesn't work for me! ) Andy Warhol's parents were from Slovakia. Easter Mondays are a young Slovak woman's worst nightmare. How would you feel being dragged outside your house, having a bucket of water thrown at you and whipped with willow branches?!
And we can go on and on…
In this blog, I have used the word Slovakia 9 times, so please don't ask me about Slovenia, because I don't know! If you want some tips of things to do in SLOVAKIA ask me or Dr Phil. He was there 3 times and still loves it.
Image source: Slovakia photo by Lubom