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Wednesday, December 31, 2014


I have had three "Shape of Things to Come" postings in the past:
  • 29July2009:  I was mostly right
  • 1January2011:  I was 100% or so right
  • 31December2012:  Worth your click, for I predict what should happen by 2020.  I even, then, suggested that the U.S. would again become the #1 oil producer and a scenario whereby petroleum can drop to $35/barrel.
Here is a beginning excerpt from that 2012 version:

This time, I'll tell you what to expect over the next eight years, to the year I want to survive:  2020.  My version is not as expansive as H.G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come, which predicted the next 173 years from 1933 when he published the book.  There was an interesting, maybe even gripping, 1936 film (yes, this is the whole 96 minute movie) starring Raymond Massey, beginning with a Christmas Noel.

I might add that Rotten Tomatoes reviewers gave the movie a 92% rating, but only 55% liked it.

So this year, I will indicate what will happen in the Year 2015.  These are not really predictions, for most of the events mentioned are already scheduled to occur:
  • January 1:  On New Year's Day, the first College Football National Championship Playoffs will occur, all on ESPN:
    • Rose Bowl (5PM), Florida State vs Oregon / Sugar Bowl (8:30PM), Ohio State vs Alabama
  • Janury 12:  Monday, at 8:30 PM (ET)  at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the winners will play for the national championship:
    • Tickets can still be bought:
      • Parking starts at $46 and goes up to $546, and will not get you in to see the game
      • Cheapest and junk seats start at $585
      • 50 yard line:  $5096
      • Note how $$$s run the show.  Dr. Pepper is providing up to $35 million per year for this trophy-linkage privilege.  But that's almost nothing.  ESPN is paying $7.3 billion over the next 12 years to annually telecast four major bowl games, the two semifinals and championship.
  • January 1:  Lithuania will adopt the Euro and become the 19th Eurozone country.
  • February 1:  Katy Perry will be the Super Bowl XLIX (49th) half-time show (Sunday at 6:30 ET) in the University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona on NBC.  Maybe not so seriously, Weird Al Yankovic was a finalist.  
    •  I pretty much watch the entire program, but mostly for the commercials. 

      • You can bet Anheuser-Busch will be prominent
      • Doritos, which is owned by Pepsi, will again show public submitted ads
      • The fourth Jurassic film will be featured, Jurassic World (this is the trailer)

      • GoDaddy will have Buddy (a golden retriever puppy) and Danica Patrick
This is taking too long, for here I am only at 1February2015, so I'll present the rest of 2015 tomorrow.  Happy New Year's Eve, with this incredible photo from Sydney, which is already into New Year 2015:


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