Planetary ProblemsIt was impossible to wash the stink of pollution off her surface, but she tried every date night. Earth was waiting on Pluto to arrive for dinner and a movie. She was always late because she insisted on living in the middle of nowhere. None of the other planet's approved of their relationship, seeing as Earth's inhabitants had removed Pluto from their planet list. Earth chuckled, accidentally creating an earthquake that destroyed a small island. They had no idea there were twenty nine official planets, Pluto included.
Pluto arrived, giving her a quick kiss that gave the American midwest a mid-summers freeze. "Ready?"
"Of course. I thought we could watch the polar bears tonight, I feel rather sorry for them." Earth said.
"Of course, I just... I thought we could talk about it first."
Earth sighed, sending an avalanche down onto some unlucky climbers. "Do we have to?"
"I want you to be my universe partner. I want dozens of little moons with you. I love you." Pluto
The Big DealIt's funny how things change.
I distinctly remember being impressed by teletext—being able to conjure news and weather information onto my big, chunky CRT TV at the press of a button—not realising that within a few years nearly everyone in the country would carry a device in their pocket that gave them access to the combined knowledge of nearly everyone in the world. And when I worked that job, selling these marvellous devices second hand—typically for less than the cost of a ticket to somewhere with better job prospects—little did I realise what would come next.
VR was a big deal at the time. AR would have been a big deal if more people had had any idea what it was. 4K sounded like a big deal, but in fact wouldn't become a big deal until everyone had an extraordinarily big TV. Essentially, for quite a while, there were a lot of two-letter gimmicks purporting to be a big deal. But the real Big Deal—the Big D