Welcome to the tease stage of winter. A few days that make you think spring is here and then Mother Nature reaches deep into your chest and tears your heart out with a negative wind chill day. I can’t fix the weather. Call Al Gore if you want that kind of help.
Have all of you started to stake out your future hangouts in the “Metaverse?” This is hard for me to grasp but it’s going to be a real thing. I remember when I once saw a billboard with a worldwide web address at the bottom of the ad and I said something like “who the heck is going to try to get on the internet to look at a car?” I may have missed that one by a bit.
The Metaverse is real, and it is already in play for some. The best way I can understand it is that we will eventually have a life inside this computer world, basically, real life characters from the Sims. Instead of going to a concert at Sandstone (or whatever they call it now), you might have your avatar character go to the concert at the venue in the Metaverse, where you will never leave your home but still see a main event act through your avatar.
Yes, it is hard to get your thoughts around, but there are people and companies already buying real estate in the metaverse, already buying characters, clothes, and all sorts of real-life type things, which exist in the Metaverse. Prepare yourself accordingly.
First thing I remember looking at on the Internet was an ESPN subscription service that an acquaintance showed me that played a Marty Schottenheimer interview. It was glorious and legal. No one ever forgets their first time surfing the web. I miss the sound of a dial up modem. Not sure future generations will understand the joy that sound brought.
Remember when President Biden told us that COVID testing was going to solve the problem and we all got promised a test? I ordered my tests the first day they became available from the government website. Still not here and we’re almost all out of COVID. Depending on your politics, Biden either defeated COVID or was extremely late to the solution party, you decide.
I’m old enough to remember when Donald Trump was on the internet.
I’m going to admit, I was just giving up on the real world to a degree, not sure I’m up for getting acquainted with an entirely new “fake world” on the computer. Seems like a lot of things could go wrong, but I’m no expert.
The NFL plays one more game this season. I wish it were in the Metaverse and not my real world. As a top finisher in the world famous Landmark Pick’em contest of 2021-22, I’m going to give you my lock of the year. Bet the house on the Los Angeles Rams to cover a 4.5 point spread. Throw your kids in the wager if they’ve been slightly disappointing to you.
If you lose your house and family on my advice, Foley has room for you to live at The Landmark office and if that doesn’t work out, get a cheap rental in the Metaverse, otherwise enjoy your winnings.
(Guy Speckman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or listening to dial up modems on repeat)