"Back to the Future II" predictions that came true
by Kidd & Elizabeth in the Morning,posted Oct 26 2010 3:18AM
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the "Back to the Future" trilogy and it was 2015 when Marty came back to Hill Valley to save his kids in "Back to the Future II" - so what has come true from those future predictions and what hasn't?
handless and wireless video games
our obsession with 3D movies and sequels
handheld tablet computers
Florida baseball team (the Florida Marlins entered MLB in 1993, followed by Tampa Bay Devil Rays who entered MLB in 1998)
wall-mounted widescreen televisions
watching multiple channels at the same time
being consumed with personal electronics
Not TRUE (yet):
The Chicago Cubs winning the World Series (could still happen)
Female president (could still happen)
The movie claimed we would be done with laser discs
In honor of the 25th anniversary, today the "Back to the Future" Triology is being released on Blu-Ray and DVD.
Eco-friendly Control of Thrips
Poorly developed flowers, stunted plants and silvery streaks on leaves are indications thrips may be feeding on your plants.
These tiny insects have file-like mouthparts they use to puncture the outer surface of leaves, stems and flowers and suck out plant sap. They are very small and difficult to detect. Hold a white piece of paper under the plant and shake. Or remove the petals of damaged flowers, place in a sealed jar with 70% alcohol and shake the jar to dislodge and detect the pests.
Control is difficult and often not needed as the damage is discovered after the thrips have finished feeding.
Provide the proper growing conditions and care for your plants. Avoid excess nitrogen that promotes lush succulent growth these pests prefer. And remove spent flowers that tend to harbor the insects. Manage weeds in the garden and keep thrip-susceptible plants away from weedy areas where the pest populations tend to be high.
A bit more information: Beneficial insects like predatory thrips, green lacewings, minute pirate bugs and some parasitic wasps feed upon plant damaging thrips. Invite these good bugs into the garden by planting a diversity of plants and avoiding persistent pesticides. Visit the University of California IPM online for more details on this pest.
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If you ever get a chance to see Milwaukee from the water...do it! I don't know what it is about the water but everything looks beautiful when you're on the water. I took these over the weekend and just looking at them calms me. We have a beautiful city enjoy it and enjoy what's left of summer:)