NEW YORK – In the year 2009, on April 25, a man named Greg is supposed to get an e-mail. It will remind him that he is his own best friend and worst enemy, that he once dated a woman named Michelle, and that he planned to major in computer science. “More importantly,” the e-mail says, “are you wearing women’s clothing?” The e-mail was sent by Greg himself – through a Web site called FutureMe.org. It is one of the messages open to public view at the site, and Greg used only his first name. FutureMe, co-founded by a Yale University graduate student and his San Francisco-based partner, is one of a handful of Web sites that let people send e-mails to themselves and others for delivery years in the future. They are technology’s answer to time capsules, trading on people’s sense of curiosity, accountability and nostalgia. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “(Sending) messages into the future is something that people have always sought to do,” said Paul Saffo, director of the Institute for the Future, a research group. “In a way, it’s a statement of optimism.” Matt Sly came up with the concept for FutureMe.org about four years ago after recalling how, in his school days, he had been given assignments to write letters to himself. Sly, 29, who partnered with 31-year-old Jay Patrikios of San Francisco on the project, said the site has made maybe $58 through donations. It is not a reminder service, and users should think in the long term, Sly said. FutureMe and other service providers try to make the delivery process fail-safe through partnerships or back-up software, and they urge people to hang on to their e-mail address, but there’s no ironclad guarantee that the message will ever arrive. FutureMe lets people send messages for delivery up to 30 years from now, though Sly said most users schedule their e-mails to be sent within three years. “We want people to think about their future and what their goals and dreams and hopes and fears are,” he said. “We’re trying to facilitate some serious existential pondering.” He said many of the messages do one of two basic things: Note what the person was doing at the time the message was written, and ask in the future whether the person has met years-earlier aspirations. “The tone … is not always friendly,” said Sly. “It’s often like ‘Get off your lazy butt.”‘ Recently, Forbes.com jumped on the idea, offering an “e-mail time capsule” promotion. More than 140,000 letters were collected over about six weeks. Nearly 20 percent are supposed to land in the sender’s in-box in 20 years, but others are for shorter time frames. Forbes.com is partnering with Yahoo! and Codefix Consulting on the project. “A lot of people have kind of been freaked out by it,” said David Ewalt, a Forbes.com writer who worked on the project. “It really makes you stop and think about your life in a way that you usually don’t.” Another type of future message service can be found at sites such as myLastEmail.com or LastWishes.com, which promise to send messages to loved ones – or others – after the writer’s death. Paul Hudson, co-founder of the International Time Capsule Society, said e-mail time capsules were new to him. “Part of the value of time capsules are that they are thought processes in the present,” said Hudson, a historian who teaches at Georgia Perimeter College. “You define yourself when you do a time capsule. It might be a good exercise in introspection.” But sometimes the past is best left behind, said Saffo, who personally finds the whole thing “sad and really weird.” “The lesson about all these things – it’s the lesson from time capsules – is you have to be careful lest you set yourself up for enormous embarrassment in two decades,” Saffo said. “Do you really want to be reminded that you thought ABBA was cool?” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Star Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu defeated Fitriani Fitriani of Indonesia to advance in the Singapore Open Superseries badminton tournament here on Thursday.The fifth seeded Sindhu lost the first game before staging a superb comeback to win 19-21, 21-17, 21-8 in a contest that lasted around one hour.Sindhu started the proceeding on a good note but soon Fitriani started the counter attack at the end and a a result the Hyderabadi shuttler was prevailed over in the first game.The second and third game saw Sindhu at her best. She displayed some swift court movements and strokes to edged past her opponent.Sindhu will now take on Spain’s Carolina Marin, whom she defeated in the summit clash of the India Open this month.Among other Indians in the fray, B. Sai Praneeth defeated Qiao Bin of China to enter the third round of the competition.The Chinese shuttler gave a tough fight before surrendering the match 15-21, 23-21, 16-21 in one hour 13 minutes.In mixed doubles category, B. Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa defeated Jae Hwan Kim and Lee So Hee of Korea 17-21, 21-17, 21-16 in 54 minutes to advance.But in women’s doubles category, it was an end of the road for Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy as the Indian duo were defeated by Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan 21-11, 19-21, 21-12.
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As the country marks the start of Canadian Men’s Health Week, a new study suggests most men are actually working themselves into an early grave — and many aren’t even aware they’re doing it.According to the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, the majority of Canadian men are stressed at work.“What we did was a study to find out how men viewed their own health at work, and what they did or didn’t do to take care of themselves at work,” foundation President Wayne Hartrick said. “The findings were really quite surprising.”He said more than 80 per cent of respondents said they found their workplace stressful, and 60 per cent of them said that fact affected their ability to sleep well at night.“Why is that important? Because the combination of stress and not a proper night’s sleep is a big factor in some of the health conditions that men lead the stats in,” Hartrick added. “Stress and lack of proper sleep, in combination, tend to create a bit of a spiral, because, of course, you’re not as rested, you go again into the stressful workplace, you’re not able to handle it, perhaps, as well.”That includes conditions like heart disease, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, depression, mental illness, and more.The foundation points out many men don’t even realize they’re being unhealthy, with Hartrick adding some findings were “troubling.”“The guys that we were talking to, it was almost like this sort of hero mentality that a lot of working guys have,” he said. “We’re saying it’s ok, understand you’re excited about your job, but you’ve got to take care of yourself.”He noted little changes can have big impacts.Tips from the CMHF include standing while taking calls or during meetings, going for walking meetings — even around the office floor or building, giving your eyes a regular three-minute break from the computer, not drinking coffee after 3:00 p.m., and packing a healthy snack for work.Outside of the office, little changes like ordering a salad instead of fries, taking the stairs for part of your elevator ride, or even intentionally parking further away from an entrance can all play a role in men’s health, Hartrick added.“Finally, if you can, make sure you get at least seven hours sleep — your body needs the continuous seven hours to do its natural repair processes it does. You can’t make up for that by just sleeping in more the next day.”