For example, one of my themes is that most of my technology is defective. Here's a sample just from today:
Fax machine receives but doesn't send
DVD drive on computer doesn't recognize discs
DVD player puts white spots on movies
DVR freezes and locks on every recording
Movie editing software I just purchased is too slow to use
Fedex website is unfathomable
TV has a bad color wheel
Postal meter needs a battery
Computer backup (new) slows my system to a crawl all day
Wireless router doesn't work
Computer keeps locking up
Can't get rid of an ad that keeps popping up on new laptop
Old laptop stopped working months ago
Blackberry won't sync with my Outlook address book
Car has a warning light on the dashboard that the dealer can't turn off
This blog software doesn't let me do numbered lists
It has always been this way for me. It's a theme. And speaking of themes, check out the Dilbert themes for igoogle
Look how I cleverly worked that in. Anyway, my point today is that you can often predict the future from themes. If you had done a poll two months ago and asked people to predict how Michael Jackson would die, I think many of you would have nailed it.
If a young Kennedy someday runs for president again, I think we all know how that will end too. The only mystery is whether it will happen by gunfire or in some sort of flying, floating, or roadway mishap. And I will go out on a limb and predict there would be rumors of infidelity.
Another theme is financial bubbles. While there are no obvious bubble candidates on the horizon, I predict there will be another one soon. That's simply a theme.
You can try this at home. Pick a theme and make a prediction of the future. I will add another prediction that some of you will complain about the crass commercialism in this post.