Saturday, August 20, 2011

T-8: Time Warp Again

After a few days of hibernation and a browser crash before I could post last night, I wanted to stretch my legs. My back is cranky, but I'm not hunchy and crunchy, thanks to the swimming.

I had a Fandango code burning a hole in my virtual wallet, so I went to see "Rise of the Planet of The Apes." I wonder how the next few generations will be, since I was all pop-referency in my head throughout the movie. When Draco Malfoy said, "Take your hands off me, you filthy ape," I started singing "Dr. Zaus" from the Simpsons, itself a reference to TPOTA films and simultaneously to Falco's song "Amadeus." If my feeble memory serves, that song was a reference to the film "Amadeus."

So again, what will the generations after me, who have always had MTV, the Internet, cell phones, etc. be like? Either very dumb or very smart, or, worse, both.

Then I walked over to Borders, both wishing I had the money to buy all the books I want at 40-60% off and mourning the end of bookstores.

I was born at an incredible time. So much rapid change in my lifetime: integration, women's lib to post-feminist bimbos, demographic shifts and then there's the technology. I remember when we were the only people in the neighborhood with a VCR, when they were still $1000. I remember ON subscription tv, which began at 6 pm, just one channel. You turned the box from off to ON.

I learned to type on manual typewriters at school. I learned BASIC on an Apple IIc about 30 years ago. Got an Apple IIgs for Christmas '87, which ran off 3.25" & 5.25" floppies -- no hard drive (until my dad bought one and it was temperamental). You had to reboot to start a new program -- no multitasking! Then I got a compact Canon typewriter with a snap on cover and slide out handle like the original iBook. It had an LCD screen and memory. I had that from '86-92. In college, I bought a word processor with a flip up screen and handle, it used 3.5" floppies. Then I bought a Mac Performa for school. That was 19 years ago and I've had at least 2 desktops and 4 laptops since then.

It just keeps moving faster and faster.

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