100 Vanishing things....

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    Jul 24, 2009 4:07 AM GMT
    http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2009/07/100-things-your-kids-may-never-know-about?npu=1&mbid=yhp
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    Jul 24, 2009 4:17 AM GMT


    NOSTALGIA, AND THE GOOD OLE DAYS......
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    Jul 24, 2009 6:50 AM GMT
    I can't believe that list left out the Selectavision videodisc, the precursor to Laserdisc. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Jul 24, 2009 6:50 AM GMT
    Land lines.
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    Jul 24, 2009 11:44 AM GMT
    Ok, # 91. "Having to manually unlock a car door." Well as happened last week when the fancy shmancy mercedes benz influenced piece-o-shit fob/key for the Dodge minivan I'm driving failed because of the battery, I actually had to use the little key piece, that is inside of the fob, to open the door. The broken plastic fancy shmancy mercedes benz influenced piece-o-shit fob/key still started the car though. The key now is only for opening the drivers door. No other key holes anywhere else on the car.
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    Jul 24, 2009 11:45 AM GMT
    Oh yea... Before there were 8 tracks there were 4 tracks and before that in 1960's GM cars there were small record players that played 45's...
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    Jul 24, 2009 11:48 AM GMT
    Wow. I feel old.
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    Jul 24, 2009 11:55 AM GMT
    Number 90. A Marathon bar (what a Snickers used to be called in Britain).

    WE WILL NEVER FORGET, we are still bitter!
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    Jul 24, 2009 12:12 PM GMT
    I am officially middle aged! Kill the Millennials! icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 24, 2009 12:44 PM GMT
    steltom saidOh yea... Before there were 8 tracks there were 4 tracks and before that in 1960's GM cars there were small record players that played 45's...

    Actually, Chrysler had a record player option in 1957. Hung under the dashboard and skipped like hell over bumps, needless to say.

    What was disturbing to me was that not only did I know all 100 of these things, they didn't seem all that old! LOL!

    "Vacuum cleaners with bags in them" was especially funny to me. No vacuum cleaners when I was a kid had bags, which I took this piece to mean the paper disposable ones, versus the current bagless ones like the Dyson. The original vacuum cleaners had no paper bags, either, just cotton cloth, that you shook out and emptied manually to reuse over and over. A messy operation, and only marginally dust-proof. [COUGH][COUGH]

    I love to visit museums, especially concerning history. And I see these exhibits of "artifacts" from the early modern era, and it's stuff that was brand new and amazing to us when I was a kid! ACKKKK!

    When did my life become a museum exhibit? icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 24, 2009 12:45 PM GMT
    steltom said the fancy shmancy mercedes benz influenced piece-o-shit fob/key


    broken plastic fancy shmancy mercedes benz influenced piece-o-shit fob/key still started the car though.


    Don't hold back, Steltom....tell us how you really feel! LOL

    I'm just kiddin ya. Been there with a rental car...oddly enough (or should I say par-for-the-course?) it was a Chrysler Sebring rental.
    First off, when we got to Ft Laud Airport and put our luggage in the rental, the fraking top wouldn't go down because the flimsy cargo-shield in the trunk was broken, thus keeping the top from activation.
    Remove 4 pieces of luggage, go to next one in line. It had a trunk-lid switch that was defective so the top wouldn't go down.
    Remove 4 pieces of luggage again, go to next car in line.
    The fraking passenger door wouldn't open!
    Go to NEXT car, the above mentioned key fon was broken so we finally took car Number FIVE! (This was all at 9PM to boot with a 4 hour drive to Key West ahead of us!)
    Voila! It worked.
    And Chrysler wonders why no one was buying their Matchbox cars??
    Actually, Matchbox cars are made better.....
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    Jul 24, 2009 12:48 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said (This was all at 9PM to boot with a 4 hour drive to Key West ahead of us!)

    Did you stay anywhere in Key West? How was it?
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    Jul 24, 2009 12:54 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    Did you stay anywhere in Key West? How was it?



    A guest house on Fleming Street.
    FANTASTIC!icon_exclaim.gif
    It's a gay-lesbian resort, only clothing optional is the rooftops, so no naked ladies scaring the dickens out of you! LOL
    Unlike most gay men, we like lesbians. Have made some great friends from there, too.
    We prefer to stay somewhere 'quieter' gay-wise. It's near Island House if we want to go watch men walk around naked at the pool. It's far from the noise of Duval, but close enough to walk (EVERYwhere is close enough to walk in KW! LOL)
    We've stayed there 3 years in a row and have booked a suite next April.
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    Jul 24, 2009 1:32 PM GMT
    Ah, high-speed dubbing, I remember it well......


    As far as giving a walkman to a teenager today, I wouldn't take the thing either. The mp3 players are so superior.


    Even though I am not that old, alot of the stuff on that list has come and gone in my memory.

    New today, obsolete tomorrow
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    Jul 24, 2009 1:36 PM GMT
    makes me wonder what will be on this list 50-100 years from now? We were so happy with all of these things at the time...not nowing what was to come...now we cant imagine going back to them...what could possible be better than an Ipod? haha.
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    Jul 24, 2009 1:59 PM GMT

    I get a chuckle out of the things my 10 and 11 year old take utterly for granted, but which weren't around when I was their age - cell phones, satellite radio, iPods, home computers, the Internet, cable tv, remote controls, CD's and DVD's, airbags, etc, etc.

    Just this weekend my daughter asked for the new Lady Gaga CD. (The irony was i wanted to buy it on the iTunes store and burn a CD, but my daughter wanted the CD.) Off we went to buy it. We grabbed the 'CD', paid for and off we went.

    Well, the box looked exactly like a CD box, but inside was just a tiny, tiny, SD card (with a USB adapter). It was a new one on me. It worked great, but I can see no reason not to just buy music from the 'celestial jukebox'.

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    Jul 24, 2009 2:02 PM GMT
    I remember being a kid and we got our first microwave!! We thought we had made it to the big time!!! "we're moving on up!!" as the song goes...of course my parents still have that same microwave that takes up half of their dam kitchen!!
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    Jul 24, 2009 3:41 PM GMT
    RowBuddy saidFor a second when I saw the title of this thread I thought I was going to click on this list and see...

    1. Rowbuddy's hair
    2. Rowbuddy's virginity...





    lmao...thats funny...

    my hair is definitely gone, but I believe I am a born again virgin...I found a cherry blossom in my underwear so I think my cherry has grown back its been so long for me. haha.
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    Jul 24, 2009 3:43 PM GMT
    Gee I don't remember all of those, guess I'm not as old as I feel.
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    Jul 24, 2009 3:56 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said
    Red_Vespa said
    Did you stay anywhere in Key West? How was it?

    A guest house on Fleming Street.
    FANTASTIC!icon_exclaim.gif
    It's a gay-lesbian resort, only clothing optional is the rooftops, so no naked ladies scaring the dickens out of you! LOL...

    Thanks for your private e-mail reply, as well! We've now shared some KW gay resort stories..

    As we discussed, the majority of gay resorts in KW are on Fleming Street. Some great, some fair, none terrible to my knowledge or experience. It it just so GLORIOUS to stay at a place just for us, owned by us, filled by us. The world looks so much better the time we spend there, our own gay Eden. Gawd, I do love it. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 24, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
    Until nations and the movie studios therein decide to stop region coating their discs, #1 (VHS) will be around for a while...sure its less "sexy" than a dvd, but in terms of picture quality, it can be closer to a film look than a dvd (which, though great, can make a film look too crisp/neat).

    Libraries will never go away entirely...you can get everything online BUT detailed context, which is why libraries will always be superior. Now, whether or not the next generations will know how to find their way around the library is another story.
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    Jul 24, 2009 4:33 PM GMT
    Jackal69 saidUntil nations and the movie studios therein decide to stop region coating their discs, #1 (VHS) will be around for a while...sure its less "sexy" than a dvd, but in terms of picture quality, it can be closer to a film look than a dvd (which, though great, can make a film look too crisp/neat).

    Regional DVDs exist because the technical standards for television sets are different throughout the world. North America uses NTSC (and the new compatible HDTV), and the rest of the world uses PAL or SECAM. This involves how the signal is scanned onto the screen, and the DVD disc has to encode this information accordingly.

    We can't have worldwide DVDs until we all watch TVs with the same technical standards. It's like cars that have the steering wheel on the right, versus the left. I don't see either changing in the foreseeable future.
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    Jul 24, 2009 4:41 PM GMT
    This reminds me of a depressing list that they come out with every year

    The Things that this years 21 year olds never knew about
    Cassettes
    Mobile CD Players
    Seinfeld
    ..... Their grandparents music might have been in the eighties icon_eek.gif

    God am I old icon_confused.gif
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    Jul 24, 2009 5:35 PM GMT
    Nice link!

    I still enjoy vinyl records for their warmer sound, and they can reproduce lower frequencies. I still write on a manual typewriter as I feel my writing ends up being more creative. I guess I'm a sucker for the oldies. Hammer.gif
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    Jul 24, 2009 6:40 PM GMT
    RedVespaAs we discussed, the majority of gay resorts in KW are on Fleming Street. Some great, some fair, none terrible to my knowledge or experience.
    Ever tried The Equator? It's really gotten pretty nice over the last few years under new management (not that it was all that bad before, but..)

    Been there a few times and I like it -- plenty of rooms and still pretty cozy and friendly. And, of course, on Fleming. Big Ruby's is fun too.