OT: Does this take you back to your childhood?

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  1. devilalum

    devilalum Heavily Redacted

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    Ok, so I won’t make a crack about the BC in your user name being a reference to your birthday.


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  2. BC867

    BC867 Long time Phoenician! Contributor

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    Actually, BC are my initials. My parents fought about a middle name, so my birth certificate shows none. That's why it's just BC.

    My birthday was a national holiday, Washington's Birthday, once upon a time. Pissed me off when they changed it to Presidents Day.

    My birth date, yup, was 78 years ago. Even though it sounds strange when I say it. Except for osteo-arthritis and difficulty in remembering
    names and numbers, I don't feel any different now than I did fifty years ago. The last time I drove past Sun City, I referred to them as the
    blue haired folks, as a generalization. :)

    One on one, though, age is just a state of mind. Each person handles it differently.

    P.S.: Actually, I am very happy that I was born when I was. Unlike the generation before me, non-party line telephones, refrigerators and TV's
    were prevalent. And, with the way the world is going, I figure I'll be checking out at a good time. Seriously!
     
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  3. Yuma

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    My grandmother was born before the Model T and Model A automobiles. In her life she went from horses to watching a man land on the moon. One of the coolest things I ever did was bring her to my house to make bread. She was known in her hometown for her bread. She used to describe to me all the little steps and extras she did to make a loaf of bread. I pulled out a bread maker, dumped in some water and some ingredients. Hit a button, and then explained to her that the machine was going to do all that labor and bake the bread. I asked he if in her lifetime ahe would ever imagine a machine that fit on your countertop that could make a hot loaf of bread from scratch? In her lifetime she saw amazing change. Then I compare it to my kids. They have never seen a person on the moon. The big changes for them are smaller cell phones. LOL. I know medecine and surgeries are advancing rapidly, but you don't see those everyday. Just in my life things have changed tremendously. I lived the whole computer revolution. From paper tape and punched cards to solid state hard drives. I have a house built in 2005 that has copper phone lines. Probably won't see those anymore! It seems like we are kind of stagnating a bit as humans. Time for some real advances. Houses made differently and more energy efficient. Cars radically different. New and different technology that will create new industries for humans. It's time for that next step in civilization.
     
  4. Ouchie-Z-Clown

    Ouchie-Z-Clown I'm better than Mulli!

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    I think you’ve got your eyes closed. Smart homes, self driving and navigating and electric cars, the most powerful computers in the palm of your hand, deeper exploration or seas, and greater lengths of exploration into the cosmos. Yeah teleportation hasn’t been perfected yet but if you don’t see the changes around you I can only assume you sit in your own little bubble.
     
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    I got ya. However, I did mean in everyday life. I do monitor all things science. However, our day to day lives are very similar as they were ten or twenty years ago. Smart homes are just a few wires and baubles. Not a real technological breakthrough in how efficient, and radical design and features. Pretty much the house I have that was built in 2005, is very similar to the one I grew up in, in materials and features. Yes, we have computers in our hands. We have had this technology for decades now. Self driving and electric cars are still a minor fraction of the cars you see on our highways in Phoenix. It is not essentially part of everyone's everyday life. Most of us are still steering our cars and pushing pedals to drive them. I have seen some amazing medical advances the last twenty years. Like I said, I have been part of the computer industry, and while there has been a minimization and concentration of computing power, in everyday life we don't have light based quantum computers in every home yet. Yes there's amazing things, but really haven't changed our daily lives that much. I still have the same oven to heat my food my mom used when she was a girl! We do have microwave ovens, but my mother in law has had one of those that's from the 1970's! Were's my flying car? :) I do live in a bubble of social media and news that is catered to only what I want to hear! :) So does everyone! Is that progress? :eek:

    Get off my lawn! :mulli:
     
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    Rude much?
     
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    I think BC took it that way too but I didn't and I didn't think devilalum meant it that way either. To me, he was just trying to be playful but that's what happens on the internets, said are things that misunderstood will be.
     
  8. Ouchie-Z-Clown

    Ouchie-Z-Clown I'm better than Mulli!

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    Lol. I don’t know, think about online commerce. That’s an enormous change. I would bet the in-store experience of many consumers is a fraction of what it was 10 years ago. Heck, many companies have gone out of business as a result, so it’s very real.

    And though self driving cars aren’t the norm, electric cars are increasing exponentially. And more cars have many more advanced safety features. And items like lane correct or self parking are becoming more prevalent. So I think you’re failing to recognize incremental changes.

    As for cooking I know our house is now dependent on some contraption I bought my girlfriend which allows her to cook everything safely all day while at work. That’s neither a convention stove/oven nor microwave.

    Also, if you back to your childhood I think it’s all relative. I consider my childhood in the 70s and we have travelled a vast difference. And we will continue to do so until what I hope is a grand old age. I’m almost certain our kids or grandchildren will marvel at what we didn’t have the same way we do about our grandparents.
     
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    It's called a crockpot or a pressure cooker, or now they call them instant pots. I know I have used them since my childhood! ;)

    Seriously, I worked as a car salesman a few years back, and I was amazed that the common cars we sold were not that much different than the ones I learned to drive on. Sure they bolted on some emissions systems, and entertainment systems, but a series of explosions were still propelling the finely engineered hunk of metal down the road. Henry Ford had an electric car he was tinkering on and involved Tesla in the experiment. We keep think how "new" things are. I had grocery delivery when I was a kid. We had on-line commerce, it was Sears, Penny's, etc. They just didn't make the change from catalogs to internet catalogs fast enough. I just bought a refrigerator from Sears and it took them a week to try and charge for a refigerator from an on-line order, that we eventually had to pay by credit card because their on-line ordering department was THAT slow. They have problems that go further than not having an on-line presence. I kid you not!

    I do think my grandchildren will see surgery without cutting you open. Agriculture and energy will undergo huge changes. I think when you are born in the future, your genetic makeup will have been cataloged in womb, and physical defects that can be fixed in womb will be, and a lifetime food and medical regime will have been created for you. We know less about nutrition than any other portion of medicine. Which allows us a vast room for human improvement. We will have another great growth spurt in all the areas of life.

    I tell my kids how much their life will change in their lifetimes.

    Mine, I am still living in the same stucco and wood housing I grew up in. I drive a similar car to what I grew up with. I have a cell phone, but really, I have done experiments of going without it for a couple days and I manage to live without consequence. Food technology hasn't changed that much in my life, so eating every day is similar to when I was a kid. I pay for everything with a card, like I did when I was young. My clothes are similar, too! :)

    Oh, and the Suns STILL haven't won a Championship. :thud:
     
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    But that is all changing. Once electric cars are priced similarly to gas, have a similar range, and can be recharged in accessible locations, gas will be virtually over. Electric motors are so much more powerful and dependable. This should have been accomplished years ago.
     
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    I know. That's my point. It hasn't happened yet. My grandmother went from horses, literally, to automobiles. That's a huge change in your everyday mode of transportation. I have been wanting an electric car since the seventies. They aren't everyday yet. When we ALL drive them, then it will be common place.

    Our whole electrical grid is technology almost back to Edison's day. We need a HUGE upgrade in the grid and electrical generation. Just as a national security measure, our whole electrical grid can be taken down by a few well placed dirty bombs. Which would send us back to pre-industrial existence. Just for our security we should upgrade the grid. We are still primitive in some areas.
     
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    Yeah, Im the oldest person at my workplace and some good natured fun is had at my expense from time to time.

    I never mind but I also don’t want to offend anybody.


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    You mentioned earlier taking a class at ASU. Are you still going? I try and take classes all the time. I am currently taking Google classes on computers and networks. It's been a nice refresher. I keep encouraging the people I know to take classes just to keep your mind sharp.
     
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    Have you ever had experience with abuse, Steve. Their standard
    comeback after an insult is"What's the matter? Can't you take a joke?"

    That changes when someone does it to them.

    I simply didn't like the tone of devilaum's post and said so. My honest reaction.

    No, I took just one course after receiving my Bachelor's -- Industrial Psychology. I had, a few years earlier,
    reported to a man with a Ph.D. in that field and he passed away. I vowed that I would continue his legacy
    in Operations, Customer Service and Administrative management.

    It was one of the three courses I ever aced, which made me feel proud. As I think I've posted in the
    past, for reasons that I won't go into, I have had an instant recall problem ever since I was a kid.

    All through my school years, I heard from guidance counsellors, "With his IQ, he should be
    getting A's and B's, not C's and D's." It took a real effort to meet my necessary cum average.

    And I Iearned that getting grades is a combination of intelligence and memorization (instant recall).

    OK, time to move on from personal info. I do it because I consider you guy to be friends.
     
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    I wasn't taking issue with your reaction, it just didn't come across the same way to me. Obviously you weren't the only one who took it that way and who knows, maybe in a different mood I would have reacted similarly - but I guess because I've been reading his stuff for years that it never crossed my mind he intended it as anything other than playfully.
     

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