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Member # 2205
 - posted December 12, 2014 21:10
I've been reading JOT since the beginning, and I've probably been through AY2K 5 times, including the first time through. (hey, it's GEEK culture, OK?) And there's nothing like a round of TTBs or TTTTs to get me in the mood to contribute. So, I sent in a few bucks a few minutes ago, and when the site returned, I was treated to an even MORE mouth-watering sight: a YouTube video of the Orion Rocket taking off! I mean, the only thing that can top TTBs is our collective phallic symbol expunging itself from good ol terra firma to a speed of 15,000 mph in about 10 minutes. But it didn't stop there.

Also on that page was a video of some guy with a Scot accent (Brian Cox?), in NASA's vacuum chamber in Cleveland, repeating Galileo's experiment. Dropping a feather and a bowling ball to see which one goes faster. The results are stunning.

Where else but Geek Culture (dotcom) are you going to get TTBs AND all this cool video stuff, all for the low price of... well... whatever you feel like putting in the tip jar? I highly recommend filling up that jar as quickly as possible. (No, I'm not related to Nitrozac or Snaggy; I just know a good thing when I see it for 20 years)

So, thanks guys for gettin' our geek on for a couple of decades, give or take a few.

Member # 123
 - posted December 13, 2014 00:52
Shooshie make me cry. [Happytears]

Thanks Shooshie!
Member # 111
 - posted December 13, 2014 00:54
aw, thanks shooshie! [Happytears]
these 2 decades sure went by fast! [Geek]
Member # 2205
 - posted December 14, 2014 02:09
That's true, but looking through JOT or AY2K is a strange experience, kind of like flipping through old Wired magazines, only a lot more convenient. On the one hand, it all seems like yesterday, but when you start looking more closely, that Bondi-Blue iMac seems ancient, not to mention a Centris 660AV or a Mac 2cs, or... the icon of icons: the 128K Macintosh.

What seemed so advanced at the time would now feel like computing in chains. The 1990s were exciting and jam-packed with technology advances, but every last one of them seems primitive now. And the 90s seemed to go on forever!

Now, looking through all the comics, it becomes apparent just how much was going on at every instant in Silicon Valley. Products, technologies, faces, places... it's hard to believe that was all the 1990s. In about 1998 there was the translucent revolution: suddenly everything from knife sharpeners to kitchen appliances to radios to computer peripherals were all showing their insides through milky colored plastic.

Time marches on, and now we're in a place that non of us could have imagined in 2001, possibly excepting the guy who brought it to us: Steve, but he's not with us now. What a sad departure.

And you know what? In about 1989 or so, I saw a video (on a Mac, no less) of Apple's planned "Knowledge Navigator." It was, for all practical purposes, an iPad. The guy could talk to it, and it could talk back. You could ask it to call someone, and it would do that, just like Siri. In fact, it became apparent that before Steve was ousted from Apple, he had pretty much seen the future as far as the iPad, at least. Too bad the management who followed had no interest in that path. But when Steve came back he wasted no time in getting Apple right back on course.

I always wondered if the Knowledge Navigator would become real some day, and for most purposes it has. THAT, it would seem, has been the actual path since 1984 to the present day and beyond.

Anyway, You guys continue to leave a trail of laughter and bread crumbs so that we can look back and see how we got here. I hope you can keep doing that for another decade! Who knows what is next? Personal space ships? Flying cars? Brains in jars? The only sure thing is that it will surprise us. We probably have no idea what it will be, yet it's likely that we've seen it in some form or another already. And... I'll wager that it will talk to us.

I'll be reading these pages to find out what it is!

I love you guys!
Member # 780
 - posted December 14, 2014 02:53
Man...I still have some magazines from the 90s and it's wild to look at the ads as a reminder for what was bleeding edge then.

Somehow you've also called to mind the realization that it's all Nitrozac & Snaggy's fault that I've become a Mac guy. [Wink] Apart from some brief dealing with what I think were an Apple IIc and maybe a Macintosh (~Classic) in school as a kid, I don't think I really considered Apple as seriously until two things happened: (in reverse order?!)
a) OS X came out
b) I found this fine corner of the Interwebs

I remember the original iMacs when they came out, and helped a librarian friend a little with them (running OS 9), but the OS really wasn't to my liking. I was big on Linux when OS X came out, and as it got better, it was quite nice to use, and to me, a wholly decent *nix set up. Having gotten my fair dose of Apple indoctrination here, it was only a matter of time before I goaded work into letting me use an iBook G4 for some work at home, later replaced by a MacBook (and still later an MBP). The rest is history. [Razz]

So, what comes next? I think Shooshie is right - we'll find out here. (And one might wish to tip our kindly prognosticators to help them conjure up more hoverboards, TTBs, or the next incarnation of Sergey Brin.)

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