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Old-Timey Christmas (G+ xpost) [Jan. 6th, 2012|10:42 pm]
I meant to share this earlier... At Christmas, we watched "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with Timothy. A family favorite, we all piled onto the bed with a bowl of popcorn. We pulled out an old VHS copy of the movie. It was the first time we'd used the VCR built into our old downstairs TV with Timothy around, I think.

At the end of the movie, we got up, I pushed the button on the TV, and we had roughly the following exchange:

    Tim: "What are you doing?"

    Me: "Rewinding the tape."

    Tim (confused): "Why?"

    Me: "So it's back at the beginning."

    Tim (completely confused): "Why? Back to beginning? We're watching it again?"

I didn't have the heart to explain about linear, analog media or how old I suddenly felt.

The kids who grow up thinking it's normal that you touch a screen, that you should be able to randomly access any content, that you are always connected, that things are always connected... they're gonna produce some wild stuff. :D Unfortunately, I'll be busy being old.

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-01-07 10:44 pm (UTC)
C'mon, man, have some standards! You're better than Family Circus! :)
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[User Picture]From: thump
2012-01-07 07:18 am (UTC)
Awesome. I love how we're past making VHS/Beta comparison stories because we would have to explain what tape was first! :P
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[User Picture]From: kreggan
2012-01-07 07:39 am (UTC)
I'm reminded of the story of a family with a Tivo, when at a motel. The kid picked up the remote and puzzled over it for a while, before asking how to rewind live TV, and the family had to explain that the TV was 'broken' and couldn't do that..
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From: silvertaine
2012-01-07 07:54 am (UTC)
"Unfortunately, I'll be busy being old."

...and crossing your fingers that your machine doesn't eat your retro tape as it continues to rewind. ;)

Srsly though, aaaaaouch. That kinda hurt to realize. o.O'

[Edit: Forgot to add referenced end quote.]

Edited at 2012-01-07 07:56 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2012-01-07 09:29 am (UTC)
Wait, you still have a VHS player hocked up?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-01-07 10:45 pm (UTC)
It's a TV with a built-in VCR. We kept it for the TV, really.
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2012-01-08 04:47 pm (UTC)
Ah, ok, we have one like that, but has a DVD player.
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[User Picture]From: ankhorite
2012-01-07 12:44 pm (UTC)

Tech Life

At my first job, we still used carbon paper because we -- a collective of several law firms -- did not have a copier.

I remember the wonder and bemusement when the first fax was brought into an office I was working in during the late 1980s. None of us understood how it worked, or really believed it would, until it did.

I remember the first bulky car phone my firm got in 1988. Like holding a small toaster to your ear.

Oh, jeez, I couldn't find my icon for this post cuz I was looking for "ham-typewriter" instead of "ham-keyboard." THAT's how old I am.

But oh-all-gawdz, how I loves me some internet. I didn't understand hyperlinks the first twelve times they were explained to me, until I saw them in action.

I feel I am living in a dream come true. Especially with Google Books. And even, maligned though it is, Wikipedia.
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[User Picture]From: kj_roo
2012-01-07 01:51 pm (UTC)
TVs with KNOBS! Or TUBES! :D
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[User Picture]From: mothermonster
2012-01-07 10:02 pm (UTC)
or NO TV at ALL!!!
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From: avon_deer
2012-01-07 04:18 pm (UTC)
Wow..I remember those.
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[User Picture]From: tilt_longtail
2012-01-08 02:10 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-01-08 02:51 am (UTC)
Yes! Wow, hadn't thought of that slogan for years but certainly remember it.
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[User Picture]From: pippinbear
2012-01-11 03:49 pm (UTC)
My mum and dad were highly confused a few days ago by some bank statements. They examined several statements for ages but couldn't figure out how the balances were being transferred from one to another, and couldn't make the figures add up properly.

Eventually they realised the statements were double sided. The bank had printed transactions on the back, too. They'd never seen that before. I don't think I have either - the back's usually covered with light grey small-print.

It's not only technology that causes these problems!
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