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Count Chocula
Dec 25, 2011

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I have a pair of giant rabbit ears antenna on my TV in my apartment. I'm too cheap to buy cable, and I need it to work with the digital TV box I have. I need to move them around to get the best reception, and sometimes 2 (of the 13) networks won't come in right. It's both hilarious and depressing.

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Count Chocula
Dec 25, 2011

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Cornjob posted:

I disagree on the "poor selection". Nearly every movie released on VHS from 1980-1997 had a LD counterpart.

I still have a LD player, although I rarely us it anymore. I have a few titles that are not on DVD or any other disc format. Mostly concerts and Star wars things.

One thing LD had that surpassed most DVDs, was PCM audio. DVDs usually had low bit rate Dolby 2.0 as their 2 channel option, while LD used the same format as CD.

live concert discs were usually quite a bit better sounding on LD.

Players could range from $500-$2000.

Movies were usually $40-100, depending on the number of discs.

My grandfather collected laser discs. Every year we'd go to his house in New Jersey and watch them on his massive TV. Besides the usual sci-FI movies and dramas he had Don't Look Now, which traumatized me as a kid with man-rear end.

Count Chocula
Dec 25, 2011

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You want obsolete? I watch TV using a rabbit ear antenna connected to a digital set top box. I constantly need to adjust them to get a clear signal, and a few channels don't come in some days. I live alone and don't want to pay for cable, but barely any Australians have cable anyway. Everyone still watches network TV, and if you have digital you get something like 14 channels. Some of them were added in the last year! I think the whole country is switching over to digital soon. Talk about culture shock! I thought stories about only having 4 channels were made up to scare kids.

Instead of using clothes dryers most people hang clothes on 'hills hoists', spinning clothes hangers Aussies are very proud of inventing.

Count Chocula
Dec 25, 2011

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Parallel Paraplegic posted:

I found some statistics from Energy Star:

I listened to the AusPol thread and hung my clothes out to dry, and now its raining and my clothes are ruined. Guess clotheslines are obsolete for a reason.

Count Chocula
Dec 25, 2011

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For some reason most stations shut off after around 1am, so I watch Weather Watch (the weather, with music) or a blank screen. One station shuts off at 8!

Living in the past is interesting.

Count Chocula
Dec 25, 2011

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Lots of Australian TV stations still shut off at night. It's really strange.

I used to volunteer at a secondhand shop, and in just a few months a saw a ton of great old stuff like typewriters, sewing machines, etc. My favorite thing that I wish I'd bought or took photos of were these Apple paddle controllers:
































Count Chocula
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My drummer wants us to release on tape, and at a gig somebody said they 'prefer the warmer feel of VHS'. So hipster poo poo, basically. I'm waiting for CD-R mistakes to come back as the token physical format. What happened to just vinyl and a digital download?

Count Chocula
Dec 25, 2011

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carry on then posted:

Now if you really want hipster bullshit, release only sheet music and post a tirade against the laziness of canned music to your band blog.

I think Beck did that recently. People would perform the sheet music.

I get the idea of releasing on a physical format so that you have something to sell at shows, but we may have reached the point where vinyl is the least hipster option. It's all pretty cool though.

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Count Chocula
Dec 25, 2011

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WebDog posted:

In Australia it generally was all of the sci-fi shows like Star Trek or Babylon five that were aired at the witching hour. You could tell if anyone was a Trek fan back then by the few days that they staggered into school looking completely dead because they'd snuck downstairs to watch.

I worked overnight shifts when they aired Firefly at 2am. That was at a TV station where I had to transcribe Betamax tapes that had all the info on file cards. This whole country is obsolete tech. There's still Blockbusters open everywhere since we just got Netflix.

Count Chocula
Dec 25, 2011

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Has anyone mentioned Scopitone in this thread? They were basically jukeboxes that played 16mm music videos. A local cult movie host has a tone of Scopitone clips and shows them before movies. It's mostly fun 60s go-go stuff.

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/art...uve-never-seen/
http://www.scopitonearchive.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a02SqdXuq0
http://scopitones.blogs.com/



Count Chocula
Dec 25, 2011

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Zaphod42 posted:

When I was a teenager the cool thing to do (well, not so much) was cruise around wardriving with laptops.

A ton of people had unsecured wifi back then, pretty much the majority. And those who didn't still had lovely security.

It was mostly just a matter of checking that you were connected to the internet and then moving along, I wasn't there to cause any real problems. But one time I checked a computer's shared folders and there was all kinds of nasty porn, and that was the end of wardriving.

Thanks to horrible data limits and expensive Internet, I've recently had to 'warwalk' around with my phone. Or hope the library left the WiFi on at night. Otherwise I couldn't get Facebook messages or anything.

Count Chocula
Dec 25, 2011

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Some people have no credit so they just Facebook. Some people don't have your number.

I'm torn on physical media. I got rid of 90% of my CD collection and I kinda regret it. I had them in this big albums, hundreds of them. Just kept one box. My friend had a bunch of awesome VHS tapes she had to get rid of, so we kept the covers to use for art - lots of b-movie and monster stuff. I'm probably getting rid of most of my DVDs too.

I remember reading some Star Trek book where physical books were just a rare affectation. We're not at that point yet, since it's way more fun and easy to read books than using e-readers or iBooks, but it was still oddly accurate.

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SubG posted:

That article is from 1948, but it's even older than that. The first commercially produced and successful typewriter was introduced in the 1870s, and there are surviving examples of typewriter art from the 1890s. E.g., from Pitman's Typewriter Manual published in 1893:



A lot of typewriter art (like a lot of line printer art) was even more sophisticated (if you want to call it that) than most ASCII art designed to be displayed on a terminal (or the equivalent) in using overstriking and other techniques involving physically moving the paper around:



That one is (as noted below the image, click to enbiggen) from 1946 (despite looking an awful lot like Patrick Stewart) and the image is taken from a 1975 book called Typewriter Art edited by Alan Riddell. It also includes examples of stuff that looks pretty much like modern ASCII art but which predates the personal computer, like:



...from 1951.

The photos from this thread need to be compiled into an awesome Tumblr.

Count Chocula
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http://www.theatlantic.com/entertai...-queens/401141/

This makes me regret helping my friend get rid of a bunch of horror and explotation VHSes.

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http://dangerousminds.net/comments/...s_camcorder_foo

There's a new app that makes smartphone footage looks like 80s camcorders. Ironically, in 10 years we'll be nostalgic for Instagram filters.

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Count Chocula
Dec 25, 2011

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MSN Messenger was really popular in Australia. I used AOL Instant Messenger as a kid. Remember that program that let you set an away message for AIM? It was basically Facebook a decade earlier.

http://www.cameronsworld.net/ has all the Geocities images and autoplaying sounds you need.

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