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Yup





Well, there is a saying: "may you live in interesting times", it's a chinese curse..

I am an old fart at heart at 39 - I don't want any of this crap really, I like tech from about 1987 backwards. I like cassette tapes (I could tape anything I wanted without worrying about being busted for piracy, the only drawback was the DJ's voice over the beginning of the song. Well, that and rewinding and fast forwarding...), our various cordless house phones were the indestructible beige ones with the pull out antenna (you bang out 7 digits in 2 seconds flat on one of those things and if you weren't home you didn't get calls cause the phone was at home), mid size cars were as big as todays sub compacts and hardly any SUV's existed (family truckster wagons were available though, woodgrain and all), computers were stupid and totally useless on the consumer level, and hardly anybody had one (we had a Commodore 64 though), to get anywhere you had to read a map, books were made of paper, lights were a nice warm color, batteries lasted a day maybe... etc etc...

I use the tech stuff of today cause what else am I supposed to do - it's our modern culture. I often hope for a surprise EMP from space, but fat chance on that...

EDIT: Oh yea, and another thing - A camera didn't take 12 seconds to take a picture back then with all the flashing and clicking at a snails pace as you miss your shot, it just went click/flash and you could time it almost exactly if you were good..

Shrug. I have all my music in a tougher drive than a cassette. If it breaks, I go without until I can swap in a backup drive(30 seconds if I have one handy). No rewinding with a pencil, or magnetic heads getting cranky.
Mid sized cars were definitely not that small. A sedan today, and a sedan from the 80s are very similar. A geo metro is still the same size too.
I rode to Panama with 2 cheap maps. Worked fine talking to people on the road instead. more fun than that new fangled detailed folding maps.
Warm lights exist, but they use 10% of the power and last 100x longer at least.

That EMP would knock out those old warm light bulbs, and destroy just about any vehicles ignition system, computerized or not. They'd scramble your tapes too.

Bad cameras did, and they jammed, and they had light leaks, and sticky shutters, etc etc. Good Cameras didn't. That hasn't changed either. Good cameras focus and shoot faster than any manual shooter.
Timing still works, you can even shoot that pre-focused instant shoot style if you know your gear.
For example I assigned a second button on the back to spool up anti-shake, as I'm raising it to my eye, lens is prefocused by hand for the range I'll be hitting, half press to final focus and shoot. Or if it's bright out, f8 and be there still applies.

No way I can shoot that fast, or with those kinds of shutter speeds with film.
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Naa, no worries - I got a thick skin, S/N gave me calluses a long time ago and now I can play for hours with little to no pain.. On a scale of 1-10 on the "offensive to me" post level, your post(s) to me were about a 0.1 ... you're all good

PM some pics of that A-30 of yours sometime, I'd like to see her. I have some experience in doing a little work here and there on my A-30, let me know if you ever need any insight as you refit her
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Shrug. I have all my music in a tougher drive than a cassette. If it breaks, I go without until I can swap in a backup drive(30 seconds if I have one handy). No rewinding with a pencil, or magnetic heads getting cranky.
Mid sized cars were definitely not that small. A sedan today, and a sedan from the 80s are very similar. A geo metro is still the same size too.
I rode to Panama with 2 cheap maps. Worked fine talking to people on the road instead. more fun than that new fangled detailed folding maps.
Warm lights exist, but they use 10% of the power and last 100x longer at least.

That EMP would knock out those old warm light bulbs, and destroy just about any vehicles ignition system, computerized or not. They'd scramble your tapes too.

Bad cameras did, and they jammed, and they had light leaks, and sticky shutters, etc etc. Good Cameras didn't. That hasn't changed either. Good cameras focus and shoot faster than any manual shooter.
Timing still works, you can even shoot that pre-focused instant shoot style if you know your gear.
For example I assigned a second button on the back to spool up anti-shake, as I'm raising it to my eye, lens is prefocused by hand for the range I'll be hitting, half press to final focus and shoot. Or if it's bright out, f8 and be there still applies.

No way I can shoot that fast, or with those kinds of shutter speeds with film.
Slide an 87 Honda Accord up next to a Toyota Yaris of today, and tell me what you see.. cars are truly very different today.

The rest, well.. I still want to take a flying delorean back to 1985 someday. I'm old fashioned I guess
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The day I truly got in touch with my inner idiot was the day I started being honest with myself. Now, I only lie to myself about really important stuff, Nothing important has presented itself. Old dudes are here to yank our chains, ( that sounded weird).. but they are here to show us how serious things are'nt, and to make us think. Dudes have been setting out to sea longer than we can recall, before we aknowledge it happened. None of us are really breaking ground here, we're just keeping alive an art form that needs to remembered and passed on. JG is carrying the tourch now as I did, and Brent before me, and Robin G before him, and Slocum did to remind us of what we've alway's done... Gone to to Sea.
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In 1988, I drove around a '79 monte carlo, had a mullet. my arm around the Swedish exchange student, listening to REO speedwagon.....cassete that had been eaten, and taped back together with scotch tape. Gas was $1.14 a gal.
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The day I truly got in touch with my inner idiot was the day I started being honest with myself. Now, I only lie to myself about really important stuff, Nothing important has presented itself. Old dudes are here to yank our chains, ( that sounded weird).. but they are here to show us how serious things are'nt, and to make us think. Dudes have been setting out to sea longer than we can recall, before we aknowledge it happened. None of us are really breaking ground here, we're just keeping alive an art form that needs to remembered and passed on. JG is carrying the tourch now as I did, and Brent before me, and Robin G before him, and Slocum did to remind us of what we've alway's done... Gone to to Sea.
Yup, well said.

I ain't going to sea anytime soon (the honest with myself thing), but I can refit you a boat to take to sea that'll make others droll and Neptune proud. We all have our place in this sailing thing, everything counts
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Yup, well said.

I ain't going to sea anytime soon (the honest with myself thing), but I can refit you a boat to take to sea that'll make others droll and Neptune proud. We all have our place in this sailing thing, everything counts
Well would you come down here and finish mine!! I'm on my fith refit with this thing and I'm tired and busy.

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In 1988, I drove around a '79 monte carlo, had a mullet. my arm around the Swedish exchange student, listening to REO speedwagon.....cassete that had been eaten, and taped back together with scotch tape. Gas was $1.14 a gal.
I got my DL in 88, first car was a Vette.































CHEvette that is...

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Many outdoor activities aren't involving young people anymore, they're accustomed to instant everything at the twitch of their thumbs. Virtual friends, virtual sports, virtual relationships, virtual jobs.
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Well would you come down here and finish mine!! I'm on my fith refit with this thing and I'm tired and busy.
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Yes, yes I will...
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