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1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby sardia » Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:25 am UTC

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We watched DAYTIME TV. Do you realize how soul-crushing it was? I'd rather eat an iPad than go back to watching daytime TV.

Wow, get out of my head mr. Munroe. I hated TV because of my early days of sitting there, with nothing to watch. I would surf endlessly, hoping for something better to popup, but it never did. =( I don't miss those days at all.

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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby CardcaptorRLH85 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:48 am UTC

Yes, I remember those days and not very fondly. During the summer while I was a kid I would have TNT's schedule of daytime shows memorized. Although, I will admit that I kept up with the local news much better when I watched TV rather than using the Internet for entertainment. I have a much better grasp of national and international news now but sometimes I get surprised when there's suddenly a major construction project underway.

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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby rhomboidal » Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:51 am UTC

"The dial-up days were even worse. It was boredom, but with teasing."

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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Djehutynakht » Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:06 am UTC

There'll always be stuff to do. You just have to do it.

Of course, now we don't even watch nighttime TV. We just sort of binge entire seasons of shows in 8-hour blocks of madness.

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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby gormster » Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:12 am UTC

God, do you remember what it was like trying to listen to music?
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Mikeski » Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:25 am UTC

gormster wrote:God, do you remember what it was like trying to listen to music?

Dat feel when you had a cassette with a song you liked on each side that were on the same part of the tape, so you didn't have to fast-forward or rewind much...

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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Istaro » Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:53 am UTC

We watched DAYTIME TV. Do you realize how soul-crushing it was? I'd rather eat an iPad than go back to watching daytime TV.


I don't understand—is that character illiterate? But then how does she use the Internet now?

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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:56 am UTC

I never had this problem. I was outside running around in meadows and mountains or beaches and riverbottoms, or else drawing pictures of the stars of the science fiction movies I wanted to make, or building space ships out of legos (yes, they're fucking legos, not LEGO® Bricks™ ©1900-Perpetuity The LEGO® Group™ All Rights Reserved) and enacting epic episodic space operas with them. And then I was up all night watching NOVA and Cosmos and the old Discovery Channel shows about upcoming technology and dinosaurs and shit.

Then I got a computer and spent all that time modding video games and fighting in the Platform Wars (greetings from CSMA) instead.
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Jorpho » Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:57 am UTC

So many reruns of Family Matters and Fresh Prince and The Simpsons. SO MANY.

I understand older people just drank more.

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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby boradis » Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:16 am UTC

I'd like to say I read more back then, but I really didn't. I read more online now and considering all the stuff I used to read is still available, the stuff I read then wasn't as interesting.

I spent way more time in my head mulling the same thoughts over and over, rather than fueling those ideas with a constant stream of new information and entertainment.

And one thing I definitely don't miss is the ignorance. Nowadays conversations that start "I once heard that such-and-so unlikely or odd thing is true, isn't that crazy?" are quickly shunted into "Wait, here's the truth on that ... turns out you're right/wrong and here's some real-world perspective on it." No more listening to people wax philosophical about glass being a liquid or how bumblebees shouldn't be able to fly. Now we can talk about how time doesn't exist or that no one knows how bicycles work.

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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Red Hal » Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:38 am UTC

I'm with pfhorrest on this one. In my teenage years - which were still before the Internet became a thing - we'd go cycling, or skateboarding, or climbing trees, or persuade one of my friends' Dads to take us for a drive in a trailer attached to his tractor then tip it and we'd see who could hold on the longest. Or build radio circuits and send messages to each other ( in retrospect not the most sensible pastime in Northern Ireland in the late '70s). Or build model aircraft and fly them. Yeah, there were days when I got bored; but they were few and far between.
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby jgh » Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:45 am UTC

Daytime TV in the 1960s? That's just before I was born, I caught up with it via repeats in the 1980s.
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby keithl » Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:51 am UTC

We knotted strings, then we had movable type, then we had BBS, and then we had Usenet, which we used to invent spam. Now everything is spam, including this cheap viagra stock investment nigerian transfer greeting card.

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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby da Doctah » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:16 am UTC

jgh wrote:Daytime TV in the 1960s? That's just before I was born, I caught up with it via repeats in the 1980s.
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You're lucky. I got daytime TV in the 1960s in the 1960s. Jack LaLanne doing calisthenics with his white german shepherd, Password, Hollywood Squares, Let's Make a Deal and The Newlywed Game. Felix the Cat, Deputy Dawg, Heckle and Jeckle, The Mighty Hercules and Kimba the White Lion. The Galloping Gourmet gradually getting snonkered on wine over the course of each half hour.

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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Red Hal » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:59 am UTC

Banana Splits, The Dashing Blade, Robinson Crusoe, Whirly Birds, Champion the Wonder Horse ...
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby TG333 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:06 am UTC

There are things I miss tho. There was a time when music television stations aired actual music videos and watching them all afternoon wasnt a bad thing. Well actually it was, but I still miss listening to the end of every song instead of thinking up my next yt search. I also miss arguments in the pub over marginal details of whatever.
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Ideas sleep furiously. » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:40 am UTC

I remember being sick staying home from school and watching daytime TV. School was more entertaining.
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Wee Red Bird » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:41 am UTC

I remember when the UK had 3 channels only.
And there was only one phone in the house.

And if you were running late to meet your friends, you were stuffed as you couldn't phone or text them to find out where they were.

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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Red Hal » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:51 am UTC

Of course you could! I always carried a 2p and a 5p so I could phone my friend's parents to find out what time they left.
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Diadem » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:05 am UTC

I don't recognize this at all.

I probably watch a lot more TV now than I did before the internet. Downloading just makes good television shows so much more accessible.

Before the internet I still used computers a lot. I played lots of single-player computer games, and playing whacky wheels against my best friend in split screen mode was the best thing ever. We also played outside a lot, something I do much less these days, but I think that has more to do with age than internet access.

As a professional programmer, one thing that completely baffles me though is how people managed to write computer programs without the internet.
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby CharlieP » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:07 am UTC

I don't remember "before the Internet", as I was only born in 1973.
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Wee Red Bird » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:22 am UTC

Diadem wrote:As a professional programmer, one thing that completely baffles me though is how people managed to write computer programs without the internet.


Instead of searching online for usage of a command, and having limited or no built in help, you needed a few reference books.

Petzold was a good source of information and still have a well used copy sitting on my bookshelf. Think I know where the floppy disk is too.

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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby jalohones » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:25 am UTC

Wee Red Bird wrote:I remember when the UK had 3 channels only.


3 channels? Luxury.

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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Flumble » Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:00 am UTC

Red Hal wrote:Or build radio circuits and send messages to each other ( in retrospect not the most sensible pastime in Northern Ireland in the late '70s).
jgh wrote:Daytime TV in the 1960s? That's just before I was born, I caught up with it via repeats in the 1980s.
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da Doctah wrote:I got daytime TV in the 1960s in the 1960s.
CharlieP wrote:I don't remember "before the Internet", as I was only born in 1973.
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Wee Red Bird wrote:I remember when the UK had 3 channels only.

3 channels? Luxury.

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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby drazen » Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:07 am UTC

I had biking and roaming in the woods and toys. We had demolition derby type contests with Construx (which is too bad, as I don't think you can get them anymore). And a personal home computer with games. Swimming in the summer. And books. And board and card games. Or sledding or snowboarding. Or later, golf. And later still, trying to win over the girl you liked.

It was only boring when it rained and I was out of stuff to read and couldnt use the computer because my parents were using the one television it was hooked up to, or when I went to relatives' houses and there were no other kids my age, and all the adults were gossiping about people I didn't know.

There's other play besides phones and computers. If you were sitting around all the time, you were doing it wrong.
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Rai » Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:50 am UTC

I'd like to thank Bob Barker, for hosting the only watchable show on daytime TV.

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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Whizbang » Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:38 am UTC

Thank god for Geocities, which opened all our eyes to the endless possibilities when you grant everyone the ability to create a webpage...

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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby cellocgw » Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:42 am UTC

Red Hal wrote:I'm with pfhorrest on this one. In my teenage years - which were still before the Internet became a thing - we'd go cycling, or skateboarding, or climbing trees, or persuade one of my friends' Dads to take us for a drive in a trailer attached to his tractor then tip it and we'd see who could hold on the longest. Or build radio circuits and send messages to each other ( in retrospect not the most sensible pastime in Northern Ireland in the late '70s). Or build model aircraft and fly them. Yeah, there were days when I got bored; but they were few and far between.


Dunno how to break it to ya, but some people still do those sort of things. And back then, other people spent all day in their rooms reading Marvel Comics or racing slot cars.

Heck I remember not only days before the Internet, but before digital computers were available, before you could legally own your own (landline) telephone hardware, before TV remotes existed, and even before it was legal to sell condoms in some states.
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby gmalivuk » Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:46 am UTC

I think the fact that kids may not engage in as much creative play as they once did has at least as much to do with an increasing parental phobia of unstructured and therefore unproductive time as it does with the existence of the Web.
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Diadem » Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:59 am UTC

gmalivuk wrote:I think the fact that kids may not engage in as much creative play as they once did has at least as much to do with an increasing parental phobia of unstructured and therefore unproductive time as it does with the existence of the Web.

I read once that USian kids in the 50s used to travel an average of 5 miles away from home when playing outside, and that these days this is down to 0.5 miles. I do not know if this is true, it sounds plausible, but urban legends often do.

I think parental phobia is a real problem though. Kids are protected too much. Some of the best memories of my childhood are doing absolutely crazy and ridiculously danger shit. It is not surprising that parents want to stop their children from doing dangerous shit, but at the same time kids need to do dangerous shit to be kids.
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Mutex » Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:11 pm UTC

jalohones wrote:
Wee Red Bird wrote:I remember when the UK had 3 channels only.


3 channels? Luxury.


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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Draco18s » Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:50 pm UTC

I have a hard time recalling what I did before The Internet.

Seems that it was mostly homework and cartoon shows.
What little I did outside that was stuff that I don't really care about. I built a (shitty) treehouse and played with legos (which I still have most of).

Thing is. I have better-than-legos now. I have the infinite world of programming code. I no longer see lines of text, but blond, redhead, brunette.

Diadem wrote:Some of the best memories of my childhood are doing absolutely crazy and ridiculously danger shit. It is not surprising that parents want to stop their children from doing dangerous shit, but at the same time kids need to do dangerous shit to be kids.


I once almost connected my aforementioned treehouse with the roof of our house.

The branch didn't hold my weight.

(I was fine, it didn't come all the way down)

But yeah. Kids need to do dangerous shit to be kids. Like jumping off the highest point of the jungle gym (did that). Mom was watching too, didn't once tell me not to. Even after I told her I was going to do it, at which point she said ok and stood there expectantly.
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby forward4 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:52 pm UTC

I laugh at all of you who had to suffer! I was born 17 years ago, I will never know a world without internet! I was raised on Windows 98, molded by MS-DOS. I didn't emerge from Roller Coaster Tycoon until I was already a man. By the way, no one can top my intricate networks of footpaths that optimize guest riding frequencies! I was 11 when I used Excel 98 to program a "responsibility delegation system" for my middle school basketball team (because someone always forgot to bring water bottles, or towels, or the coach's clipboard to games). I edited the system registries to change the font used in the Operating System! Windows 98 was my bitch. I still have a pristine install disk, and I want Bill Gates to sign it before I die.
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Diadem » Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:57 pm UTC

forward4 wrote:I was born 17 years ago (...) I didn't emerge from Roller Coaster Tycoon until I was already a man.

You mean you're still playing Roller Coaster Tycoon?

*rimshot*
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby forward4 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:07 pm UTC

Diadem wrote:
forward4 wrote:I was born 17 years ago (...) I didn't emerge from Roller Coaster Tycoon until I was already a man.

You mean you're still playing Roller Coaster Tycoon?

*rimshot*

Ha ha ha...

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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby PolakoVoador » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:09 pm UTC

Diadem wrote:
forward4 wrote:I was born 17 years ago (...) I didn't emerge from Roller Coaster Tycoon until I was already a man.

You mean you're still playing Roller Coaster Tycoon?

*rimshot*


At least he is not playing The Sims.

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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby mathmannix » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:12 pm UTC

I use the internet for
1. Research (whether for programming while working, or for fun while not working, like reading Wikipedia or sports-reference.com, looking up recipes, etc.)
2. Playing games
3. Reading and commenting on web comics, web videos, web logs, web news, etc.

#2 hasn't changed. Before the internet I played the same amount of games as I do now, adjusted for age anyway. That is, at any point in my life, I believe I would have played games the same amount, internet or no internet. Of course, the Atari 2600 already existed when I was old enough to play video games.

#3 created a time-wasting (but fun!) void for itself to fill. I would miss it if it went away, but I wouldn't really be missing anything. (As others have posted, the news did exist on TV back then... and I had my then-complete collection of Garfield and Dilbert books.)

#1 is the thing that has changed a LOT during my lifetime. Obviously if I were doing my current job 25 years ago, I would use a lot more textbooks. I used to have all the almanacs (World Almanac and Book of Facts in the 80's, then TIME Almanac with Information Please and New York Times Almanac when they came out in the 90's. Sure, there was internet then, but it wasn't as easy to find accurate, useful information as it is now.) When I was a kid I read World Book Encyclopedia, then this gradually was replaced by Encyclopedia Americana, Encyclopedia Britannica, and then Encarta in the 90's until supplanted by Wikipedia. I had Blockbuster Entertainment Guide to Movies and Videos, and The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, 1946-Present. I don't know if they still make these, because now I use IMDB or Wikipedia. I had cookbooks and notecards of recipes; now I use allrecipes.com. I had bird and tree and astronomy and insect and flower field guides; now I just google. Etc. Etc. You get the idea.
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby Coyoty » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:14 pm UTC

I had to endure the Summer of Watergate. The only thing on TV during the day was the Watergate hearings. Not like today, when the only thing on TV is the Malaysian 370 coverage. Then, they adjourned each day.
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:15 pm UTC

Before the internet, I read lots of books and watched lots of PBS. Now I read lots of internet flotsam and watch lots of Mindcrack.
CardcaptorRLH85 wrote:Yes, I remember those days and not very fondly. During the summer while I was a kid I would have TNT's schedule of daytime shows memorized. Although, I will admit that I kept up with the local news much better when I watched TV rather than using the Internet for entertainment. I have a much better grasp of national and international news now but sometimes I get surprised when there's suddenly a major construction project underway.

I found even after moving back from college that I don't keep up with local news/politics anymore.
Coyoty wrote:I had to endure the Summer of Watergate. The only thing on TV during the day was the Watergate hearings. Not like today, when the only thing on TV is the Malaysian 370 coverage.

That's why I don't watch the idiot box anymore. If it's any good, I'll wait for the box set/Amazon Prime/find a copy on the sidewalk of the blagotube.
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Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Postby dalcde » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:32 pm UTC

Draco18s wrote:I built a (shitty) treehouse and played with legos (which I still have most of).


Are there even kids who know how to build a treehouse nowadays? Would like to know someone who does :)


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