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1757: "November 2016"

Postby gormster » Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:14 am UTC

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Title text: Once you've done this, make a note of how old they were. Then, when their age reaches double that, show them this chart again.

"The War in Afghanistan". Well, that's depressing.
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby HES » Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:22 am UTC

I didn't realise XKCD was the same age as the Xbox360
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Flumble » Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:34 am UTC

Feel old? It makes me feel young if <something that seems recent> takes up more than half my life span.
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby rhomboidal » Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:36 am UTC

I see no reason why this list shouldn't start around 6 when kids learn to read. You're never too young to feel old.

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby flicky1991 » Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:50 am UTC

Flumble wrote:Feel old? It makes me feel young if <something that seems recent> takes up more than half my life span.

But what it does is point out how much you've aged since that thing - enough for it to be half your life. I can remember exactly when I first found out that facebook existed, so it does feel weird that half of my entire life up to this point occurred after facebook started.
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby ThemePark » Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:58 am UTC

This doesn't make me feel old. But the fact that part of my life has been back when computers weren't in every home, where you didn't have to check Facebook every 5 minutes on your non-existant smartphone, that a home could not have internet, THAT makes me feel old.
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Soupspoon » Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:30 am UTC

I feel old because my age is only covered by [the last line]…

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Copper Bezel » Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:02 am UTC

Think that's what he was going for, there. = ]
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Znirk » Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:42 am UTC

Things I couldn't spontaneously place and have looked up:

Tupac: a musican who was murdered in public.

Pokémon Red and Blue: This was the first of the pokemon games (even before the CCG, apparently).

"Those" X men movies: I can only find one from 2000. I also wonder if this is meant as a contrast to "those other x-men movies" from earlier or later?

The war in Afghanistan: I know what is meant, but my mind still leaps to the Soviet-Afghan war.

In da club: A rap song with an annoyingly flat vocalist.

Aqua teen ... : The film of a tv series from the WTF corner of the field.

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby cyanyoshi » Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:45 am UTC

This comic actually makes me feel young, not old. The 2nd half of my life feels a lot shorter than the first half.

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Plasma Mongoose » Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:34 am UTC

The infamous board-game Warhammer 40K has existed for more than half of my life. (Created 1987)
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby da Doctah » Wed Nov 09, 2016 1:38 pm UTC

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby PinkShinyRose » Wed Nov 09, 2016 2:24 pm UTC

I have no idea what in da club is (someone just said it, but it still has no significance to me), but those things underneath are depressing.

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Locoluis » Wed Nov 09, 2016 3:44 pm UTC

A person born before October 3, 1986 is older than half of the people of the world.

A person born before December 16, 1978 is older than half of the population of the United States.

A person born before February 25, 1974 is older than half of the population of the European Union.

A person born before December 16, 1969 is older than half of the population of Japan.
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:25 pm UTC

He does this too often.

I vote for "XKCD lists of lists of things you've known all your life you've known all your life" and then killing off this meme.

Not long anyway before "The USA is a historical footnote for X% of your life" comes into play.
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Justin Lardinois » Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:13 pm UTC

Glad to see the "I'm not familiar with this popular culture thing so I'm better than you" crowd is already out in full force.

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Soupspoon » Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:41 pm UTC

Justin Lardinois wrote:Glad to see the "I'm not familiar with this popular culture thing so I'm better than you" crowd is already out in full force.

I was completely unaware of this apparent trend of snobbish aloofness, therefore I am better than the lot of you...

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby azule » Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:18 pm UTC

Back to your regularly scheduled comic. Some people in the previous thread have no faith.

HES wrote:I didn't realise XKCD was the same age as the Xbox360

Is that why I hadn't heard of xkcd earlier? Xbox360 is where I lost interest in consoles. Unrelated, but somehow relevant.
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby rmsgrey » Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:41 pm UTC

Soupspoon wrote:
Justin Lardinois wrote:Glad to see the "I'm not familiar with this popular culture thing so I'm better than you" crowd is already out in full force.

I was completely unaware of this apparent trend of snobbish aloofness, therefore I am better than the lot of you...

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I was unfamiliar with popular culture before it made people feel superior...

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Pfhorrest » Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:49 pm UTC

Hipsterism like that is just too trendy for me. I was not giving a fuck what other people thought way before it was even a thing. Now that kind of attitude has sold out and gone too mainstream.
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby somitomi » Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:10 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:He does this too often.

I vote for "XKCD lists of lists of things you've known all your life you've known all your life" and then killing off this meme.

Not long anyway before "The USA is a historical footnote for X% of your lift" comes into play.

There have been quite afew "reprises" lately, what bugs me about this one is the lack of some twist.
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby EugeneStyles » Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:45 pm UTC

What I got from this is that Netflix has been around way longer than I thought, and Rickrolling and saying silly thing about Charles Norris way less time that I thought.

Seriously, I would have put Rickrolling as older than Netflix, and both of them somewhere in the vicinity of "those X-Men movies".

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Flumble » Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:03 pm UTC

somitomi wrote:
cellocgw wrote:He does this too often.

I vote for "XKCD lists of lists of things you've known all your life you've known all your life" and then killing off this meme.

Not long anyway before "The USA is a historical footnote for X% of your lift" comes into play.

There have been quite afew "reprises" lately, what bugs me about this one is the lack of some twist.

Does this mean his dementia nostalgia is getting worse?

Speaking of, is there research about the occurence of nostalgia? Because I think there's more "everything was better n years ago" than k years ago, and the idea of memberberries doesn't just fall out of the sky, right?

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Copper Bezel » Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:28 pm UTC

EugeneStyles wrote:What I got from this is that Netflix has been around way longer than I thought, and Rickrolling and saying silly thing about Charles Norris way less time that I thought.

Seriously, I would have put Rickrolling as older than Netflix, and both of them somewhere in the vicinity of "those X-Men movies".

Me, too. But Netflix didn't really become the thing it is until they shifted from DVD movie rental by mail to streaming television. Netflix the company existed, but the service as it's referred to in pop culture really didn't.
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Adacore » Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:47 am UTC

If I were a year older this would make me feel positively young. I would've assumed that autotuned songs had been around for basically my entire life, probably since synthesizers became a big thing in the 80s (although only used obtrusively since the mid-late 90s).

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Mikeski » Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:29 am UTC

Adacore wrote:If I were a year older this would make me feel positively young. I would've assumed that autotuned songs had been around for basically my entire life, probably since synthesizers became a big thing in the 80s (although only used obtrusively since the mid-late 90s).

The tech has been around a lot longer. It wasn't used in a semi-subtle no-I-really-can-hit-that-note-accurately way, though... more of a "domo arigato, mister roboto" way.

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby da Doctah » Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:23 am UTC

Adacore wrote:If I were a year older this would make me feel positively young. I would've assumed that autotuned songs had been around for basically my entire life, probably since synthesizers became a big thing in the 80s (although only used obtrusively since the mid-late 90s).

It might be helpful to make the distinction between autotune, vocoder and synthesizer. The latter have been around since the 1950s (one of the pioneers in bringing them to popular music starting in 1965, Jean-Jacques Perrey, just passed away a week or two ago).

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Znirk » Thu Nov 10, 2016 8:07 am UTC

Justin Lardinois wrote:Glad to see the "I'm not familiar with this popular culture thing so I'm better than you" crowd is already out in full force.

1.5 mild references make a full-force crowd?

I like to point out cultural bubbles, or "popular" culture that is not, apparently, quite as universally popular as some may have thought. I also assume very few people are familiar with everything on a list like this, and I'm curious about which entries send other readers to google.

I don't know where you get the idea that I hold either level of awareness-of-stuff to be better than the other. Are you trying to say you're better than me because you're familiar with everything ever?

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Liri » Thu Nov 10, 2016 2:11 pm UTC

I like the one for me (23 year olds).
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby DeGuerre » Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:22 am UTC

The converse is quite sobering, too: Did you know that you have been around for the majority of [thing]'s existence?

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28 - Human spaceflight
29 - Alkaline batteries
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Copper Bezel » Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:25 am UTC

Yeah, that's ... actually much worse. = .
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Soupspoon » Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:17 am UTC

And, because of my age, "all of the above".

Hmm, just took my birth year, subtracted my current age, put that into Wikipedia and spotted quite a few things that I am (approx.) half as old as that surprise me. (However, I am not yet half my father's age. A couple more years and I will be, though.)

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby chridd » Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:42 am UTC

Soupspoon wrote:Hmm, just took my birth year, subtracted my current age,
Wait... that number can't be right. Twice my age can't be that long ago...
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Soupspoon » Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:55 am UTC

chridd wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:Hmm, just took my birth year, subtracted my current age,
Wait... that number can't be right. Twice my age can't be that long ago...

Scary, aint it.

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby orthogon » Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:36 pm UTC

So for a while I've been thinking I ought to give a recently released and highly acclaimed album a listen, so when I saw a copy of the CD in a charity shop I bought it, and I've just finished giving it its first spin. Idly flipping to the back cover, I see that the album, Stanley Road by Paul Weller, is (c) 1995. Very nearly half my lifetime ago.

(I also note that track 6 is entitled Time passes).
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Sableagle » Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:01 pm UTC

DeGuerre wrote:Did you know that you have been around for the majority of [thing]'s existence?

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby markfiend » Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:05 pm UTC

DeGuerre wrote:Did you know that you have been around for the majority of [thing]'s existence?l

Blimey. The knowledge that the Great Nebula in Andromeda is actually a galaxy.
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby Patrick3D » Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:07 pm UTC

I look at the world this way: if you saw The Simpson's when it was just a bit on the Tracey Ullman show we can have a meaningful conversation, if you didn't then don't worry your pretty little head about it the grown-ups are talking, now take your phone and catch some "pokey-man".

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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby somitomi » Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:41 pm UTC

Patrick3D wrote:I look at the world this way: if you saw The Simpson's when it was just a bit on the Tracey Ullman show we can have a meaningful conversation, if you didn't then don't worry your pretty little head about it the grown-ups are talking, now take your phone and catch some "pokey-man".

Well, we won't be having a conversation then, because a) the Simpsons has been around for almost three decades now and b) I'm not fond of people, who dismiss others based on age.
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Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Postby DavesNotHere » Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:20 am UTC

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