antiquated technology

strejdaking  asked:

Of all the goofy head-gears Buck Rogers has worn throughout his many incarnation, do you have a favorite?

I loved Buck Rogers’ glowing, Tron-like trans-suit from the Dynamite comic because it seemed to be the logical end point for iPhone style multigadgets that do everything, combined with the apple aesthetic of everything glowing, giving off light, and a minimalist interface with no regular “buttons.” It truly seemed so much more futuristic than a lot of Star Trek technology, and it made the Iron Man armor seem like an antique.

The trend in technology is toward incorporation of devices (e.g. your phone connecting to your coffeemaker wirelessly), so I always liked that the glowing trans-suit merged with the glowing lights of the spaceships to not only suggest they were sharing data and interconnected, but to give that entire technology a unified feel. I’ve yet to see anyone praise this comic for this. It reminds me of a quote about Silicon Valley that almost all apps do something your Mom used to do. 

For that reason, I never, ever want to see a flip-top communicator on Star Trek again, a technology we far surpassed in the early 2000s. Re-using the iconography of the original series is not as important as actually feeling like this could be in the future and being state of the art. We have to believe this is the future. Remember the cool transparent paper phones in Ultraviolet? That movie was not super-memorable, but why is it more high tech than Trek is now? 

My Favorite What If - Part 1

Masterlist Part 2

Summary: You run into your childhood friend Steve and wonder if you’ve missed out on a good thing.

Prompt(s): for @tatortot2701 ’s AU Writing Challenge!: “Please don’t tell me you got arrested again.”

Warnings: couple of swear words because it’s me, that’s all. :)

Word Count: 3078

Author’s Note: italics are memories/flashbacks. I loved this when I started then I’m not so sure about it… I’m mostly nervous to be back after such a long time away from writing. Oh well, nothing to it but to do it, so here it is. Some angst and floof. Also thanks to @denialanderror, that b who points out my typos. :) Thanks for your help on this one.

Originally posted by forassgard

The courthouse is a flurry of activity at this hour. Soon it’ll settle into the quiet drone of transcripts hammered out on antiquated technology, heavy doors groaning open and thundering shut as accused and accusers alike rotate in and out of courtrooms. There’s almost a peace to it for you, the steady rhythm of it all feels familiar and… normal.

You’d learned long ago that courthouses are far more mundane than Law & Order would have everyone believe. The truth is people filter in and out, arguing over traffic stops and staring each other down over divorce proceedings, sentences and decisions moving across the desks of bored judges faster than the papers can move, and all of it so incredibly commonplace. So incredibly boring.

But boring is good. It is for you, at least. Having spent time on more than one side of a courtroom, it’s a familiar place, and a safe one. Clutching today’s case file you ease back until your shoulders and head reach the marble wall behind you and you let your eyes drift closed, waiting to be called.

The tension just begins to slip from your shoulders when a booming happy voice echoes off the stone all around you, drawing your attention. You know it’s calling for you because it’s a familiar voice, so very familiar you’d never forget it. Your eyes nearly pop out of your head in surprise, your jaw falling open when you turn to finally look at him.

Please don’t tell me you got arrested again,” he teases, approaching you with arms outstretched and a broad grin. “My caseload is full, and you know my mom’ll kill me if I post your bail again.”

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Went home over the weekend and went through a couple of old music mags I’ve kept there. For my troubles, I found a pic of Jarvis Cocker with an old ass laptop. I love these photos of Britpoppers with antiquated pieces of technology for some reason…

Please fire me. I get in trouble for my “lack of efficiency” but I’m working on an computer that still has a floppy disk drive and runs on Microsoft Windows 2000! It’s 14 years old… Oh, and I get constant alerts of shutting down due to a thermal event. It heats up so bad it sounds like it’s gonna take off.

How do you like to listen to music?

Earlier today, I happened upon a 5-disc cd changer (charmingly antiquated technology) that I have now added to my cobbled together (and almost entirely free) stereo setup. Navyy was skeptical, noting that I can play everything digitally anyway, but I’m glad to add yet another option for playing music.

I enjoy the ease of digital music, no question. I remember the novelty of Napster (even with a 56kb modem it was amazing to have the entire catalog of music available), I like to browse music on Spotify before I go out and buy it, and I’m grateful for the portability of my iPod. But digital is not my preferred way to engage with music.

I grew up with records, and I love the format. It’s not about sound quality for me, but about the feel, the tactile act of flipping a record, the big art, etc. I also like records, because unless you manually skip songs (or sides), it’s a format that asks you to actually listen to an album as an entity. 

The addition of a CD player doesn’t change what I can listen to, since all of my CD collection is digitized as well, but I think that as with the record player, having to physically pull out discs will encourage me to listen in a different way. And that’s worth it to me. Even if it means adding one more clunky piece of (somewhat redundant) equipment.

TL;DR: LPs > CDs > MP3s

Just don’t expect me to add any other formats from here. Lots of love for the people who enjoy cassettes/reel-to-reel/8-tracks; I just don’t feel any need to head down that path.
The Puerto Rico Debt Crisis, Explained
Puerto Rico is on its way to one of the largest debt defaults in history, right up there with Greece and Argentina.

A 2016 prediction of all the forces working against Puerto Rico’s ability to meet its debt obligation, including Trump’s fiscal rigidity, AND the hurricane - Phroyd

“ … The market has lost confidence in Puerto Rico’s ability to repay debt. This kind of prophecy tends to be self-fulfilling. First lenders demand super premium interest rates, making debt service more burdensome. Default becomes more likely, and lenders shut off the spigots entirely. … “

“ … Moreover the economic stagnation, or contraction, is not merely a result of an economic cycle but of major long term problems that make the island uncompetitive. The government of Puerto Rico has created many of these problems with its own misguided policies, but the Federal government has made a bad situation worse. “The single most telling statistic… is that only 40 percent of the population — versus 63 percent on the U.S. mainland — is employed or looking for work.”  … “

“ … Energy costs, another key economic input, are also exceedingly high, several times mainland prices. The government’s electric utility, PREPA, is inefficient, overstaffed, and technologically antiquated. The Federal government’s Jones Act makes things worse by requiring that all oil imports be conducted with U.S. vessels and crews. Indeed, that Act applies to all shipments to and from U.S. ports and drives transport costs generally to uncompetitive levels. … “

“ … The solution must begin with a revival of growth. The key is supply side reforms. The Commonwealth can fix local labor regulations, and eliminate obstacles to doing business. It can bring energy costs down by opening competition for electric generation to new and more efficient suppliers. The Federal Government needs to make welfare payments consistent with local market conditions, suspend the Federal minimum wage, and exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act. …  A comprehensive discussion would benefit from the orderly processes of Chapter 9 of the U.S. bankruptcy code, which Congress should extend to Puerto Rico’s public enterprises. Bondholders will suffer if the Commonwealth cannot provide essential services, if there is a breakdown of order, or if the economy collapses in the wake of a crisis. They will need to relieve the island of a meaningful proportion of the interest and principal coming due in the next six or seven years. To agree to do that, they will want to be sure that the Commonwealth government is committed to politically difficult structural reforms, and that the Federal government will grant Puerto Rico the required exemptions from regulations that raise costs and stifle growth. … “

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FNAF character designs in a nutshell
  • FNAF 1: Animatronics that don't look like they're busted or broken, but simply look like antiquated pieces of technology. The horror in their designs comes from the same horror in real-life animatronics ; they don't look or feel RIGHT. This is commonly known as "The uncanny valley." When things look and move ALMOST like how you would expect them to, but not exactly, it creates a natural sense of revulsion in the observer. And the movements and looks of the animatronics takes full advantage of the Uncanny Valley.
  • FNAF 2: The animatronics are updated and look more sleek and shiny. By now, the player knows the Animatronics in this series are going to be antagonists, so the sleek, shiny, kid-friendly look to the animatronics is designed to directly counter this. You KNOW they're evil and menacing, but they look far safer than the original animatronics. Their friendly exterior, and their true nature the player is already aware of, causes the player to hold both of these opposing, conflicting view points at the same time. This is called "cognitive dissonance" and by forcing the player to have two opposing view-points on the animatronics, this cause extra mental stress, and as such makes the game scarier.