douglas baker

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While I was procrastinating on doing my ACTUAL homework, I figured I’d throw together a little appreciation post for these ladies who deserve more breath of public mention. I sincerely hope I’ve piqued somebody’s interest about at least one of these underrated women.

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Hyperland is 50 minutes of Douglas Adams dreaming about interactive multimedia, hypertext, and cyberspace, showcasing the contemporary state of relevant technologies (a rudimentary VR headset developed at NASA, for instance!).

It (1990) precedes:

  • the World Wide Web (1991) by a year
  • NCSA Mosaic (1993) by two and a half years
  • the Microsoft Office Assistant (1997) by seven years
  • Google (1998) by eight years
  • BBC Red Button (1999) by nine years
  • Second Life (2003) by 13 years
  • the Oculus Rift (wide release set for 2015?) by a lot

so it could really only feel its way very vaguely towards the general direction of extremely exciting near-future developments in sight. But, even though Hyperland’s vision for interactive multimedia feels more like a stack of HyperCards rather than a full-fledged HTML5 website, it’s still very interesting in retrospect. Tom Baker plays co-host, basically taking on the role of that infernal Microsoft Office paper clip.

Take an hour to watch it if you have nothing better to do. Here you go.

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This is really cute, all the girls wishing each other good luck before trials McKayla’s “Good luck everyone” made me laugh way more than it should have

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“I believe parents should provide a constant reminder to their children that they are proud of them for their effort no matter what the outcome.   It’s a long, long road.  If you want your child to stick with something and continue to enjoy it and work hard, it’s important to help them realize there WILL be ups and downs- and you will love them through it all.  Don’t let your frustration or disappointment come through to them- (even though it’s natural and ok to feel that way on the inside). ” - Rita Wieber

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Ed Sheeran - Wayfaring Stranger (Douglas Bako Cover)