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05 February 2020 09:27
 

I’m sure I need not elaborate.

That, or something like it, will be the explanation cited by alien archaeologists who will, one day in the distant future, examine the wreckage we are preparing to wreak now.

They’ll say, of all the little primate-manned rocks in the galaxy, this one did have quite a party. They’ll be right. The party is already winding down.

While the things around us are advancing, they are also degrading. Our stuff is futuristic but cheap. While the bag we brought it home in will last forever, the stuff does not hold up well when exposed to a corrosive gas like oxygen, or when in the grip of 1g of gravity.

Our younger generations were born into an already lesser world. When was the peak of the party? Who’s lifetime can claim to crest the wave of human civilization? Who saw the best it got? Not to brag but I think it might be my ilk- the lagging edge of the boomers. We should realize that we are ephemeral time capsules of What Was Possible. The children need to be told before it all slips away.

It’s time for us booms to stand up, get out in the streets and shout, “I remember flexible vacuum cleaner hoses! And flashlights that don’t have to be knocked against something to light up.!”

There are plenty of other things to mention. Nuance, time for nuance, album sides, patience…

I’m asking our patrons, grayed or not, how good did it get?

 
 
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07 February 2020 08:22
 

Barry McGuire must be turning over in his grave.

Just to annoy Vociferous Fuckweasel, I’m going to say that the high point was reached with “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, on which your post is a meta-comment.

If it is all going to end in tears, I want my MTV.

 
 
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07 February 2020 13:38
 

I suppose the title is somewhat lyrical but really.

At least you got to annoy someone.

 
 
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07 February 2020 16:02
 

I’m fixing my pinball machine right now.  Downloaded the manual off the internet and getting troubleshooting advice from a friendly stranger in Minnesota on a forum.  Communicating this message on my iPhone.  I have nostalgia for the days of nintendo and vhs tapes of star wars that would garble now and then from watching 1000 times.  The best is yet to come.

 
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08 February 2020 03:21
 
Nhoj Morley - 05 February 2020 09:27 AM

I’m asking our patrons, grayed or not, how good did it get?

Moon landings, aluminum beer cans, Voyager’s grand tour, organ transplants, UNIX, sippin on gin and juice, ripstop nylon, quasars, deconstruction, LOTR movies, digital music, the Whopper, the Big Bopper, patience Grasshopper.

 
 
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08 February 2020 08:01
 

Stacked stereo systems with:

turntable
cassette deck 1
cassette deck 2
equalizer
tuner
pre-amp
amplifier

4 ft speakers with 15” woofers
and maybe a nice reel-to-reel off to the side

 
 
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08 February 2020 08:53
 

Lounging on the grass looking up at the blue sky through the trees, in moderate temperatures, with clean water flowing in the lakes and streams, surrounded by fresh air to breathe, while having nowhere to be and nothing to do.

Those were the days.

 
 
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LadyJane - 08 February 2020 08:53 AM

Lounging on the grass looking up at the blue sky through the trees, in moderate temperatures, with clean water flowing in the lakes and streams, surrounded by fresh air to breathe, while having nowhere to be and nothing to do.

Those were the days.

I’m very fortunate to live in such a place, but I understand it’s a rare commodity these days.

 
 
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08 February 2020 09:01
 

Also, when people put more than two minutes of thought into things.

 
 
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LadyJane - 08 February 2020 09:01 AM

Also, when people put more than two minutes of thought into things.

Also, when people were more open minded, and could spot an olive branch when it was offered.

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08 February 2020 13:11
 

Caps! We had explosives for children! Forget the stupid cap-gun. I learned more about physics from rolls and rolls of caps than school.

I was hoping someone would mention the moon mission. The Revel model kits were perfect. Ambient Testor’s glue fumes provided my first psychedelic experiences.

2001 in Cinerama. The Marshall stack. Lego blocks. Amber bulbs. Eventually, no one will know what those are. Imagine if mankind forgets that we got to the moon.

 
 
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Nhoj Morley - 08 February 2020 01:11 PM

Caps! We had explosives for children! Forget the stupid cap-gun. I learned more about physics from rolls and rolls of caps than school.

I was hoping someone would mention the moon mission. The Revel model kits were perfect. Ambient Testor’s glue fumes provided my first psychedelic experiences.

2001 in Cinerama. The Marshall stack. Lego blocks. Amber bulbs. Eventually, no one will know what those are. Imagine if mankind forgets that we got to the moon.

We’re just getting started with our lists..

how about riding our bikes around suburbia, miles from home, unsupervised, for hours at a time?

 
 
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08 February 2020 15:51
 

we watched a tragedy unfold
we did as we were told
we bought and sold
it was the greatest show on earth
but then it was over
we ohhed and awed
we drove our racing cars
we ate our last few jars of caviar
and somewhere out there in the stars
a keen eyed look out
spied a flickering light
our last hurrah
our last hurrah
and when they found our shadows
grouped round the tv sets
they ran down every lead
they repeated every test
they checked out all the data on their list
and then the alien anthropologist
admitted they were still perplexed
but on eliminating every other reason
for our sad demise
they logged the only explanation left
this species has amused itself to death

no tears to cry, no feelings left
the species has amused itself to death
amused itself to death

— Roger Waters

 
 
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08 February 2020 23:27
 
Cheshire Cat - 08 February 2020 03:51 PM

we watched a tragedy unfold
we did as we were told
we bought and sold
it was the greatest show on earth
but then it was over
we ohhed and awed
we drove our racing cars
we ate our last few jars of caviar
and somewhere out there in the stars
a keen eyed look out
spied a flickering light
our last hurrah
our last hurrah
and when they found our shadows
grouped round the tv sets
they ran down every lead
they repeated every test
they checked out all the data on their list
and then the alien anthropologist
admitted they were still perplexed
but on eliminating every other reason
for our sad demise
they logged the only explanation left
this species has amused itself to death

no tears to cry, no feelings left
the species has amused itself to death
amused itself to death

— Roger Waters

I’ve never heard this song, but I love the lyrics. 
We can talk about the greatest achievements to date, about nostalgia for what made us happy.  I still believe the crest is yet to come, like Gene Roddenberry’s vision of all nations and races combining as a united Earth to explore the universe and fend off the evil alien races and crystalline entities that seek to destroy what is good.  We might be gone before any of that but it’s nice to imagine.
Lawn darts, roman candle fights, delivering the newspaper alone at 6 in the morning with John Joubert on the prowl.  Arcades and go karts, Star Wars (the movies and the missile defense system).  Glasnost and fallout shelters.  Vinyl disco records skipping when you dance around.  Email, online banking, instant access to free porn. 
I can’t claim the moon landing, but smartphones have more practical usefulness.  I raise the smartphone as the crest of human achievement- any challengers?

[ Edited: 09 February 2020 07:33 by DEGENERATEON]
 
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DEGENERATEON - 08 February 2020 11:27 PM

I raise the smartphone as the crest of human achievement- any challengers?

Smartphones can be used by corporations and governments to collect private information about people who use them. It seems you rate convenience as the crest of human achievement. You’re entitled to your opinion.

DEGENERATEON - 08 February 2020 11:27 PM

I still believe the crest is yet to come

Gosh, what a swell dude you are, at least according to what you believe. Keep a good thought.

[ Edited: 09 February 2020 09:54 by Traces Elk]
 
 
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Nhoj Morley - 05 February 2020 09:27 AM

I’m asking our patrons, grayed or not, how good did it get?

 

For who?

 
 
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