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Bobby Campbell

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« Reply #510 on: October 04, 2019, 02:35:58 am »


Though the VCR and accompanying VHS library were excellent tools for exploring ideaspace, live TV was my constant companion.

10 or so channels of broadcast signals, permeating the skies, dialed in through the static of a temperamental TV antennae.

It was definitely an imperfect connection to the global village, but there was a certain charm in trying to adjust the rabbit ears to catch just enough of the transmission to see the show. Unwound wire coat hangers adorned with tin foil, bent this way and that, until some random and arbitrary arrangement magically tuned in the desperately sought signal.

For bonus points this was often done on black & white TV sets, because though color TVs had been around for 2 decades already, those more expensive sets were usually reserved for adult spaces, and most other TVs I'd encounter as a kid were ancient, tiny, and lacking in color.

Then came one day the cable!

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« Reply #511 on: October 13, 2019, 03:18:01 am »
Pure nostalgia! No lower form of pigfucking degenerate than the one who returned an unwound tape to the video store.  :lulz:

Sometimes I rented movies just to do that to people.

This gives me an idea for a sitcom!  :fnord: :fnord: :fnord:


But then, I suppose that's why I'm so damn lucky to understand how these magic boxes, how this series of tubes filled with cat videos, actually works, and circumvent the need for recording things myself.

Lucky indeed!

It's interesting looking back at late 20th century media technology as a nascent electronic information environment stitching itself together into the world wide web, and how the internet is kind of a very specific dream come true, a youth culture dream , with all applicable pros & cons thereof.

NOW EVERYBODY DO THE GREMLIN!