Monday, September 14, 2009

You know you're tragically old when ...

... you reminisce, without irony, about the soft, sweet grunting of a 5 ¼ inch floppy drive because you have actually owned computers that had them.


  1. Or a Commodore 64 (in 1983) that had to play a tape to get the data up and running...

    Floppy discs were amazing to me, when I first started getting brave and using them in 1993...

  2. Haha, I remember the first computer we had - Apple Mac II. It was awesome! It had all the good games, Conan the Barbarian, Robocop, umm...

    I can only guess how old I was back then. But it was a hand me down computer, so I could only guess.

    See link - aka TOOS style.

  3. Kath - I literally used to be able to write programs on Commodore 64s! Remember Turtle?

    Shippy - My first computer was a Pentium (pause for gasps) 486 with a 200 Megabyte hard drive!

    Later that year a friend of mine got one with 1000 Mbs. (That's 1 Gig). I remember standing around with a bunch of mates, scratching our heads and asking him what exactly he thought he was going to put on all that space.
    "I ... I dunno ..." he muttered disconsolately.

  4. Or an Amstrad with tapes where the tape deck ended up with a fault in it that went we had to push it down by putting a heavy object on it...

    Or a BBC Micro where you could send a message to someone else in the class calling them a rude word...

  5. Man, I'm too young to comment on this blog I think.

  6. Miles - Or the Calico with the digital telephone keypad controller ... or the mindboggling SuperDrive 3.5" inch discs with 120mbs of storage or .... eh .... Somebody fetch my cane and my pills ...

    Shippy - Yah go back to your ipods and your wireless access points ...

  7. I don't own an Ipod! I stick to the wireless - no not Matt'n'Dave.


An explanation of The Joy Division Litmus Test

Although it may now be lost in the mysts of thyme, the poll below is still relevant to this blog. In the winter of 2008, Mele and I went to live in Queensland. In order to survive, I bluffed my way into a job at a Coffee Club.
It was quite a reasonable place to work: the hours were regular, the staff were quite nice, it wasn't particularly taxing on my brain.
There were a few downsides: In the six weeks or so that I worked there, there was about a 90% staff turnover (contributed to by my leaving). This wasn't seen as a result of the low pay, the laughability of staff prices or the practice of not distributing tips to staff, rather it was blamed on the lack of work ethic among Bribie Island's youth.
However, one of the stranger aspects of the cultural isolation that touched our lives during our time "up there" was the fact that nobody at my work had heard of the band Joy Division.
The full explanation is available here.
But please, interact a little further and vote in my ongoing poll. The results are slowly mounting up, proving one thing: people read this blog are more well-informed about Joy Division than anyone who works at the Coffee Club on Bribie Island.

Have you heard of the band Joy Division?

Chinese food, not Chinese Internet!

Champions of Guess The Header

  • What is Guess The Header about? Let’s ask regular “Writing” reader, Shippy: "Anyway, after Franzy's stunning September, and having a crack at 'Guess The Header' for the first time - without truly knowing what I was doing mind you - I think I finally understand what 'GTH' is all about. At first I thought you needed to actually know what it was. Don't get me wrong — if you know what it is, it may help you. I now realise that it's more Franzy's way of invoking thought around an image or, more often than not, part of an image. If you dissect slightly the GTH explanatory sentence at the bottom of his blog you come up with this: “The photo is always taken by me and always connects in some way to the topic of the blog entry it heads up.” When the header is put up, the blog below it will in some obscure way have something to do with it. “Interesting comments are judged and scored arbitrarily and the process is open to corruption and bribery with all correspondence being entered into after the fact and on into eternity, ad infinitum amen.” Franzy judges it, but it's not always the GTH that describes the place perfectly that gets it. “The frequent commenters, the wits, the wags and the outright smartarses who, each entry, engage to both guess the origin and relevance of the strip of photo at the top (or “head”) of each new blog and also who leave what I deem the most interesting comment.” It generally helps if you're a complete smartarse and can twist things to mean whatever you feel they should mean - exactly the way Franzy would like things to be twisted." - Shippy Blogger and GTH point scorer.
  • Nai - 1
  • Lion Kinsman - 2
  • Will - 2
  • Brocky - 2
  • Andy Pants - 2
  • The 327th Male - 3
  • Mad Cat Lady - 3
  • Miles McClagen - 4
  • Myninjacockle - 4
  • Asheligh - 5
  • Neil - 5
  • Third Cat - 5
  • Adam Y - 6
  • Squib - 6
  • Mele - 6
  • Moifey - 7
  • Jono - 8
  • The Other, other Sam - 14
  • Kath Lockett - 15
  • Shippy - 19
  • River - 32