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    It's kind of like a car wreck in that sense, you know you shouldn't look, but you can't help peeking.

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    Many are saying they have CNN on 24/7. I use it as background. Do my work during Commercials.

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    Many are saying they have CNN on 24/7. I use it as background. Do my work during Commercials.
    I tend to turn away from his speeches, but I'm not going to stop watching the news because of Trump.

    But I have been cutting down and increasing my old movies and TV shows.

    Trying to go back to the good ol' days, they were not perfect, but they were not this!

    It seems to me I have been watching a steady decline for more than 40 years, and I know it doesn't change anything, but any small thing I can do to escape these awful times is worth a try.

    And I'm sure someone will come along and tell me I'm in denial etc, I don't care what they think and I would probably see them as part of the problem.

    If in some small way it is able to give the illusion of an age of decency, then I'll do it, whatever happened to common decency?



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    My pops was a systems engineer for NASA from Gemini, through all Apollo and retired early into the shuttle missions...his life was computers throughout my entire upbringing and they were his life and consumed his life. He passed away about 6 years ago..My mom wanted nothing to do with computers and knew zero about them and was pretty much afraid to use one for fear she would push the wrong button and break it..she got an Ipad about 4 years ago and took some classes and it opened up a whole new world for her as far as researching information and staying in contact with friends..all she did prior to that was old school letter writing ect..now she is glued to it like me and everybody else..it was cool for me to watch and teach her some things along the way.
    I have been writing Letters To The Editor since the 1960's. They always published them,laughed at them. Consider this my letter writing.

    But you grew up with computers. I bet she checks with you to fix things. That is neat to know about your Dad. Did they have the huge computers? Boy,what a grounding you have.

    It is amazing how our lives have changed in 3 generations I started using them at work. Never saw so many hysterical women. But one smart teacher said play with them,you can not hurt them.And 95% of the problems can be solved by turning them off,wait,then back on. Still true today unless your computer is failing. My big one is gathering dust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thx1138 View Post
    I tend to turn away from his speeches, but I'm not going to stop watching the news because of Trump.

    But I have been cutting down and increasing my old movies and TV shows.

    Trying to go back to the good ol' days, they were not perfect, but they were not this!

    It seems to me I have been watching a steady decline for more than 40 years, and I know it doesn't change anything, but any small thing I can do to escape these awful times is worth a try.

    And I'm sure someone will come along and tell me I'm in denial etc, I don't care what they think and I would probably see them as part of the problem.

    If in some small way it is able to give the illusion of an age of decency, then I'll do it, whatever happened to common decency?



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    THX,did you read the Speepless in Seattle thread?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnne View Post
    THX,did you read the Speepless in Seattle thread?
    Yes, I posted there too and I believe it, I had the same sense of shock and loss myself and did find it a little harder to fall asleep for awhile.

    Some people just don't care, some parrot "all politicians are the same," probably a result of their own political ignorance, but such a horrible event, to me seems bound to cause anxiety, I mean, it's only the whole country...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnne View Post
    I have been writing Letters To The Editor since the 1960's. They always published them,laughed at them. Consider this my letter writing.

    But you grew up with computers. I bet she checks with you to fix things. That is neat to know about your Dad. Did they have the huge computers? Boy,what a grounding you have.

    It is amazing how our lives have changed in 3 generations I started using them at work. Never saw so many hysterical women. But one smart teacher said play with them,you can not hurt them.And 95% of the problems can be solved by turning them off,wait,then back on. Still true today unless your computer is failing. My big one is gathering dust.
    When i was a kid in the mid 60's he would take me to work with him and show me single computers that were the size of large 3 story buildings. The Apollo missions had computers on board that were very basic one of today's smartphones does 100 time more and has that much more memory. I was pretty much like my mom and rebelled against computers. I think it was because i resented them because it was because of his work and long work hours that he was away often as was the case with many people who worked for NASA during those times..very dedicated to their jobs and what exiting jobs they were..i can see now how one could dedicate themselves like that. Being a systems engineer they are consumed by time..every system they design had to do with time..i never wore a watch in my life..lol..My dad found that very odd and it bugged him. He also worked with designing landsat..and i got to see some of the first images i remember it was in different light spectrum's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnne View Post
    I have been writing Letters To The Editor since the 1960's. They always published them,laughed at them. Consider this my letter writing.

    But you grew up with computers. I bet she checks with you to fix things. That is neat to know about your Dad. Did they have the huge computers? Boy,what a grounding you have.

    It is amazing how our lives have changed in 3 generations I started using them at work. Never saw so many hysterical women. But one smart teacher said play with them,you can not hurt them.And 95% of the problems can be solved by turning them off,wait,then back on. Still true today unless your computer is failing. My big one is gathering dust.
    Yes, you see "computers" in the movies, someone gets thrown up against a control panel and the thing explodes!

    Or, someone did push the wrong buttons and the machine went "haywire."

    But, you learn in electronics that you might mess up some data, but you are not going to "break" the machine by merely operating it.

    You can break industrial machines that move like robots, but not a standing computer or other purely electronic device.

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    Here is a good example of a TV computer, the Seaview's from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea...



    The giant "indicator array" always puzzled me:

    "We have a flashing red warning light, we have a problem!"

    "Which warning light?"

    "Umm... let's see, it's the *fifteen, sixteen,* seventeenth row... umm... *nine, ten,* eleventh column over..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldendog View Post
    When i was a kid in the mid 60's he would take me to work with him and show me single computers that were the size of large 3 story buildings. The Apollo missions had computers on board that were very basic one of today's smartphones does 100 time more and has that much more memory. I was pretty much like my mom and rebelled against computers. I think it was because i resented them because it was because of his work and long work hours that he was away often as was the case with many people who worked for NASA during those times..very dedicated to their jobs and what exiting jobs they were..i can see now how one could dedicate themselves like that. Being a systems engineer they are consumed by time..every system they design had to do with time..i never wore a watch in my life..lol..My dad found that very odd and it bugged him. He also worked with designing landsat..and i got to see some of the first images i remember it was in different light spectrum's.
    And, now,don't you wish you had paid more attention? So much to learn from him?

    We watched many of the launchings from Daytona. We were thrilled to see it. To me it is just amazing the changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnne View Post
    And, now,don't you wish you had paid more attention? So much to learn from him?

    We watched many of the launchings from Daytona. We were thrilled to see it. To me it is just amazing the changes.
    He was very tight lipped about his job. I'm pretty sure he had clearances that required it. Early on before he was transferred to NASA we lived of Cape Canaveral FL and he started out at the space center there..that was when i was 3-4 years old..we would sit in our backyard and watch rockets take off.
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