In the 1980s videos were made with video cameras

Actual cameras, either a separate camera connected to a video recorder, or a camera and VCR combination in one unit- the camcorder. Oh, and oh yeah, you recorded that video onto a tape- which essentially is this super long plastic ribbon coated with magnetic particles. It’s a miracle they worked as well as they did.

So, now…

That I could just pick up this tablet I am typing this on and make a video is still amazing when I actually think about it.

That the tablet I am typing this on exists is in itself still amazing when I think how recently a device like this would be used by characters in a sci-fi show.

That I can pick up a phone that does what this tablet does and is also a phone feels like it should be blowing my mind every time I realize that it’s true.

There is not a video here though. Just some thoughts about making them.

Thanks for reading.

Bye, for now.


Trying to look up 1950s images I found 1980s nostalgia- Micro Magic!

I was trying to look up 1950’s images of burgers and fries, or hotdogs, or milkshakes, that type of food. This would’ve been the time when my parents were either little kids or young teens, depending on when in the 50’s.

And I came across an image that linked to a blog post a couple years old, making me nostalgic for some junk food from my own youth, in the 1980s. Micro Magic french fries.

I wasn’t much on the burgers, because ewww, soggy buns… or the milkshakes, because, as the writer of the post points out, yeah, basically you’re just melting ice cream. (She liked the burgers, though.)

The blogger is an author named Jennifer Friess, whom I was not previously familiar with. Her blog is called “I’m not stalking you”.

If this is something you are interested in, click that link to the blog. She also has a post about more current items that are like the old 1980s products.

And she also found a Micro Magic Facebook fan page. In 2013 it had 13 likes. Now it’s got 56. Wait… make that 57.

Go ahead and add to that if you like.

Anyway, this is just stuff I found kind of randomly, so, whatever.

Have fun.

The past; today: Sexuality, how it was and is. Just a few thoughts.

This isn’t a deep analysis.

It’s just thoughts.

Hopefully that’s OK with folks. If it’s not OK, oh well.

I might write a big major analysis someday, but this is not that day!



No matter how open minded a person is, they probably know that some in the general public still speak of sexuality in terms of “normal” and “deviant”.  And I’m not even talking about kink or anything, but just people still calling heterosexuality the norm and anything else not normal.

Well, back in the 80’s and early 90’s, (and definitely before) that was pretty much the only socially acceptable way to speak of sexuality. It wasn’t a way that only folks who are against “all that PC stuff” would refer to it. It was how you would presume, without prior evidence to the contrary, that all your friends, coworkers, fellow students etc thought of it. Even at an art school which is known to have a lot of liberal thinkers. Yes, a sizable amount of folks in that setting made it vocally clear they were what “polite” society termed deviant. But still others did not. If you thought differently, you usually felt very nervous bringing it up for the first time with anyone not in that “out and proud” group.

It is still often assumed that anyone defending the rights of the lgbtq group must belong to it. Like, why would anyone else care? (Like, why be human?)

There are people one can feel safe talking about gay or straight monosexuality with, but nervous bringing up bisexuality, pansexuality or asexuality, and totally won’t feel safe mentioning any trans issues to.

We still have plenty of folks who think they know what your sexuality should be based on your looks.

And some of them act like it’s a crime against humanity for a good looking person to be asexual.

What we would now call gray-asexual (I think. I’m still learning terms myself.) would perhaps have been termed as “low libido” and thus something that needed fixing.

So I guess I am saying for now that some things have changed, but a lot could still use improvement.

And, that’s all the thoughts I can articulate at the moment.

More some other time.