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21 April 2012 @ 09:09 am
Saturday Morning Fever  
It's Saturday morning.

I am sitting in front of the television with a big bowl of cereal, watching cartoons.

It's not all that different from a Saturday morning 40 years ago, except ...

  • Coffee!
  • Laptop computer. I mean, seriously. This thing wasn't even a concept in 1972.
  • Coffee.
  • Vastly superior cartoons. Avatar: the Legend of Korra, the Thundercats reboot, Green Lantern and Young Justice vs. ... well, this.


All in all ... Yeah, to heck with nostalgia this morning. More like relaxed contentment.


Did I mention coffee?
 
 
 
Hafochafoc on April 21st, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
(Lifts a mug in your general direction.) I just replaced a cheap basic 5 cup no name coffee maker that was failing with a cheap basic 5 cup coffee maker that brews with HOT water. Now I have, like, you know, COFFEE. Not dishwater.

As to the rest of it-- you think cartoons were bad in 1972? You had COLOR! Back in 1963 we had to walk through video snow for miles uphill both ways to see- sort of- two channels of cartoons in BLACK AND WHITE. And it was Clutch Cargo or Scott McCloud, Space Angel or Fireball XL-5. But we were glad to have them! Because we were happy to have anything, you ungrateful whippersnapper!

Truth to tell you could start a contest here about Childhood Cartoons we Knew Sucked Even Then. I'd put Clutch Cargo or Scott McCloud right at the top of those. They didn't animate them. They filmed a still drawing with an actor's mouth in a cutout in it, speaking the lines so the lips moved. THAT was the quality of the animation there.
one in a billionsiege on April 21st, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
You say "Scott McCloud" and I think "cartoonist".

Then I look up http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Angel
Helvetica 'Foofers' Bold: Shiny Bubblesfoofers on April 21st, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
Laptop computer. I mean, seriously. This thing wasn't even a concept in 1972.

D'oh!
ArchTeryxarchteryx on April 21st, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
Foofers, I think you win the pastry dessert today. ;>
Moral Explorernotthebuddha on April 22nd, 2012 05:15 am (UTC)
2001's astronauts used tablets in 1968, and FOUNDATION's Hari Seldon was packing a personal computer he could hold in one hand in 1951.

Zrath-Smiley: Atari Colorzrath on April 23rd, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)


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ArchTeryxarchteryx on April 21st, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
You have good taste, particually the Thundercats-as-anime reboot. It seems to just get better and better, though it also more and more resembles a kiddie version of Cowboy Bebop - and that's not at all a bad thing either. :)
The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit: Bunny wiggleporsupah on April 21st, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Ah, there've been wonderful computing devices in Sci-Fi for a while, surely. ^_^ The Guide itself is now finally a reality, in the iPad, with specs that would've been mind-blowing in 1979 - even the BBC Micro could only sport 640x256 1bpp/320x256 2bpp/160x256 4bpp, and a few more, versus the original's 1024x768 24bpp, let alone the vastly improved processing, or sheer storage.. computing nostalgia's fun, but it tickles me to think I've got about 4,000 times the storage in my iPad than I did in my first (full height, 5.25") hard drive.

And it's only going to get better. =:D

I'd also add: the net. Magazines were once the essential means of learning about new releases, reviews, and so forth, at least until the likes of Micro Live came onto the scene. Software - well, you could go mail order, else it'd be a matter of a pilgrimage to a computer store, to pick up a physical package. Now, it's all available immediately.

Second Life, Skype, OmniWeb, Aperture, Photoshop, Logic, Reason, iChat.. it was all sci-fi then! (And still is, as far as most of Hollywood's concerned =:)
Paul Gadzikowskiscarfman on April 21st, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
Heyyy. Pufnstuf, Underdog and the Pink Panther are in there.