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    I was a beta tester for Universe Mark One.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    I could vist the first version but that one is a bit one dimensional.
    Don't hand me a line.
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    I liked Ike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    I was a beta tester for Universe Mark One.
    I was a programmer on that project but I never got your feed back form back yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    I was a programmer on that project but I never got your feed back form back yet.
    Well geez! So impatient. It's only been a few billion years.

    I'll get around to it! Click image for larger version. 

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    I recall when Mister Snuffleupagus was Big Bird's imaginary friend.
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    I remember when big bird referred to a velociraptor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    I remember when big bird referred to a velociraptor.
    Bigger bird was Utahraptor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    Bigger bird was Utahraptor.
    We just called them r we did not have u and n yet.
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    Milton Berle used to raid my CQ posts for new material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    Milton Berle used to raid my CQ posts for new material.
    Why that time-travelling crook!
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    I started the "Hey! Look at that!" thread when the universe became transparent to light.

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    I told Caesar don't trust the senators on the steps.
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    I'm not old, you're old!
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    I was about to put I worked for the Macbeths I just couldn't that spot out.
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    I'm so old I still use internet forums!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I'm so old I still use internet forums!
    OMG. I would never be caught dead hanging out in one of those.
    As above, so below

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    I remember when people hosted bulletin boards on their own computers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    I was a beta tester for Universe Mark One.
    I was a beta tester for the Greek alphabet.

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    I am so old, I remember when economical nuclear fusion was more than 20 years away.
    If you're even older, you'll remember when economical nuclear fusion was less than 20 years away.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    I'm considering whether to change our Medicare coverage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    I am so old, I remember when economical nuclear fusion was more than 20 years away.
    If you're even older, you'll remember when economical nuclear fusion was less than 20 years away.
    So economical fusion power is not a new idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    So economical fusion power is not a new idea.
    Serious note: Fusion reactors and reactor attempts (devices intended to do fusion but turning out to be incapable of it) started in the early 50s. The stellarator was the early favorite but it turned out it lost plasma far faster than predicted. The Tokamak later became the favorite but it turned out there were all sorts of loss mechanisms and other issues. Those have slowly been resolved, and there has been much real progress but there are still things to be worked out. Oh, by the way? Fusion is easy. The trick is to get more power from fusion than it takes to produce the fusion events, and not just a little more, but enough to cover the energy use of all the equipment.

    This is one of those classic cases where there were many unknown unknowns, and back then folks thought it would be much easier than it turned out to be. Now much of that is resolved, but there are still known unknowns that need work for a practical commercial power reactor.

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    I remember when we change calendars from paleolithic which we just called the lithic at the time to the neolithic. Some people thought the world was going to come an end.
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    I remember when we used to get some Trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Heck I even remember doing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I remember when we used to get some Trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Heck I even remember doing it.
    just dropped off some Halloween stuff at a kids house, I don't mind but I left it on the doorstep because no one was home. Hopefully they will get home before anything gets into it.
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    I am so old I remember what school life was like without phones (not smartphones, mobile phones in general).

    Not as old as many people here, but it's been a while now that I look back on it.

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    On phones:

    I am so old, I remember when party lines were a thing (though we thankfully never had one).

    I remember when the phone company rented phones to you and wired them in - no modular connector. You couldn’t buy them, though we found an extra phone (I think it was left by a renter) and I wired it in my parent’s house. If we needed phone service in the house, I removed it before the service man came in. It was an amazing change when we could buy them. Lots of innovation but the phones were no longer built like tanks.

    I remember when all phones were rotary dial. The first phone I bought had a keypad but sent clicks like a rotary phone. The phone company charged extra for tone dialing.

    When long distance was expensive and sometimes didn’t have good sound quality.

    When there were phone booths and the pay phones actually worked.

    I remember my first cell phone, I could have bought one earlier, but I finally was swayed as much because it looked like a Star Trek communicator as because I felt a need for it.

    And those are all serious (I was thinking of joking about meeting Bell).

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