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    I used to hoard toilet papyrus during the ten plagues of Egypt.

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    And those endless pharaoh speeches...

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    Quote Originally Posted by publiusr View Post
    And those endless pharaoh speeches...
    Ugh, and rock beat on rock, over and over, pain in head
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    I used to send email on CompuServe when the maximum message size was 4000 characters.

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    A former employer of mine once said of Roberto Clemente, "I don't care how good he is, no baseball player is worth $100,000 a year."

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    I remember when the U.S. Post Office charged extra for self-adhesive postage stamps.

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    I was on the jury in Adam's medical malpractice lawsuit.

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    I remember when dark matter was just kind of dim.

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    No one had yet climbed to the top of Mount Everest when I was born.

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    I remember when The Flintstones was futuristic science fiction.
    "I'm planning to live forever. So far, that's working perfectly." Steven Wright

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    I remember when The Flintstones was futuristic science fiction.
    Well it does depict life after the next Carrington.
    sicut vis videre esto
    When we realize that patterns don't exist in the universe, they are a template that we hold to the universe to make sense of it, it all makes a lot more sense.
    Originally Posted by Ken G

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    Quote Originally Posted by profloater View Post
    Well it does depict life after the next Carrington.
    So we lose metal and steam engines? WOW that's a powerful flare!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    So we lose metal and steam engines? WOW that's a powerful flare!!!
    Yeah, the flare, the errors that lead to war et cetera. It maybe a worse case scenario, but a major flare could have global consequences. Of course we talk of the Flintstones in a lighter vein, the more serious it might be, the more offhand we can be. You realise when I refer to the flintstones as science fiction, there is a touch of irony there.? Why steam engines by the way?
    sicut vis videre esto
    When we realize that patterns don't exist in the universe, they are a template that we hold to the universe to make sense of it, it all makes a lot more sense.
    Originally Posted by Ken G

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    Quote Originally Posted by profloater View Post
    Why steam engines by the way?

    Because steam power would be unaffected after a flare event? It would not stop the functioning of most technologies, in fact.

    So a return to the stone age is not a reasonable result. It would take an incredibly unlikely chain of events for a CME to lead to that. A near-total extinction except for a non-literate isolated tribe, probably is the only plausible way for that to happen, and then they'd still have copious ruins full of useful items to explore and adapt.

    Anyway I'm so old that I start pedantic lectures over throwaway jokes in a F&G thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    Because steam power would be unaffected after a flare event? It would not stop the functioning of most technologies, in fact.

    So a return to the stone age is not a reasonable result. It would take an incredibly unlikely chain of events for a CME to lead to that. A near-total extinction except for a non-literate isolated tribe, probably is the only plausible way for that to happen, and then they'd still have copious ruins full of useful items to explore and adapt.

    Anyway I'm so old that I start pedantic lectures over throwaway jokes in a F&G thread.
    Me too I guess
    sicut vis videre esto
    When we realize that patterns don't exist in the universe, they are a template that we hold to the universe to make sense of it, it all makes a lot more sense.
    Originally Posted by Ken G

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    I remember when Barnard's Runaway Star used to just hide in the attic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    I used to hoard toilet papyrus during the ten plagues of Egypt.
    You had ten plagues? Lucky you. When I was a kid we could only afford one plague, and we all had to share it!
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    I remember when lasers weren't cat toys!
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    I remember when thorn resistant bicycle inner tubes were called thorn-proof tubes.

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    I remember that firearms only had single shoot before reloading.

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    I remember when ulfberht swords were still battlefield weapons.

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    I recall the day.

    The first one, that is.
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    I remember astronomers complaining about light pollution on the day fireflies evolved..

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    I am so old I'm re-using some of my "I am so old" gags.
    "I'm planning to live forever. So far, that's working perfectly." Steven Wright

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    I saw the first photon.
    From the wilderness into the cosmos.
    You can not be afraid of the wind, Enterprise: Broken Bow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    I saw the first photon.
    I sent it.
    "I'm planning to live forever. So far, that's working perfectly." Steven Wright

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    I sent it.
    Thanks it was so enlightening.
    From the wilderness into the cosmos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Thanks it was so enlightening.
    "I'm planning to live forever. So far, that's working perfectly." Steven Wright

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    It took me to all new quantum level.
    From the wilderness into the cosmos.
    You can not be afraid of the wind, Enterprise: Broken Bow.
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    I was around during the a previous version of the universe called version 3372 this one is version 3376 I could vist the first version but that one is a bit one dimensional.
    From the wilderness into the cosmos.
    You can not be afraid of the wind, Enterprise: Broken Bow.
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