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    My 12 year old daughter (at least I think she's 12, I don't really keep track :p) had a report to do for school. After she told me she had to find some research for this report, she logged into my computer found Wikipedia and started her research.

    Then it hit me: My kids will never know what life was like before instant access to information! I'm a very technical person, a Systems Architect to be exact, but I remember life at school before computers. I remember going to the library, digging through encyclopedias, and jotting down notes. My kids can take notes with copy and paste. They look up any information required for any subject instantly. They have URL's in the bibliographies of their work!

    To be honest, I'm just a little bit jealous at how easy they have it.

    Just a mindless rant on an interesting observation.
    "In England a king hath little more to do than to make war and give away places; which in plain terms, is to impoverish the nation and set it together by the ears. A pretty business indeed for a man to be allowed eight hundred thousand sterling a year for, and worshipped into the bargain! Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived."
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    Quote Originally Posted by malloc View Post
    My 12 year old daughter (at least I think she's 12, I don't really keep track :p) had a report to do for school. After she told me she had to find some research for this report, she logged into my computer found Wikipedia and started her research.

    Then it hit me: My kids will never know what life was like before instant access to information! I'm a very technical person, a Systems Architect to be exact, but I remember life at school before computers. I remember going to the library, digging through encyclopedias, and jotting down notes. My kids can take notes with copy and paste. They look up any information required for any subject instantly. They have URL's in the bibliographies of their work!

    To be honest, I'm just a little bit jealous at how easy they have it.

    Just a mindless rant on an interesting observation.
    Until I got my first practical computer I had a library card and went twice a week to the library, even after my first computer I used it to order books to be delivered to the closest library to me. I also save a ton of money on reference books, I'm in the process of packing up my library room and putting my books in storage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by malloc View Post
    My 12 year old daughter (at least I think she's 12, I don't really keep track :p)...
    Uhhh, maybe YOU need to do some research!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    Until I got my first practical computer I had a library card and went twice a week to the library, even after my first computer I used it to order books to be delivered to the closest library to me. I also save a ton of money on reference books, I'm in the process of packing up my library room and putting my books in storage.
    feel free to ship them to me ;) I only have 3000 volumes. I need more. :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by marv View Post
    Uhhh, maybe YOU need to do some research!
    No way! If I knew how old she was it would only highlight my geezerness, and slowly bring about a certain level of panic when I realize how close she is to the dating boys phase. ;)
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    "In England a king hath little more to do than to make war and give away places; which in plain terms, is to impoverish the nation and set it together by the ears. A pretty business indeed for a man to be allowed eight hundred thousand sterling a year for, and worshipped into the bargain! Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived."
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    Quote Originally Posted by malloc View Post
    My 12 year old daughter (at least I think she's 12, I don't really keep track :p) had a report to do for school. After she told me she had to find some research for this report, she logged into my computer found Wikipedia and started her research.

    Then it hit me: My kids will never know what life was like before instant access to information! I'm a very technical person, a Systems Architect to be exact, but I remember life at school before computers. I remember going to the library, digging through encyclopedias, and jotting down notes. My kids can take notes with copy and paste. They look up any information required for any subject instantly. They have URL's in the bibliographies of their work!

    To be honest, I'm just a little bit jealous at how easy they have it.

    Just a mindless rant on an interesting observation.
    This reminds me of an email I got :
    When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning.... Uphill... Barefoot... BOTH ways… yadda, yadda, yadda

    And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!

    But now that I'm over the ripe old age of thirty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia!
    And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good you've got it!

    I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!

    There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!

    Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our ass! Nowhere was safe!

    There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!

    Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby! Dig?

    We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it!

    There weren't any freakin' cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a damn call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". OH MY GOD !!! Think of the horror... not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are.

    And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent... you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

    We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your screen guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination! !! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen... Forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

    You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!

    There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-finks!

    And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!

    And our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long. Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside... you were doing chores!
    And car seats - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were lucky, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place!
    See! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980 or any time before!
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    Quote Originally Posted by malloc View Post
    No way! If I knew how old she was it would only highlight my geezerness, and slowly bring about a certain level of panic when I realize how close she is to the dating boys phase. ;)
    You know shannon has a son about the same age . . . who like girls amazingly enough . . . :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    feel free to ship them to me ;) I only have 3000 volumes. I need more. :D
    Boxes and boxes and boxes of theology, language studies and most English versions of the bible including a photocopy version of the Geneva bible complete with notes from the reformers. Several Greek and Hebrew manuscripts, most of the classic commentaries and many contemporary commentaries literal as well as liberal view points. I have copies of most of the dead sea scrolls as well as Apocrypha from other sources. I have a library that will rival most ministers. Someday I may haul it all out and disappear for five years again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    Boxes and boxes and boxes of theology, language studies and most English versions of the bible including a photocopy version of the Geneva bible complete with notes from the reformers. Several Greek and Hebrew manuscripts, most of the classic commentaries and many contemporary commentaries literal as well as liberal view points. I have copies of most of the dead sea scrolls as well as Apocrypha from other sources. I have a library that will rival most ministers. Someday I may haul it all out and disappear for five years again.
    I'd be happy to um . . . store it for you . . . :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    I'd be happy to um . . . store it for you . . . :D
    My wife would like that, she is afraid I will disappear into the back room again for five years again and she won't see me.
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