DarkChaplain joined on May 14th, 2010, since that has made 3421 posts that are still accessible today, 142 of which are threads. Helping shape the community, DarkChaplain has given 6551 upvotes, and was last online on Apr 24th, 2017.
I don't get it.
I saw on the Discord thing that @Bavalt's got a neat idea going for himself already. I'm relatively unsure about my own subject still.
Does anybody else have any ideas they'd like to share yet? If so, feel free to get on the Discord thingy and tell the rest about them.
Amazon Logistics finally figured out how to deliver a package. I'm impressed. Released on March 30, officially, had a review copy since early February. Reviewed it earlier this month. I'd highly recommend this one, it is a strong contender for my favorite novel of the year, and it is stand-alone so no prior knowledge required.
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There's plenty of these things stuck in my mind. I won't go into ones that I was specifically told by people, though. Without context, they wouldn't be all that interesting, and I'm not about to give history lessons.
However, there are a few things from literature that have stuck with me for a long time.
I'll start with only one here, from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Children of Húrin. It is still my favorite book to this very day, and it is in no small part due to the first chapter, where these lines come from:
"‘Give with a free hand, but give only your own,’"
"‘All three gifts were your own to give, Túrin: love, pity, and the knife the least.’"
Túrin, the protagonist, receives an elvish knife for his birthday. He decides to give it to old Sador, the crippled craftsman, who told him tales of the past and his own shame.
He would refuse things that Túrin found, or stole somewhere, which brought about the first line, but when Túrin got the knife and offered it freely, he couldn't refuse out of cultural obligations.
Later, Túrin's parents noticed he wasn't carrying the knife, and his mother thinks he doesn't like and cherish it; while the elves were still numerous in those days, a weapon like that was no small thing. So he told them he gave it away out of pity and love for Sador; he wasn't well-regarded due to his status as a cripple. Húrin said the second line I quoted, and it has stuck with me ever since reading it the first time.
To me, this is a profound little bit that probably not many people would really notice or remember. But when you do think about it, realize the message it holds, it is quite beautiful.
I am not entirely sure that it really actively influenced me. It has been too long to compare before and after.
However, it springs to mind whenever I end up giving something to somebody. It makes me realize I'm not just giving away an object, but also a degree of compassion and care. It might not be more than a simple video game, or an ebook, or a piece of candy for a neighbor child, but that's not the point. I'm giving something of myself, a piece of compassion, whether the recipient realizes it or not. Though I do struggle with gift ideas a lot of the time, because it is hard to find something that matches that most of the time.
At the end of the day, I wouldn't be surprised if I've become more generous as a result of those sections. Sometimes it can be detrimental, too, but I rarely find myself regretting the loss of a thing as long as it was given with good intent. And there I went, writing an essay after all!
"Too much, too fast" is something that might haunt me for a good long time as well. It is a pity you often only realize your own pace being detrimental in hindsight.
How.. how can you not have seen The Last Unicorn... How.... I just... Wow...
I was taking a long bath tonight, listening to a recent Star Wars audiobook and it brought up Clone Wars technology (You know like, those stupid Droids from the Prequel Trilogy?). Nobody remembers that shit properly anymore by the Original Trilogy, let alone the sequels, and it got me thinking about you lot.
Earlier still I found out that barely anybody here knows of, let alone has watched, The Last Unicorn, based on Peter S. Beagle's masterwork novel. Disgraceful, really. So what else would kids these days not know?
How about VHS? Walkman? The proper one using cassettes. You remember those? You had to rewind them to listen to 'em again! Inconceivable to "Generation Linkster", I assume.
So here's the question I'm gonna ask and poll you on.
Who of you has had a VideCassette Recorder (VCR; See Thread Header)? Who has never seen one? Did you use one before? Did your household got rid of that for the sake of DVDs before you acquired conscious thought?
The videocassette recorder, VCR, or video recorder is an electromechanical device that records analog audio and analog video from broadcast television or other source on a removable, magnetic tape videocassette, and can play back the recording. Use of a VCR to record a television program to play back at a more convenient time is commonly referred to as timeshifting. VCRs can also play back prerecorded tapes. In the 1980s and 1990s, prerecorded videotapes were widely available for purchase and rental, and blank tapes were sold to make recordings.
What other pieces of technology have you forgotten about or never knew existed? Feel free to post and share other things you know that others might not, or are long-since obsolete from a technical standpoint. If you're good, you can add a bit of general info or an explanation of what your marvel of old tech used to do.
Welcome to the Dark Age of Technology. When videocassettes used up incredible amounts of space on shelves and you'd still run games off of 25 floppy disks.
Nat totally did say that. Promise.