Back-to-School Memories We Kind of Want to Forget
It's that time of year again. To mark the occasion, here are some of staff's back-to-school memories. Megan Turchi: I ate lunch sitting on the concrete outside of the science building alone and I was talking to my dad on the phone at lunch ...
August 27, 2014
Shine On, You Crazy Gadgets
For video games I had a first generation PlayStation, games rented from Kosmo and copied with a CD burner, played on an Aiwa 24-inch TV that was built around a Sony Trinitron CRT tube. At the time, these were important brands. Since then the companies ...
January 1, 2010
Megan Turchi : I ate lunch sitting on the concrete outside of the science building alone and I was talking to my dad on the phone at lunch and some mean kid threw an apple at me and it hit me in the side of my stomach and caused a serious bruise. Eric Levenson : I probably have the saddest story from my first day of middle school. I went to a small private Jewish school for elementary and then switched to a big public middle school, which was a pretty big culture shock. I didn’t know anybody and was pretty shy and totally afraid of eating lunch by myself where everyone could make fun of me. That’s how I spent my first day eating my bagel & cream cheese lunch in a bathroom stall. Also this was definitely before I realized that doing this is a movie trope of sad school stories, making it doubly depressing. Angela Nelson : My first day of college was only the second time in my life I saw my father cry. It was 1997, outside of the Boston University College of Communications building. Adam Vaccaro : I recall an experience on the first day of second grade, while awaiting the bus, in which my younger sister chased me in an attempt to wallop me with her backpack. Joe Allen-Black : My first day of college, I decided quickly that my dorm-mates were never going to be the TGIF, 90210 or Lifetime-movie besties that I had been promised growing up. So, I decided to walk over to college newspaper and tell them I...
I don't think I even had a portable media player, playing Napster MP3s only at home on Winamp. For video games I had a first generation PlayStation, games rented from Kosmo and copied with a CD burner, played on an Aiwa 24-inch TV that was built around a Sony Trinitron CRT tube. Since then the companies that made the gadgets I loved started looking old-fashioned, following that simple-minded formula of chasing more MHz, more pixels. It almost seemed stupid, since lots of other MP3 players advertised more features for less cash. I didn't own a Mac, nor did I plan to. It was white—and who wanted a white gadget. They made better stuff than Apple for less money, and I wanted one of their players. Today, I don't know if Creative even makes MP3 players. com for music buying. It took more than a few failed experiments, but a lot of us are actually buying music again. Digital changed cameras, too. My first digital camera was a Kodak, because Kodak was the brand for imaging even through the late '90s, before the Canon and Nikon train barreled past Rochester, leaving Kodak a ghost town. Kodak was invested in the past. This was the decade I got into PC gaming hardware—then got out. I wasn't even that into the games, but loved slapping cheap components into tall steel Taiwanese cases, looping wires through sharp-edged bays for fans, lights, optical and hard.
Perfecting the art of doing nothing
I am not going to talk any more about this because my battle with the alarm clock has been long and bitter, even before some moronic guy invented the snooze button. I remember the time when I first brought the newfangled clock and told my wife ...
February 4, 2010