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November 26th, 2005

Pre-Internet Pains

The internet – and the web, in particular – have done wonders for our civilization. We can complain about things faster than ever before, and get just about anything on earth shipped to our front door. Sure, it’s done a lot for us socially – but what about practically?

In all honesty, one of the things that was really difficult to do well before the internet came along was… comparison shopping. If you wanted to know about a certain product, you had to schlepp over to the library and look through Consumer Reports archives on microfilm, check out magazines, and generally go through a ton of legwork. While there’s still work involved, it’s a lot simpler nowadays – the information is all in front of you.

It’s also a lot easier to find recipes. And I’m serious about this.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: jk
DATE: Saturday November 26, 2005 -- 5:34:53 pm
So tell me this: how does a student make footnotes for information that he gets from the internet when writing a report? There was no internet usage when I was in college. Just a big place that smelled like old books. Do students still go to the library??

FROM: Monica
DATE: Saturday November 26, 2005 -- 11:30:51 pm
there's a library on the UW-Madison campus that has fame for being a hook-up joint. And that's before it was open 24 hours a day!
The internet has opened up so many choices we didn't know we had, opened up a lot of little businesses... of course, that means it takes longer to make a decision. No wonder "kids" these days are all wishy-washy.

FROM: Monica
DATE: Saturday November 26, 2005 -- 11:32:13 pm
whoa--wait a minute. "Hit Me?" when did the Ping become a blackjack tourney?

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Sunday November 27, 2005 -- 7:30:37 pm
Monica: Seems like "Hit Me" came on board November 19. I also assume that's the date that "Something to Say, Perhaps?" also was added. Not sure when they debuted, though.

jk: There seems to be some sort of internet reference form now for kids doing reports. The internets were just coming in when I was in college (of course, I was in college for a long time) and it depended at that time on the course instructor. Now, it's become standard, from what I hear the young 'uns say.

Paul: Recipes! It's true. I wonder if the internet is going to cause the demise of the another domestic institution: family recipe album. I know that if I need to know how to make something now, I go to the internet because it's easier than going through all those old recipe cards. Ryan does it, too. Instead of giving us his family recipe for Irish Potatoes, he just referenced a recipe on the web, though it wasn't the same as his mom's recipe.

Hey Ryan! How are those vegan Irish Potatoes coming along? Nevermind.

FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday November 27, 2005 -- 9:34:47 pm
Yes, I agree--recipes on line are a great resource! It really brings the world to your fingertips. I also enjoy message boards about restaurants.....

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