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Tue Oct 23, 2012, 09:45 AM

What's your favorite thing about the internet now that most of us have had it for 10 or more years..

To me it is watching the weather radar in real time dropped over a map so you can literally see where around you the weather is happening and can track it to see if you are in the thick of things...

That's cool.

So what everyday thing changed for you since you first heard that modem connect you to AOL...

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Reply What's your favorite thing about the internet now that most of us have had it for 10 or more years.. (Original post)
WCGreen Oct 2012 OP
antiquie Oct 2012 #1
WCGreen Oct 2012 #2
laundry_queen Oct 2012 #64
zen_bohemian Oct 2012 #44
HopeHoops Oct 2012 #3
sharp_stick Oct 2012 #12
HopeHoops Oct 2012 #13
loli phabay Oct 2012 #16
Locut0s Oct 2012 #29
HopeHoops Oct 2012 #30
Firebirds01 Oct 2012 #45
HopeHoops Oct 2012 #49
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2012 #4
GeorgeGist Oct 2012 #82
Dyedinthewoolliberal Oct 2012 #5
MiddleFingerMom Oct 2012 #6
marzipanni Oct 2012 #43
Aristus Oct 2012 #7
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2012 #8
Aristus Oct 2012 #10
WCGreen Oct 2012 #23
Baitball Blogger Oct 2012 #9
Wait Wut Oct 2012 #11
MiddleFingerMom Oct 2012 #15
laundry_queen Oct 2012 #66
Wait Wut Oct 2012 #69
begin_within Oct 2012 #14
loli phabay Oct 2012 #17
NightWatcher Oct 2012 #18
RebelOne Oct 2012 #21
shanti Oct 2012 #32
Phentex Oct 2012 #19
Scuba Oct 2012 #20
LiberalLovinLug Oct 2012 #22
Moondog Oct 2012 #24
alarimer Oct 2012 #25
kwassa Oct 2012 #26
WCGreen Oct 2012 #38
dimbear Oct 2012 #27
Locut0s Oct 2012 #28
sanatanadharma Oct 2012 #31
Bertha Venation Oct 2012 #42
WCGreen Oct 2012 #51
avebury Oct 2012 #33
Flaxbee Oct 2012 #58
AsahinaKimi Oct 2012 #34
Neoma Oct 2012 #41
nolabear Oct 2012 #35
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2012 #37
Nye Bevan Oct 2012 #36
WCGreen Oct 2012 #39
BarbaRosa Oct 2012 #40
Firebirds01 Oct 2012 #46
Iggo Oct 2012 #47
zen_bohemian Oct 2012 #48
WCGreen Oct 2012 #50
zen_bohemian Oct 2012 #53
WCGreen Oct 2012 #52
Rambis Oct 2012 #54
GoCubsGo Oct 2012 #55
mykpart Oct 2012 #56
Media Lies Oct 2012 #57
progressoid Oct 2012 #59
Arugula Latte Oct 2012 #70
aint_no_life_nowhere Oct 2012 #60
jonpaulprime Oct 2012 #61
vanlassie Oct 2012 #62
WCGreen Oct 2012 #63
vanlassie Oct 2012 #67
Art_from_Ark Oct 2012 #68
WCGreen Oct 2012 #73
laundry_queen Oct 2012 #65
Arugula Latte Oct 2012 #71
okwlc21 Oct 2012 #72
Habibi Oct 2012 #74
WCGreen Oct 2012 #79
Arkansas Granny Oct 2012 #75
The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 2012 #76
Art_from_Ark Oct 2012 #77
csziggy Oct 2012 #78
zanana1 Oct 2012 #80
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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 09:57 AM

1. Quake monitoring.

 

Look it was a quake -- 1.9 right under my feet.
(See, I was right.)

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Response to antiquie (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 10:06 AM

2. I am always checking the weather...

I have become my father...

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 12:18 AM

64. LOL!

Me too! We are weather obsessed. We are both news obsessed too.

Except instead of spending all evening watching the news on TV and ignoring the kids like he did, I spend it looking around DU all evening (and only kind of ignoring my kids).

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Response to antiquie (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:31 PM

44. I am always looking at the real-time quake map

I didn't realize just how many quakes there are in a day on this big ball.....

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 10:10 AM

3. Porn downloads faster now.

 

- come on. You KNEW someone was going to post that.

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 11:52 AM

12. Not someone

somehow I knew it was going to be you.

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #12)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 11:59 AM

13. Who ME?

 


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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 12:22 PM

16. plus a brazilian

 

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 07:23 PM

29. People still download porn? i thought it was all streaming now. nt

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Response to Locut0s (Reply #29)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 07:28 PM

30. No clue. Those were my floppy drive days.

 

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #30)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:33 PM

45. Those were my floppy drive days.

 

They have a pill for that now.

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Response to Firebirds01 (Reply #45)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:43 PM

49. Well, fortunately that drive isn't floppy.

 

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 10:12 AM

4. Here's a link to my favorite weather radar:

http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/full_loop.php

I can check all over the country and it's cool to look at too...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #4)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 05:37 AM

82. Thanks Peggy ...

that's very cool.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 10:16 AM

5. You Tube

so's I can listen to EVERYTHING, if I want to............ like this

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 10:22 AM

6. Cornography

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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:31 PM

43. LOL!

It took me a second to notice.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 10:28 AM

7. Online flirting.



I know, I'm a terrible human being...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #7)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 10:35 AM

8. You are NOT a terrible human being, my dear Aristus!

Besides, both you and WCGreen have done your share of online flirting...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #8)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 11:23 AM

10. That's for sure.



Edited to add: I never flirted with WCGreen!...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #10)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 04:13 PM

23. Neither did I....

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 10:36 AM

9. wiki movie plots.

I don't like to be kept in suspense.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 11:47 AM

11. On the spot fact checking.

It comes in handy when you live in Arizona. The look of fear that comes over a Republican friends face when I say, "Honey, let me borrow your iPhone a sec." Priceless.

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #11)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 12:05 PM

15. !!!

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #11)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 12:21 AM

66. LOL! I do that to my parents all the time.

Growing up, my dad was ALWAYS right, even when he wasn't. Now with instant fact check, he doesn't argue with me as much anymore (yes, he's a conservative, are you shocked?)

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Response to laundry_queen (Reply #66)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 08:59 AM

69. Damn, I wish I had the internet growing up.

My father wasn't dumb, but he was friggin' stubborn. A Democrat, though.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 12:01 PM

14. Meeting people

 

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 12:24 PM

17. worst thing is google instant experts

 

You know the person who just because they can google suddenly sets themselves up as annexpert in everything out there and they never tire of trying to show they are the smartest person around.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 12:25 PM

18. Instant access to information and worldwide communication

Who was that guy in the movie with....? Boom, look it up on the smartphone in less than a minute. I like having instant access to facts and information where before you had to find a book or ask someone who you hoped would know the answer.

Also, I like to keep up with friends/family who have scattered all over the country or world. Plus I used to stay in touch when I was on ships in the middle of the Gulf just like they were in the next room.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #18)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 01:29 PM

21. You read my mind. That was my first thought.

I love having information and news at my fingertips.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #18)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 08:21 PM

32. yes, exactly!

it's like having the library at my fingertips. i am never bored with my 'net. there's always something to read for this inveterate bookworm!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 12:41 PM

19. No more phonebooks - HOORAY!

Now you can find out where the place is, what time they are open, names/email of people you need to reach...etc.

That's been a huge time saver for me.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 01:12 PM

20. DU.

 

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 01:58 PM

22. Instant product consumer reviews

Whenever I am going to purchase a product whether it be a hard drive or a car its so easy to find multiple sources of opinions to help me decide.

Same goes for movies. Rotten Tomatoes rules!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 04:53 PM

24. Elimination of the need to maintain massive

hard copy reference libraries that are kept up to date. Did a bit of pro bono work recently, and it came in very handy to be able to do the basic research online from home, and not have to travel some distance, or hit up a local private law firm with a decent library for a favor. One never knows what the quid pro quo will be, after all.

On the everyday side of things - yeah, real time weather radar is a pretty big deal here in hurricane country.

On the fun side - my favorite comic strips, not carried in the local rag, are just a mouse click away.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 06:26 PM

25. The fact that I can look up anything at anytime that I might need to know.

Or want to know. Like IMDB for identifying the names of actors in films or TV.

Indulging my crush. Photos, articles, TV appearances, whatever. It is a bit unhealthy, but still fun.

Twitter, especially during the debates; it was hilarious. I love it, even though I don't say much or have many followers. I use it for entertainment purposes.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 06:47 PM

26. Meeting my wife-to-be 18 years ago on Usenet.

Just as the web was being invented by Al Gore.

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Response to kwassa (Reply #26)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:03 AM

38. Cool....

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 07:10 PM

27. Buying really obscure things you would never find otherwise.

World's biggest fleamarket.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 07:21 PM

28. Collaborative web sites like wikipedia, crowed sourced projects like kickstarter and microloans,...

And Google and their pettabytes upon pettabytes of free data and online tools.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 07:53 PM

31. Cool would be a spherical flat screen technology...

...globe (two flat screen hemi-sheres actually) where so many computer driven over-layers including the weather could be projected.

I like Google Earth and street view tourism.

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Response to sanatanadharma (Reply #31)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 12:24 PM

42. Wow.

What a great idea.

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Response to sanatanadharma (Reply #31)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 03:03 PM

51. I walked around Rome.....

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 08:47 PM

33. Information Instant Gratification

I like being able to look something up in an instant whether it be checking out a book, news story, politics, or just researching whatever tickles my fancy. I am a multi-tasker at heart and I love being able to watch a political date while keeping an eye on comments on FaceBook, Twitter and DU.

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Response to avebury (Reply #33)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:55 PM

58. yes, I agree

I don't remember what it was like before I could access information instantly. Frustrating, I'm sure.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 08:50 PM

34. I M V U

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #34)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:49 AM

41. I liked messing with air heads on there.

Got boring after awhile.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 10:52 PM

35. Shopping! And endless cocktail conversation.

Not that I love shopping. I hate shopping. Which makes it all the more pleasant to have things arrive at my house.

And from Day 1, on Prodigy, some 20 years back, I got a kick out of being able to dip into forums like DU and have it be like walking into a rolling, endless cocktail party where people trot out their best lines and act silly and share fun bs and confess their hopes and fears and get all sloppy and engage in virtual singalongs.

Yes, I love access to info. DAMN I love access to info. But the fun part is the conversation. And the shopping.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #35)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 10:53 PM

37. I LOVE the conversations too, my dear nolabear!

And DU has the best ones.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 10:53 PM

36. NO MORE TRIPS TO THE MALL.

Duh.

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #36)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:04 AM

39. Seriously....

I do like to go to the B&N just to browse but I order a lot of stuff off the internet...

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:55 AM

40. Google maps satelite

So many cool things out there. Places I have lived, racetracks, trip planing, natural and man made stuff, and so on.

ie: I was surprised to see the great pyramids are right at edge of town, I always imagined they were in the middle of the desert.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:34 PM

46. JSTOR

 

and any other method to get real time and accurate info

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:36 PM

47. YouTube.

It's what television should have been.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:37 PM

48. LOL urban dictionary

whenever a younger person says a word or phrase I am not familiar with, I consult the urban dictionary so I know what they are talking about

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Response to zen_bohemian (Reply #48)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:59 PM

50. True Dat..

From one old fart to another... WORD!

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #50)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 03:26 PM

53. WORD!! LOLOL


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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 03:05 PM

52. There is Zillow as well so you can really see how much people you know paid for their house....

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 03:30 PM

54. I can climb virtual 14ers with Paul Ryan

If I ever get to do a real 14er with him well....

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 03:38 PM

55. Live TV.

One can watch TV on one's computer now. I love the live radio streams, too. I love that I can get TV and radio from just about anywhere in the world. Pretty cool. So is live weather radar.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:45 PM

56. I don't have to speak to people on the phone.

All information can be relayed by email.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:50 PM

57. I like everything about the internets...

 

especially the little information packets AT&T decides to unwrap like Christmas presents and slow them down.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 08:25 PM

59. Finding new music.

And old music.

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Response to progressoid (Reply #59)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 10:02 AM

70. That's right up there on my list, too.

 

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 08:41 PM

60. Seeing phenomenal musicians' performances on youtube

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 09:53 PM

61. It has the potential to change the world

but weren't not quite there just yet....

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:31 PM

62. FaceTime. Talking to my daughter in London while I walk around the house in California.

Unbelievable. I'm so grateful. When I think of all the mothers who had to say goodby to children they might never see again or only get a letter once a year... This is a truly amazing gift.

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Response to vanlassie (Reply #62)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:54 PM

63. That's really cool....

The internet makes the geographic distance in this world a little less daunting and just a little closer. And it saves energy by cutting down just a bit by taking a few people off the planes...

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #63)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 05:09 AM

67. Remember when a long distance call was so expensive that we tried to keep it to three minutes?

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Response to vanlassie (Reply #67)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 08:02 AM

68. That reminded me of an old Dr. Hook song

"And the operator said, '40 cents more, for the next...3...minutes...'"

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #68)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 11:21 AM

73. Slyvia's mother...

Great song...

We would around stoned off our minds and when this song came on we would all start singing and good old Clay would start in to cryingby the end of the song.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 12:19 AM

65. Favorite thing: stormchasing streams.

I've always wanted to be a tornado chaser. Now I can, kind of, thanks to the internet

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 10:03 AM

71. Come on, Loungers. Obviously the only correct answer is ... KITTY VIDEOS!

 

That's why Al Gore invented the Internets, ya know!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 11:00 AM

72. Slash FanFiction ;)

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 05:42 PM

74. Scaring the shit outta myself

looking up all my symptoms.

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Response to Habibi (Reply #74)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 05:14 PM

79. That's classic....

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 07:07 PM

75. I love the amount of information that's available.

You can answer almost any question by searching online.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 07:14 PM

76. Being able to look up damn near anything.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 04:43 AM

77. I like YouTube

especially checking out videos that I remembered, or may have missed, from the '60s.

Until Bagdasarian Productions had them removed ( ) I particularly liked the clips from the old Alvin Show, because they took me back to my very earliest memories and helped me understand why I did some of the things I did as a kid (I was imitating things I saw in the cartoon). They also helped me place some of the fragments of memories in my mind (like Alvin enticing a bull to run into a china shop, and the chipmunks playing with a wrecking ball).

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 04:01 PM

78. Being able to interact with people without actually having to

Meet or know people. Yeah, I like being alone but I love online forums where I can read other people's opinions and experiences and share some of mine. I hate having to actually be WITH other people and spend time in groups, though.

I predate AOL by quite a bit though. My first modem was a 300 baud and the conduit to the internet was through the state library. By looking for things to request through interlibrary loans you could get to library catalogs all over the place. Somehow once day we (husband and I) managed to connect to the University of Macao library and rummaged around their catalog for a long time. Most of the time was waiting for the page to refresh, even if it was just green text on a black screen.

300 baud is very, very, very slow.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 05:25 PM

80. I'm a lot less interested in it now. nt

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:38 AM

81. Live weather, especially visible water vapor pics via satellite.

I love to be instantly up in space, looking down on the clouds. Oh, and cameras for the river bars on the coast and also into one of our local volcanoes.

I love youtube for all the great music from the '60's and early '70's. I like being able to find out who the group/artist was that performed those songs...often the DJ's back then either didn't announce who the group/artist was, or they said it so quick I couldn't catch who it was.

A new thing I love: Pinterest. I can pin information about all kinds of stuff on an on-line board, which saves me bundles of $ I would otherwise have to come up with for printer ink.

I also like on-line shopping. Can't afford to do very much of it, but I love to have things come in the mail besides bills! And I hate to go out to shop...love having stuff come to my home.

And all the rest of the things everyone else has posted: DU , Google; browsing and reserving books at my local branch of the county library and then getting email when the books/CD's/whatever is ready for pick-up; researching everything watching old cartoons or movie clips; watching clips from Stephen Colbert or Rachel Maddow; emails or chats with absent friends and family, and reading posts from like-minded people. I love DU, and I love the internet.

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