Queen and Tech Nostalgia

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Rubbishcorp posted a really cool video of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody played on various old electronics (video after jump). Even though I’m a little young for most of these old-school gadgets, I still remember the giant grey clunker computers we used in elementary school. While watching the video and singing the lyrics in my head, I found myself feeling a little nostaligic for machines that seemed a bit more simple and humble than what we have today.

This video took me back to the days when we (meaning public school kids) sat grouped around the few computers we had and marveled at the amazing tasks they performed. In a robotic voice, they spoke whatever you typed into them. They might play a short video clip from an encyclopedia program. Beside the newer machines usually sat a few older ones used only for word processing. After printing a book report, you would ever so carefully tear the perforated edges off both sides of the paper.

Computers back then were much slower and inefficient, but I seem to remember being much more patient. Today, if we get even a  five second delay from our two thousand-dollar machines we curse Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and any other idiot responsible for the waste of our precious time. We take for granted how things work. Our laptops cruise along silently while we surf the web and perform tasks we couldn’t have imagined fifteen years ago. Fifteen years ago, we knew that there were cogs and disks and things working inside like a little factory because we could hear them.

I think we had a certain emotional connection with computers because we could scarcely imagine where they would take us.  In Short Circuit from 1986, we gave human characteristics and developed a friendship with a machine. By 1991, Terminator 2: Judgement Day was already showing the destruction of mankind at the hands of computers.

There isn’t really a point to these ramblings, just some thoughts.

Also, for comparison, check out Wayne’s World’s Bohemian Rhapsody below. If you haven’t reenacted this scene with your friends, you haven’t lived.

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~ by Joel on April 21, 2009.

2 Responses to “Queen and Tech Nostalgia”

  1. Cue the cymbal crash

  2. domo arigato -aaa mista roboto

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