Throwback Thursday, 1 October – iPods

You might not believe this, but the first iPod was only released in 2001. It seems like they have been around forever, and certainly 14 years seems like a long time, especially for a tech product. I mean, how is it that we don’t have chips inserted into our brains yet so that we can access music and the internet just by thinking about it? I’m sure that I read a book about that once, and I’m sure that’s being worked on my someone already!

Anyway, for this week’s Throwback Thursday I thought I’d take a look at the first iPod, the latest iPod and when the different versions came out.

So the first iPod was the iPod Classic and it was released on 23rd October 2001. Oh yeah, I remember these bad boys. And the design of the Classic really doesn’t look all that different even now.

Ipod_1GBut compare this to the latest iPod to be released which was the 6th generation iPod Touch on 15th July 2015.

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Think about this, 14 years ago, the Classic was released with 5GB of storage (later came with 10GB), and had a life of about 10 hours when listening to music. The latest Touch comes with anywhere between 16-128GB of storage and can last up to 40 hours listening to music or 8 hours watching video. Huge difference, but what do you think, in 14 years have they come quite far enough or would you have expected more for the iPod by now?

For interests sake, let’s have a look at when the models for the iPod range were released, the first and last model for each category:

  • iPod Classic: 23rd October 2001 – 5th September 2007
  • iPod Mini: 6th January 2004 – 22nd February 2005
  • iPod Nano: 7th September 2005 – 12th September 2012
  • iPod Shuffle: 11th January 2005 – 1st September 2010
  • iPod Touch: 5th September 2007 – 15th July 2015

Interesting development over time huh, moved quite quickly from the scroll pad to being a complete touch screen with the Nano as of the 6th generation, to having the Touch which is well, a bigger version of the touch screen Nano! But then I guess, the Nano screen is a bit too small to see videos on clearly really.

So where do you see this technology going in the future? Maybe we’ll have a Virtual Reality iPod next where you can download songs with official music videos or concerts or intimate shows maybe so you can feel like you’re really getting that immersive experience with music. Or maybe it’ll be holographic, so the iPod projects a little image of the singer or band playing the songs. What do you think?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Take care,

Jas

Throwback Thursday, 24 September – Mix that chemical drink…

Today I wanted to share a picture from my Bali holiday earlier this year. So not much of a throwback but it already seems like a distant memory to me!

This picture was taken at a place in Bali called Frankenstein’s Laboratory, and if you’re ever in Bali I’d definitely recommend going there. It’s like Halloween every night, and all of their food and drinks all have suitably creepy names. And if that wasn’t enough their drinks are served in beakers or test tubes  or syringes or even IV bags, it’s pretty cool!

The cocktail I had was the Spine Tingler, which was one that I got to mix myself! It was big enough for two drinks, my partner had the Dead Finger Iced Tea which was properly made with only a splash of coke, it was so potent and then with our dessert we shared a Chocolate Mudskull.

We did also have food, burger and fries with creepy names like Zombie Burger or Dr Frankenstein. They were tasty but it’s hard to make food look “creepy” – and if it was would you eat it? Well, I suppose we did drink the “creepy” looking drinks so that’s a yes lol!

They also put on shows every night, dancing and what not to Michael Jackson songs like Thriller, that was so good. Cool food and drinks, plus a couple of shows while we were there, it was lots of fun!

Below is a picture of me with my Spine Tingler chemistry set, and of my partner with his Dead Finger Iced Tea – the syringe is the shot of coke that went into it. Oh man it was so good!

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Have you found any cool places like this, not just in Bali but elsewhere? Let me know in the comments below!

Take care,

Jas

Throwback Thursday, 17 September – Aka Froback…

Today I thought I’d post something a little more humorous and put up some funny meme’s about fro’s for a Froback Thursday post instead.

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Picture reference #1: http://i.imgur.com/xIRjF.jpg

Picture reference #2: https://utternappyness.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/touch.jpg?w=1200

Picture reference #3: http://www.hahafunnyjokes.com/images/memes/1429602580_half-fro.jpeg

Picture reference #4: http://www.quickmeme.com/img/7c/7c16b7cde4a0874305c358d86f36c0da0cfeeb8e7e037dd855b24ad3efe1e5b3.jpg

Picture reference #5: http://www.quickmeme.com/img/25/25a7d668a365706765f1380c1f87f4ba5e48b1e7a367a2b435aa5418e80012f8.jpg

Throwback Thursday, 3 September

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In last week’s post I looked at the evolution of the phone, or more specifically the ones we used around the home. Then I hit about the time when the mobile phone was invented and wow didn’t phone technology explode then!

So we ended last week with this picture of the first mobile phone which was released in 1984. Can’t see this baby fitting in anyone’s back pocket, can you?!

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As I was perusing the internet looking for appropriate mobile phone pictures I found one that sums everything up really neatly, and I thought rather than reinvent the wheel, I would include their infographic on this post instead.

From Bricks to Brains: The Evolution of the Cell Phone
Image source: www.computersciencedegreehub.com

See…I told you there was a buttload going on with the evolution of phones over the last 30 years!! I see quite a few models of phones on there that I’ve had over the years, how about you? Any stand out phones on there that you loved or hated?

Enjoy and take care!

Jas


Picture reference (mobile growth pic): http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/135344-image/Smartphone-memes-that-are-as-funny-as-a-barrel-of-monkeys.jpg

Throwback Thursday, 27 August

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It surprises me sometimes how some young people don’t know what old phones looked like, or even that maybe they used to have a cable from the phone to the receiver, or that you used to have to be transferred through an operator. So today for Throwback Thursday I thought I’d have a look at how phones have evolved up until the first mobile phone and then next week I’ll continue that train of thought and take a look at the evolution of mobile phones.

Many people have probably heard of Alexander Graham Bell right, the guy who supposedly invented the telephone? But did he really? Not necessarily. Bell was just the first person to patent the idea of a telephone and so is widely known and associated with the telephone. Between 1854 and 1876 several people had been designing telephones, like Antonio Meucci created a telephone like device, while Johann Philipp Reis actually made a prototype! Yeah yeah, that’s all great, but what did they look like?

1870s – the first telephone looked something like this…hardly even recognisable as a telephone is it?

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1880s – this is a Gower Bell telephone, it replaced the Morse Telegraph

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1890s – starting to look a bit more recognisable as what we know as a telephone

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1900s – a slightly different design but still kinda looks like a telephone

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Ok I’m going to skip ahead a bit here before we hit the scroll of death with so many pictures in this post! Let’s see what are the highlights between 1900 and now…

1960s – we had the rotary phone. Who remembers those? It’s a bit before my time but that was one of the first phones I remember using when I was growing up in the 1980s and 1990s.

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1970s – so I think this phone was actually on the cusp of the 1970s and 1980s with its fancy push buttons, how cool lol, then shortly after that they morphed into the cordless handsets that we know today…if anyone has house phones these days which I don’t!

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1980s – the first mobile phone was released in 1984 and it looks like a giant beast of a thing!

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I was going to continue on up until now, 2015 but as I hit the 1980s I realised that there is a huge amount of change in such a short amount of time, especially with the introduction of mobile phones. So I think that already gives me an idea for next week… I’ll take a look at the evolution of mobile phones, stay tuned!

Take care,

Jas


Picture reference (rabbit cartoon): https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f5/ab/85/f5ab85215d85a66f7b556dee803e97ac.jpg

Picture reference (1870s): https://rcstalon.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/img_0652.jpg

Picture reference (1880s): http://www.museumphones.com/images/gower3.jpg

Picture reference (1890s): “1896 telephone” by 1906 Kungliga Telegrafverkets apparater (Royal Telegraph Administration apparatus) at Project Runeberg :1896_ ‘1896 /0004. :1896]Edited version of http://runeberg.org/teleapp/0004.htmlen:Image:1896_phone.jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1896_telephone.jpg#/media/File:1896_telephone.jpg

Picture reference (1900s): http://fivejs.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/antiquetelephone.jpg

Picture reference (1960s); http://cdn.bgr.com/2013/12/rotary-wiki.jpg?w=624

Picture reference (1970s): http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/LO/LOAJ3256/2013-01-08_215918_basic_old_style_phone_desktop.png

Picture reference (1980s): http://www.wired.com/wp-content/uploads/blogs/magazine/wp-content/images/18-09/ff_prototypes6_f.jpg

Throwback Thursday, 20 August

I’m a bit sore from being at the gym tonight and so it inspired me to look up some old workout videos from the 1980s. Like this one for instance….

I’m sure there are still loads of these kinds of workouts that you can get on DVD, or even if you wanted to look on YouTube like I did, there’s tonnes of them all full length!

It brings back so many memories though that old video. Waking up early on a Saturday morning to watch cartoons, only to find that Mum has hijacked the TV to do her Jane Fonda workout. Not to mention the workout clothes from the 80s! Wowser, high waisted undies over the top of tights, no thank you. Mind you I say that, but then what I wear for pole dancing isn’t much different lol.

The outfits were as colourful then as they can be now, which I personally find the be a good thing. I mean, sometimes when I’m feeling a bit gross anyway because I’m sweating so much, but there’s something about wearing pretty clothes – pretty clothes that you’re meant to get sweat soaked! – that makes a workout a bit easier to do.

Out of curiosity I decided to Google a few pictures to see how gym fashion has changed since the 1980s, and here are some pictures:

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1990s

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2000s – Looking almost exactly like what’s worn now

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2010s

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Picture references:

1980s: http://www.bestmode.biz/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/80s-fashion-women-workout-8ua1dvzt.jpg

1990s: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/3c/ed/1b/3ced1be5bba102c451ff6637b1a24343.jpg

2000s: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/39/ae/de/39aedef5ddde24328146340c9ea1aa94.jpg

2010s: http://www1.pictures.stylebistro.com/fp/Ashley+Greene+Tote+Bags+Leather+Tote+z3BIR7Dl0NDl.jpg

Throwback Thursday, 13 August

The Americans imageThe Americans is kinda sorta but not really a throwback… It kinda is in that the TV show itself is set back in the 1980s during the Cold War with Russia, and it’s kinda not because well it’s airing on TV right now!

It’s a TV show that I’ve only just started watching, it’s a drama series but also has enough action to keep you interested. It centres around two KGB officers, Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, who are undercover as a normal American married couple with two children. It also has a main focus on an FBI agent named Stan who is working to try and stop the KGB.

I am actually really enjoying this show. I’m not sure how realistic it is in terms of the double lives that the KGB officers are leading or even how the FBI agent deals with his family issues is, but it is fascinating. That the KGB officers, who are not actually married, just faking it, still got down and dirty often enough to have two kids…talk about dedication. But when does it end for them? Do they ever get to “retire” and live out their lives? How would that complicate things with their children? Would they stay in a country they despise just because their kids are American? Or would they reveal all to their children and then skip of home to Russia? But then would the KGB kill them and their kids because they spilled secrets?

Don’t even get me started on the FBI agent on the way he’s treating his wife, that’s just going to blow up in his face and he’ll lose everything he cares about. Or maybe he doesn’t care anymore and that’s why he’s doing it.

Anyway, I’m only on the first season, but so far this period drama has me quite interested and kinda hooked. My only thought though is that so far there doesn’t seem to be a recurring theme for the season, aside from KGB want to destroy America and the FBI want to destroy the KGB officers… well duh, that’s just what the whole show is based on, but normally there’s one big point to a season, and I haven’t found it yet, it just seems to be each episode there’s some sort of plan to kill someone or get information or something, and the FBI or KGB foil it for the other party…and repeat. And yet it still has me watching more!