From tape to Mars
Ever wonder what it would be like if the times changed slower?
My first VCR came with the first modern-era Batman movie that had Jack Nicholson as the Joker in the late-1980s.
Then I had to have a Beta, because they were better. VHS was made bigger and held six hours instead of 4.5. That sealed the deal.
Remember “be kind and rewind?” Well, not if you’re under 30-something.
How about this one: “To watch a movie is human, to rewind makes you divine.”
It was easier to be divine back then. I just purchased 10 tapes for $1 and six needed to be rewound. Does that make me divine?
DVDs beat out VHS. Blu-ray beat out its competition and the DVD is still around. They only stopped making VCRs in 2015.
Now there are PVRs, cellphones and so much more choice.
Adults play video games and will never stop. There’ll be 3D and more. Star Trek The Next Generation’s holodeck is almost here.
No one’s been on the moon for almost 40 years and now we want to go to Mars. We need to put a space station in moon orbit and get some people on the moon. Then we can do Mars right.
In my time, we’ve gone from a tube TV with one or two channels, to talk about going to Mars.
These are exciting and fast-moving times that we live in.
Enjoy the ride. Raven P. Van Leishout Cornwall