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Top 10 List #17: Ways I'm horribly old-school

Posted August 3rd, 2015 at 5:07 PM by Elite Overlord LeSabre™

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not "modern" in the least. And yes, I take a certain amount of pride in that. Here are 10 ways in which I am not "with the times." Attempts to discuss some of these topics with me will likely result in awkward silence.

1. I have no interest in getting a smartphone.
Hell, it took me till 2013 to get any sort of cell phone, and even now I'm thinking of going back to a trusty land-line (about the only thing keeping me from doing so is needing some way of keeping in touch with my buddies when we're all running around an anime convention.) But a smartphone? I'm hoping to be able to go to my grave without ever using one. In my personal opinion, they're not nearly robust enough to replace a computer, and yet they're far too complex and gimmicky for the basic purpose of keeping in contact with people.

2. Most of the music I listen to is from 1982-1992.
Simply put, I can't get myself to like much in the way of modern music. I don't even know who the big names in music today are supposed to be. I listen to a few songs from the later 1990's and early 2000's, but I'm hard pressed to think of any music made since 2006 or so that I listen to on even an occasional basis.

3. I don't like modern cars.
I'm not drawn to sporty, aerodynamic styling. Nor do I think we need a whole lot of electronic gadgets (read: distractions) in cars. Seats in cars aren't as plush and comfortable as they used to be. My ideal situation would to buy a large '70's or '80's American sedan in good shape, and just keep it running for as long as I can. The idea of rear back-up cameras has me concerned that as drivers, we have become too lazy to even turn our heads when backing up. And the thought of self driving cars frightens me and is a sure sign of the apocalypse.

4. I hate voice-recognition systems.
For me at least, they utterly fail at actually understanding my voice, to the point where I'm just screaming obscenities into the damn device.

5. Same for touch screen devices.
I had a hard enough time with my DS and 3DS, and appreciated that the Pokemon games for those systems, for the most part, allowed you to use regular buttons to avoid using the screen. My main issue is that control isn't precise, sometimes the device won't recognize I'm touching the damn screen, and other times it's too sensitive and does things I don't want it to.

6. I'm still rockin' the VCR.
While I do have a DVD player for watching anime, I still make heavy use of my VCR which I bought back in 2003. In particular, I made it a point to snag one of the last "high end" standalone VCR models ever built, so I could have a quality machine instead of some cheap one with no features.

7. I still use printed road maps.
In fact, I recently ordered a whole bunch of updated ones from the AAA auto club. I'd rather have the satisfaction of mapping out trips myself instead of using a GPS and having some annoying voice yell at me constantly during a trip. I learned how to read road maps when I was 7, and I've had a long history of collecting them.

8. I don't watch much in the way of TV.
I keep up with current anime series that interest me, but in the realm of broadcast/cable TV? I'm completely out of the loop. Might have something to do with very little being on that interests me.

9. I'm on Facebook. That's it for social media.
I don't see the point of having an account on every single social media platform out there. Personally, I think I'd have a hard time keeping up with them all. Heck, I have a hard time keeping my Facebook updated (and by "updated" I mean posting pictures of anime characters.) And because I'm old school, much of what my friends post about flies completely above my head

10. I still believe in K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid)
Which probably explains my aversion to much of what I've posted here: Modern technology has made things like the automobile, the telephone, and such, far too complicated for my tastes.

And I can't see myself changing much with respect to this. I'll probably always be the guy muttering about all this newfangled crap and how things were much simpler and easier back in my day. Kinda like my dad. (My mom, on the other hand, seems to have fully embraced her smartphone, and the touch screen on her 2013 model car. Go figure.)
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    And the thought of self driving cars frightens me and is a sure sign of the apocalypse.
    I agree with this. And to be honest, what's the point of having a car if you're not going to drive, haha. I also agree that cars don't need a lot of gadgets, there's a place for everything, and having a huge display with stuff in my car... Looks awkward. Only if you had, a stereo and GPS, that's enough for me. I'm always going to be a fan of light cars, without any kind of confort, just made to be fast and noisy. But, comfortable sedans are just great for long trips, and some of them look amazing. It's really hard to choose a kind of car for me, being honest.
    Posted August 3rd, 2015 at 5:43 PM by Archy Archy is offline
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    Thirded on self-driving cars. Technology can fail and when that happens we're in trouble if there's no human ingenuity to back things up.
    Posted August 3rd, 2015 at 9:06 PM by gimmepie gimmepie is offline
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    Just on the topic of mobile phones, I'd say they're pretty essential these days. For some, it's hard to go back on having messages in your pocket. That doesn't mean a phone would outright replace your social life, oh no, but…
    Posted August 4th, 2015 at 12:23 AM by
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    Originally Posted by Archy View Comment
    I agree with this. And to be honest, what's the point of having a car if you're not going to drive, haha. I also agree that cars don't need a lot of gadgets, there's a place for everything, and having a huge display with stuff in my car... Looks awkward.
    Yeah, I mean, at the price these self driving cars are probably going to cost when they come out, it would probably be cheaper to just call a taxi whenever you want to go somewhere. And people being distracted by their in car gadgets is definitely a problem where I live.

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    Thirded on self-driving cars. Technology can fail and when that happens we're in trouble if there's no human ingenuity to back things up.
    Not to mention hackers. There's actually an anime OVA series (and movie) that covers the topic of self-driving cars, called eX-Driver. In their society, they have a select team of skilled drivers who have to pursue and deactivate the general public's self-driving cars when they go haywire.

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    Originally Posted by Hiroshi Sotomura View Comment
    Just on the topic of mobile phones, I'd say they're pretty essential these days. For some, it's hard to go back on having messages in your pocket. That doesn't mean a phone would outright replace your social life, oh no, but…
    Yeah, it's why I keep mine around, to keep in touch. That said, I don't need a device that can surf the web or play games or take videos. So what I have (just does calls and basic texts) is enough for me.

    I can't see myself playing any of those mobile games (though the Love Live! one is kinda tempting lol)
    Posted August 5th, 2015 at 4:19 PM by Elite Overlord LeSabre™ Elite Overlord LeSabre™ is offline