Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Back to the Hodgepodge

1. October 21, 2015 is Back to the Future Day. Did you see the movie? The sequels? In the second film, Doc takes Marty into the future to prevent Marty's future son from making a mistake. They leave 1985 and land on a 'skyway' on October 21st, 2015. So tell us, what were you doing in the fall of 1985?

I've seen the original movie several times, but the sequels only once (and maybe not even all the way through). I like the plot but I'm not as crazy about the profanity.

That's funny, to think about them/us jumping from 1985 to 2015. Scary too. Yes, I remember the fall of 1985 very well.I was in my first year of university, living in a ninth-floor dorm room with one phone for the whole floor (unless you sprang for your own, and most of us didn't); hardly any computers in the rooms. I was actually one of the first on my floor to get a portable computer near the end of the year, and there was no place to plug it in except in the common room. The song I associate most with that time? "Walking on Sunshine."

2.  If time travel were possible, would you want to go to the future? The past?

The past, but no particular time--I'd just take a general tour.

3. We're not flying cars, but some of the technology imagined in the 80's film has indeed come to pass in real life 2015-flat screen TVs on the wall, tablets, fingerprint recognition, video conferencing, online banking, 3-D movies, motion controlled video games, drone cameras, and smart glasses (Google glass).  Do you worry technology is growing at a rate so fast we'll soon be unable to keep up with it's demands? Do you think the Internet does more harm than good? 

It's easy to say that technology is just a tool, so it can be used for good or bad; but at the same time, sometimes it seems like humans weren't built to keep up with it. If I have a worry, it's about what too much technology is doing to children. Also about people trying to text and cross the road at the same time.

4. Your favorite dish prepared in a slow-cooker? Your favorite fast food?

We put some freezer meals together over a month ago and are just coming to the end of them now. But one of my favourite slow cooker dishes isn't a main dish, it's Crockpot Applesauce Cake. From a previous post here: "I saw the recipe first on Grocery Cart Challenge [no longer available], but the original source is Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook by Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann.  Leave out the walnuts if you don't like them; the egg is also optional. (I was out of eggs and tried it without, and it worked fine.) Not too big, not too sweet, good for breakfast."

Fast food? One of the few fast-food places near our university campus was Taco Bell, and we used to send one of the girls who had a car over there to bring back burritos for everybody. (Like the telephones and computers, this was in the age before campuses typically had food courts; without going off campus, we were limited to the cafeterias and a kosher restaurant.)

So I still have a fondness for Taco Bell, even though I don't get there very often. More often it's a Teen Burger or a Filet-o-Fish.

5. No time like the present, down time, face time, pressed for time, in the nick of time, make time, mark time, or just in time...which timely saying most relates to your life right now? 

Time flies? (Two weeks of Hodgepodge in one.).

8. Random Thought?

Best time travel episode of Dr. Who? "Blink."

This post is linked from Back to the Hodgepodge, at This Side of the Pond.


Denise said...

enjoyed your answers

Joyce said...

Oh yes, the walking while texting. I've seen a couple of larger cities even have signs up now as reminders, which is sort of sad to think neccessary. But I guess it is. Have a wonderful weekend!