Challenge 02: Tired Technologies

Posted on: May 5, 2005 1:35 AM

After an exhilarating first challenge, where Lyova earned the Immunity Headdress, the bloggers had to vote for someone to be eliminated. We were surprised at how fast the alliances were put together, and the power of that teamwork was seen when one person was targeted for elimination from the game. Only 11 contestants remain as we present the second challenge.

Tired Technologies is a blogging challenge to raise your "geek cred". We want to see your fond memories about the obsolete technologies you used. Remember though, this is not a game of "who had the most obscure toy" but a competition to create the most compelling and entertaining post. And remember, there is a $500 prize package at stake!

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Comments:

this one sounds like a lot of fun :)

Posted by: james at May 5, 2005 3:32 AM

Here's a transcript of the challenge portion if anyone needs it:

Today we are talking about technology, and not just the fancy technology of today's robot-lasers and automated car assembly plants, but the technology of yesteryear. Yes, as hard as it is to imagine, there was a time when playing games meant one stick and one button. When talking on the phone meant touching a germ-y public phone in a grimy bus station and even checking the time meant stopping what you were doing and looking at an oversized and yes, analog, timepiece.

Technology has long been the bastion of the geek, and by geek I don't mean holywog, and the on the internets the geek will always represent a significant part of your audience. In fact, there is a good chance that you yourself are an internet geek! As such, it is important to prove your geek credentials, and what better way than to discuss some long abandoned technology you use to love. The challenge today is to write about your fond memories of those old technologies. Beta tapes, punch cards, pacemakers, intellivision, an apple newton, or for you youngsters, even floppy drives or the Atari 2600. We're looking for an entertaining story about your experiences that shows your love of those forgotten times.

Posted by: Steve Schroeder at May 5, 2005 3:55 AM

Thank you, Steve! I'm glad I don't have to download the QuickTime and fumble around with headphones so as not to disturb those around me.

Posted by: Kyle Hasselbacher at May 5, 2005 4:32 AM

this looks like it will be a fun challenge. i'm sad to see eddie go. i thought his entry was well-written, although probably lacking in pictures. maybe his being voted off had to do with his lack of alliances? does this mean that joel is next? excited to see these entries. excited to read more from lois and willow. very strong entries. Is there a forum where we can make monetary bets on the outcome of this thing?

Posted by: matthew hoppock at May 5, 2005 7:01 AM

Awesome, Steve. You guys are smart. However, who did this:

"In an effort to curb malicious comment posting by abusive users, I've enabled a feature that requires a weblog commenter to wait a short amount of time before being able to post again. Please try to post your comment again in a short while. Thanks for your patience."

I will stick up for the stupid, the retarded, and myself regarding all topics of free speech. When I say this, I am regarding censorship in all of it's forms, even time-based. You should too. If it's that big of a problem, get bigger servers.

Love Always,
Joel Conrad Bechtolt

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at May 5, 2005 7:01 AM

In a true forum of free speech, all are welcome. You can say what you want. When you want to. If what you say is wrong, someone will sort it out. Till then, let the people speak. Please.

-Joel Conrad Bechtolt

PS: (Time based discrimination hinders discussion.)

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at May 5, 2005 7:07 AM

time-based censorship is hardly censorship in the same form as directly controlling what can and can't be said.
it's not that long of a period that you can't post. go to the bathroom. make some breakfast. come back. mindful pauses help discussion at some level.

Posted by: hoppock at May 5, 2005 9:10 AM

testing the time thing. it's only been one minute since i last posted.

Posted by: hoppock at May 5, 2005 9:12 AM

I THINK THE ULTIMATE BLOGGER HOSTS ARE SOOOOOOOOOO CUTE.

LV
KS

Posted by: ksouth at May 5, 2005 9:16 AM

Jona, Steve, and Mikey, don't ever quit. I just watched the new challenge video for the 24th time today, this time with Sara, my girlfriend, the birthday girl, and guess what? I still can't watch without laughing till I cry, and thinking that I am lucky to be in volved. And that voiceover at the end? You guys got it going on.

Love Always,
Joel

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at May 5, 2005 9:29 AM

Hear hear, Joel! The video challenge is so cute. I love the old-timey effects. Homeboys are doing it right!

Posted by: willow at May 5, 2005 9:43 AM

All of a sudden I love Willow. How's it going, girl?

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at May 5, 2005 9:48 AM

"In an effort to curb malicious comment posting by abusive users, I've enabled a feature that requires a weblog commenter to wait a short amount of time before being able to post again. Please try to post your comment again in a short while. Thanks for your patience."

It seems as though this script has been flipped. Good thing. Am I wrong? Is anyone else encountering it? A simple shout out to a puryeor of free speech would be nice. But I don't need it.

Everyone's Friend,
Joel Conrad Bechtolt

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at May 5, 2005 9:52 AM

Hello

I've emerged from my 24 hour sickness and menstruation hell. Who are these nasty people who keep giving me shit for being a poverty stricken Carrie Bradshaw? Very odd. Joel, what meta-alliances have you been forming behind everyone's backs?

Willow, I agree with you. Very cute hosts. 9 inches apiece?

xx

Posted by: mimi at May 5, 2005 9:59 AM

it let me post again after one minute. maybe it's because i'm on a public computer and don't have cookies activated, so it doesn't remember me. either way, what's the big deal? i don't understand the "delay as censorship" argument.

Posted by: hoppock at May 5, 2005 9:59 AM

joel said he wasn't forming any alliances

Posted by: hoppock at May 5, 2005 10:01 AM

Mimi,
Nice to here from you. Sorry about your period, you should get the shot, the depro shot, it's free in New York, and it works. Yoru periods stop. (Except for some spotting from time to time, according to my girlfriend, Sara, whose birthday is today) To answer your question: I decided that I don't believe in alliances, so none happened. I tried, but am glad that it didn't happen. Next: I dont know what "meta-alliances" means. I am far too stupid. As we have all established. And, in finishing, I've seen Sex In The City, so I can say: Joel Talking---> "You are smarter than Carrie Bradshaw". I know this. Anyone that has said anything otherwise, is a stupid person. Even dumber than me.

Love Ya,
Joel

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at May 5, 2005 10:27 AM

9" ? Not even close, Watch and learn.

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at May 5, 2005 11:45 AM

depo is a blindman's game, Mimi, don't do it. I've walked that path of sorrow before and I never will again.

Posted by: ritchey at May 5, 2005 11:48 AM

I hope someone writes about playing Coleco.

or, better yet... the other night I was watching Deep Blue Sea which is arguably one of the best shark movies ever made and the woman busts out a zip disk and I started laughing... how many "to scale" jpgs of killer hyper-intelligent sharks can you really fit on a zip disk?

Posted by: james at May 5, 2005 12:37 PM

James,

Steve and I argued about Coleco. I said it was too obscure to mention in the video, as we already mentioned "intellivision". Steve then tried to argue that Coleco was well known as the Atari 2600, but we shot him down pretty quick. And now you come and post about it, which just goes to show it should have been in there.

Posted by: Mikey at May 5, 2005 1:00 PM

I think that at the time Coleco was as popular as Atari, but then Atari quickly took the market... much like Beta and VHS.... remember when you'd go in a video store and you'd choose one much like dvd/vhs these days?

but if i were in the contest, i'd write about motherfucking LASERDISCS!

Posted by: james at May 5, 2005 1:13 PM

Hey, we have laserdiscs! We watch them all the time. You can get them for super cheap, so we have all our favorites on them: star wars, the fugitive, the usual suspects, trainspotting...and the player is still working, so who am I to say it is a defunct technology? Besides, it's kind of fun to lift out this GIANT SHINY ROUND THING just to watch a movie.

Posted by: freddy at May 5, 2005 1:19 PM

I was also a sometime Coleco player, although I always assumed I was one of the very few on earth who actually played it. Of course it blew Atari out of the water but then along came Nintendo and no one had room in their hearts anymore for "The Smurfs" and "Mr. Do".

Posted by: Craig at May 5, 2005 1:52 PM

Man, putting Eddie's photo in the shredder. That's harsh! Cool challenge. I'm so glad I don't have to actually program games before playing them (like on those little Timex Sinclairs you could buy from an ad in the back of magazines in the early 80s).

Happy Birthday Sara! Glad you were born.

-Kirsten

Posted by: kirsten at May 5, 2005 1:53 PM

i love how heavy and awkward laserdiscs were. i have a vhs copy of a japanese dubbed laserdisc of Eraserhead.

Posted by: james at May 5, 2005 2:02 PM

I love when P.T. Anderson talks about laserdiscs. Smoking a cigarette, driving around in his SUV, banging on the roof listening to Fiona Apple, and he's like..."I remember those fucking things, those laserdiscs with the director's commentaries, I learned a lot of shit from those fucking laserdiscs."

Posted by: John Johnderson at May 5, 2005 2:48 PM

Josh Berezin has a lot of lazer discs.

Also, I whole heartedly agree about Deep Blue Sea.

Posted by: Steve Schroeder at May 5, 2005 2:53 PM

urbanhonking blogs get a notoriously huge amount of weak as shit online-poker related comment spam, which is like the weakest shit i have EVER heard of

so i bet that feature is more to make it hard for them, not for you joel

anyway, yeah. cool. pizza time forever

adam

Posted by: Adam Forkner at May 5, 2005 3:29 PM

steve, remember when LL Cool J's potty-mouthed parrot got eaten by a shark?! How cool is a movie that has a parrot that gets eaten by a shark!? that would never happen in real life, they don't even exist in the same climates, let alone the same terrain.

I will drink to that anyday!

Posted by: james at May 5, 2005 3:30 PM

i love the off/on switch on the paper shredder. i have to think that that was intentional as the challenge is about old technology...

way to go, laserdiscs. my junior high had them. that's the only time i've even seen one. where does on go to get a laserdisc?

why are there no early posters? ritchey, you received zero votes...you should post early again. i can't wait for these entries.

is eddie not even allowed to use the comments section? harsh.

Posted by: matthew at May 5, 2005 3:54 PM

i love the off/on switch on the paper shredder. i have to think that that was intentional as the challenge is about old technology...

way to go, laserdiscs. my junior high had them. that's the only time i've even seen one. where does on go to get a laserdisc?

why are there no early posters? ritchey, you received zero votes...you should post early again. i can't wait for these entries.

is eddie not even allowed to use the comments section? harsh.

Posted by: hoppock at May 5, 2005 3:58 PM

I saw Deep Blue Sea one night when I was mourning my dysfunctional breakup from my dysfunctional boyfriend. Jake Longstreth came over and brought me beer and wine he'd stolen from his roommates, and we rented Deep Blue Sea and got drunk and then he taught me bar chords. All I remember is how shitty the sharks looked, and how hard I laughed every time Jake referred to the main character as "Todd," because that was his name in "Boogie Nights."

And now I know how to play bar chords!

Posted by: ritchey at May 5, 2005 4:07 PM

bar chords!!!

Posted by: hoppock at May 5, 2005 5:16 PM

Please can we have a permament link on this page to the actual competition entries? At the moment I'm scrolling down to an old post and clicking on "Den"...

...and if I'm just being unobservant and not noticing an already-existing permanent link, can we put red flashing lights on it or something, to make it more obvious?

Sorry, don't mean to whinge!

Clare
XXX

Posted by: Clare at May 5, 2005 5:24 PM

it's at the top of this page. it says "UB Den".

Posted by: hoppock at May 5, 2005 5:28 PM

Eddie, as was mentioned in the video, has been banned from the internet. All of it.

No, not really. Once a person is eliminated they can no longer post new entries, however they may still comment if they wish.

Posted by: Mikey at May 5, 2005 5:42 PM

Clare,

Totally. This is a good idea. Thank you.

Please, if anyone has any suggestions, feel free to post them here or email us directly.

I'm going to make a link to all of the challenge entries that will live in the challenge entry on the front page. YOU WANT IT, YOU GOT IT! I think the site will grow and grow as it goes until it becomes THE ULTIMATE WEBSITE. I've been making little functional changes here and there all day today.

Posted by: Jona at May 5, 2005 6:18 PM

Well, as long as we're just putting our wishes out there...as the contestants post more entries, it seems like it would be nice to have a link to all the entries they've written. Either by clicking their name under their posts to get all their entries, and/or a link in their popup bios.

If I were king of the universe I'd add that I'd like the same for all contestants' comments as well as RSS feeds for comments as well, but I'm not crazy...

Posted by: freddy at May 5, 2005 6:23 PM

Those are totally good suggestions. I think that viewing the contestants' entries via their bio popup and name-link shouldn't be a problem. I don't know about comments, though.. I'll see what I can find out. RSS for comments? I don't know about that.. but I'll try!

Posted by: Jona at May 5, 2005 6:28 PM

Josh didn't think it was possible, but maybe you are SMARTER than Josh!

Posted by: freddy at May 5, 2005 6:31 PM

I am SMARTER than JOSH! :) RSS for comments is possible. I'll contact Mike and Steve and Jona to implement this new technology before the current challenge deadline. (Ohh. I just gave myself a challenge, hopefully I can complete it so I don't get banned from the internet)

Posted by: curt at May 5, 2005 7:02 PM

My non-contestant entry: Old school tech retribution.

Posted by: Kyle Hasselbacher at May 5, 2005 7:22 PM

Following Kyle with my non-contestant entry. Let's hope he doesn't have to fix my link this time...

Tired Tech

The whole blog...
Manifest Density

Posted by: MDC at May 5, 2005 8:57 PM

for some reason, when i hear the term "tired technologies", i think of scientology.

Posted by: kirsten at May 5, 2005 10:46 PM

You show the old N-Gage in the challenge video without sidetalkin'! For shame.

Posted by: Nokia N-Gage at May 5, 2005 11:09 PM

The N-Gage shown is not the "old" version it is the newer version in which sidetalkin' is not an option.

Posted by: Steve Schroeder at May 5, 2005 11:14 PM

Thanks for the deep reference on the world's best technology fan photo community site, SIDETALKIN'. I had almost forgotten!

Posted by: freddy at May 5, 2005 11:40 PM

where are the entries dudes? lois? willow? ritchey? joel? james? i need to read and see things.

Posted by: hoppock at May 6, 2005 4:23 PM

I know, huh? What, they're all procrastinators now?

Posted by: freddy at May 6, 2005 4:24 PM

Never a procrastinator, dork. Just figuring it all out. It's not due till 12 and freestyle battles are the one's I win.

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at May 6, 2005 9:09 PM