Its funny but when I think back to my early experiences with the net in 1995 I don't feel much nostalgia, yet I do with music etc .
It got better so fast that the past was so slow in comparison why would I feel anything but relief it had moved on. Netscape on a 14.4 kilobits/sec modem was a dog.
Instant email communications with people around the word was still magic as was email attachments, they revolutionized the business I was in .
Lame! Not really a search engine and certainly not as good as Alta Vista, which was already in wide use at the time.
Agreed, webcrawler was ok too , Yahoo for a while until it couldn't keep up with new sites. But when google came along it was a seismic shift in searching.
Great info on coffee Matt thanks.
How about green tea , I have moved over from coffee, 4 cups a day , double bags in each, steeped for 5 mins. Feeling the need for a triple bag cup .
Taste Records, owned by the late Dave Perkins, bless his soul. It had a listening booth with extractor fans so you could get in the right state of mind to *understand* the music.
Thanks Simon , yes those listening booths were good and they didn't seem to mind you listening to whole LPs .
The jewel in our drug policy crown, however, is the Psychoactive Substances Act which came into force last year. We have called the bluff of the legal highs industry and told them to prove their wares are low-risk before sale, through tight regulations
Pity we couldn't do this with alcohol suppliers, would they pass the same test?
Your mention of Murray Cammick , Howick in the 60s, Triggered me back to my teens in Howick , playing in a band - well trying to - Hauraki was where I heard all the good music , that and test listening to records - but not buying - in that shop in Lorne st - forgotten the name.
Couldn't wait to get out of Howick though.
Yes Ian the war on thinking is winning . I despair at times.
To what end is bloody good question, I fear I may descend down the rabbit hole with that one.
It doesn't help that I have been reading The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli . Man his ideas were pretty basic compared to the geopolitics of today.
The nightmare scenario would see massive growth in synthetics, which should scare everyone.
Which is why the "war on drugs" thinking is so dumb.
So a billion dollars would buy the whole crop? Cheaper than one Stealth bomber. Why doesn't the US just buy the lot and process it into morphine for pain relief in the developing world?
There was talk of that in 2001 but it never seemed to happen .
Buying up the opium crop sounds like a no brainier but the argument against that says
If the US or some medical council tries to buy up Helmand’s poppy production, opium will become scarce in the black market and prices will skyrocket. This will induce other provinces to take up poppy cultivation. Indeed, cultivation will also spread rapidly to neighbouring countries (Iran, Pakistan, Turkmenistan , Uzbekistan and Tajikistan) and the resultant opium will be smuggled into Afghanistan. The Taliban will, of course, profit handsomely from this illicit trade.
Others are saying the CIA are heavily complicate in the trade.
It's complex it seems.
Thailand reduced its poppy production via a much wider community development programme that addressed the root cause, poverty.
I agree pain relief is a real human need and opiates are the best but how does the dynamic of legal verses illegal opium trade actually work.
Over the weekend someone pointed to the reverse spelling of the new name..