What I miss about the 1990's
- •Being a four-year-oldWhat a life. I can ask all the stupid questions I want, and everybody is happy to answer as best as they can. After that, I run around indoors, crawl underneath stuff, watch cartoons, and get nap time. Everyday. I don't think I appreciated that last part at the time, but now that I've lost the ability to take a nap, it sounds like magic.
- •Being thirteen years old.A lot going on. Didn't care for the cracky voice or suddenly realizing that I'm sporting wood in public, but I sure do miss waking up knowing that I'll one day, and one day soon, be taller.
- •SeinfeldBack then I didn't know every word to every episode.
- •Weezer in their prime.The worst of that decade still beats the best of the decades following.
- •Traditional animationBefore Dreamworks, there were pencils and the occasional use of CGI. I remember being amazed by the effects used for the magic carpet rides in Aladdin. Now I can hardly remember the old-school cartoons, and to find them I have to go on YouTube, where I used to go hunting for video game trailers.
- •Which reminds me...N64!Yep. Goldeneye, Mario64, Ocarina of Time. I'd have probably been more athletic a kid without it, but I could not resist.
- •America OnlineI don't really"miss" the ancient browser in the every sense, but I do miss being excited about the emerging technology of the Internet. It taught me how to play guitar, how to text message ("I.M."), and it made academic research less of a logistical hassle. One day I'm sure I'll miss the Li.st and Facebook. But not Twitter. Never got into it.