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Tuesday Chatter Weekly – June 12, 2017


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In nineteen eighty-four, the first untethered spacewalk for the US, the Space Shuttle Discovery Maiden flight for the US, genetic fingerprinting of DNA profiling was developed, the Apple McIntosh computer debuted for sale in January 1984, the Apple computer was mouse driven and had a built-in graphical user interface, Sony and Philips debuted the first commercial CD players.

The recession continues in the US, 70 US banks fail, the average cost of a new house $86,730, average annual income $21,600, average monthly rent $350., a movie ticket is $2.50, ladies two-tone pumps $24.99, men’s striped polo $24.99, Twirly curls Barbie $10.99.

Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller” sells over 37 million copies, the MTV Music Awards began, top musicians from Great Britain and Ireland form “Band-Aid” to record the single “Do They Know It’s Christmas” in a London studio with the intent to raise money and create awareness for famine and poverty in Ethiopia.

Tuning the forks of time

Life’s not a straight line

  Drunken words don’t rhyme

Let this roll around in your mouth

Before the crow flies south

Let your pen do the talking

Send insipidity walking

Make sure life begins

before it comes to an end

In our soda pop world, we blunder

 Scattered ideas tore asunder


“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
― George Orwell, 1984

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  1. I was 9 in 1984. It’s astonishing to think that the cost of an average house was only 4 and a bit times the average income. In London in 2017, the average house costs more around 10 times the average London wage.

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    • It’s much different today. Using the same site where I gathered that information (so we get a true comparison), for the year 2011 avg cost of a house in the US was $262,260.00 and avg income $40,925.00. 2011 is the last year where the complete information is displayed.

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  2. I enjoyed reading about the way life was in 1984. I was five years old then…and I remember my older brothers and sisters watching the Thriller video and listening to Michael Jackson in the car on their mixtapes. I got my first CD-playing radio in 1989. And my dad had an Apple Computer, but stopped using it in favor of a PC with a very, very large Epson printer attached to it, with those reams of paper that you had to tear off the holes and separate the each sheet. Oh, and those big floppy disks were so common! Haha. We’ve come a long way!
    But as far as income vs. housing, yeah…that’s a biggie. The average house is much more than the average income now. It’s frustrating for younger folks who are wanting to buy but are simply priced out of the market and I wonder what the repercussions in the years to come will be…perhaps supply vs. demand will kick in…if there are lots of vacant houses because people can’t buy them, I wonder if housing would become more affordable. Dunno. Interesting food for thought. 🙂

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    • Thank you for your comment and yes, a lot of food for thought. I believe it is becoming more difficult to afford a new house today, especially a well constructed one – and not just for young people. Plus, it sometimes takes 2 incomes to keep up with the cost of living, which is difficult for those with children.

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  3. Clocks striking 13 or 25 do not raise an eyebrow. We spread ourselves through so many time zones. I keep converting time, before registering for international webinars, and then, tend to forget.

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  4. Always love these posts – thanks for putting them together.

    I hadn’t tracked the connection between Apple and the Space Shuttle, timing-wise. That was a surprise since I sort-of kept up with both industries.

    Always a big-time keyboarder, I was NOT someone who jumped for joy at this new idea for home computing. I was NEVER a fan of increased mousing around, forcing me to take my hands off the keyboard (and deal with icons instead of words – ugh!). Even tho’ I was not a fan of PC’s, either, after Gate’s effectively took dos out of the public domain with his proprietary MS-Dos, I didn’t jump ship until the advent of WinDoze.

    Except for “photo-formats,” graphical interfaces are MUCH less effective ways of getting the job done for anyone who learned to touch type and does so rapidly. But, as long as both interfaces were going graphical, I decided it made sense to use the one with a stable platform built “from scratch” (not built on top of 3-levels of legacy code — all the way back to CPM).

    I have used Apple ever since, and doubt I’d ever switch back since I now have “Mac fingers” – never happy with thumb typing on the newer devices either!

    And HOUSING costs – holy moly!!! Since I didn’t have the bucks to buy myself a place to live THEN, I doubt I’d ever amass the fortune it takes today (unless I bought the winning lottery ticket – lol) 🙂

    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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