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Is there anything analogue you miss?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Duke of York, Sep 29, 2018.

  1. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    A programme I listened to today was about people who hanker back to the pre-digital days. Vinyl records, photos you can hold, proper books etc. They spoke of the tactile pleasures such things have. One who had grown up in the digital world spoke of the occasion he moved home, with all his possessions packed into two IKEA boxes and reflected that it didn't like look like he owned much, despite having purchased as much as any other individual from the pre-digital era.

    The digital world is very convenient, but is it better? Does an album downloaded in seconds bring the same enjoyment as the one you had to buy in a shop and carry home in anticipation of hearing? Was there greater pleasure in waiting a week to see what your holiday snaps would come out like? Do you hate reading books on a kindle and prefer having a bookcase full of all the books you bought?

    If you had to pass on something that delighted you from the analogue age, to a child who had only ever experienced digital, what might it be?
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  2. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Fountain pens and good paper.
  3. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    The pleasure of buying that LP you had saved up for over weeks by not spending your pocket money! Taking it home, playing it whilst loving the art work...:)
  4. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    The disappointment of finding that apart from that one single on it and maybe another track, it was otherwise a waste of money.
  5. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    True, but has the digital age altered that?
  6. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Well I don't ''miss'' books... because I haven't gone digital with books.

    I like having physical books. My wife would prefer I didn't.
  7. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    There are certainly times when I would prefer a digital wife.
  8. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    Talking to people in a pub or other social setting rather then being in a "Zombie World" where the zombies sit and stare at mobile phones all the time.
  9. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Waiting for things with valves in to 'warm up'. As a kid I had an old art deco styled Murphy bakelite radio from before my time (c.1945) complete with huge speaker behind wickerwork, the inevitable crackle and fade, and Larkin's glowing wavebands with exotic names like Athlone, Motala, and Kalundberg. It worked beautifully until the wiring perished, so I sold it for spares on eBay. It's not like there's much out there on MW and LW any more anyway.


    I replaced it recently with a Bush DAC 90, which I gutted and put a modern pod speaker inside so I can still play whatever music I want but have the sound coming out of a bakelite case through a mesh speaker - it makes the difference. Like listening to chocolate :)

  10. Jude Fawley

    Jude Fawley Star commenter

  11. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    You can have a different one for each day of the week :D
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  12. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Why one one thing and not another? We have a record player and a growing collection of records; but also CDs and digital music on devices.
    We have kindles as well as bookshelves full of books, and we have gigabytes of photos and videos but also plenty of photo albums.

    In short we have more choice than ever and I like it like that!
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  13. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Yes in the sense that you can listen before you buy
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  14. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I could dial down her bank account when she goes shopping without me and the batteries could be taken out when necessary.
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  15. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    More than one wife? Please God, no.
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  16. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    I remember when the only way to hear new music or music you or your mates didn't have on vinyl or tape was on the radio. Writing in and requesting a song was a genuine way to hear that song and if you didn't buy (or borrow) it, you didn't hear it at all.

    Then again there seems to be vastly more recorded music available these days.
    colpee likes this.
  17. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    There were at least two shops selling records in the small town I grew up in where you could go into a booth and listen to the album before buying...
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  18. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    What if she got hacked?
  19. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    She frequently gets hacked off at me.
    blazer, lanokia and phlogiston like this.
  20. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    For shame! My Bro-in-Law renovates them.
    magic surf bus likes this.

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