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2012-06-27 04:34:59 PM
"Netscape Navigator"


wow......flood of memories.....wow.....
 
2012-06-27 04:40:26 PM
This is what happens when you don't SYNCHRONIZE SWATCHES!

/that show was way ahead of its time as far as editing goes
//quick cuts, weird camera angles and such as
 
2012-06-27 04:46:11 PM

Walker: SYNCHRONIZE SWATCHES


It was ahead of its time in the same way that Faith No More was ahead of its time.

There still isn't a DVD release of that series, is there?
 
2012-06-27 04:50:53 PM

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Walker: SYNCHRONIZE SWATCHES

It was ahead of its time in the same way that Faith No More was ahead of its time.

There still isn't a DVD release of that series, is there?


On June 30, 2009, Shout! Factory released the complete first season of Parker Lewis Can't Lose on DVD in Region 1. The 4-DVD set includes special features including exclusive interviews with the cast, crew, and creators. Although the cast and crew discuss both Melanie Chartoff and her character, Grace Musso, Chartoff herself does not appear in any of the supplementary materials. Shout! Factory released Season 2 on January 26, 2010. Supplementary materials were fewer, and Chartoff also declined to participate. Shout! has said that they currently have no plans to release the final season on DVD in the US, citing the expense of music clearances and the disappointing sales of the second season. However, season 3 was released for the German market in April 2011 by German company Turbine Medien.

/Melanie Chartoff must be just like her b*tch principal character in real life
 
2012-06-27 04:53:26 PM

Walker: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Walker: SYNCHRONIZE SWATCHES

It was ahead of its time in the same way that Faith No More was ahead of its time.

There still isn't a DVD release of that series, is there?

On June 30, 2009, Shout! Factory released the complete first season of Parker Lewis Can't Lose on DVD in Region 1. The 4-DVD set includes special features including exclusive interviews with the cast, crew, and creators. Although the cast and crew discuss both Melanie Chartoff and her character, Grace Musso, Chartoff herself does not appear in any of the supplementary materials. Shout! Factory released Season 2 on January 26, 2010. Supplementary materials were fewer, and Chartoff also declined to participate. Shout! has said that they currently have no plans to release the final season on DVD in the US, citing the expense of music clearances and the disappointing sales of the second season. However, season 3 was released for the German market in April 2011 by German company Turbine Medien.

/Melanie Chartoff must be just like her b*tch principal character in real life


Wow, they did a pretty horrible job of publicizing that, then. I'll have to scour the Internets and see if anyone has done anything creative with the German release.
 
2012-06-27 04:55:28 PM
 
2012-06-27 05:06:09 PM
i was working for swatch in geneva as a copywriter at the time. i'd totally forgotten about this. it was asinine, but they were sure fired up about it.

/csb
 
2012-06-27 05:58:25 PM
 
2012-06-27 07:03:46 PM
It was a noble effort. I would have liked if it had failed.
But I'd settle for just having us all use UTC for everything. "oh no, I have to go to work at 1:00AM instead of 9:00AM now. Life is so hard!"
 
2012-06-27 07:05:08 PM
I would have liked if it hadn't failed.

Ftfm
 
2012-06-27 08:13:38 PM

serial_crusher: It was a noble effort. I would have liked if it had failed.
But I'd settle for just having us all use UTC for everything. "oh no, I have to go to work at 1:00AM instead of 9:00AM now. Life is so hard!"


use 0100 and 0900 and then you don't need to worry about AM/PM ambiguity
 
2012-06-27 08:33:46 PM
Repeat.

No, really: repeat.
 
2012-06-27 08:34:51 PM
Oh, and screw metric. Duodecimal is way better than decimal.
 
2012-06-27 08:41:21 PM
Hey Subby, I was uploading low-res pictures of your mom at the time but I wasn't too busy to notice and mock "Internet Time". It would have had a (slightly) better chance of success if they had synced it to UTC instead of to their corporate HQ's timezone.

The Stealth Hippopotamus: "Netscape Navigator"

wow......flood of memories.....wow.....


pfft. Useless bloatware. I'll stick with NCSA Mosaic.
 
2012-06-27 08:46:08 PM
I remember the swatch internet time caper.
 
2012-06-27 08:50:06 PM
For a while, it was hard to get used to EST when I came home from Afghanistan. I was so used to Zulu time and watching the sun rise at midnight.
 
2012-06-27 08:50:20 PM
Ami.rite?
 
2012-06-27 08:51:30 PM
Bah. Accuracy is more important than precision anyways.
www.sciencehumor.org
 
2012-06-27 08:53:55 PM
Ahh the swatch, from what I remember about them, they were popular in the 80s and as a kid with no money and folks who wouldnt pay 50 bucks for one, guess i wasnt cool. Damn rich kids that had like 6 of them up one arm.
 
2012-06-27 08:56:51 PM
I remember being very excited about this. I was pretty stupid.

/was?
 
2012-06-27 09:03:16 PM
Now we are too busy downloading 1080p videos of your mom with a cucumber and a dog from usenet to notice.
 
2012-06-27 09:11:53 PM
I always figured that the Internet Time in PSO was from some other standard that never caught on. Oh well.

/SCHTHACK represent
 
2012-06-27 09:20:42 PM
The link websites background is one of the most painful on the eyes thing I've seen since I got redirected to lemon party.
 
2012-06-27 09:27:55 PM
Damn you internet king!

simpsonswiki.net
 
2012-06-27 09:35:56 PM

TheBlackrose: I always figured that the Internet Time in PSO was from some other standard that never caught on. Oh well.

/SCHTHACK represent


The only thing you had to know was that you could only use the Heaven's Punisher when the 100s were even.

/Technically the spread needle was better
//But I was partial to my C.Beam.
 
2012-06-27 09:38:54 PM
Years ago I had been doing PHP programming for a while, and was working at a place where I only had access to a web server running classic ASP. Since VBScript had about as many built-in functions in the whole language as PHP did just for arrays, I started making ASP versions of some native PHP functions to make coding easier.

One of them was date(), which supports about 40 different tokens for representing aspects of dates and times. So I'm going through the list, two-digit month here, abbreviated weekday there, whatever, and then I get to B.

"What the hell is Swatch Internet time?"

/actually added the code to display swatch internet time, even though I obviously had no use for it
//meh-ish csb
///sorry i wasted your .beat
 
2012-06-27 09:52:43 PM

ArcadianRefugee: Repeat.

No, really: repeat.


Pretty sure there is a statute of limitation on the repeat call... And that I might well have just fallen for something.
 
2012-06-27 09:56:38 PM
There are some things about humanity that can be changed much more easily than others.
The way we keep time, that's really down there at the core. Nothing short of "downfall of modern civilizations" or "alien overlord invasion" type stuff could ever make an opportunity for that.

So, that said, you have to wonder which executive thought they could do it with a watch.
A particularly crummy looking watch at that.

/I owned a swatch back when it was awesome.
/But not "rewrite your life" awesome.
 
2012-06-27 10:14:09 PM

Igor Jakovsky: Ahh the swatch, from what I remember about them, they were popular in the 80s and as a kid with no money and folks who wouldnt pay 50 bucks for one, guess i wasnt cool. Damn rich kids that had like 6 of them up one arm.


bingo. swatch was the wristwatch's last great hurrah. they glorified consumption for the sake of it. people collected them and there were limited edition issues. a definite dooshbag trophy. i'm surprised swatch is still in business.
 
2012-06-27 10:48:51 PM
"At the tone, the time will be 1340851657996." BEEEP!
 
2012-06-27 11:10:32 PM

KrispyKritter: i'm surprised swatch is still in business.


It's one of the biggest watch companies in the world.
 
2012-06-28 12:51:10 AM

Igor Jakovsky: Ahh the swatch, from what I remember about them, they were popular in the 80s and as a kid with no money and folks who wouldnt pay 50 bucks for one, guess i wasnt cool. Damn rich kids that had like 6 of them up one arm.


Well, in all honesty it helped me identify the classmates who would later be serving me coffee or changing my tires.

/YMMV
 
2012-06-28 01:26:38 AM

KrispyKritter: Igor Jakovsky: Ahh the swatch, from what I remember about them, they were popular in the 80s and as a kid with no money and folks who wouldnt pay 50 bucks for one, guess i wasnt cool. Damn rich kids that had like 6 of them up one arm.

bingo. swatch was the wristwatch's last great hurrah. they glorified consumption for the sake of it. people collected them and there were limited edition issues. a definite dooshbag trophy. i'm surprised swatch is still in business.


You've apparently never heard of the Casio Baby-G, which was the late 1990s - early 2000s version of Swatch but cost a lot more due to the popularity and limited availability.

The only reason I'd wear a wristwatch is if I had finally caved and bought something from Tokyoflash. Wantwantwantwantwant.
 
2012-06-28 01:40:53 AM

WhyteRaven74: KrispyKritter: i'm surprised swatch is still in business.

It's one of the biggest watch companies in the world.


True.
In fact, most of the swiss made luxury watchmakers use/buy swatch movements as core components in their watches. All these watchmakers do is add some extra features and assemble the watches in their own made watch cases.
ETA is the movement manufacturer (part of the swatch group).
 
2012-06-28 06:13:41 AM

if_i_really_have_to: KrispyKritter: Igor Jakovsky: Ahh the swatch, from what I remember about them, they were popular in the 80s and as a kid with no money and folks who wouldnt pay 50 bucks for one, guess i wasnt cool. Damn rich kids that had like 6 of them up one arm.

bingo. swatch was the wristwatch's last great hurrah. they glorified consumption for the sake of it. people collected them and there were limited edition issues. a definite dooshbag trophy. i'm surprised swatch is still in business.

You've apparently never heard of the Casio Baby-G, which was the late 1990s - early 2000s version of Swatch but cost a lot more due to the popularity and limited availability.

The only reason I'd wear a wristwatch is if I had finally caved and bought something from Tokyoflash. Wantwantwantwantwant.


When I was a kid, it was the calculator watch that was the REAL status symbol. That's probably because I am a nerd. Also, Bugle Boys. I always thought their slogan should be, "Bugle Boys - Now with 250% More Pockets!"
 
2012-06-28 08:49:39 AM
Time is a confidence trick invented by the Swiss.
 
2012-06-28 10:17:37 AM
As a guy who invented several different alternate timekeeping schemes when he was a kid, I thought the SwatchBeat was pretty hilarious. It was a marketing gimmick, no more, but it was a fun idea.

Incidentally, that was when I learned that there are actual advantages to the duodecimal/sexagesimal system we use for timekeeping.
 
2012-06-28 11:20:09 AM
i guess "synchronize swatches" would look a little cooler than "look at the time on your cell phone".

since the clocks on those tend to always be synched anyway.
 
2012-06-28 12:21:32 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: "Netscape Navigator"


wow......flood of memories.....wow.....


I double-clicked the Netscape Navigator back in 1999 and I think the program is almost ready to start.
 
2012-06-28 01:31:38 PM

jbtilley: The Stealth Hippopotamus: "Netscape Navigator"


wow......flood of memories.....wow.....

I double-clicked the Netscape Navigator back in 1999 and I think the program is almost ready to start.


www.trekkietechie.com

fark YOU, NAVIGATOR!
 
2012-06-28 03:54:43 PM
I remember this when it was announced. As stupid as it seemed then, it seems even more stupid now. I gave it like 30 seconds of thought then, but the derp made it unforgettable.
 
2012-06-28 04:06:29 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: "Netscape Navigator"


wow......flood of memories.....wow.....


Oh ye of little faith

And so at last the beast fell and the unbelievers rejoiced. But all was not lost, for from the ash rose a great bird. The bird gazed down upon the unbelievers and cast fire and thunder upon them. For the beast had been reborn with its strength renewed, and the followers of Mammon cowered in horror.

from The Book of Mozilla, 7:15

Mammon slept. And the beast reborn spread over the earth and its numbers grew legion. And they proclaimed the times and sacrificed crops unto the fire, with the cunning of foxes. And they built a new world in their own image as promised by the sacred words, and spoke of the beast with their children. Mammon awoke, and lo! it was naught but a follower.

from The Book of Mozilla, 11:9
(10th Edition)

people.mozilla.com
 
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