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2013-08-21 09:39:40 PM  

CruJones: My entire high school and college were in the 90s,    Kicking the Big Head Todd, Son Volt, Dryvin' N Cryin', maybe some Blues Traveler. Don't forget the Widespread bro! There was even some decent country music, the album Seminole Wind comes to mind. The Playstation came out. Cell phones, the Internet. We went from having call waiting being an option on landlines to cable Internet. Lotta shiat happened.


Yeah, the 90s were one hell of a leap forward technologically for the average person. Stuff that had been around for a decade or so FINALLY broke into the mainstream and the normal non-geek was beginning to experience a ton of computer tech in his/her daily life. Even though it took a few more years to really solidify it in the 2000s, the 90s laid the foundation for what we call regular life today.
 
2013-08-21 09:40:17 PM  
The best decade is always the next to come. People just don't realize it yet.
 
2013-08-21 09:40:22 PM  
The 90's were great. All that I learned in the 80's was how to stop shiatting myself and the alphabet. The 90's brought plenty of firsts. Jobs, girls, cars, and pretty much set me up for where I am now. And gas was ridiculously farking cheap.
 
2013-08-21 09:40:38 PM  
I vote for the 1950's for one reason: poodle skirts and sweater puppies
 
2013-08-21 09:41:17 PM  

InsaneJelloTroll: The best decade is always the next to come. People just don't realize it yet.


The Teens have sucked as far as the economy and my personal finances are concerned, but they're a hell of a lot better than the 2000s.
 
2013-08-21 09:41:49 PM  

Nick Nostril: TuteTibiImperes: The 90s were good times.  I guess the old racists don't care for them because they marked when hip-hop/rap culture really became mainstream, but there was plenty of good stuff going on.  History will remember Bill Clinton has one of our best Presidents ever.

Because if you don't like hip hop, you are a racist?


No generation ever before the 90s embraced black music. Ever. Dumbass.
 
2013-08-21 09:41:56 PM  
My 401(k) would love to see the 90s again.
 
2013-08-21 09:42:10 PM  

Harry_Seldon: I vote for the 1950's for one reason: poodle skirts and sweater puppies


Fark the 50s. Goddamn Baby Boomers have gotten so old they believe that "Leave It To Beaver" is a documentary and not a scripted drama.
 
2013-08-21 09:42:24 PM  
I just came here to shiat on the 80s. fark the 80s and it's "anything goes for cash and cocaine" values. The decade of shucking off solvency and embracing a life and national policy of permanent debt. The best thing about the 80s is that it's nothing more than a dim, sleazy memory.
 
2013-08-21 09:42:44 PM  
70's were the best by far
Better bands/music/drugs/concerts/cars/movies /tv/etc
It was like everything learned from past decades finally came to fruition
Everything since then has been a poorly representive copy of trying to the same thing differently only better, somehow. But they have failed over and over
 
2013-08-21 09:42:53 PM  

NFA: 1980's -  Worked my ass off every single day of the week, used and abused by employers who thought I was a slave and not an employee, literally couldn't afford to eat every day and rarely ate three meals a day
1990's -  BIG up swing in prosperity.  Got married, bought a house.  Nice balance between work and life
2000's -  Marriage going great, life was good, became a millionaire. Inherited a kid. Worked too damn much.
2010's -  Marriage still going good, became a multimillionaire.  Work my ass off every single day dealing with the problems of others.  Don't eat every meal, sometimes skip days eating because of too much work and health problems.  Dream of retiring every single day.


2013 - posted bullshiat fantasy life on Fark.com.
 
2013-08-21 09:44:02 PM  
The 90's for me..  Lots and lots of sex for me.. goodtimes
 
2013-08-21 09:45:13 PM  
Who are the maniacs that want to go back to the 40s?
 
2013-08-21 09:45:14 PM  

NFA: 1980's -  Worked my ass off every single day of the week, used and abused by employers who thought I was a slave and not an employee, literally couldn't afford to eat every day and rarely ate three meals a day
1990's -  BIG up swing in prosperity.  Got married, bought a house.  Nice balance between work and life
2000's -  Marriage going great, life was good, became a millionaire. Inherited a kid. Worked too damn much.
2010's -  Marriage still going good, became a multimillionaire.  Work my ass off every single day dealing with the problems of others.  Don't eat every meal, sometimes skip days eating because of too much work and health problems.   Dream of retiring every single day.


You're on the high score list, man. You don't have to keep playing until your quarter's used up.
 
2013-08-21 09:45:38 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: History will remember Bill Clinton has one of our best Presidents ever.


No.  He's no Washington, no Lincoln, no FDR, not even Eisenhower.  He'll be remembered as one of the best stewards ever, because he did a really great job of keeping his hands off things when the country was booming, but, at the same time, he signed in DOMA and Glass-Steagall repeals.
 
2013-08-21 09:47:12 PM  

TheDumbBlonde: No generation ever before the 90s embraced black music.


Old douchebags always hated and feared black music.
 
2013-08-21 09:48:07 PM  
Ah, the 90s. What a great decade to grow up in. The biggest problem to worry about was the president and something about a blow job! It was great, especially since my family could afford to buy our first computer in 1994, a Gateway 2000. Those things were solid back then.

Then, in 2001, I began my freshmen year of high school. 9/11 happened two or three weeks into the first semester.

Given the relative economic prosperity I can't imagine having anything less than positive feelings towards the 90s if I had experienced them as an adult. That is, other than that's when the current brand of Republican BS got its start with Newt and the fanatical hatred of Clinton.
 
2013-08-21 09:48:29 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: vygramul: '80s, you say?

[userserve-ak.last.fm image 500x500]

1968 - Saucerful of Secrets

1973 - Dark Side of the Moon
1977 - Animals
1979 - The Wall

1987 - A Momentary Lapse of Reason

/what was that about the 80s?


Whoops - that was the movie that hit the '80s. Then again, The Final Cut was in the '80s.

But then there was:

The Clash: London Calling
U2: The Joshua Tree
The Police: Synchronicity
AC/DC: Back in Black

Then there were the movies:

Gandhi
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Empire Strikes Back
Das Boot
The Killing Fields
Ran
Aliens
Full Metal Jacket
The Right Stuff
Blade Runner
Die Hard
Grave of the Fireflies
Glory
Scarface
The Terminator
The Princess Bride
A Fish Called Wanda

The '80s had some damn fine entertainment.
 
2013-08-21 09:48:52 PM  
media.oregonlive.com

The 90s still live on
 
2013-08-21 09:49:55 PM  
Nobody is allowed to say this on air, but Bill Clinton was a more popular president than Reagan.


sas-origin.onstreammedia.com
 
2013-08-21 09:51:36 PM  
TuteTibiImperes [TotalFark]
2013-08-21 07:16:30 PM


The 90s were good times. I guess the old racists don't care for them because they marked when hip-hop/rap culture really became mainstream, but there was plenty of good stuff going on. History will remember Bill Clinton has one of our best Presidents ever.

* Don't ask don't tell
* Defense of Marriage Act
* Juanita Broaddrick
* White House FBI files controversy (found on clinton's desk)
* Attack of Yugoslavia (I know it's only wrong when bush attacks a nation w/o provocation)
* Waco (Hey it's ok to murder people whose religion you disagree with)
* Elián González
* Whitewater
* Commercegate
* Chinagate
* Bombing of Iraq (I know it's only wrong when bush does it)
* Cruise missile strikes on Afghanistan
* Cruise missile strikes on Sudan
* Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory bombing
* Refusal to accept osama bin ladin as a prisoner.


yeah... hell of a decade
* Gennifer Flowers
 
2013-08-21 09:51:44 PM  
Well as a VFX guy and a programmer, the 90s kicked all that shiat in high gear. As far as music goes, metal was still hanging on, even though the college pussy rock and grunge was creeping in. There were three Star Trek shows on but other than that TV was kind of lame besides Seinfeld, South Park and the Simpsons. It was a kick ass decade for getting startup website money and goth girls. Then everything went to shiat in 2001.
 
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2013-08-21 09:51:47 PM  

lewismarktwo: Hey, guess what?  If you're actually a multimillionaire you can retire right now today.


Nope, I can't.  Three years I'll be ready everything will be square, healthcare, monthly income, I'll be done.
 
2013-08-21 09:52:44 PM  
The 90s were too recent to be nostalgic and too far back to be recent. Also I was in high school in the 90s and hated it, and had a lot of other bad shiat going on. Don't miss much of that decade. Did have a lot of fun playing hours of Doom and Quake deathmatch though.
 
2013-08-21 09:53:39 PM  
I refer to the 90s as the great depression.  Everyone was on Prozac, listened to Nirvana, and wore flannel shirts.  Complete opposite of the 80s.  Fear of nuclear war and AIDS caused everyone to start a decade long party.  It started the modern gay rights movement when a lot of confused young men turned on MTV and saw rock stars that were prettier than their girlfriends.  Although those rock stars were really just emulating Freddie Mercury and Queen from the mid 70s.  The 80s were a really strange decade that can't be understood if you didn't live through it.  I'm still a little confused about it, really.
 
2013-08-21 09:54:04 PM  
i.imgur.com
The peak of your civilization.
 
2013-08-21 09:54:11 PM  

jaytkay: Nobody is allowed to say this on air, but Bill Clinton was a more popular president than Reagan.


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Clinton just screwed a couple chicks.

Reagan screwed EVERYONE
 
2013-08-21 09:55:00 PM  
The 80's were fantastic. The music, the movies everything. Even the 90's were good. It's the first decade of the 2000's that REALLY sucked.
 
2013-08-21 09:55:20 PM  
So many sad, deluded people in this thread.
 
2013-08-21 09:55:40 PM  
As much as the 90s had a good economy the seeds of our late oughts collapse where sewn in the 90s, NAFTA.
 
2013-08-21 09:55:55 PM  

NFA: lewismarktwo: Hey, guess what?  If you're actually a multimillionaire you can retire right now today.

Nope, I can't.  Three years I'll be ready everything will be square, healthcare, monthly income, I'll be done.


So I guess those millions are in Zimbabwe dollars?
 
2013-08-21 09:56:00 PM  

Tax Boy: jaytkay: Nobody is allowed to say this on air, but Bill Clinton was a more popular president than Reagan.


[sas-origin.onstreammedia.com image 514x304]

Clinton just screwed a couple chicks.

Reagan screwed EVERYONE


And gays
 
2013-08-21 09:56:34 PM  

bhcompy: TuteTibiImperes: History will remember Bill Clinton has one of our best Presidents ever.

No.  He's no Washington, no Lincoln, no FDR, not even Eisenhower.  He'll be remembered as one of the best stewards ever, because he did a really great job of keeping his hands off things when the country was booming, but, at the same time, he signed in DOMA and Glass-Steagall repeals.


What did Eisenhower do that was so special? Interstate highways? That hardly qualifies as "best" I think.

Sure, by current Republican Presidential standards he was top-notch, but that's not saying much.
 
2013-08-21 09:57:20 PM  

TheJoe03: TheDumbBlonde: No generation ever before the 90s embraced black music.

Old douchebags always hated and feared black music.


Old douchebags have been making black musicians rich for a century.
 
2013-08-21 09:59:33 PM  

NFA: 1980's -  Worked my ass off every single day of the week, used and abused by employers who thought I was a slave and not an employee, literally couldn't afford to eat every day and rarely ate three meals a day
1990's -  BIG up swing in prosperity.  Got married, bought a house.  Nice balance between work and life
2000's -  Marriage going great, life was good, became a millionaire. Inherited a kid. Worked too damn much.
2010's -  Marriage still going good, became a multimillionaire.  Work my ass off every single day dealing with the problems of others.  Don't eat every meal, sometimes skip days eating because of too much work and health problems.   Dream of retiring every single day.


If you're a multimillionaire, couldn't you just quit and start investing wisely? Even just a few million in a decent interest baring account could work out pretty well.
 
2013-08-21 09:59:39 PM  
dude, the 90s are gonna make the 60s look like the 80s. don't you know that?

farm2.staticflickr.com

okay i could have done without the baby boomer nostalgia but I had a great time and was actually marketed to for the first time in my life, that brief period around the time Reality Bites came out before advertisers figured out Gen X ain't got no money and don't care

the 80s were better in retrospect than the day to day reality 'cause where the hell are you gonna hear the Minutemen in a small town in Iowa?
 
2013-08-21 10:00:00 PM  
90's sucked.  Music sucked, people sucked, goths suck, tv sucked (the invention of "reality" shows), everything sucked.
 
2013-08-21 10:01:41 PM  
Gen x, y, z whatever. Blurred epochs.

Any teenager/college student of the 80's, and very early 90's before the internet was big, understands something that makes us very special.

Porn was two dimensional in a magazine, or your got a VHS tape from a closet at the video store and hoped the cute teenage girl checking you at the register didn't judge you because it was tranny porn.
 
2013-08-21 10:02:27 PM  
Oh man...

Look at all those old farts in their retirement homes wishing they could travel back to the 1950's.

Die already!
 
2013-08-21 10:02:48 PM  
eh, pretty much things starting going downhill after the 90's.  I remember being so hopeful on new years eve 1999.  Sad to see how things are turning out in our society and globally.  Hopefully the next generation will do better because the babyboomers are turned out to be selfish assholes with no sense of sacrifice or honor.
 
2013-08-21 10:04:16 PM  
Oh, and the '80s were lame the whole hair metal thing was terrible, the only good music came from the fringes. The '90s actually had better musical diversity - inspired by the fringe '80s stuff, better pot, easier money, better cars. Women were more sexually experimental, but that whole overall schtick was awful.
 
2013-08-21 10:04:43 PM  
I'd jump on the 90s, if for no other reason than the tech boom.

Let me explain this to the youths.  Back in this mystical era around 1996, people actually got paid solid cash for putting things in HTML.  No, no.. I'm not talking about Ruby on Rails, six jQuery frameworks, and 300 CSS templates for a half-hearted handjob, like today.  I'm talking about "A HREF", "BLINK", "TABLE TR TD", resizing GIFs, and uploading them paid actual money.  Things we expect competent first graders to do today.  If you could string together 50 lines of C or Perl, you were a demigod.
 
2013-08-21 10:05:32 PM  

dr_blasto: Oh, and the '80s were lame the whole hair metal thing was terrible, the only good music came from the fringes. The '90s actually had better musical diversity - inspired by the fringe '80s stuff, better pot, easier money, better cars. Women were more sexually experimental, but that whole overall schtick was awful.


Overall, as in overalls. People started dressing like farmer Bob for chrissakes.

The '00s? They were a void. The lost decade.
 
2013-08-21 10:06:00 PM  
farm8.staticflickr.com
www.skooldays.com
www.creativecrash.com
xspy.com
3.bp.blogspot.com
oyster.ignimgs.com
www.icmag.com
www.bombdecks.com

I turned 19 in 1970.  Those of us who lived it know the best decade.
 
2013-08-21 10:06:13 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: vygramul: '80s, you say?

[userserve-ak.last.fm image 500x500]

1968 - Saucerful of Secrets

1973 - Dark Side of the Moon
1977 - Animals
1979 - The Wall

1987 - A Momentary Lapse of Reason

/what was that about the 80s?


Uh-hmmmm...

www.vinylrecords.ch

Wish You Were Here- 1975
 
2013-08-21 10:08:45 PM  
70s absolutely sucked ass.

80s things got a lot better, particularly the mid-late 80s.

90s is when things went south creatively. Music started to suck, movies started getting into the blockbuster/sequel mentality, only TV was better.

The bubble-based/pre-Y2K economy was in full bloom.

/the butthurt lefties biatching about the 80s forgot how bad things got in the 70s, especially for the US on the world stage.
 
2013-08-21 10:09:25 PM  

NewWorldDan: I refer to the 90s as the great depression.  Everyone was on Prozac, listened to Nirvana, and wore flannel shirts.  Complete opposite of the 80s.  Fear of nuclear war and AIDS caused everyone to start a decade long party.  It started the modern gay rights movement when a lot of confused young men turned on MTV and saw rock stars that were prettier than their girlfriends.  Although those rock stars were really just emulating Freddie Mercury and Queen from the mid 70s.  The 80s were a really strange decade that can't be understood if you didn't live through it.  I'm still a little confused about it, really.


There was an amazing level of creativity in the 80's that hasn't been matched since.
 
2013-08-21 10:09:33 PM  

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I turned 19 in 1970.  Those of us who lived it know the best decade.


Yea, except those female bell bottoms are being worn by Robert Plant
 
2013-08-21 10:10:38 PM  

Lawnchair: Let me explain this to the youths. Back in this mystical era around 1996, people actually got paid solid cash for putting things in HTML. No, no.. I'm not talking about Ruby on Rails, six jQuery frameworks, and 300 CSS templates for a half-hearted handjob, like today. I'm talking about "A HREF", "BLINK", "TABLE TR TD", resizing GIFs, and uploading them paid actual money. Things we expect competent first graders to do today. If you could string together 50 lines of C or Perl, you were a demigod.


Listen to this man. He knows.
 
2013-08-21 10:11:07 PM  
Republicans hate the 90s -- do tell.  Only one explanation for that -- Clinton's cock.
 
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