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What are some of your favorite things about modern life?

OK – at time or another, almost all of us have complained about the Government, “kids nowadays.” etc., but what are your favorite things about modern life?

By “modern life” I am referring to the last 50 years or so. Few people want to wash their clothes at the river.

Here are some of my favorite things about life nowadays, even when compared to my high school times in the 1980’s:
  1. Virtually no public smoking. Maybe it’s a California thing, but I personally like breathing and not having a smelly jacket when I get home. (Smokers have every right to do what they wish to their bodies in their own home or elsewhere.)
  2. The internet: especially referring to buying things such as replacement parts. I love getting forum help, planning travel, etc.
  3. Entertainment: absolutely fantastic TV shows, movies, and Vegas-style entertainment. Sure, there’s more crap out there than ever before, but overall there’s much to be enjoyed
  4. Most retail products are better. Almost everything I touch is better. Mattresses are better, body products are better, cars are safer and more reliable.
  5. LASIK eye surgery – come on guys, this is one of the five senses! I had it done 15 years ago and I can still see perfectly.
  6. DESIGN: I’m a professional designer, and my hobby is carpentry, interior design, style, etc. 50 years ago, the Main Street hardware store had one or two kitchen faucets – nowadays there are endless things to chose from.
  7. Women are better looking. How? No clue.

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Hmmm..? Well here's a couple things..

I have to agree, the Internet especially, has been a wonderful thing.

Entertainment on the tube has improved dramatically. Much more available now, than the 10 or 12 channels I grew up with. (Even less when we only had an antenna). And..it's in color!

Medicine, and health care. People would have died just 50 years ago, where today they can be saved.

Communications. It used to cost an arm and a leg to call long distance.

Other than for the burka, women's clothing designs, have improved..especially bathing suits..

Human rights, especially women's rights.

Music sound systems. Much better today, than back in the "mono" era..

Food. Far bigger variety available, and fresh, from all around the world.
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I would agree with most all of that except #7. There are lots of good looking women but if anything they've gotten worse (fatter) I know Cali is way better than GA in the fat chicks dept but man when I go out here the fat girls are everywhere.

I would also agree on cars. Really cars are made so well today compared to the late 70's and 80's. Also TVs and stereos are a million times better.

Medical procedures should be at the top of your list. Think about something like a gall bladder removal now as compared to 30-40 years ago. I had mine out in 1998 and it was basically almost outpatient surgery in and out in the same day. That's just one example that are probably many others.

Much of what you buy retail wise is garbage today, furniture is a good example...Chinese crap from Rooms to Go is one I can think of. I think for every product that is better made such as TV/stereo there are 3 that are crap. Many tools, clothes, consumer products just everyday stuff like an electric can opener are generally garbage made in a far off third world cesspool design to last long enough to surpass the 30 day warranty

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Agreed there is a lot of retail crap out there. but at least we have a choice: a $30 blender, a $100 blender, or even a $1,000 “designer” blender (exists). I use my grandmother’s blender from 1932 and it works perfectly. (Needed a new power cord.)

Good looking women is probably a California thing. Every day here in California I see young ladies, each of which would easily have been the best looking girl in my school in Long Island in the 1980s. But have you ever seen that commercial for Axe Deodorant? Jokingly says “…women are getting hotter and hotter….”

Sadly, everyone in my family that has died did so because there was no treatment at all to extend their live. Gladly, I have yet to experience any medical issues, but I agree medical technology should top a list.


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hmm - seems like life was "simpler" back in the 80's, but, my parents said the same thing bout the late 50s, early 60s.

With the widespread wireless,internet, bluetooth items out there - the tech is amazing. How did we survive without it ?

I believe the advances in medical fields has been the greatest - Cancer survival rates, open heart bypass, transplants, what was a death sentence 30 years ago is today routine. Ive had 2 microdiscectomys ( L4 /L5 ) back in 08, that would no have happened in the 60/70/80s.

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LASIK eye surgery – come on guys, this is one of the five senses! I had it done 15 years ago and I can still see perfectly.
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I have to say that the advancements in medicine are tops on my list . . .

Had back surgery 30 years ago and they had to cut thru the muscles to fix a disc problem. Eight weeks recovery to "light duty" for another month.

Had back surgery again (one joint lower) in '03 and all they did was poke a little hole to fix the problem. 2 weeks of stayin' at home then back to work with the "just be careful" warning. 5 hours on the table, walked to my car after released from post-op.

Recently had a heart issue and am sooo glad that the doctors are educated better now-a-days.

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1) Being a cancer survivor, 7 years now, I'll go with the advances in medicine but that comes with very high cost $$$$.

2) Cars, growing up in the late fifties and sixties I love the cars of that era, but you have to admit they were crap. You were lucky to get 100K out of them and that was with a LOT of maintenance. Today's car although very expensive, will easily go 200K or more with much less repairs.

3) Smart phones, don't know how I lived without one. I use it foe everything from banking, navigation, reservations, even phone calls.

4) Home Entertainment, love the big screen LED TV's with surround sound hooked up to a satellite dish. Sure beats the hell out of the 19" B&W TV with rabbit ears (4 channels) I got to watch as a kid. Remember "OH NO! The president is on and he's on every channel"?
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What do you do when you in the shop or outside in the bright sun? Do you wear safety glasses or sun glasses?
YES – I need a pair of quality sunglasses for driving or fishing. Glare is immense, such as light bouncing off a manhole cover. I don’t notice any “halo” effect from streetlights. I always wear safety glasses in the shop. My eyes were really, really bad, now I (still) have 20/15. Or is it 15/20?

Agreed about the awesome TV’s – I am burning in some old VHS stuff and I use a 19” CRT screen as my “second monitor.” I thought the VHS tapes were degrading, but my friend who is a professional video editor says that’s the way the picture was. How did Kelly Bundy look so good in low-rez?

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I know it's not the pub, but I gotta go with "boob jobs".

They've come a long ways, and seem to just keep getting better.

Don't know if that falls under medicine or home entertainment, but I do love me some larger, perky boobs.



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agreed and DEFINITELY a California thing

there used to be a website some thing like: "are they real or are they fake .com" and you guess 100 photos and get a score. would be tougher nowadays. i have several female friends that have had boobjobs and i never knew!


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I have to agree about the Internet as it has completely changed things. The amount of information at ones fingertips is amazing albeit some of it is worthless.

Health care I believe has come a long ways with a price but still what they can do today is light years ahead from the 70's and 80's. Still waiting hoping for a cure for cancer the evil bastard.
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Clean (er) (ish) air.

I was a kid in Yakima, Washington in the mid-1960's when the orchardists smudged with pots of diesel fuel or stacks of tires lit on fire. The smoke was horrendous! We'd be hacking up tar balls like a 3 pack a day smoker. Glad that nasty practice was outlawed.

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  1. LASIK eye surgery – come on guys, this is one of the five senses! I had it done 15 years ago and I can still see perfectly.
  2. Women are better looking. How? No clue.

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I'll throw in digital music. I'm in my mid forties and remember trying to listen to Led Zeppelin on an 8-track or even cassettes. Now I can download all their albums in about 10 minutes and it sounds way better.
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In the last 50 years since I was in the 2nd grade...Lets think...

1. Central air
2. More than one bathroom
3. Microwave oven
5. Cable TV and internet
6. Computer
7. Cell Phone
8. Faster cars
9. Even faster women (if you are in the market)
10. More food variety

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Once again, it’s a California thing, Richard Simmons is still popular here. He has an 80’s studio, I went there for a birthday party. We dressed 80’s and had loads of fun working out to the go-go's. Not my photo:



https://www.richardsimmons.com/site/slimmons-studio

Richard simmons is a total pissa. this falls under “great entertainment” – there is lots to be had, at least where I live.


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I would have never guessed the air in Yakima, Washington could be fowl, no matter how many trucks would be around.

As far as cancer treatment, there is recent good news – these guys figured out how to un-boil a hard boiled egg. Somehow they can get the proteins to release from themselves and it’s hoped that this can be done with cancer cells to keep them from clumping. (I think that’s why.)

No Yolk! Scientists Unboil an Egg Without Defying Physics

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Without duplicating any of the others already listed ---

Solid State Lighting (LEDs).. These have helped revolutionize numerous devices and have proven to be enormous energy savers.

Lithium ION battery technology - While no where near the end state of battery technology, these batteries are an exponential advancement of this type of energy.

3Dimensional Printer technology - giving businesses around the world the ability to quickly bring proofs of concept to market quickly.

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Don't know if that falls under medicine or home entertainment, but I do love me some larger, perky boobs.
And if those fail in the medicine category, there's now Viagra.
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Online shopping - almost anything you want is a couple of clicks away and gets here in a few days. Beats dragging yourself to the mall and the pricing is better.

Add another vote for cars. In addition to the mechanicals that now last way more than 100k, rust seems to be much better controlled. Was pretty common here in the northeast to see rust on 3 year old cars in the 50s and 60s

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Medicine -- I wouldn't still be kicking if it were 50 years ago.

Medical insurance -- keeps me out of the poor house

Daily drivers -- off-the-lot dramatically reliable get-around-mobiles

Ubiquitous air conditioning -- without which I would never have been able to leave my home state (Colorado --maybe I should rethink this one...)

Personal computers and the internet -- amazing access to all sorts of stuff.

Email -- you can process and respond when you want to, not on somebody else's whim, and you can leave a reliable message

Pocket phones -- replacing land lines, usable anywhere (Help! I hit a deer.), and one of the best features is the "off" button

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As far as cancer goes, in human trials, they are now modifying viruses to seek out and attack cancer cells, looks promising for a cure.

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I agree with essentially everything that's been mentioned above.

One that I would add to the list is the tremendous advance in medical imaging and image processing. I have been a radiologist for 31 years and have witnessed the introduction of ultrasound, CT scanning and magnetic resonance imaging to the armamentarium with which we diagnose disease. There have been untold advances in all three of these modalities since their introduction that would just amaze the average nonmedical citizen.

I am wowed every day that I get to work at my console (as I am doing right now) and diagnose patients from as many as 15 facilities, as far away as 150 miles, sitting at my workstation with their digital images brought to me instantaneously electronically for 3D and mutiplanar reprocessing that I can do on the fly. I dictate the reports into a voice recognition system, the reports being instantaneously transcribed and posted back to the patient record within seconds. Even I didn't dream of this when I started my career over 30 years ago. It's so much fun that even at the age of 61, I have no intention of retiring anytime soon. I would miss it too much.

A possibly unfortunate byproduct of this advance is that now, virtually everyone with almost any complaint gets some sort of imaging study. While it has sent the specificity of diagnosis off the charts compared to the old days, that has come at a cost. We do a huge number of normal studies ordered by ED physicians, urgent care centers and almost every other primary care specialty, primarily as CYA studies for the ordering physician. The upside is that significant illness is rarely missed these days but the cost to the medical care system is massive.

In the old days, you would go to the emergency room with right lower quadrant pain. A surgeon would be called who would take a careful history, press/thump on the area of the appendix. If the area showed rebound tenderness and if the history was right and if the white blood cell count was right, you'd get an appendectomy. It was a standard expectation that a certain percentage of normal appendixes would be removed in order to get the sick ones. Nowadays, everybody gets a CT scan and no surgeon will operate without one.

All of that aside, we are very fortunate to live in the day where doctors can literally look inside your body with a very high degree of confidence and detail and almost always figure out exactly what's going on.

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GPS - remember going on a 4 wheeler excursion and worrying about getting lost…not anymore with a GPS map on your iPhone
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And I'm fortunate to get to work on all the advanced CT, MR imaging and PACS but taking early retirement at 60 (shortly) because regulation has grown to the point that compliance is a larger part of my career than the engineering/technology. No fun anymore.

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