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All of these things happened 30 years ago.

Notable events of 1988:

  • The Soviet Union begins its program of economic restructuring (perestroika) with legislation initiated by Premier Mikhail Gorbachev – followed by the total collapse of the Soviet union later in the year.
  • The Phantom of the Opera, the longest running Broadway play ever, opens.
  • Iran–Contra affair.
  • Celine Dion wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland.
  • A report by U.S. Surgeon General states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.
  • NASA scientist testifies to the Senate that man-made global warming has begun.
  • Al-Qaeda is formed by Osama bin Laden.
  • The Morris worm, the first computer worm distributed via the Internet, written by Robert Tappan Morris, is launched from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S.
  • Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.
  • Pan Am Flight 103 is blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing a total of 270 people.
  • TAT-8, the first transatlantic telephone cable to use optical fibers, is completed.
  • Zebra mussels are found in the Great Lakes.
  • Tim Berners-Lee begins to openly discuss his plans for what would become the World Wide Web at CERN.
  • Rihanna, Sasha Grey, Jessie J, Adele, Rupert Grint, Emma Stone and Tinie Tempah are born.
  • Philippe de Rothschild, Richard Feynman, John Holmes, Robert A. Heinlein, Kim Philby, Enzo Ferrari, Félix Leclerc and Roy Orbison die.
The following songs make it to the Billboard top 100:

  • “A Groovy Kind of Love”, Phil Collins
  • “A Hazy Shade of Winter”, The Bangles
  • “Candle in the Wind”, Elton John
  • “Desire”, U2
  • “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, Bobby McFerrin
  • “Faith”, George Michael
  • “Fast Car”, Tracy Chapman
  • “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car”, Billy Ocean
  • “Got My Mind Set on You”, George Harrison
  • “Heaven Is a Place on Earth”, Belinda Carlisle
  • “Kokomo”, The Beach Boys
  • “Man in the Mirror”, Michael Jackson
  • “Need You Tonight”, INXS
  • “Never Gonna Give You Up”, Rick Astley
  • “One Moment in Time”, Whitney Houston
  • “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, Def Leppard
  • “Red Red Wine”, UB40
  • “She’s Like the Wind”, Patrick Swayze
  • “Simply Irresistible”, Robert Palmer
  • “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, Guns N’ Roses
  • “The Loco-Motion”, Kylie Minogue
  • “The Way You Make Me Feel”, Michael Jackson
  • “We’ll Be Together”, Sting
The following movies are released:

  • A Fish Called Wanda
  • Akira
  • Beetlejuice
  • Big
  • Bloodsport
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Coming to America
  • Dangerous Liaisons
  • Die Hard
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Rain Man
  • Scrooged
  • The Dead Pool
  • The Last Temptation of Christ
  • Twins
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

It’s mah birfday and my family has spoiled me! I walked into the flat to a birthday cake and a rousing (and off-key) song, then I officially got my new phone, and some prezzies that were completely unexpected, such as gin, chocolate, gin, smelliest and a new wallet. Yay!!!

Now I will probably need to have words with my wife about over-spending, but not tonight.

And carefree, and had hair. 


I’ve been scanning old hardcopy pictures, and I came across these two. The first one was drawn on a whiteboard in the flat I used to share with Michel, corner St-Marc & Maisonneuve. It was my daily cry of desperation for almost a year, while I was slogging through my labwork. The second one is the first, original, often imitated but never exceeded, wall-o-shame-tm.

God, I don’t miss the lab…

The first generation to do worse than its parents? Please. Been there. Generation X was told that so many times that it can’t even read those words without hearing Winona Ryder’s voice in its heads. Or maybe it’s Ethan Hawke’s. Possibly Bridget Fonda’s. Generation X is getting older, and can’t remember those movies so well anymore. In retrospect, maybe they weren’t very good to begin with. 

But Generation X is tired of your sense of entitlement. Generation X also graduated during a recession. It had even shittier jobs, and actually had to pay for its own music. (At least, when music mattered most to it.) Generation X is used to being fucked over. It lost its meager savings in the dot-com bust. Then came George Bush, and 9/11, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Generation X bore the brunt of all that. And then came the housing crisis.

Generation X wasn’t surprised. Generation X kind of expected it.

Generation X is a journeyman. It didn’t invent hip hop, or punk rock, or even electronica (it’s pretty sure those dudes in Kraftwerk are boomers) but it perfected all of them, and made them its own. It didn’t invent the Web, but it largely built the damn thing. Generation X gave you Google and Twitter and blogging; Run DMC and Radiohead and Nirvana and Notorious B.I.G. Not that it gets any credit.

But that’s okay. Generation X is used to being ignored, stuffed between two much larger, much more vocal, demographics. But whatever! Generation X is self-sufficient. It was a latchkey child. Its parents were too busy fulfilling their own personal ambitions to notice any of its trophies-which were admittedly few and far between because they were only awarded for victories, not participation.

In fairness, Generation X could use a better spokesperson. Barack Obama is just a little too senior to count among its own, and it has debts older than Mark Zuckerberg. Generation X hasn’t had a real voice since Kurt Cobain blew his brains out, Tupac was murdered, Jeff Mangum went crazy, David Foster Wallace hung himself, Jeff Buckley drowned, River Phoenix overdosed, Elliott Smith stabbed himself (twice) in the heart, Axl got fat.

Generation X is beyond all that bullshit now. It quit smoking and doing coke a long time ago. It has blood pressure issues and is heavier than it would like to be. It might still take some ecstasy, if it knew where to get some. But probably not. Generation X has to be up really early tomorrow morning.

Generation X is tired.

It’s a parent now, and there’s always so damn much to do. Generation X wishes it had better health insurance and a deeper savings account. It wonders where its 30s went. It wonders if it still has time to catch up.

Right now, Generation X just wants a beer and to be left alone. It just wants to sit here quietly and think for a minute. Can you just do that, okay? It knows that you are so very special and so very numerous, but can you just leave it alone? Just for a little bit? Just long enough to sneak one last fucking cigarette? No?

Whatever. It’s cool.

Generation X is used to disappointments. Generation X knows you didn’t even read the whole thing. It doesn’t want or expect your reblogs; it picked the wrong platform.

Generation X should have posted this to LiveJournal.

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Signs I’m getting old:
– ear hair
– cracking when I get out of bed
– my teenage music slowly creeping into “oldies” stations

Oldies is a radio format that concentrates on music from a period of about 25 to 55 years before the present day.

In the 1980s and 1990s, “oldies” meant the 15 years from the birth of rock n roll to the beginning of the singer-songwriter era of the early 1970s, or about 1955 to 1970. After 2000, 1970s music was increasingly included, and early 1980s music is beginning to also be called “oldies”, though the term “classic hits” is used to distinguish the “new” oldies (the Generation X oldies) from the “old” oldies (the Baby Boomer oldies).

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Playboy magazine will stop publishing pictures of fully nude women because the ubiquity of internet pornography has made such images “passé”, the company’s chief executive has revealed.

In an interview with the New York Times, CEO Scott Flanders said founder Hugh Hefner, 89, had agreed with a proposal to stop publishing images of naked women from March 2016. The redesigned Playboy, 62 years after it was launched by Hefner, will still feature a Playmate of the Month and provocative pictures of women, but they will be rated PG-13 (a rating that cautions that material may be inappropriate for children under 13).

Flanders told the NYT: “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passé at this juncture.”

In other changes, the sex columnist will be a “sex-positive female” and the target of the magazine will be young employed males. “The difference between us and Vice,” Flanders said, “is that we’re going after the guy with a job.”

The Playboy website has already been given a makeover and made safe to read at work, resulting in younger readers and an increase in web traffic. The chief content officer of the magazine, Cory Jones, said the magazine would be more accessible and more intimate, admitting: “Twelve-year-old me is very disappointed in current me. But it’s the right thing to do.”

The US issue of Playboy is no longer profitable, but exists as a marketing tool for the international editions and the Playboy licensing business, which is profitable. The magazine’s circulation has dropped from 5.6m in 1975 to about 800,000 now, according to the Alliance for Audited Media.

Marilyn Monroe was on the first cover of the magazine in 1953 and the editor’s letter from Hefner said: “If you’re a man between the ages of 18 and 80, Playboy is meant for you. We enjoy mixing up cocktails and an hors d’oeuvre or two, putting a little mood music on the phonograph, and inviting in a female acquaintance for a quiet discussion on Picasso, Nietzsche, jazz, sex … ”

I’ve had it posted since Sept 2014

My memory is going, but it’s not gone yet!

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We went to see Avenue Q in Cambridge last night and had Becky watch the bean while we were out.

While she was revising for her exams, she had a hot chocolate, two bags of crisp, half a large bag of chocolate mini eggs and a pot of custard.

If I had that now, I’d die from the sugar rush. Getting old sucks.

As a side note, that girl is going to break hearts, if she’s not already doing so. There are worse things to be than young, blonde, smart and good looking. Also, I feel like the proverbial dirty old man.