Is it wrong?

Is it wrong that I learn history from Google? Seriously, I had never heard of Eadweard Muybridge until Google made their logo in his honor today. Go check it out NOW, I'll wait.  Do it, because if it's not 9 April 2012, well, you missed it and will have to go here instead. Which, I guess, isn't necessarily a bad thing because then you can see all of 2012's Google Doodles, including ones you may not get in your local. 

Back to Eadweard, he's an interesting guy who was a pioneer in photographing animal locomotion and created a movie projector of sorts (it was pre-film.)  Also, he found out his wife was having an affair and shot the alleged lover point blank and got off with justifiable homicide, so, um, don't mess with Eadweard! 

I think I won't introduce the kids to this historical character quite yet.  Not just because of his legal issues.  They would probably not be too interested.  When you've had TVs, computers, YouTube, netflix, smart phones and the like in your world basically since birth, some stop action film isn't going to impress even if it was developed 140 years ago.  Hard to believe how far the technology has advanced in such a short time.  When I was in high school we obtained our first computer (Apple 2C, which did basically nothing) and a VHS VCR that was toploading and had a remote on a cord! We were living it up with that remote, no one had those! Of course, we did only get 3 channels on TV and had to turn the antenna, which was ~50', with a rotor to get a different channel.  Not to mention going up to the TV and turning the knob to change channel and/or volume.  The hardships of life in the 70's and 80's :)


  • Mary Kaye Watson | April 9, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    I soooo remember those computers! We thought we were so cool cause we made our name bounce across the screen. The graphics were so Doogie Howser. lol funny to think that our kids have no idea about a life without internet. Remember when research meant you actually had to go to a library and pull out a card catalog? (feel free to discuss in your next blog lol) Or actually having to know someones phone number by heart and dial it on a phone. We got our first VCR (Beta actually) sometime around 1979 or 1980. It cost 1200 bucks. BWAAAHHAHHAHAAHAAHHAA.

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