In the spirit of Jeopardy: “What is buried but once treasured?”
I read an article over the New Year holidays which stated that the last remaining distributor of VHS* tapes packed things in at the end of 2008. Gone forever now are the days of tapes getting tangled in the machine, or kids fitting the sandwiches into the tape slot, or horror! having to rewind after the movie finished (a distinguishing feature of VHS tape decks became how fast they rewound).
DVD rules! Oops, sorry, I mean Blu-Ray rules!! Ah, wait a minute, those are probably going extinct in a few years too (to be replaced by super tiny hard-drives, high capacity SD cards and internet connections for downloading movies on demand). Good riddance – many of the discs that come in the post from our movie rental outfit are scratched which means they skip – HD (high-definition) becomes LD (let-down). Won’t it be interesting if we get back to the Atari 2600 days of buying a cartridge that we plug into the “console” to watch movies and shows?
Speaking of let-down, how about the loss of the once mighty brands? Woolworth went belly-up in the UK this month and Nortel went into administration (bankruptcy filing).
Spokespeople from Nortel are always so cheery even in the depths of gloom for the company….the falling sky will be a good thing, you see, because Nortel is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the opportunity this affords them to make the sun shine brighter out of all our asses tomorrow. I sure wish I had moved my pension funds out of them long ago (I did move a fair bit, but I bought into their happiness, and kept some in. Now that’s gone). Update: the latest (last?) CEO just quit – with the “classic Nortel flourish“.
Oh yes, and HM Revenue and Customs (the tax folks here in the UK) just sent me a letter to say that they disagree with the “interpretation” Nortel and Deloitte made of the UK tax laws while I was an expat in the UK with them. Joy. I have been told to cough up money to pay for Nortel’s (and Deloitte’s) money manipulations back in 2003 (plus interest since Jan 2004).
Any other ex-Nortel expats out there get the same or similar letter?
All this makes me want to take a holiday to Fantasy Island. If you were in North America in the 1980s then you’ll know the TV show which offered an escape to rich travellers from their unfulfilled American dreams. The actor who played the island’s host, Mr. Roarke, died earlier this month – the end of the innocence? Time to face reality?
When interviewed (before his death) he described the allure of the TV show thus: “What is appealing is the idea of attaining the unattainable and learning from it. Once you obtain a fantasy it becomes a reality, and that reality is not as exciting as your fantasy. Through the fantasies you learn to appreciate your own realities.”
Today’s weather: dull grey with a bit of rain. A spot of sunshine is coming out my ass, though.
*VHS – video head system; Follow-on technology like VSS, VKS and VTS (video shoulder-knees-and-toes system) didn’t catch on.