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Donald Trump, Driving, and God: gay victim soul @tragicgay Whenever I see news about how SNL or John Oliver or John Stewart "destroyed" Donald Trump my mind instinctively goes to this Vonnegut quote "During the Vietnam War, every respectable artist in this country was against the war. It was like a laser beam. We were all aimed in the same direction. The power of this weapon turns out to be that of a custard pie dropped from a stepladder six feet high." - feathersescapism: Every time I see this quote I realize how poor even very smart people are at looking at the long game and at assessing these things in context. One of my favourite illustrations of this was in a First Aid class. The instructor was a working paramedic. He asked, “Who here knows the stats on CPR? What percentage of people are saved by CPR outside a hospital?” I happen to know but I’m trying not to be a TOTAL know it all in this class so I wait. And people guess 50% and he says, “Lower,” and 20% and so forth and eventually I sort of half put up my hand and I guess I had The Face because he eventually looked at me and said, “You know, don’t you.” “My mom’s a doc,” I said. He gave me a “so say it” gesture and I said, “Four to ten percent depending on your sources.” Everyone else looked surprised and horrified. And the paramedic said, “We’re gonna talk a bit about some details of those figures* but first I want to talk about just this: when do you do CPR?” The class dutifully replies: when someone is unconscious, not breathing, and has no pulse. “What do we call someone who is unconscious, not breathing, and has no pulse?” The class tries to figure out what the trick question is so I jump over the long pause and say, “A corpse.” “Right,” says the paramedic. “Someone who isn’t breathing and has no heartbeat is dead. So what I’m telling you is that with this technique you have a 4-10% chance of raising the dead.” So no, artists did not stop the Vietnam War from happening with the sheer Power of Art. The forces driving that military intervention were huge, had generations of momentum and are actually pretty damn complicated. But if you think the mass rejection of the war was as meaningless as a soufflé - well. Try sitting here for ten seconds and imagining where we’d be if the entire intellectual and artistic drive of the culture had been FOR the war. If everyone thought it was a GREAT IDEA. What the whole world would look like. Four-to-ten percent means that ninety to ninety-six percent of the time - more than nine times out of ten - CPR will do nothing, but that one time you’ll be in the company of someone worshipped as an incarnate god. If you think the artists and performers attacking and showing up people like Donald Trump is meaningless try imagining a version of the world wherein they weren’t there. (*if you’re curious: those stats count EVERY reported case of CPR, while the effectiveness of it is extremely time-related. With those who have had continuous CPR from the SECOND they went down, the number is actually above 80%. It drops hugely every 30 seconds from then on. When you count ALL cases you count cases where the person has already been down several minutes but a bystander still starts CPR, which affects the stats)
Donald Trump, Driving, and God: gay victim soul
 @tragicgay
 Whenever I see news about how SNL or
 John Oliver or John Stewart "destroyed"
 Donald Trump my mind instinctively goes
 to this Vonnegut quote
 "During the Vietnam War,
 every respectable artist in
 this country was against
 the war. It was like a laser
 beam. We were all aimed
 in the same direction. The
 power of this weapon turns
 out to be that of a custard
 pie dropped from a
 stepladder six feet high." -
feathersescapism:

Every time I see this quote I realize how poor even very smart people are at looking at the long game and at assessing these things in context. 
One of my favourite illustrations of this was in a First Aid class. The instructor was a working paramedic. He asked, “Who here knows the stats on CPR? What percentage of people are saved by CPR outside a hospital?”
I happen to know but I’m trying not to be a TOTAL know it all in this class so I wait. And people guess 50% and he says, “Lower,” and 20% and so forth and eventually I sort of half put up my hand and I guess I had The Face because he eventually looked at me and said, “You know, don’t you.”
“My mom’s a doc,” I said. He gave me a “so say it” gesture and I said, “Four to ten percent depending on your sources.” 
Everyone else looked surprised and horrified. 
And the paramedic said, “We’re gonna talk a bit about some details of those figures* but first I want to talk about just this: when do you do CPR?” 
The class dutifully replies: when someone is unconscious, not breathing, and has no pulse. 
“What do we call someone who is unconscious, not breathing, and has no pulse?”
The class tries to figure out what the trick question is so I jump over the long pause and say, “A corpse.”
“Right,” says the paramedic. “Someone who isn’t breathing and has no heartbeat is dead. So what I’m telling you is that with this technique you have a 4-10% chance of raising the dead.”
So no, artists did not stop the Vietnam War from happening with the sheer Power of Art. The forces driving that military intervention were huge, had generations of momentum and are actually pretty damn complicated. 
But if you think the mass rejection of the war was as meaningless as a soufflé - well. 
Try sitting here for ten seconds and imagining where we’d be if the entire intellectual and artistic drive of the culture had been FOR the war. If everyone thought it was a GREAT IDEA. 
What the whole world would look like. 
Four-to-ten percent means that ninety to ninety-six percent of the time - more than nine times out of ten - CPR will do nothing, but that one time you’ll be in the company of someone worshipped as an incarnate god. 
If you think the artists and performers attacking and showing up people like Donald Trump is meaningless try imagining a version of the world wherein they weren’t there. 

(*if you’re curious: those stats count EVERY reported case of CPR, while the effectiveness of it is extremely time-related. With those who have had continuous CPR from the SECOND they went down, the number is actually above 80%. It drops hugely every 30 seconds from then on. When you count ALL cases you count cases where the person has already been down several minutes but a bystander still starts CPR, which affects the stats)

feathersescapism: Every time I see this quote I realize how poor even very smart people are at looking at the long game and at assessing th...

America, Apparently, and Dad: mettic My ireland native father once told me that the first time he ever saw people use water for hot chocolate was when he came to america, and said that it was then that he "knew this country was doomed" mettic ive made a lot of posts that i honestly hate once they started making notes but this one has absolutely taken the cake of "man i really wish i didn't make this post" because you dont realize how dumb people get when you start food discourse however it was definitely a learning experience. for example here's some things I learned -many people who make hot chocolate with water saw this post and somehow thought that my dad literally thinks they're the doom of modern america and that this out of text quote from a man they never met was personally directed at them. Some people literally had never even had the thought of using milk for hot chocolate literally flabbergasted. ive had people reply send asks and even DM in multiple variations of "if it not water than what the else?". Had one dude actually thank me for introducing the concept of milk for hot chocolate. wild There are just some fucking geniuses on this site. So many inanely smart people hitting me up with things like "ummm OP have you ever heard of... lactose intolerance????" and "maybe some people... can't afford milk?" I never possibly thought of any of that. man i hope yall felt super smart after that. shame yall couldn't spend some of that riveting world knowledge on googling "lactose intolerant milk alternatives." the world will never discover what almond milk is. some shit about the difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa holy god i cannot care fungi fucker is something you can call people apparently i should just do whatever the fuck the aztecs/mayans did. obviously the optimal thing to do in the year 2017 is to emulate empires that fell in the 16-17th century. as you can guess the aztecs/mayans used water for their chocolate beverages. some people also liked to remind me cows and therefore milk were basically unavailable in their par of the world during these time peroids, thus forcing them to use water for their chocolate beverages and despite them knowing this they still use water for their hot chocolate. These people are very smart. -it is acceptable human behavior to send anonymous messages to people teling their dad to "simmer down" over chocolate based beverages. mettic your post My ireland native father once told met Aa and mlk. Keeps it from getting too thick Adding a little bit of butter fucking butter Source: mettic Milkin this Hot Hot (Chocolate) Discourse
America, Apparently, and Dad: mettic
 My ireland native father once told me that the
 first time he ever saw people use water for
 hot chocolate was when he came to america,
 and said that it was then that he "knew this
 country was doomed"
 mettic
 ive made a lot of posts that i honestly hate
 once they started making notes but this one
 has absolutely taken the cake of "man i really
 wish i didn't make this post" because you
 dont realize how dumb people get when you
 start food discourse
 however it was definitely a learning
 experience. for example here's some
 things I learned
 -many people who make hot chocolate with
 water saw this post and somehow thought
 that my dad literally thinks they're the doom
 of modern america and that this out of
 text quote from a man they never met was
 personally directed at them.
 Some people literally had never even had
 the thought of using milk for hot chocolate
 literally flabbergasted. ive had people reply
 send asks and even DM in multiple variations
 of "if it not water than what the else?". Had
 one dude actually thank me for introducing
 the concept of milk for hot chocolate. wild
 There are just some fucking geniuses on this
 site. So many inanely smart people hitting
 me up with things like "ummm OP have you
 ever heard of... lactose intolerance????"
 and "maybe some people... can't afford milk?"
 I never possibly thought of any of that. man
 i hope yall felt super smart after that. shame
 yall couldn't spend some of that riveting world
 knowledge on googling "lactose intolerant
 milk alternatives." the world will never
 discover what almond milk is.
 some shit about the difference between
 hot chocolate and hot cocoa holy god
 i cannot care
 fungi fucker is something you can
 call people
 apparently i should just do whatever the fuck
 the aztecs/mayans did. obviously the optimal
 thing to do in the year 2017 is to emulate
 empires that fell in the 16-17th century. as
 you can guess the aztecs/mayans used water
 for their chocolate beverages. some people
 also liked to remind me cows and therefore
 milk were basically unavailable in their par
 of the world during these time peroids, thus
 forcing them to use water for their chocolate
 beverages and despite them knowing this
 they still use water for their hot chocolate.
 These people are very smart.
 -it is acceptable human behavior to send
 anonymous messages to people teling
 their dad to "simmer down" over chocolate
 based beverages.
 mettic
 your post My ireland native father once told met Aa
 and mlk. Keeps it from getting too thick Adding a little bit of
 butter
 fucking butter
 Source: mettic
Milkin this Hot Hot (Chocolate) Discourse

Milkin this Hot Hot (Chocolate) Discourse

Apparently, Ariel, and Children: Tweet @Mvriaarn Boots wondering why Dora is caucasiarn Catsuka @catsuka "Dora the Explorer" live-action movie produced by Michael Bay is coming.. hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/do... 35 10/24/17, 2:47 PM <p><a href="http://keyhollow.tumblr.com/post/169357739925/rose-owl-anais-ninja-blog" class="tumblr_blog">keyhollow</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="https://rose-owl.tumblr.com/post/169356824380/anais-ninja-blog-howdidthisevenhappenanyway" class="tumblr_blog">rose-owl</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a href="http://anais-ninja-blog.tumblr.com/post/169350897422/howdidthisevenhappenanyway-this-makes-me-so" class="tumblr_blog">anais-ninja-blog</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://howdidthisevenhappenanyway.tumblr.com/post/169350075891/this-makes-me-so-uncomfortable-for-so-many-reasons" class="tumblr_blog">howdidthisevenhappenanyway</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>this makes me so uncomfortable for so many reasons </p></blockquote> <p>omg, okay, I was gonna let this shit go because it’s a tempest in a teacup, but otherwise smart people keep reblogging it talking about whitewashing and sexualizing children’s media.</p> <p>so here’s the facts: </p> <p>apparently Michael Bay’s production company has optioned Dora the Explorer, but as of earlier this week when I looked it up, Bay himself is barely creatively involved, and no casting has been announced. (<a href="http://ew.com/movies/2017/10/23/dora-explorer-live-action-movie-michael-bay/">http://ew.com/movies/2017/10/23/dora-explorer-live-action-movie-michael-bay/</a>)</p> <p>that image? that is NOT a production still from Bay’s Dora, okay???? that’s from a YEARS OLD COLLEGE HUMOR SPOOF. (<a href="https://youtu.be/TnpTcrtsN3U">https://youtu.be/TnpTcrtsN3U</a>)</p> <p>now, this could still very well end up being a disaster for any number of reasons, but as of now, it’s just more sharing clickbait without having actually clicked.</p> </blockquote> <p>You mean people took this seriously?</p> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="304" data-orig-width="540" data-tumblr-attribution="ungifable:vIyPO3UUEFww15y5Ov0Mfw:Ztp7Vq2DrXLSC"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/5ec378cedf05c7d41adacc42036cbbaa/tumblr_ofl23jcWjZ1si3tc1o1_540.gif" data-orig-height="304" data-orig-width="540"/></figure></blockquote> <p>Even IF, </p><p><br/></p><p>Did everyone forget white Mexicans are a thing? Spaniards? Anybody? </p></blockquote> <p>I’M SCREAMING. I immediately recognized that screenshot from the spoof with Ariel Winter. I cannot believe people.</p>
Apparently, Ariel, and Children: Tweet
 @Mvriaarn
 Boots wondering why Dora is
 caucasiarn
 Catsuka @catsuka
 "Dora the Explorer" live-action movie
 produced by Michael Bay is coming..
 hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/do...
 35
 10/24/17, 2:47 PM
<p><a href="http://keyhollow.tumblr.com/post/169357739925/rose-owl-anais-ninja-blog" class="tumblr_blog">keyhollow</a>:</p>

<blockquote><p><a href="https://rose-owl.tumblr.com/post/169356824380/anais-ninja-blog-howdidthisevenhappenanyway" class="tumblr_blog">rose-owl</a>:</p><blockquote>
<p><a href="http://anais-ninja-blog.tumblr.com/post/169350897422/howdidthisevenhappenanyway-this-makes-me-so" class="tumblr_blog">anais-ninja-blog</a>:</p>
<blockquote>
<p><a href="https://howdidthisevenhappenanyway.tumblr.com/post/169350075891/this-makes-me-so-uncomfortable-for-so-many-reasons" class="tumblr_blog">howdidthisevenhappenanyway</a>:</p>

<blockquote><p>this makes me so uncomfortable for so many reasons </p></blockquote>

<p>omg, okay, I was gonna let this shit go because it’s a tempest in a teacup, but otherwise smart people keep reblogging it talking about whitewashing and sexualizing children’s media.</p>
<p>so here’s the facts: </p>
<p>apparently Michael Bay’s production company has optioned Dora the Explorer, but as of earlier this week when I looked it up, Bay himself is barely creatively involved, and no casting has been announced. (<a href="http://ew.com/movies/2017/10/23/dora-explorer-live-action-movie-michael-bay/">http://ew.com/movies/2017/10/23/dora-explorer-live-action-movie-michael-bay/</a>)</p>
<p>that image? that is NOT a production still from Bay’s Dora, okay???? that’s from a YEARS OLD COLLEGE HUMOR SPOOF. (<a href="https://youtu.be/TnpTcrtsN3U">https://youtu.be/TnpTcrtsN3U</a>)</p>
<p>now, this could still very well end up being a disaster for any number of reasons, but as of now, it’s just more sharing clickbait without having actually clicked.</p>
</blockquote>

<p>You mean people took this seriously?</p>
<figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="304" data-orig-width="540" data-tumblr-attribution="ungifable:vIyPO3UUEFww15y5Ov0Mfw:Ztp7Vq2DrXLSC"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/5ec378cedf05c7d41adacc42036cbbaa/tumblr_ofl23jcWjZ1si3tc1o1_540.gif" data-orig-height="304" data-orig-width="540"/></figure></blockquote>

<p>Even IF, </p><p><br/></p><p>Did everyone forget white Mexicans are a thing? Spaniards? Anybody? </p></blockquote>

<p>I’M SCREAMING. I immediately recognized that screenshot from the spoof with Ariel Winter. I cannot believe people.</p>

keyhollow: rose-owl: anais-ninja-blog: howdidthisevenhappenanyway: this makes me so uncomfortable for so many reasons omg, okay, I was ...

Af, Beyonce, and College: MENU Smart people listen to Radiohead and dumb people listen to Beyoncé, according to study BY ALEX YOUNG ON OCTOBER 22, 2014, 3:30PM 0876 0916 0956 0996 1036 1076 1116 1156 1196 1236 276 Lif Wayne Classic Rock Cbldplay Sufjan Stevens Rock Third Eye Blind Snow Patrol Soca Counting Bob Dylan Crows Hip Hop Gospel The Eagles Beyonce Blink 182 U2 Ludacris Jimi The Beatles T. Reggae (Kanye West) Hendrix Radiohead Reggaeton Techno Red Hot Chili Peppers The Used Country。 Outkast Guster Ben Folds Jazz Kelly Clarksorn Rage Against The Machine Beck R& B Tool Phish Oldies 。(Shins The The Grateful Dead Jay-Z Af FACEBOOK TWITTER t TUMBLR REDDIT How does a person's intelligence relate to the type of music they listern to? For the last several years, a software application writer by the name of Virgil Griffith has charted musical tastes based on the average SAT scores of various college institutions. For example, students attending the California Institute of Technology have an average SAT score of 1520. By looking at Facebook to determine the most popular (or "liked") band of students at Cal Tech, Griffith was able to conclude that Radiohead really truly is music for smart people. A highly scientific study, I know simoncowellilluminati: orestian: tomfordvelvetorchid: antiandrogen: mentholrubs: 997: which rick and morty fan did this if sufjan stevens is the apex is smart ppl music I’ll go with being dumb Yhdgajfgsnkgaosgfjaogjkadslfgafd THE IRONY OF SOMEONE THINKING THEY WERE BEING SCIENTIFIC IN DOING THIS This feels racist i … i think he’s the geekass white neuroscientist who wrote the wikiedits thing ??? edit: yup same guy who fucking dumbasses are out here listening to ben folds and counting crows
Af, Beyonce, and College: MENU
 Smart people listen to Radiohead and dumb
 people listen to Beyoncé, according to study
 BY ALEX YOUNG ON OCTOBER 22, 2014, 3:30PM
 0876 0916 0956 0996 1036 1076 1116 1156 1196 1236 276
 Lif Wayne
 Classic Rock
 Cbldplay
 Sufjan Stevens
 Rock
 Third Eye Blind
 Snow
 Patrol
 Soca
 Counting
 Bob
 Dylan
 Crows
 Hip Hop
 Gospel
 The Eagles
 Beyonce
 Blink 182
 U2
 Ludacris
 Jimi
 The Beatles
 T.
 Reggae (Kanye West) Hendrix
 Radiohead
 Reggaeton
 Techno
 Red Hot Chili Peppers
 The Used Country。 Outkast
 Guster
 Ben
 Folds
 Jazz
 Kelly
 Clarksorn
 Rage Against
 The Machine
 Beck
 R& B
 Tool
 Phish
 Oldies
 。(Shins
 The
 The Grateful
 Dead
 Jay-Z
 Af
 FACEBOOK TWITTER t TUMBLR
 REDDIT
 How does a person's intelligence relate to the type of music they listern
 to? For the last several years, a software application writer by the name
 of Virgil Griffith has charted musical tastes based on the average SAT
 scores of various college institutions. For example, students attending
 the California Institute of Technology have an average SAT score of
 1520. By looking at Facebook to determine the most popular (or
 "liked") band of students at Cal Tech, Griffith was able to conclude that
 Radiohead really truly is music for smart people. A highly scientific study,
 I know
simoncowellilluminati:

orestian:
tomfordvelvetorchid:

antiandrogen:


mentholrubs:

997:
which rick and morty fan did this
if sufjan stevens is the apex is smart ppl music I’ll go with being dumb

Yhdgajfgsnkgaosgfjaogjkadslfgafd THE IRONY OF SOMEONE THINKING THEY WERE BEING SCIENTIFIC IN DOING THIS


This feels racist 

i … i think he’s the geekass white neuroscientist who wrote the wikiedits thing ???

edit: yup same guy

who fucking dumbasses are out here listening to ben folds and counting crows

simoncowellilluminati: orestian: tomfordvelvetorchid: antiandrogen: mentholrubs: 997: which rick and morty fan did this if sufjan steve...

Anaconda, Bad, and Books: REMEMBER Turn your computer off before midnight orn 12/31/99. BUY theangrymunchkin: musicalluna: cumaeansibyl: all-things-olicity: forloveofreason: shananaomi: jaybushman: spytap: ralfmaximus: faisdm: the-most-calamitous: jibini: top-lotad-breeder: chocogoat: what. why? someone pls explain to me pls i wasnt born yet in 1999 why turn computer off before midnight? what happen if u dont? y2k lol everyone was like “the supervirus is gonna take over the world and ruin everything and end the world!!!” This is the oldest I’ve ever felt. Right now. WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU MEAN YOU WEREN’T BORN YET IN 1999. Ahh the Millenium bug. It wasn’t a virus, it was an issue with how some old computers at the time were programmed to deal with dates. Basically some computers with older operating systems didn’t have anything in place to deal with the year reaching 99 and looping around to 00. It was believed that this inability to sync with the correct date would cause issues, and even crash entire systems the moment the date changed. People flipped out about it, convinced that the date discrepancy between netwoked systems would bring down computers everywhere and shut down the internet and so all systems relying on computers, including plane navigation etc. would go down causing worldwide chaos. It was genuinely believed that people should all switch off computers to avoid this. One or two smart people spoke up and said “um hey, this actually will only effect a few very outdated computers and they’ll just display the wrong date, so it probably won’t be harmful” but were largely ignored because people selling books about the end of the world were talking louder. In the end, absolutely nothing happened. Oh gosh. I’ve been a programmer working for various government agencies since the early 1990s and I can say with some confidence: NOTHING HAPPENED BECAUSE WE WORKED VERY HARD FIXING SHIT THAT MOST DEFINITELY WOULD HAVE BROKEN ON 1-JAN-2000. One example I personally worked on: vaccination databases. My contract was with the CDC to coordinate immunization registries — you know, kids’ vaccine histories. What they got, when they got it, and (most importantly) which vaccines they were due to get next and when. These were state-wide registries, containing millions of records each. Most of these systems were designed in the 1970s and 1980s, and stored the child’s DOB year as only two digits. This means that — had we not fixed it — just about every child in all the databases I worked on would have SUDDENLY AGED OUT OF THE PROGRAM 1-JAN-2000. In other words: these kids would suddenly be “too old” to receive critical vaccines. Okay, so that’s not a nuke plant exploding or airplanes dropping from the sky. In fact, nothing obvious would have occurred come Jan 1st. BUT Without the software advising doctors when to give vaccinations, an entire generation’s immunity to things like measles, mumps, smallpox (etc) would have been compromised. And nobody would even know there was a problem for months — possibly years — after. You think the fun games caused by a few anti-vaxers is bad? Imagine whole populations going unvaccinated by accident… one case of measles and the death toll might be measured in millions. This is one example I KNOW to be true, because I was there. I also know that in the years leading up to 2000 there were ad-hoc discussion groups (particularly alt.risk) of amazed programmers and project managers that uncovered year-2000 traps… and fixed them. Quietly, without fanfare.  In many cases because admitting there was a problem would have resulted in a lawsuit by angry customers. But mostly because it was our job to fix those design flaws before anyone was inconvenienced or hurt. So, yeah… all that Y2K hysteria was for nothing, because programmers worked their asses off to make sure it was for nothing. Bolding mine. Absolutely true.  My Mom worked like crazy all throughout 1998 and 1999 on dozens of systems to avoid Y2K crashes. Nothing major happened because people worked to made sure it didn’t. Now if we could just harness that concept for some of the other major issues facing us today.   this meme came so far since i saw it this morning. god i love tumblr teaching tumblr about history. As a young Sys Admin during Y2K, I can confirm that it was SRS BZNS.  I worked for a major pharmaceutical company at the time.  They spent millions of dollars on consultant and programmer hours, not to mention their own employees’ time, to fix all their in-house software as well as replace it with new systems.  Sys Admins like myself were continually deploying patches, updating firmware, and deploying new systems in the months leading up to Y2K.  Once that was done, though, the programmers went home and cashed their checks. When the FATEFUL HOUR came along, it wasn’t just one hour.  For a global company with offices in dozens of countries, it was 24 hours of being alert and on-call.  I imagine that other large organizations had similar setups with entire IT departments working in shifts to monitor everything.  Everyone was on a hair trigger, too, so the slightest problem caused ALL HANDS ON DECK pages to go out. Yes, we had pagers. For hard numbers IDC’s 2006 calculation put the total US cost of remediation, before and after, at $147 billion - that’s in 1999 dollars.  That paid for an army of programmers, including calling up retired grandparents from the senior center because COBOL and FORTRAN apps from the ‘60s needed fixing. Also note that there were some problems, including $13 billion in remediation included in the figure above.  Some of these involved nuclear power plants, medical equipment, and “a customer at a New York State video rental store had a bill for $91,250, the cost of renting the movie ‘The General’s Daughter’ for 100 years.” Y2K was anything but nothing. @figure-forever tfw you do your job so fucking well that everyone thinks you weren’t necessary in the first place :( salute our COBOL cowpokes and other Y2K wranglers, they saved all our asses another important lesson we learned: a shitload of stuff in the ‘90s was still running programs from the ‘60s and ‘70s. it’s hard to justify the expense and trouble of a massive upgrade when things are working “fine” – easier to say “well, I suppose we’ll need to change at some point, but not now” and if things really are working “fine” you can let them go on for a while but every so often you run into something like Y2K where the software simply wasn’t designed to handle certain eventualities. can’t really blame the programmers, either. if you were writing shit in the ‘60s, would you expect people to still be using it in the science-fiction year of 2000? that’s not a real year! you might be dead by then! so, y’know, you don’t always need the latest and greatest for everything you’re doing – how much power do you really need for an inventory system? – but regular upgrades are a Good Idea nerds quietly saving the world. this is superhero nonsense i love it Y2K is a large reason behind the tech boom of the 2000’s. Think about it, tons of programmers and such suddenly in demand? That “oh it’s ok for now, we don’t need to update” attitude thrown out the window? You get a turn from the let’s keep updating what we have to let’s get something new we have to update less, except that doesn’t stop with a single new thing. It becomes a trend, oh you’re having that issue well buy this new one it will never have that issue, oh you’re having issue x buy this new version we fixed issue x as well as that issue, and so on. Not saying it’s a bad thing at all, just saying it really kick-started the hastened technological path we’re on now.
Anaconda, Bad, and Books: REMEMBER
 Turn your computer off
 before midnight orn
 12/31/99.
 BUY
theangrymunchkin:

musicalluna:

cumaeansibyl:

all-things-olicity:

forloveofreason:

shananaomi:

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spytap:

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faisdm:

the-most-calamitous:

jibini:

top-lotad-breeder:

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what. why? someone pls explain to me pls i wasnt born yet in 1999 why turn computer off before midnight? what happen if u dont?

y2k lol everyone was like “the supervirus is gonna take over the world and ruin everything and end the world!!!”

This is the oldest I’ve ever felt. Right now.

WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU MEAN YOU WEREN’T BORN YET IN 1999.

Ahh the Millenium bug.
It wasn’t a virus, it was an issue with how some old computers at the time were programmed to deal with dates. Basically some computers with older operating systems didn’t have anything in place to deal with the year reaching 99 and looping around to 00. It was believed that this inability to sync with the correct date would cause issues, and even crash entire systems the moment the date changed.
People flipped out about it, convinced that the date discrepancy between netwoked systems would bring down computers everywhere and shut down the internet and so all systems relying on computers, including plane navigation etc. would go down causing worldwide chaos. It was genuinely believed that people should all switch off computers to avoid this. One or two smart people spoke up and said “um hey, this actually will only effect a few very outdated computers and they’ll just display the wrong date, so it probably won’t be harmful” but were largely ignored because people selling books about the end of the world were talking louder.
In the end, absolutely nothing happened.

Oh gosh.
I’ve been a programmer working for various government agencies since the early 1990s and I can say with some confidence:
NOTHING HAPPENED BECAUSE WE WORKED VERY HARD FIXING SHIT THAT MOST DEFINITELY WOULD HAVE BROKEN ON 1-JAN-2000.
One example I personally worked on: vaccination databases.
My contract was with the CDC to coordinate immunization registries — you know, kids’ vaccine histories. What they got, when they got it, and (most importantly) which vaccines they were due to get next and when. These were state-wide registries, containing millions of records each.
Most of these systems were designed in the 1970s and 1980s, and stored the child’s DOB year as only two digits. This means that — had we not fixed it — just about every child in all the databases I worked on would have SUDDENLY AGED OUT OF THE PROGRAM 1-JAN-2000.
In other words: these kids would suddenly be “too old” to receive critical vaccines.
Okay, so that’s not a nuke plant exploding or airplanes dropping from the sky. In fact, nothing obvious would have occurred come Jan 1st.
BUT
Without the software advising doctors when to give vaccinations, an entire generation’s immunity to things like measles, mumps, smallpox (etc) would have been compromised. And nobody would even know there was a problem for months — possibly years — after.
You think the fun  games caused by a few anti-vaxers is bad?
Imagine whole populations going unvaccinated by accident… one case of measles and the death toll might be measured in millions.
This is one example I KNOW to be true, because I was there.
I also know that in the years leading up to 2000 there were ad-hoc discussion groups (particularly alt.risk) of amazed programmers and project managers that uncovered year-2000 traps… and fixed them.
Quietly, without fanfare. 
In many cases because admitting there was a problem would have resulted in a lawsuit by angry customers. But mostly because it was our job to fix those design flaws before anyone was inconvenienced or hurt.
So, yeah… all that Y2K hysteria was for nothing, because programmers worked their asses off to make sure it was for nothing.

Bolding mine.

Absolutely true.  My Mom worked like crazy all throughout 1998 and 1999 on dozens of systems to avoid Y2K crashes. Nothing major happened because people worked to made sure it didn’t.
Now if we could just harness that concept for some of the other major issues facing us today.  

this meme came so far since i saw it this morning. god i love tumblr teaching tumblr about history.


As a young Sys Admin during Y2K, I can confirm that it was SRS BZNS.  I worked for a major pharmaceutical company at the time.  They spent millions of dollars on consultant and programmer hours, not to mention their own employees’ time, to fix all their in-house software as well as replace it with new systems.  Sys Admins like myself were continually deploying patches, updating firmware, and deploying new systems in the months leading up to Y2K.  Once that was done, though, the programmers went home and cashed their checks.
When the FATEFUL HOUR came along, it wasn’t just one hour.  For a global company with offices in dozens of countries, it was 24 hours of being alert and on-call.  I imagine that other large organizations had similar setups with entire IT departments working in shifts to monitor everything.  Everyone was on a hair trigger, too, so the slightest problem caused ALL HANDS ON DECK pages to go out.
Yes, we had pagers.
For hard numbers IDC’s 2006 calculation put the total US cost of remediation, before and after, at $147 billion - that’s in 1999 dollars.  That paid for an army of programmers, including calling up retired grandparents from the senior center because COBOL and FORTRAN apps from the ‘60s needed fixing.
Also note that there were some problems, including $13 billion in remediation included in the figure above.  Some of these involved nuclear power plants, medical equipment, and “a customer at a New York State video rental store had a bill for $91,250, the cost of renting the movie ‘The General’s Daughter’ for 100 years.”


Y2K was anything but nothing.


@figure-forever

tfw you do your job so fucking well that everyone thinks you weren’t necessary in the first place :(
salute our COBOL cowpokes and other Y2K wranglers, they saved all our asses
another important lesson we learned: a shitload of stuff in the ‘90s was still running programs from the ‘60s and ‘70s. it’s hard to justify the expense and trouble of a massive upgrade when things are working “fine” – easier to say “well, I suppose we’ll need to change at some point, but not now”
and if things really are working “fine” you can let them go on for a while but every so often you run into something like Y2K where the software simply wasn’t designed to handle certain eventualities. can’t really blame the programmers, either. if you were writing shit in the ‘60s, would you expect people to still be using it in the science-fiction year of 2000? that’s not a real year! you might be dead by then!
so, y’know, you don’t always need the latest and greatest for everything you’re doing – how much power do you really need for an inventory system? – but regular upgrades are a Good Idea

nerds quietly saving the world. this is superhero nonsense i love it


Y2K is a large reason behind the tech boom of the 2000’s. Think about it, tons of programmers and such suddenly in demand? That “oh it’s ok for now, we don’t need to update” attitude thrown out the window? You get a turn from the let’s keep updating what we have to let’s get something new we have to update less, except that doesn’t stop with a single new thing. It becomes a trend, oh you’re having that issue well buy this new one it will never have that issue, oh you’re having issue x buy this new version we fixed issue x as well as that issue, and so on. Not saying it’s a bad thing at all, just saying it really kick-started the hastened technological path we’re on now.

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