@jalefkowit The official US Consumer Price Index inflation calculator only starts at 1913 (where $2 is equivalent to 2017 $49.90):
The 19th cen. dollar get harder to compare to the 21st cen dollar in part because there is no official index and because a civil war and a deflation crisis in the 1890s makes extrapolation unreliable.
Reading about 3D printing once again reminds me that the people who built a thing are the least qualified to document it.
@kingu_platypus_gidora Haven't had it in many years, and now I don't live in a part of the U.S. where it is sold.
It is sweet and tastes of molasses, the texture and flavor is somewhat like a British pudding, but it is also like a heavy, sweet bread. I liked it when I was a child. I don't think I would like brown bread and baked beans as a meal now. A small amount would make me happy though.
The airport workers who are so diligent about stealing shit from checked luggage must be spasming from uncontrollable glee over the U.S.'s new ban on carry-on laptops from Europe.
@photopuck When the schmutz accumulates as a regular and even coating on my glasses, I can't tell that they need to be cleaned because the difference from my regularly-corrected vision isn't all that much. And I can't tell when I take my glasses off my face unless I deliberately pause to study the glass. #myvisionreallyisthatbad
@twistedonion Most cold brew coffees I've had deemphasize the flavors that come from roasting, so they have more of a sweet or fruity taste. I tend not to like them much (other than as ingredients for mixed drinks, alcoholic or otherwise) because there's no bitterness to balance the fruitiness, but I can appreciate that people who're more sensitive than I am to bitterness would prefer cold brew to hot brewing methods.
Can't say anything about the item you tried. Maybe it's off?
@Averly Looks like a map of this:
(Clicking the links won't work; wait 10 seconds and the main page will autoload)
@jalefkowit You're right, though, that there was an escalated requirement of elitism to know how to get online at all, never mind on the web specifically.
Although by then there was sonic.net, Panix, EarthLink, Speakeasy, Erol's, and others publicly advertising online accounts and free (tilde-based, usually) webhosting between 94-97.
I mean, I had a world.std.com email address in 1990. You could get internet access, somehow, even if you didn't have social or academic connections.
@jalefkowit That kind of cuts both ways, though. Access of least resistance is through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, et al. Since there's no need for a typical user to have to challenge themselves technically to go further, most don't.
On the very basic level of "hooray, anybody can get on board!" that's great. No longer do people need to drop $40-120/year just to post photos of their cats.
But on the other hand, centralizing control of web access in so few hands has become its own problem
(Like I said, I don't know where I'm going with this line of thought.)
Current notions of democratization of the Web are focused around how to equalize and liberalize access to privatized resources (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) or how to make alternatives to those resources (Gnu Social/Mastodon). But that's all about the complications imposed on users due to subscribing to specific tools.
Democratizing the building of the web now is probably impossible. The sites have become The Hard Problem.
The early web had what was in retrospect an astonishing degree of transparency, it took very little effort for anybody to become a web developer -- this isn't an argument for its etymology but I wouldn't be half surprised if "web developer" came to be coined as a kind of intermediate tier between "computer user" and "programmer", what with HTML being a markup language, making room in the engineers' office for people without STEM backgrounds but stopping short of granting them peer status.