80s Computers: TERRIFYING CUBES EMERGING FROM THE VOID OF SPACE. ENTER THE GRIDZONE.
90s Computers: Beige home appliances for the whole family. Put one in your study.
I like to dig through images from old computer ads and magazines. One odd observation I always make is how drastically they changed in just a couple years.
PC sales grew throughout the 80s as tools for offices and hobbyists. But come the 1990s, corporations noticed that growth was slowing down. So around that point they largely ditched the spooky sci-fi inspired imagery and starting doing what Apple had been doing for years: portraying PCs as warm & approachable, with a return to simplistic, Helmut Krone inspired advertising. The idea of the PC as a home necessity was solidified when Web and e-mail exploded in the mid-90s.
And it had good run. We’re in the “one phone and laptop per family member” phase now, and it doesn’t really need to be advertised anymore because it’s part of culture itself.
I see you, Fox News.
I can’t ever figure out how people respond to things consistently.
Anyway, about a year and a half ago, Joey got me a Brooklyn Brewers kit for Winter Solstice (or Christmas, or whatever, I can’t remember what we called it). After discussing what we should do with the ridiculous amount of hops growing in our back yard, Kim and I agreed that we should make beer out of them. I remembered this kit, and decided to make use of it before investing in more gear.
The kit makes one gallon of chestnut brown ale, but since it doesn’t include chestnuts, and I have no idea where to find them this time of the year, it’s just going to be a brown ale. It smells amazing, though.
My next project is going to be a gallon batch of mead, and I’m going to get the equipment to make a 5-6 gallon batch of porter, because good porter is the best thing in the world, and why would I drink anything else, given the choice?
This batch is small, but if one of my bigger batches works, I’ll send you some. Or, you can come to my house and we will get drunk and make fun of Tranxio.
One of my followers seems pretty interested in the beer-blogging, so I’ve gone back and tagged everything for convenience. Here’s a bonus picture of the boil.
I didn’t get any pictures of the mashing stage, but if I can catch the chickens eating it, I’ll post that.