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September 20, 2022 // Web version //

TimeMachiner. Tech, culture, nostalgia. By Aaron Crocco
Inside Today's Issue:
Giving Rogue One Its Due
Scummy Cell Carrier Does Scummy Thing (Yet Again)
That S We All Drew in School
Drought Reveals Ships

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It's "windows open" weather here in NY and, if I may steal a line from McDonald's: I'm lovin' it. Summer has most certainly left the area and I'm quite enjoying having my windows open for some fresh air.

My time this past week has been playing Horizon: Zero Dawn on PS4. I'll get to the game in a moment but here is the best part of the whole thing: I borrowed the game from my library. That's right. My library loans out video games.

Many, many times I'll see posts on Reddit's Books and Frugal subreddits reminding others that libraries have come a long way since we were kids. Of course, there are still books. But when I go to my library's website or to the building itself I have so many options. It is refreshing.

Off the top of my head, many libraries across the country loan: audiobooks, puzzles, games, home gadgets, lawn games, tablets, streaming devices, wifi hotspots, video games, and tons more. Want to go to a museum? They have free passes. Need to print something? It is a nickel a page. This doesn't even touch their digital offerings. Libby, Hoopla, Kanopy, and on and on. There are plenty of things you can use the library for without even leaving the house.

All this to say, that not only am I thoroughly enjoying this Horizon game, but knowing I'm supporting my local library by borrowing it is a big win for all.

The game itself is akin to Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It is a wide-open world where you can go anywhere and make your own way. The storytelling is fantastic and the game is fun.

If you want to get in on the fun, pull up the website for your local library and see what they offer. Most of the time you can apply for a digital card instantly to get access to digital items. Then stop in to get the physical card and unlock an insane amount of free resources.

Here's today's Random Factoid: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses Waffle House Restaurants being open or closed as one way to determine the effect of a storm and the likely scale of assistance required for disaster recovery. Source

Poll of the week

Last week's results:

Which invention from the following list would you eliminate forever from the present, past, and future?

Heated Swimming Pools - 4
3D Printers - 3
Bicycles - 2
The Internet - 2

Due to a snag in last week's issue, I had to attempt to gather the results in a different way. So there's no graphic this time around. Thanks to everyone who voted! While heated swimming pools are really nice, I have to agree that I also would wave goodbye to them. For the two of you who voted to eliminate the internet, I have questions... 🤔


If you had to pick one genre of music to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be?

🪩Golden oldies
🎤 Hip Hop
🤠 Country
🎵Something else

Results will be posted in the next newsletter.

Giving Rogue One Its Due
Star Wars has always been a cash cow. However, in the Disney-ownership era, there's been hits and misses. An early risk they took with their newly-purchased franchise was Rogue One. This was going to be a non-Skywalker side story. Nobody knew what to expect, but it turned out to be fantastic. On the heels…
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Scummy Cell Carrier Does Scummy Thing (Yet Again)
AT&T plugging holes in its G5 network by placing winning bids on "mid-range" bandwidth. These frequencies allow faster-than-4G speed, but now they seem to have pulled a fast one. After confirming multiple times about phones that will support their 3.45 GHz spectrum, they've now come out and said JKLOL MY BAD! Only brand new…
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That S We All Drew in School
If I were to ask you "Remember the 'S' from school?" I bet more than a handful would answer "absolutely." If you don't know what I'm talking about, it is an angular letter S that is drawn with six vertical lines and then connecting them with some diagonal lines. But where did it come…
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Drought Reveals Ships
While we're running head-first into a global climate crisis, we might as well unearth some interesting pieces of history. In Europe's Danube River, the water level is so low, that WWII Nazi warships are resurfacing along with their thousands of onboard explosives. Dipo Faloyin at Vice has more. Twenty explosive-filled German warships have resurfaced…
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