Anyone that plays video games at a somewhat-serious level knows the importance of having your own custom gaming PC. If you're someone who likes the occasional game of Madden, or simply likes to play games every once in a while, obviously a gaming computer might be a bit excessive.
I can't even BEGIN to tell you the trouble I've gone through over the years in getting my family to participate in outdoor get-togethers. Whether it be picnics, cookouts, or camping trips, they just wouldn't friggen' budge off that couch. When I was a kid, my family and I did it every week. We'd typically pack up my father's van early on a Saturday morning, and hit a local park, campground, or, weather permitting, the beach. One of the staples of our little family trips was a small-little portable grill we'd bring to the majority of them. Even if we didn't use it, it would always be in the car—you know, just in case.
I don't think I can be any more thankful that I'm not a student in today's educational climate. That's not a knock on teaching, or even the system as a whole, it's just that everything is so much more data-driven than when I was in school, so the focus has shifted a bit. One of the biggest changes I've seen is the implementation of STEM education. Basically, STEM education focuses on four core disciplines—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
I'm a 62-year-old man, yet I still struggle to fully understand what exactly neuroscience is. This could be attributed to the fact that I'm, well, not a neurosurgeon. I'm a shift supervisor at Bob's Discount Furniture for a reason.
As someone who is not necessarily technologically-savvy, hearing terms like "virtual reality" and "augmented reality" made me feel like I was living in an episode of The Jetsons. Those terms, for all intents and purposes, sound so other-worldly to an older gentleman like myself, that I never imagined I would ever consider purchasing that kind of technology. After all, how much could something that literally puts you in another reality costs? Hundreds, if not thousands, right?!
I'm going to go out on a limb here, but I think it's safe to say nobody in the world loves films more than me. And yes, you read that correctly Robert Ebert (it would be an honor if you're reading this, by the way).