History DorkAge / RealLife

31st Jul '16 8:26:09 AM Jhonny
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* Rail travel underwent a serious dork age in most of the West between (roughly) the 1950s and the advent of high speed rail. The decline was precipitated by the rise in private automobile ownership and lead to the abandonment of many lines as well as the bankruptcy of several private railroads. Some railroads tried their best to counteract the trend, but of course this was not always successful and some of the attempts to update the design were about as successful as "new coke". However, with the rise in gas prices as well as newer faster services such as the Shinkansen (Japan, 1960s) the TGV (France, 1980s) or UsefulNotes/DeutscheBahn 's ICE (1990s) rail travel recovered and even managed to put a dent in the numbers of air travel along short routes. Even the much laughed about UsefulNotes/{{Amtrak}} of the United States which was formed in the 1970s in order to keep the private railroads from collapsing under the weight of money losing passenger services has increased ridership by over 50% since 2000 and carries more passengers along the Acela-corridor (Boston-New York-Washington) than all airlines ''combined''.

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* Rail travel underwent a serious dork age in most of the West between (roughly) the 1950s and the advent of high speed rail.UsefulNotes/HighSpeedRail. The decline was precipitated by the rise in private automobile ownership and lead to the abandonment of many lines as well as the bankruptcy of several private railroads. Some railroads tried their best to counteract the trend, but of course this was not always successful and some of the attempts to update the design were about as successful as "new coke". However, with the rise in gas prices as well as newer faster services such as the Shinkansen (Japan, 1960s) the TGV (France, 1980s) or UsefulNotes/DeutscheBahn 's ICE (1990s) rail travel recovered and even managed to put a dent in the numbers of air travel along short routes. Even the much laughed about UsefulNotes/{{Amtrak}} of the United States which was formed in the 1970s in order to keep the private railroads from collapsing under the weight of money losing passenger services has increased ridership by over 50% since 2000 and carries more passengers along the Acela-corridor (Boston-New York-Washington) than all airlines ''combined''.''combined''.
** Those money losing freight railroads? Yeah they had a massive Dork Age, but after heavy restructuring, rises in gas prices (while most rail transport in the US relies on Diesel, locomotives are much more fuel efficient per unit of weight carried), they have now recovered and even Warren Buffet, the richest person in the world to have "investment" as the main source of his wealth has invested in American freight railroads.
29th Jul '16 7:23:29 AM Anddrix
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Jony Ive's signature flat, Helvetica-soaked design language (replacing a previous, less-harmonized appearance that a lot of people found excessively skeuomorphic on both platforms) has been a BaseBreaker since debuting with iOS 7, iOS 8 is buggy (and, according to a class action lawsuit filed at the beginning of 2015, so bloated that it's not leaving enough room for user content), and the biggest thing Yosemite brings to the party is the debut of the Swift programming language, something most users will never write or even see a single line of code in.\\

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Jony Ive's signature flat, Helvetica-soaked design language (replacing a previous, less-harmonized appearance that a lot of people found excessively skeuomorphic on both platforms) has been a BaseBreaker divisive since debuting with iOS 7, iOS 8 is buggy (and, according to a class action lawsuit filed at the beginning of 2015, so bloated that it's not leaving enough room for user content), and the biggest thing Yosemite brings to the party is the debut of the Swift programming language, something most users will never write or even see a single line of code in.\\



* The Ford Mustang II, 1974-78. Basically a [[EveryCarIsAPinto Pinto]] with a fancier body, no V8 option, and enough mid '70s chrome, vinyl, and fake wood for a much larger car. Ford was returning the car to its roots as basically an economy car with a big engine after the previous car had gotten larger and become decent road racing platform. Sales for the Mustang II were actually much better than the late 60s/early 70s Mustangs, but it [[BaseBreaker alienated enthusiasts]]. Even after it got a V8, never before or since have so many car guys been so disappointed to see their favorite sports car get ''lighter and more nimble''... Meanwhile, to add insult to injury, the Mustang's [[TheRival rivals]], the Chevrolet Camaro/Pontiac Firebird twins, underwent something of a GoldenAge in the '70s. While they too felt the effects of the new standards (they were nearly killed in 1972 due to a UAW strike concerning the new regulations), their performance didn't suffer nearly as badly as the Mustang's, and their bodywork wasn't nearly as garish as other cars during the era. The Camaro and, to a lesser extent, the Firebird outsold the Mustang by 1977, because they were some of the only cars at the time worth getting for sports car/post-muscle car enthusiasts. To this day, the Camaro and Firebird are probably the only American performance cars to not have their legacy stained by WTH engineering/[[WTHCostumingDepartment designing]] departments even during TheSeventies. The only low point in the Camaro's career was the [[TheAllegedCar Iron Duke design]] of TheEighties, but that was a separate model and did rather little to hurt the Camaro's popularity.

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* The Ford Mustang II, 1974-78. Basically a [[EveryCarIsAPinto Pinto]] with a fancier body, no V8 option, and enough mid '70s chrome, vinyl, and fake wood for a much larger car. Ford was returning the car to its roots as basically an economy car with a big engine after the previous car had gotten larger and become decent road racing platform. Sales for the Mustang II were actually much better than the late 60s/early 70s Mustangs, but it [[BaseBreaker alienated enthusiasts]].enthusiasts. Even after it got a V8, never before or since have so many car guys been so disappointed to see their favorite sports car get ''lighter and more nimble''... Meanwhile, to add insult to injury, the Mustang's [[TheRival rivals]], the Chevrolet Camaro/Pontiac Firebird twins, underwent something of a GoldenAge in the '70s. While they too felt the effects of the new standards (they were nearly killed in 1972 due to a UAW strike concerning the new regulations), their performance didn't suffer nearly as badly as the Mustang's, and their bodywork wasn't nearly as garish as other cars during the era. The Camaro and, to a lesser extent, the Firebird outsold the Mustang by 1977, because they were some of the only cars at the time worth getting for sports car/post-muscle car enthusiasts. To this day, the Camaro and Firebird are probably the only American performance cars to not have their legacy stained by WTH engineering/[[WTHCostumingDepartment designing]] departments even during TheSeventies. The only low point in the Camaro's career was the [[TheAllegedCar Iron Duke design]] of TheEighties, but that was a separate model and did rather little to hurt the Camaro's popularity.
21st Jun '16 8:08:16 PM Yalsaris63
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* One can't help but get the impression that architectural schools were infiltrated by the KGB during the Cold War, placing in vogue the Stalinist trend known as Brutalism - which produced ominous, concrete blocks of pure authoritarian coldness. The future seemed bleak for decades, until Postmodernism rode in from the West, kicked out the commies, and saved the day. The legacy of this jarring midcentury trend can be seen today on public urban buildings and state university campuses. The city of Boston, unfortunately, fell victim to Brutalism when a new city hall was commissioned. The chaotic, faded mess that ensued elicits near-universal disgust from visitors, and remains a testament to the failures of The Eastern Bloc, and its Western sympathizers. The only city to actually get the concept of Brutalism the right way was none other than America's capital, DC, in the form of the Washington Metro Underground System. Its uniquely carved concrete walls and ceilings that interlock with each other in archs at every hallway and mezzanine prove that [[TropesAreNotBad Brutalism isn't always a regression of aesthetics]]. In fact, the architecture in the [=WMATA=] underground would be something that the [[UsefulNotes/Moscow Moscow]] [[UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro Metro]] would dream of looking like, had it curiously not been designed with the more uncharacteristically ''beautiful'' medieval-esque architecture that permeates every surrounding station in a country that isn't known for "bourgeoise" aesthetics.

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* One can't help but get the impression that architectural schools were infiltrated by the KGB during the Cold War, placing in vogue the Stalinist trend known as Brutalism - which produced ominous, concrete blocks of pure authoritarian coldness. The future seemed bleak for decades, until Postmodernism rode in from the West, kicked out the commies, and saved the day. The legacy of this jarring midcentury trend can be seen today on public urban buildings and state university campuses. The city of Boston, unfortunately, fell victim to Brutalism when a new city hall was commissioned. The chaotic, faded mess that ensued elicits near-universal disgust from visitors, and remains a testament to the failures of The Eastern Bloc, and its Western sympathizers. The only city to actually get the concept of Brutalism the right way was none other than America's capital, DC, in the form of the Washington Metro Underground System. Its uniquely carved concrete walls and ceilings that interlock with each other in archs at every hallway and mezzanine prove that [[TropesAreNotBad Brutalism isn't always a regression of aesthetics]]. In fact, the architecture in the [=WMATA=] underground would be something that the [[UsefulNotes/Moscow [[UsefulNotes/{{Moscow}} Moscow]] [[UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro Metro]] would dream of looking like, had it curiously not been designed with the more uncharacteristically ''beautiful'' medieval-esque architecture that permeates every surrounding station in a country that isn't known for "bourgeoise" aesthetics.
21st Jun '16 8:07:57 PM Yalsaris63
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* One can't help but get the impression that architectural schools were infiltrated by the KGB during the Cold War, placing in vogue the Stalinist trend known as Brutalism - which produced ominous, concrete blocks of pure authoritarian coldness. The future seemed bleak for decades, until Postmodernism rode in from the West, kicked out the commies, and saved the day. The legacy of this jarring midcentury trend can be seen today on public urban buildings and state university campuses. The city of Boston, unfortunately, fell victim to Brutalism when a new city hall was commissioned. The chaotic, faded mess that ensued elicits near-universal disgust from visitors, and remains a testament to the failures of The Eastern Bloc, and its Western sympathizers. The only city to actually get the concept of Brutalism the right way was none other than America's capital, DC, in the form of the Washington Metro Underground System. Its uniquely carved concrete walls and ceilings that interlock with each other in archs at every hallway and mezzanine prove that [[TropesAreNotBad Brutalism isn't always a regression of aesthetics]]. In fact, the architecture in the [=WMATA=] underground would be something that the Moscow Underground would dream of looking like, had it curiously not been designed with the more uncharacteristically ''beautiful'' medieval-esque architecture that permeates every surrounding station in a country that isn't known for "bourgeoise" aesthetics.

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* One can't help but get the impression that architectural schools were infiltrated by the KGB during the Cold War, placing in vogue the Stalinist trend known as Brutalism - which produced ominous, concrete blocks of pure authoritarian coldness. The future seemed bleak for decades, until Postmodernism rode in from the West, kicked out the commies, and saved the day. The legacy of this jarring midcentury trend can be seen today on public urban buildings and state university campuses. The city of Boston, unfortunately, fell victim to Brutalism when a new city hall was commissioned. The chaotic, faded mess that ensued elicits near-universal disgust from visitors, and remains a testament to the failures of The Eastern Bloc, and its Western sympathizers. The only city to actually get the concept of Brutalism the right way was none other than America's capital, DC, in the form of the Washington Metro Underground System. Its uniquely carved concrete walls and ceilings that interlock with each other in archs at every hallway and mezzanine prove that [[TropesAreNotBad Brutalism isn't always a regression of aesthetics]]. In fact, the architecture in the [=WMATA=] underground would be something that the Moscow Underground [[UsefulNotes/Moscow Moscow]] [[UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro Metro]] would dream of looking like, had it curiously not been designed with the more uncharacteristically ''beautiful'' medieval-esque architecture that permeates every surrounding station in a country that isn't known for "bourgeoise" aesthetics.
21st Jun '16 8:05:37 PM Yalsaris63
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* One can't help but get the impression that architectural schools were infiltrated by the KGB during the Cold War, placing in vogue the Stalinist trend known as Brutalism - which produced ominous, concrete blocks of pure authoritarian coldness. The future seemed bleak for decades, until Postmodernism rode in from the West, kicked out the commies, and saved the day. The legacy of this jarring midcentury trend can be seen today on public urban buildings and state university campuses. The city of Boston, unfortunately, fell victim to Brutalism when a new city hall was commissioned. The chaotic, faded mess that ensued elicits near-universal disgust from visitors, and remains a testament to the failures of The Eastern Bloc, and its Western sympathizers.

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* One can't help but get the impression that architectural schools were infiltrated by the KGB during the Cold War, placing in vogue the Stalinist trend known as Brutalism - which produced ominous, concrete blocks of pure authoritarian coldness. The future seemed bleak for decades, until Postmodernism rode in from the West, kicked out the commies, and saved the day. The legacy of this jarring midcentury trend can be seen today on public urban buildings and state university campuses. The city of Boston, unfortunately, fell victim to Brutalism when a new city hall was commissioned. The chaotic, faded mess that ensued elicits near-universal disgust from visitors, and remains a testament to the failures of The Eastern Bloc, and its Western sympathizers. The only city to actually get the concept of Brutalism the right way was none other than America's capital, DC, in the form of the Washington Metro Underground System. Its uniquely carved concrete walls and ceilings that interlock with each other in archs at every hallway and mezzanine prove that [[TropesAreNotBad Brutalism isn't always a regression of aesthetics]]. In fact, the architecture in the [=WMATA=] underground would be something that the Moscow Underground would dream of looking like, had it curiously not been designed with the more uncharacteristically ''beautiful'' medieval-esque architecture that permeates every surrounding station in a country that isn't known for "bourgeoise" aesthetics.
28th May '16 9:09:39 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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The standard of Apple's ''hardware'' is seen as having held up much better, at least from a technical standpoint, though even there, the design is not without criticism. The current design of the Mac Pro, a black cylinder the approximate size of a mini-beer keg with a ton of expansion possibility, is divisive; while it's generally viewed as an exceptional machine from a purely technical standpoint, the fact that none of its expansion is internal means lots of dongles and breakout boxes to clutter your desk. The iPhone 6's larger size (4.7 and 5.5 inches for the standard and Plus models) was also contentious. While some were excited that Apple was finally making a 'phablet' to compete with similarly large Android offerings, those who liked the smaller, older iPhones were dismayed by it -- especially Jobs loyalists, given that Jobs had made a point of never making an iPhone with a screen greater than 3.5 inches, which he felt was the perfect size for a smartphone screen (he derisively [[http://www.cheatsheet.com/technology/5-ways-apple-has-broken-steve-jobss-product-design-rules.html/?a=viewall compared]] larger phones to {{Hummer|Dinger}}s).

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The standard of Apple's ''hardware'' is seen as having held up much better, at least from a technical standpoint, though even there, the design is not without criticism. The current design of the Mac Pro, a black cylinder the approximate size of a mini-beer keg with a ton of expansion possibility, is divisive; while it's generally viewed as an exceptional machine from a purely technical standpoint, the fact that none of its expansion is internal means lots of dongles and breakout boxes to clutter your desk. The iPhone 6's larger size (4.7 and 5.5 inches for the standard and Plus models) was also contentious. While some were excited that Apple was finally making a 'phablet' to compete with similarly large Android offerings, those who liked the smaller, older iPhones were dismayed by it -- especially Jobs loyalists, given that Jobs had made a point of never making an iPhone with a screen greater than 3.5 inches, which he felt was the perfect size for a smartphone screen (he derisively [[http://www.cheatsheet.com/technology/5-ways-apple-has-broken-steve-jobss-product-design-rules.html/?a=viewall compared]] larger phones to {{Hummer|Dinger}}s). The release of the "budget" iPhone SE in 2016, combining the power of the 6S with the form and four-inch screen size of the 5S, is generally seen as an attempt to WinBackTheCrowd on that front.
9th May '16 8:21:20 PM Twentington
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* [[UsefulNotes/{{Bodybuilding}} Bodybuilding]] went into this once competitions lean towards "big muscles > all other factors". For women, the winners eventually became {{Brawn Hilda}}s instead of [[AmazonianBeauty Amazonian Beauties]], while male winners became freakishly bigger. Early in 2016, a famous bodybuilder declared his disgust with this trend and suggested a new weight class, "Classic", aimed at bodies more along the lines of Greek statues/Steve Reeves - and since that bodybuilder was Creator/ArnoldSchwartzenegger, people listened. It remains to be seen if this helps.

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* [[UsefulNotes/{{Bodybuilding}} Bodybuilding]] UsefulNotes/{{Bodybuilding}} went into this once competitions lean towards "big muscles > all other factors". For women, the winners eventually became {{Brawn Hilda}}s instead of [[AmazonianBeauty Amazonian Beauties]], while male winners became freakishly bigger. Early in 2016, a famous bodybuilder declared his disgust with this trend and suggested a new weight class, "Classic", aimed at bodies more along the lines of Greek statues/Steve Reeves - and since that bodybuilder was Creator/ArnoldSchwartzenegger, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, people listened. It remains to be seen if this helps.
29th Apr '16 10:02:44 AM Merseyuser1
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* This trope is both played straight and averted with [[Marks & Spencers http://www.[[http://www.marksandspencer.com]].com Marks & Spencers]]. It is popular opinion that the firm is in this ''right now'' in 2016. Whilst this is up for debate, people are saying that the products aren't as good as they were between 2012-2014 (with [[JustHereForGodzilla the exception of the food and drinks section, and the wines/beers]]. However, the MsFanservice model [[as seen here http://asset1.[[http://asset1.marksandspencer.com/is/image/mands/DS_554288d74667786864e4edbd4cdfd44a_1?$PDP_MAXI_ZOOM_NEW$]] com/is/image/mands/DS_554288d74667786864e4edbd4cdfd44a_1?$PDP_MAXI_ZOOM_NEW$ as seen on their website]] who has NoNameGiven on the website according to WordOfGod is generally seen as an an [[AvertedTrope aversion of this trope]].
29th Apr '16 10:01:32 AM Merseyuser1
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* This trope is both played straight and averted with [Marks & Spencers http://www.marksandspencer.com]. It is popular opinion that the firm is in this ''right now'' in 2016. Whilst this is up for debate, people are saying that the products aren't as good as they were between 2012-2014 (with [[JustHereForGodzilla the exception of the food and drinks section, and the wines/beers]]. However, the MsFanservice model [as seen here http://asset1.marksandspencer.com/is/image/mands/DS_554288d74667786864e4edbd4cdfd44a_1?$PDP_MAXI_ZOOM_NEW$] who has NoNameGiven on the website according to WordOfGod is generally seen as an an [[AvertedTrope aversion of this trope]].

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* This trope is both played straight and averted with [Marks [[Marks & Spencers http://www.marksandspencer.com].com]]. It is popular opinion that the firm is in this ''right now'' in 2016. Whilst this is up for debate, people are saying that the products aren't as good as they were between 2012-2014 (with [[JustHereForGodzilla the exception of the food and drinks section, and the wines/beers]]. However, the MsFanservice model [as [[as seen here http://asset1.marksandspencer.com/is/image/mands/DS_554288d74667786864e4edbd4cdfd44a_1?$PDP_MAXI_ZOOM_NEW$] com/is/image/mands/DS_554288d74667786864e4edbd4cdfd44a_1?$PDP_MAXI_ZOOM_NEW$]] who has NoNameGiven on the website according to WordOfGod is generally seen as an an [[AvertedTrope aversion of this trope]].
29th Apr '16 10:00:17 AM Merseyuser1
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* This trope is both played straight and averted with [http://www.[Marks & Spencers http://www.marksandspencer.com Marks & Spencers]].com]. It is popular opinion that the firm is in this ''right now'' in 2016. Whilst this is up for debate, people are saying that the products aren't as good as they were between 2012-2014 (with [[JustHereForGodzilla the exception of the food and drinks section, and the wines/beers]]. However, the MsFanservice model [http://asset1.[as seen here http://asset1.marksandspencer.com/is/image/mands/DS_554288d74667786864e4edbd4cdfd44a_1?$PDP_MAXI_ZOOM_NEW$ as seen here] com/is/image/mands/DS_554288d74667786864e4edbd4cdfd44a_1?$PDP_MAXI_ZOOM_NEW$] who has NoNameGiven on the website according to WordOfGod is generally seen as an an [[AvertedTrope aversion of this trope]].
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