Adolescent games, now and then

Although I am on target in dealing with my pressure at work, I did want to post a short and silly/funny blog. I can’t help admiring how adolescents today have such a wide variety of electronic gadgets at their disposal–especially cameras and video cameras. I had a primitive reel-to-reel tape recorder when I was about 10 years old, and one of those automatic point-and-shoot instant polaroid cameras. Nothing like these capabilities!

Make sure you see the end, before the bloopers!


Oh–and thanks to Athene for nominating me as a “versatile blogger.” I don’t think I deserve it, but I couldn’t thank her on her own blog because for some reason it doesn’t allow comments (Richard?)…

About Steve Caplan

I am a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska where I mentor a group of students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers working on endocytic protein trafficking. My first lablit novel, "Matter Over Mind," is about a biomedical researcher seeking tenure and struggling to overcome the consequences of growing up with a parent suffering from bipolar disorder. Lablit novel #2, "Welcome Home, Sir," published by Anaphora Literary Press, deals with a hypochondriac principal investigator whose service in the army and post-traumatic stress disorder actually prepare him well for academic, but not personal success. Novel #3, "A Degree of Betrayal," is an academic murder mystery. "Saving One" is my most recent novel set at the National Institutes of Health. Now IN PRESS: Today's Curiosity is Tomorrow's Cure: The Case for Basic Biomedical Research (CRC PRESS, 2021). All views expressed are my own, of course--after all, I hate advertising.
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2 Responses to Adolescent games, now and then

  1. Thanks for the laugh, Steve. Are any of these thespians related to you, by any chance? Don’t answer that if you don’t want to.

    I never owned a Polaroid as far as I can remember. I did have a 126-format box camera though, which arguably takes much, much worse photos.

    And in supreme geekiness, I once borrowed my high school’s reel-to-reel for the summer, using it to create interesting feedback noises. Some of which were used in electronic musical compositions, much later on.

    • Steve Caplan says:

      Indeed, I can claim the camera-man (boy) who made a short appearance, and the narrator. The other is a friend, and they form a small group that goes by the name “Barnyard Productions” or some such.

      By age 12 or 13, I think 8-tracks were still “the thing” and cassettes were only coming into their own!

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