Thursday, January 14, 2010

Movie Club Membership (ca. 1991)

Remember the days of PAYING for membership to a video rental store? Not long after that, once the cost of VCRs came down, the video stores needed to decrease (and eventually eliminate) the cost of membership. Coconuts was a short-lived chain in my area (Cleveland) that had the usual overpriced CDs and cassettes, and as they scraped for any way to make money, they came up with a video-rental business.

Here is my illustrious membership card, now forever preserved online, for you to gawk at.

Note to basketball fans: Around this time, I had a Greg Anthony (New York Knicks guard) poster on my wall. I started copying the way he signed his "G" (with the double loop you see above) and continue to do so nearly 20 years later.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Too Much Math!

I have had this little book for so long, I have no idea when it first landed in my junk drawer.  Why did I keep it?  I'm not an engineer, math professor, scientist, math hobbyist (or fetishist), or belong to a profession that requires knowledge of complex mathematics.

Maybe I was always nervous I'd be unable to remember how to change Cartesian coordinates to spherical coordinates (and vice versa)?

Anyways, this book will be hitting a nearby thrift store very soon!