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Popular Fads, Trends, and Crazes

The Popular Fad of Drive-in Theaters

 The Once Popular Fad of Drive-in Theaters

I can remember going to the drive-in theater with our family back in the day. Then going to the concession stand to pick-up some popcorn and a soft drinks. Today, we have YouTube, video games, and you can stream TV Shows or Movies on demand on to your HD 4K television.

Sea-Monkeys

Sea Monkeys were marketed as novelty pets for children. They were brine shrimp sold as novelty aquariums to children through comic book advertisements around the 1960s and 70s.

Pet Rocks

Pet Rock were a fad collectible toy sold in the 70s by advertising executive Gary Dahl. They were packaged in custom boxes complete with ventilation holes, straw bedding to imitate a pet carrier.

The once popular fad of the Mainstream Social Media is being replaced by the Fediverse.

It's time for these mainstream social media sites to realize it's over, the corporately owned social media fad is Kaput! They destroyed it by hammering us with misleading advertising, then some block us from using ad blockers. It's filled with hate, censorship, bots, fake accounts and misleading information. These corporately owned mainstream social media sites are not in decline, it’s pushing up daisies. Just like the fad of CB and Amateur Radio, the fad of corporately owned mainstream social media is Kaput! People are slowly moving on to the next fad, which for us is the fediverse. You can follow us: mastodon.online/@BookwormCowboy
The once popular fad of the Mainstream Social Media is being replaced by the Fediverse
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 The Popular Fad of Amateur Radio is Kaput!

The once popular Amateur Radio hobby is not in decline, it’s pushing up daisies. There is hardly any activity on the lower bands, and the VHF/UHF bands have been a wasteland for years. Many old-timers are gone, and the young people use mobile phones to surf the internet. Even Shortwave Radio is in decline. The Amateur Radio hobby has faded away into history as more people fall in love with the Internet. A hobby that depends on having someone to talk with on the radio, but all that can be heard is static. When the Internet has loads of things to do. That's when we let our Amateur Radio license expire, got rid of our antenna's, which were an eye-sore and sold out. It's time to quit promoting obsolete technology and embrace new ones like Zello, Zoom, Calyx Meet, Social Media, Gaming, Reading eBooks, Online Shopping, Email, etc. 

CB Radio - The Original Social Media Network

Before Friendster, Myspace, Facebook, Meta Threads or Twitter. CB Radio was the original social media network people used throughout the United States and other parts of the world. People would give smoky reports, traffic and weather advisories, give directions, cut up and men loved to report about the fine-looking beavers; especially if the ladies were driving convertibles and the men jokingly claim to be driving by to check out the lady's seat-covers; LoL! I and Tutti Cowgirl were both hard-core CB Radio enthusiasts for years. Yep, back in the day, you rarely sew a car, truck or home without a CB Radio. We started when we were young and received our first CB Radio for our birthday. When we came home from school or work, we fired up the TV and our CB Radio; to chat the day and night away with our CB Radio friends from around the world! When we started into CB Radio, there were only 23 channels, and you needed an FCC license. The FCC allowed us to use our father's call-sign of KAVJ-1318. When we left home on our 18th birthday, and got a place of our own. Then we had to get our own call-sign of KBMV-3443. Our CB handle was the Bookworm. People jokingly gave us our CB handle because we spent lots of time reading books and loved to talk about what we were reading. In the 70s, they went from 23 to 40 channels. The need for an FCC license ended on April 28, 1983. However, the CB Radio lost much of its appeal because of the development of mobile phones and the internet. Yep, when the Internet came along, we got rid of our antenna's, which were an eye-sore and sold out. Today, you still have a small number who use the CB Radio, and some have tried Amateur Radio. However, Amateur Radio is suffering the same fate because of the development of mobile phones and the internet. In time, both hobbies will fade away into history as more people fall in love with the Internet.

CB Radio
CB Radio
Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a text-based chat system for instant messaging. I once used IRC, but now I moved on to use some of the voice chat apps listed below.  If you like more information on this topic, check out Internet Relay Chat Help. You can also go to Libera Chat, mIRCx.org, Freenode, Undernet, DALnet, Rizon, and QuakeNet.
KF4BEL - Tutti Cowgirl on Zello

Join us on Zello @ BookwormCowboy

Zello is the #1 push-to-talk and walkie talkie app, used by over 150 million people around the world. It turns any smartphone or connected device into a walkie-talkie — anywhere with Wi-Fi or cellular data service. We connect friends, family, and communities — to socialize as well as to organize in times of urgency.Voxer Walkie Talkie is both a live "push-to-talk" system and a voice messaging system for smartphones.Signal is a cross-platform encrypted messaging service developed by the Signal Foundation and Signal Messenger. It uses the Internet to send one-to-one and group messages, which can include files, voice notes, images and videos.Jitsi Chat let's you hold unlimited free meetings with up to 100 participants at a time. End-to-End encryption. Multiple participants can share their screen simultaneously. Remotely control other participants desktop.Element.io - Element is a Matrix-based end-to-end encrypted messenger and secure collaboration app. It's decentralised for digital sovereign self-hosting, or through a hosting service such as Element Matrix Services. Element operates on the open Matrix network to provide interoperability and easy connections.SimpleX Chat: private and secure messenger without any user IDs (not even random) Privacy redefined The first messenger without user IDs. This radically improves your privacy.Jami is a free and secure communication platform that allows you to share files, messages, and media with anyone on any device. You can use Jami for instant messaging, audio and video calls, swarms, video-conferences, screen sharing, and more.Session is a private messenger that lets you send messages without revealing your identity or metadata. You can chat with up to 100 people at once, use voice messages and attachments, and enjoy features like groups and onion routing.
Tutti Cowgirl on Zello
The Once Popular Fad of Torrent Sites
Torrenting was once a popular fad where people would distribute files on peer-to-peer networks, meaning the files were shared directly between users rather than passing through a centralized server. It’s important to remember that downloading copyrighted material without permission is illegal in many countries and can result in legal consequences. This is one of the biggest reasons why the torrent fad ended. On top of government restrictions, torrent files also posed the high risk of contracting malware, viruses, malicious ads, etc.
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Google Graveyard

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

“You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.” 

“You can’t change anyone, you can only change your relationship with people. So ALL you can do is tell them to go.”

“Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.”

Popular Quote:"Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. Fads are the kiss of death. When the fad goes away, you go with it."

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."