Years ago I was given an amazing gift. For a graduation present, my parents had decided that in celebration of my commencement I was to receive an extremely nice, fantastically loud, and technologically sound, stereo system. I was more than ecstatic, having previously only had the option of my clock radio to provide listening entertainment in my bedroom. This new stereo was a game changer. Not only did it have enough wattage to shake the entire house, but it had all the bells and whistles I had been craving! My new stereo could hold a total of 101 Cd’s! The included remote control allowed me to program (individually and by hand) the names of each CD, and select them remotely! I could even pick my favorite 5 CD’s and program them into the remote to be accessed by my five faves button! But that’s not all! Included were two, count em two, tape decks, which also incorporated technology that would automatically sense the pauses between songs and allow me to skip to my favorite songs on the tape. And for the first time ever, I could record music from a CD onto a cassette tape, allowing me to create mixed-tapes with ease! I was in Hi-Fi heaven and was constantly blasting Dave Matthews Band, Will Smith and the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy throughout the house!
Years later that stereo system is no longer a part of my life. Unfortunately, as with most things technological, it aged out, replaced by smaller, more convenient devices. Now instead of grabbing my remote to jam out to “Getting jiggy with it” I now have to ask Alexa, and she usually doesn’t listen and ends up playing something Amazon is trying to promote (I’m talking about you Echo Show)! Where is my CD collection? Residing in a case logic in a cardboard box in my basement. The stereo? Years ago my wife convinced me to donate it to the local thrift store. Worst mistake of my life. I think she was trying to get back at me for accidentally donating an antique mirror that had been in her family for generations. So I guess we’re even.
Not everything ages well!
Some things age extremely well. Wine, cheese and for some strange reason Paul Rudd. Seriously what happened? He was old when he appeared in Clueless and that was like 30 years ago. Now he gets to play an Avenger? Life is so not fair. I just turned 40 and suddenly I have more white hair than not so white hair! At least I have hair which is more than what I can say for my boss (sorry Lynn).
The point I am trying to make is that not everything ages well, and one of those things was our website! Now it’s not as old as me (back then only the government and a few select Universities were networked), but it definitely is pretty dated. According to carbon dating, the oldest page on our website was created back in 2013, and that is only an approximation. I personally believe that the content dates back to the Windows XP era and somehow survived Vista.
So in memory of our old website and in celebration of the launch of our new one, we decided to stroll down memory lane to the year 2013. For some it may be painful, others nostalgic, but like it or not, these were the things going on back when our old website was first brought online.
Everything going on the last time we updated our Website
Breaking Bad was the best show on Television
All my hipster friends kept telling me this was the best, most addictive show on at the time. When I asked them the premise, the response of “It’s a chemistry teacher who makes meth” made me pause and reflect on the choices I had made in my life.
To be honest, most daft punk songs, I never recognized them as being Daft punk songs, until someone told me, and then shortly after I still cannot name one Daft Punk song.
Hunger Games movies were still raking in money.
I think we were on the second movie and it all seemed so horrible at the time. Then 2020 hit and suddenly the country of Panem looked like a great vacation spot!
Miley Cyrus twerked and rode a wrecking ball (but not at the same time)
For those of you who remember this, I’m sorry for bringing it up again. And for those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, don’t look it up. After several sessions of pouring bleach into my own eyes to erase the memory, the image still lingers (shudder).
Candy Crush Debuted
If you’ve ever wondered why your employees can work 8 straight hours and still not get anything done, you can trace it all back to 2013.
Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel
Marvel was in full swing with phase 2.5 with their near miss of Iron Man 3, soon to be followed by the complete miss of Thor the Dark World. However DC launched the beginning of their “Universe” with Man of Steel, hoping to capture the magic in a bottle that Marvel had somehow monopolized.
We finally updated our Website
Fast forward to 2021 and we are finally updating our website at WebNX! Since you are already on it, I assume you've already seen it, but feel free to check out our social media as well, or browse some of our current server deals!
Now by all means, this is not a comprehensive list of all the things that happened in 2013. A simple google search brings up multiple other sources of information that includes political movements, elections, disasters, and something about the Kardashians. What do you remember about 2013 that should be included in this list?