The other day while my husband was flipping channels in the television, he stopped it on an old cartoon I used to love as a kid. Maybe you did too. Do you remember “The Jetsons”?
Oh my gosh as we sat there watching it I saw this watch on George’s wrist. Could it be that back then things were already in motion for the cellular watch? Right there in this cartoon he has a watch which he speaks into and on the screen is the person he’s talking too. Now in 2018 there is the Apple Electronic Watch with voice commands, phone calling features, access to social media and more.
This got me wondering what else in cartoons has now become a reality?
The Jetsons started on television back in 1962. The technology then was just an assumed fantasy. Phones looked our computer flat screens, machines to cook and clean for the home. The list goes on.
Taking a look at one of my favorites The Flintstones.
First aired on September 30, 1962 and ended in 1966. When it aired, it was considered an adult T.V show. Only for mature audiences. Fred’s gadgets were always causing a ruckus for Willma.
With the setting being back in the stone age I have one question. How did Fred have access to what looked like a computer?
Crazy keyboard with an actual mouse used for a mouse. What an imagination to create such characters with fascinating gadgets.
I’m sure there are more comparisons to add up with other cartoons, however these are my all time favorites.
I am not an authority on technology nor do I claim to be. This article was written all for fun.
I would love to read your thoughts in the comment section.
Back when I was a child we had a show on our local KWGN TV station called Blinky’s Fun Club. Blinky was played by the beloved Russell Glenn Scott.
Russell Glenn Scott passed away on August 27, 2012. Known to most of us Denver and Colorado kids as Blinky The Clown, and according to Wikipedia, he was an American clown and television personality, and presenter.
When I was just three years old my mother took me to be on Blinky’s show. I was featured in the “Birthday” section where he would sing the “Happy Birthday” song to the children on the set. I have fond memories of being on the set and how happy he made all the children when they were there.
After we returned home my mother had received a phone call that the studio had connections and they were in search of the next Shirley Temple. For those of you too young to remember her, she was Hollywood’s number one box office draw as a child actress from 1935 – 1938. I was angry with my mother for many years when I got older for not letting me pursue an “acting” career.
When my boys Chris and Kevin Osmera were four and three I took them to the Blinky’s Fun Club show so they could have the same childhood experience that I did being on the show. I did have the privilege of being pulled from the audience and getting to sing with a few other moms “Hit The Road Jack” on television. I had a blast performing in front of the television and will never forget that experience.
I was upset with my mother for the longest time. I now realize she did what she did to protect me from a sometimes cruel and vial industry. Granted there are good things that do come out of the entertainment industry; however, as of lately more of the ugliness has been shown to surface than the glitz and glamour.
Many things from my childhood are now fading away or leaving this earth for a better place but I will always remember getting up in the mornings, getting ready for school, and eating breakfast watching the late great Blinky The Clown!
The goal of this new editor is to make adding rich content to WordPress simple and enjoyable. This whole post is composed of pieces of content—somewhat similar to LEGO bricks—that you can move around and interact with. Move your cursor around and you’ll notice the different blocks light up with outlines and arrows. Press the arrows to reposition blocks quickly, without fearing about losing things in the process of copying and pasting.
What you are reading now is a text block the most basic block of all. The text block has its own controls to be moved freely around the post…
… like this one, which is right aligned.
Headings are separate blocks as well, which helps with the outline and organization of your content.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Handling images and media with the utmost care is a primary focus of the new editor. Hopefully, you’ll find aspects of adding captions or going full-width with your pictures much easier and robust than before.
Try selecting and removing or editing the caption, now you don’t have to be careful about selecting the image or other text by mistake and ruining the presentation.
The Inserter Tool
Imagine everything that WordPress can do is available to you quickly and in the same place on the interface. No need to figure out HTML tags, classes, or remember complicated shortcode syntax. That’s the spirit behind the inserter—the (+) button you’ll see around the editor—which allows you to browse all available content blocks and add them into your post. Plugins and themes are able to register their own, opening up all sort of possibilities for rich editing and publishing.
Go give it a try, you may discover things WordPress can already add into your posts that you didn’t know about. Here’s a short list of what you can currently find there:
Text & Headings
Images & Videos
Embeds, like YouTube, Tweets, or other WordPress posts.
Layout blocks, like Buttons, Hero Images, Separators, etc.
And Lists like this one of course 🙂
A huge benefit of blocks is that you can edit them in place and manipulate your content directly. Instead of having fields for editing things like the source of a quote, or the text of a button, you can directly change the content. Try editing the following quote:
The editor will endeavor to create a new page and post building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery.
Matt Mullenweg, 2017
The information corresponding to the source of the quote is a separate text field, similar to captions under images, so the structure of the quote is protected even if you select, modify, or remove the source. It’s always easy to add it back.
Blocks can be anything you need. For instance, you may want to add a subdued quote as part of the composition of your text, or you may prefer to display a giant stylized one. All of these options are available in the inserter.
You can change the amount of columns in your galleries by dragging a slider in the block inspector in the sidebar.
If you combine the new wide and full-wide alignments with galleries, you can create a very media rich layout, very quickly:
Sure, the full-wide image can be pretty big. But sometimes the image is worth it.
The above is a gallery with just two images. It’s an easier way to create visually appealing layouts, without having to deal with floats. You can also easily convert the gallery back to individual images again, by using the block switcher.
Any block can opt into these alignments. The embed block has them also, and is responsive out of the box:
You can build any block you like, static or dynamic, decorative or plain. Here’s a pullquote block:
If you want to learn more about how to build additional blocks, or if you are interested in helping with the project, head over to the GitHub repository.