There in Mr. Valison's class I caught the tail end of vacuum tubes and the bleeding edge of solid state electronics. This was the best career-preparation move I ever made, as for the last 40 years I've put that electronics knowledge to good use (and discovered math is essential).
Today I present some wires. My wife says it's a mess, but this is after I spent a morning cleaning and straightening and bundling the wires, cables, fiber-optic pipes, and so on.
It's a typical household setup nowadays, with TV on top, a pull-out shelf filled with DVDs, a coaxial cable coming in from the antenna, a single DVD player, a Blu-Ray player, a 5-disc changer, an amplifier/control unit, Apple TV, cable modem, AT&T mobile phone hotspot transmitter, and a WiFi wireless router. Not to mention all the power connections, HDMI links and a Mac Mini with keyboard and mouse. [Click the photo to see more detail]
- figuring out the monthly cost of all the services to which you are subscribing (cable, satellite, Netflix, Apple Store, etc etc)
- adding up the cost of all the hardware that you are buying
- calculating resistance and impedance when you install so many speakers
- deciphering the frequencies that TV stations transmit so you can choose an antenna
- determining how much space you need to hold all the CDs, DVDs and videocassettes your family owns
- determining the disk storage you will need to hold all the digital files your family owns or will be buying
- calculating the length of the wiring to install the speakers around your room or house
- deciding which remote controls you need, and how to program them with the right numbers to cut down on the total pile of remotes on the shelf
- trying to figure out which addresses your network components are using (and violating), such as 192.168.1.1, etc.
- looking up part-time jobs on the web so you can earn extra cash to pay for all this junk
Or you could just read a book, hopefully on math. Here's one.
(And not on a Kindle or iPad, because that takes you back to Step 1, above.)