It’s crazy to think, but this is the last edition of the Minneota Mascot for the 2010s decade. 2020 will be here before we know it.
Many publications and media outlets create “year in review” lists but this year they are also creating “the decade in review” lists. I’m one of those people that eats up those lists. They can vary from top songs, top movies, top news stories, most influential people and so on.
I started to think about my “decade in review” list would look like.
My lists of top songs, stories and movies was getting fairly long and I couldn’t narrow those lists down. So, I started to think about how different life looks at the end of this decade versus the beginning.
Cell phones have changed a lot during this decade. I remember checking my grades on my cell phone and the screens were slightly grainy.
Today, websites show up crystal clear on my phone. It’s kind of crazy to think about all the things cell phones can do now. You can watch videos on virtually any app or website you want and the quality is great.
At the end of this decade, you can even have your phone sync up with your smart T.V., your vehicle and even smart appliances like stoves, refrigerators and washers and dryers. Those appliances can talk back to you and even send you texts when your food is ready or when they need attention.
That’s not something I expected to happen at the beginning of 2010. Have you been to a concert or professional sporting event recently?
Many of those events have ditched traditional paper tickets and have opted to have digital tickets. To use those tickets, all you need to do is pull them up on your phone, I’ve used the Ticketmaster app, and then the event staff just scans them on your phone. It’s pretty slick and then you don’t have to worry about the tickets blowing away in the wind, being destroyed by the elements or losing your tickets. I never expected it back in 2010, but I think that for the most part, it works well.
Another thing I would have never guessed would become big would be streaming and livestreaming events. It’s really neat to be able to livestream prep basketball games from wherever you are.
I’ve watched the Minneota and Minnesota Vikings game from my couch to the barns. I also would never have guessed it would have become as big as it is.
Netflix and Hulu used to be services for renting movies. Not anymore. These services have been replacing traditional cable systems.
The business of livestreaming has become so big that now Disney has their own livestreaming service. I would have never seen how crowded this would become. Where will be at the of the modern Roaring 20s ten years from now?
Who knows, but it will be interesting to see what new inventions change our worlds. Happy New Year & New Decade!