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Fading Email

A new email service allows you to send emails that fade away seconds after the recipient opens them. Though I assume, of course, that the NSA will still have a full, permanent record of it all.

Available at fade.li.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jul 24, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Technology, Internet

Threading the RCA Projector



The latest entry in our boredom contest. This guy's voice is particularly deadly--especially when he repeats the same passage!

However, I now want to say "sprung idler" and "snubber roller" over and over, so the film must have worked!

The fact that this skill is extinct does add a certain piquancy to the boredom, though.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 08, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Boredom, Movies, Technology, 1950's

Home VCR:  1965

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I really was unaware that home video outfits debuted as early as 1965.

Of course, there was the stated price range to consider, from $500.00 to $1100.00.


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Full article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 03, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Technology, 1960's

Mystery Gadget 21

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Early fecal transplants? Your best guess, before clicking through to the answer. (Scroll down half a page.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 19, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Technology, 1920's

The Good Old Days of Electronics



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Sure, it's only 25 inches on the diagonal, with the resolution of an Etch-a-sketch. But look at that wood cabinet!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 03, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Money, Technology, Television, 1970's

Operation Ranger and Operation Buster-Jangle



What a crazy old world that was. "Mutually Assured Destruction." But we just thought it was normal at the time.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 22, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Destruction, Dreams and Nightmares, Science, Technology, War, Armed Forces, Weapons, Documentaries, 1950's

1920s Anti-Forgery Pen

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To read the text better, visit original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 21, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Crime, Technology, 1920's

The Zimphone

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When telephones were the cutting-edge of technology, cheap knockoffs arose. This Radio-Shack-style wired intercom sought to cash in on Ma Bell's high standards. Imagine stringing one mile of wire from your house to your friend's home through the neighborhood.

There are several sets for sale on eBay as I post.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 16, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Communications, Imitations, Forgeries, Rip-offs and Faux, Technology, 1950's

The God Helmet



Wikipedia info here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 04, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Inventions, Religion, Technology, Brain

The Pig Swing



Alas, today's factory farming of pork precludes such luxury treatment.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 27, 2014 | Comments (19)
Category: Animals, Farming, Technology, 1960's
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