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Slideshow, 1957-style

The camera: $26.75 in 1957 = $222.68 in 2014

The projector: $64.50 in 1957 = $536.92 in 2014

Total costs to take pictures and display them for others to admire: $759.60

16GB iPhone, no contract: $649.00
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 09, 2014 | Comments (17)
Category: Photography and Photographers, Technology, 1950's

Smoke Messages

This iPhone add-on, created by Dennis Be Bel, allows two people to send each other smoke messages. It's called the Smoke Messaging Service, or SMS. But the two have two agree in advance on what the smoke signals mean. [via likecool]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Feb 24, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Technology, Telephones

Vox Wah-Wah Pedal Commercial

"You can even make your guitar sound like a sitar!"

The history.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Feb 18, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Music, Technology, 1960's



Original ad here.


Original ad here.

Read the fascinating history of this device, plus others of the "vacuum suction" mode, at this site.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Dec 04, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Technology, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1910's

Delivery Drones

Amazon has announced their intention to eventually deliver small orders by drones. Dominoes Pizza is also talking about the idea for pizza deliveries. If things go down that road we could have some very busy skies!
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Dec 02, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Technology

Hohner Tremolo Sextet


Because one harmonica was often not enough to obtain the desired lugubrious and annoying tone, Hohner used to make a model that offered six mouthpieces in one.

Hear it played excellently in the clip below by Paulette. The text for this video at YouTube is in French, and when Google translates it, I can make no improvement.

Paulette self-taught harmonica for many years has blown the 80 candles. For several months she has been practicing music theory with you and Jackie interpreter sight reading this pretty piece "Love me tender"

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 18, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Music, Technology

Mystery Gadget 19


What? Why? How?

The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 06, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1930's

Suicide Machines

Created by artist Thijs Rijker. They're not machines that help people commit suicide. Instead, they're machines that slowly destroy themselves.

One machine saws into its own structure, until eventually the saws will reach the engine. Another machine pours sand into its gearbox until the gears wear out.

Perhaps it's a metaphor for the planned obsolescence of modern consumer goods, which are designed to break down or wear out sooner rather than later, so that we constantly have to buy new stuff.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Oct 21, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, Technology

Cremation and Alkaline Hydrolosis Tour

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 11, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Death, Technology

Windup Razors



Once upon a time, in a simpler age when electricity was expensive or balky, windup razors were popular in Europe and Russia.


In the Space Age, you could even buy the NASA-approved version!

But except for vintage models (a mere $100.00), purely mechanical razors seem to have vanished from the marketplace. Although in this era of environmentalism, it seems they should fulfill a certain demand.


The closest such product I can find cheats by using electricity--though it is hand-cranked!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 09, 2013 | Comments (10)
Category: Inventions, Technology, Environmentalism and Ecology, Facial Hair
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