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Follies of the Mad Men #80



Nothing says Xmas like....?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 23, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Holidays, Sexuality, Technology, Toys, Advertising

Ahead of its Time #1

Of course, not everyone had bad ideas in those old issues of Popular Science. Many of the ideas for new products were quite brilliant. This series will look at ideas that were ahead of their time. Today's lesson: In Car Tape Deck.

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(from the March 1954 issue of Popular Science)

For a little background, the modern tape recorder came about in 1939, but it wasn't refined enough for commercial use until the late 1940s. Reel to reel tape recorders started to become common home recording machines in the mid 1950s and as a professional home audio format in the late 1950s. The first automobile tape player was the Muntz Stereo-Pak of 1962 which evolved in the Lear Jet Stereo 8 (better known as 8 Track) in 1964. Even so, 8 track players didn't become common in cars until the late 1960s, so unfortunately A. P. Sabol had another fifteen years to wait before his request was answered...

Posted By: Salamander Sam - Thu Nov 12, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Technology, 1950s, Cars, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Game Over

PES is an animation company that makes, well, "unique" stop motion short films, most of which feature only every day objects. Check out their other videos at their website


If the video above doesn't work, click here.

Posted By: Salamander Sam - Thu Nov 05, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Technology, Surrealism, Stop-motion Animation

Oasis of the Seas

A cruise ship that holds "6,360 passengers and 2,160 crew"...? Now, that's pretty weird.

Read about the launch of the ship here. Then watch the official promotional video.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 02, 2009 - Comments (13)
Category: Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Recreation, Technology, Travel, Sightseeing, World Records

They Had That Back Then? #3

Today's lesson: Flat Screen TV (this is a long one to make up for not posting anything in a while).

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From the February 1972 issue of Popular Science.



More in extended >>

Posted By: Salamander Sam - Sat Oct 31, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Technology, Television, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s

3D with no glasses plus 360 degree view

Sony has a new prototype 360 degree 3D process, which is demonstrated in this video.



They are looking for applications -- I bet there are some suggestions out there!!

Posted By: gdanea - Thu Oct 29, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology

Car Talk



Is anyone else reminded of the callers on Coast to Coast AM?

Posted By: Salamander Sam - Tue Oct 13, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Technology, 1980s, Parody, Cars

Early TV Remote

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 08, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Technology, Television, 1960s

30 Dumb Inventions

This has been making its way around the internet over the past few days, but it is still interesting. The Life website has a photo gallery of 30 dumb inventions. Most of them are just terrible, like an external baby cage for your (high rise) apartment window or a phone answering robot (who just happens to be mute), but this one in particular just strikes me as a great idea: Illuminated tires.

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If these were actually available, which doesn't seem likely, I would definitely buy some. They just look so cool, especially on vintage cars like the one pictured above.

Posted By: Salamander Sam - Tue Oct 06, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Want to Live Forever?

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Well, you can't, but your DNA can for the small one time fee of $399. Under a mountain in a nuclear proof shelter in Switzerland is where it would be stored. Not only do they store your DNA, but also your memories. Once you get your DNA kit and send it back you can upload images, video, audio and documents to the SwissDNABank for them to store forever. I guess if human cloning ever becomes legal you could always come back.

Posted By: mdb777 - Sat Sep 12, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Death, Technology

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