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They Had That Back Then? #2

Today's lesson: Musical Ring Tones.

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(from the May 1956 issue of Popular Science)

Posted By: Salamander Sam - Tue May 12, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, Music, Technology, 1950s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

The Drum Buddy Show

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 11, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, Technology

Transcendent Man

The Singularity: an indeterminate post-human future. Hooey, or prophecy? Perhaps the new movie Transcendent Man debuting at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, will explain it all for us.

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 06, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Movies, Documentaries, Technology, Computers, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Tilt Shift Photography

Alex's post today of tiny man with big cat brings up the topic of Tilt Shift Miniature Faking, by which odd camera angles can render real-world scenes toylike. (And didn't the LORD OF THE RINGS films use a similar technique to turn normal-sized actors into hobbits?)





Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 29, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Photography and Photographers, Technology, Surrealism

Why Tinfoil Hats Don’t Work

You might have seen the newspaper reports last fall about this experiment. Here's how it was done.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 27, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Eccentrics, Science, Experiments, Psychology, Technology

Donald Duck in THE PLASTICS INVENTOR

So it's Donald Duck who's responsible for a world choking in plastic gimcracks!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 15, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Technology, Cartoons, Documentaries, 1940s

The Electric Hotel

Electricity can do anything!

NOTE: When I first posted this on Sunday morning, the link was bad. My apologies!

Try it now!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 01, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Movies, Technology, 1900s

Hands-Free Solution

A few weeks ago I posted about the Cell Mate hands-free device for cell phones. I suggested that a rubber band would be more practical.

But this guy clearly has the best hands-free solution.

(via gizmodo)

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 25, 2009 - Comments (10)
Category: Technology

Russian Ark

What's so weird about the film titled RUSSIAN ARK? It's 90-some minutes long--and shot entirely in one continuous take. The camera--a special digital one--was turned on and never turned off for the duration of the shoot. They had to try four times before they suceeded.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 13, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Movies, Technology, Russia

The Dionne Quintuplets

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Everyone knows we're in the midst of a new Great Depression. But isn't it a little spooky that so many things from the 1930's are repeating themselves? Such as: a nation, mired in bad economic times, is distracted by a case of multiple births.

Today, we have the "Octo-mom."




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But some seventy years ago, it was the Dionne Quintuplets.




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Somehow I doubt we as a nation will be still following these 2009 kids six years from their birth.




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Nor will there be a mass rush to merchandise the unnatural octuplets.




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And of course, the ever-prophetic The Simpsons nailed it all ten years ago, with the episode entitled EIGHT MISBEHAVIN'.


Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 07, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Babies, Body Modifications, Celebrities, Drugs, Fads, Family, Human Marvels, Obsessions, Pop Culture, Technology, 1930s

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