Before wireless networks, ....
Some of the old ideas are just plain scary. Like this electric massage for “Milady”. That is just plain freaky scary. Take these electrified spoons (they are fully insulated with tape to protect your hands from shock) and touch them to your face. Interesting. I wonder how many things we do today will in 70 years just look frightening.
Before the internet and television – I guess one had to get their kicks somehow and blowing a glass bubble around cats is as good as anything I suppose. As one person commented “Um… how did he get the kittens OUT?” – good question.
I was watching the new rocketboom earlier and recognized part of it. They were commenting “using your car to grind meat”. They must have gotten the image and story from this site, was a bit disappointed that they didn’t attribute it (attribution is important I think – I always try to point back). On a side note, the new rocketboom personality “isn’t the same as Amanda – but good in her own right”. I’ll continue to watch it and see if it deems reentry into my “blog roll”
Some of the blasts from the past go beyond scary into the realm of “absolutely a bad idea”. This motorized “Motorcyclette” absolutely fits that category. Can you imagine a) riding on such a thing b) the mind that thought it up? Quote “The rider’s feet, which are used as brakes, stick out in front, while the rider leans over and clutches the cross bars atop the front wheel to keep from falling over backwards.” Indeed.
Before spy satellites and unmanned drones – there were of course “carrier pigeons”. Imagine how much more successful they would be today with a couple gigabytes on an SD card and a miniature camera!
Ok, I am pretty sure that we’ll look funny in the future. I say that because of this “happy land” that just reminded me of the Atari ad from the 70’s. It is inevitable that we will look “quaint and funny” not too soon into the future.
But then again, every now and then – there is something you makes you go “cool – that is pretty cool”. That one looks like fun – if it actually works.
Two more before I go – pole vaulting peasants. I could not resist that one. Must be hard to carry a lunch to work that way. I liked the “Month Python” reference – because it seems only they would come up with this. And lastly – if you are not killing yourself fast enough – here is an easy way to speed things up. A double barreled cigarette holder! Neat, how to double sales immediately.
I just finished a day in a two day seminar. First time with new laptop. It would not simultaneously display on my notebook and the projector at 1024x768 ( the resolution every demo I have needs). Weird sizes like 1064x600 – sure, but not 1024x768. I needed the extra 168 pixels down the screen. Ended up just projecting – nothing on laptop display. That was a huge pain – but workable. Tomorrow should be better as I downloaded new drivers and it seems to be working now. As I was installing them – I did get that rush of panic, the “oh, what, have, I, done!!!” feeling. I was upgrading device drivers on the road. Stupid stupid stupid.
But, I got lucky ( Really really lucky. Tomorrow will be easier.