beautiful anachronism

Holy beautiful anachronism, Batman! I just learned you can buy a kit and make your own tintype photographs. It’s called “Tintype Parlor” and here’s the description: An authentic re-creation of the tintype process, a type of “instant” photography that was popular in your great-grandparent’s day. These are authentic dry-plate tintypes, also known as ferrotypes, like […]

Rotary Dial Modem (?)

by Sally J.

. Great googly-moogly…a rotary dial modem! Can you imagine? Would a rotary phone still work if you plugged one in today? Someone told me it would, but I’m skeptical for some reason. Help me out if you know, readers. I learned about the retro comic from Wil Wheaton, who stumbled onto it while doing research […]

I have a big goofy sentimental attachment to cassette tapes. My personal archive has at least a half dozen mixtapes and original recordings that I can’t bear to part with. Our house also has a drawer full of random cassettes that no one ever plays. Evah. Now that we can hook up the ipod to […]

So the other day I googled one of my favorite phrases: beautiful anachronism. That led me to a blog called eclexys. And, no…I don’t know what eclexys means. And, yes…I looked it up. [Update: Here is the author’s explanation.] Anyhoo… More specifically, I landed on a post about how great it would be to find […]

The Wisconsin Historical Society is celebrating the first mass produced typewriter. There’s a wonderful five-minute read on their website. It also includes links to more information. Highlights include: Bigger, juicier photos. This beautiful antique makes my iPod look cold, lifeless and dead. And I lurrrve my iPod. It wasn’t the inventor who licensed the technology […]

Fill your iPod at unbeatable prices. The amazing Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara includes 6,000 digitized wax-cylinder recordings dating back to 1895. The collection includes Tin Pan Alley music, vaudeville performances and advertisements.As the official press release says: “The primary goal of the project was to make […]