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Your Official Guide To 1970s CB Slang

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THE INTERNET has created its own slang, saturated with efficient abbreviations and a constantly evolving jargon that only insiders know. As novel as this seems, just a few decades ago there was another trendy lingo sprung from a new …

Posted: 27th, May 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In 1985 The Press Association Presented The Future of Journalism

IN 1985,  the Press Association presented the future of journalism.

The pencil and paper remain the most reliable tools in a journalist’s possession.

 

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Posted: 26th, May 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Making Sense of Chemical Stories: The Posters

SENSE About Science is “a charitable trust that equips people to make sense of scientific and medical claims in public discussion”. Science matters. Government quote it when they want to control what you teach, eats and watch.

There are dangers …

Posted: 22nd, May 2014 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Black Keys: Proud To Be Luddites

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FANS of the Black Keys are, like the band themselves, people who look back at a fabled ‘golden age’ of rock that doesn’t actually exist.

See, a lot of fans of bluesy dadrock will tell themselves that, once upon …

Posted: 20th, May 2014 | In: Music, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pass The Happy Pills: The Internet Is Depressing The Children!

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ONE of the great problems in this modern world is that people are forever confusing cause and effect. Or if you prefer, forgetting that correlation does not mean causation. And so it is with this latest report that …

Posted: 19th, May 2014 | In: Money, News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sell Twitter Or Else! Says Daily Telegraph

IN what might not be the very best share tipping column ever the Daily Telegraph is telling us all that we should unload our Twitter shares immediately. This isn’t sensible advice: or rather, it might be but it isn’t for …

Posted: 6th, May 2014 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Saudi Husband Hacked Government Website To Congratulate Wife For Exam Success

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WHEN his wife passed her exams, one Saudi man congratulated her by hacking into the website of the Saudi Commission of Electricity and Cogeneration and writing her a note:
“I apologize for the hacking your website, but I wanted to

Posted: 6th, May 2014 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Epic Adverts: Stevie Wonder Plays Atari Video Games

IN 1977, Stevie Wonder advertised Atari Video games:

“If I could play video games, you bet it would be an Atari”

 

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Posted: 30th, April 2014 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, Technology | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Eight-Track Miracle: 8 Reasons It Failed

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WHEN eight-track tapes hit the shelves in the latter part of the Sixties, it was seen as a godsend.  All of a sudden, you could listen to your music collection in your car, or out-and-about with the new boom-boxes.  …

Posted: 23rd, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music, Technology | Comments (9) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Steve Jobs Biopic Stars Danny Boyle and Leo DiCaprio

 

EVER looked at Steve Jobs and thought: “There’s a guy I’d like to watch a film about!” Imagine the thrills and spills as Jobs goes to the bank to get a loan! Gasp as Jobs does some soldering on …

Posted: 22nd, April 2014 | In: Celebrities, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Google, Apple, Intel – All Getting Sued For Screwing The Workers

YOU may or may not worry very much about some of the richest workers on the planet getting screwed over by the companies they work for. We tend to worry more about the poor getting so screwed. But Google, Apple, …

Posted: 22nd, April 2014 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Yahoo! Is Now Officially Worth Less Than Nothing, Say Matt Yglesias and Matt Levine

 

AS two different people have now noted, Matt Yglesias and Matt Levine, Yahoo is now officially valued at less than nothing. Which, for a company that has a $40 billion price tag on the markets is a pretty …

Posted: 19th, April 2014 | In: Money, News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Doctors Successfully Create And Implant Working Lab-Grown Vaginas For Women (And Men)

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PSST! Want to buy a vagina? Four women born with an underdeveloped or absent vagina have been living with artificial ones for the past four years. The women suffer from Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome (MRKH).

* Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome is a

Posted: 15th, April 2014 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Evinrude Fishing Saucer Concept Boat Of 1957

THE Evinrude Fishing Saucer concept boat designed by Brooks Stevens and made for the 1957 New York Boat Show.

The Evinrude Fishing Saucer concept boat designed by Brooks Stevens and made for the 1957 New York Boat Show, found on 1

Posted: 12th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Paleotechnology: A Curious Glimpse Into An 80s Computer Book

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THERE”S always a good time to be had touring through old computer books, especially if there’s lots to point at and laugh condescendingly. Technology has advanced so exponentially that a 1980s computer textbook may as well be ancient Sanskrit …

Posted: 10th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Langton’s Ant: Creating Endless Order From Chaos

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LANGTON’S Ant is a story of habit. Scientist Chris Langton discovered the phenomenon in 1986.

 

If you were to put an ant down on a grid of squares and ask the ant to follow two rules something odd …

Posted: 8th, April 2014 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Surgeon Stuart Meloy Finds It Tough Raising Money For The Orgasm Button

STUART Meloy is the surgeon at Piedmont Anesthesia and Pain Consultants in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who when experimenting with pain relief discovered the orgasm pill. He recalled the Eureka moment:

“I was placing the electrodes and suddenly the woman started

Posted: 7th, April 2014 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How Many People Do You Need To Colonize The Next Star System – 150 or 40,000?

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THIS is an interesting little calculation that’s been made about how many people you would need on your spaceship if you were to set off and try to colonise the next star system over. Well, OK, it’s interesting …

Posted: 7th, April 2014 | In: Money, News, Technology | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1492: Wound Man Was The Luckiest Man Alive In The Middle Ages

THE Wound Man is a compendium of all the injuries that a body in the Middle Ages might sustain.

 

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The Wellcome Library advises:

 

Captions beside the stoic figure describe the injuries and sometimes give prognoses:

Posted: 7th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Vintage Sexism: The A.C. Gilbert ‘Lab Technician Set For Girls’ (1958)

IN 1958 New Haven-based toymaker A.C. Gilbert Company turned youngsters onto science with a new kit. The LAB TECHNICIAN SET was a “CAREER BUILDING SCIENCE” kit.

And it was got Girls.

 

 

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How was it different for girls?

Posted: 6th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0