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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

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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

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


Miracle Appliances And The Desperate 1970s Women That Loved Them

WHEN mankind emerged from the primordial ooze that was that was the 1940s, homes began a rapid upgrade.  The Western nations’ economies grew in tandem with technology, and the benefits began to enter the home

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Posted: 31st, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


This 17th century Chinese Abacus Ring Is The World’s Oldest Smart Ring

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Forget Google Glass, Android Wear, Smartwatches or contact lenses that give you night vision. Instead let’s talk about the awesomeness that is this 17th century Chinese abacus ring. It’s wearable tech from the Qing Dynasty, perhaps the world’s oldest

Posted: 25th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The 1983 Atari 2600 Bible Game Moses ‘Red Sea Crossing’ Let Christian Kids Play God

FLASHBACK to 1983: The Atari 2600 machine feature the Moses ‘Red Sea Crossing’ Bible story video game.

 

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If you saved hard to buy this gem, then the good

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


Retro Gadgets: The 1951 Morale Raiser For Henpecked Men

FLASHBACK to 1951:

The electronic Morale Raiser was invented in 1951 to boost men’s confidence. For reasons

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


Idiotic Turkish Prime Minster Bans Twitter And Twitter Use In Turkey Rises

 

YOU’D think that people would have worked out about these internet things by now but apparently there are none so dumb as politicians:

Shortly after the Twitter ban came into effect around midnight, the micro-blogging company tweeted instructions

Posted: 21st, March 2014 | In: Money, Politicians, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Apple’s Only 10% Of The Phone Market But They Make 60% Of The Profits

THE smartphone is really only just under 7 years old: that’s right, we’re just coming up to hte 7 th anniversary of the release of the Apple iPhone. And this smartphone is now the fastest adopted technology of all time:

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


Listen To Aldous Huxley’s Talks On The Visionary Experience’ And Read His Advice To Albert Hofmann On Taking LSD

ON February 29 1962, Aldous Huxley wrote of psychedelic drugs in a letter to Albert Hofmann.

 

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Hofmann had invented LSD, first synthesising lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in 1938. He experienced the world’s first acid trip” on April

Posted: 17th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jackie Magazine 1982: ‘Rebel’ Bev Is Banned From Using The New ZX Spectrum

FLASHBACK to 1982, and the go-ahead new ZX Spectrum is making waves in the Jackie

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Posted: 16th, March 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


We Know If You’re Lying on Twitter

TWITTER is, lets face it, a place where people pretend their more exciting or more wealthy or more miserable than they really are. They do it to get attention from people they don’t know and repeat the process week-after-week until

Posted: 14th, March 2014 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Neil Young Launches Pono Music Player

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IF you can’t sell records anymore, thanks to illegal downloaders and the like, then why not work out another way of making money? That’s what Neil Young has done instead of pissing around with music sales, he’s

Posted: 14th, March 2014 | In: Music, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1967: Ohio State University’’s Nuclear Reactor Laboratory’s Cigarette-Sized Radiation Checker

FLASHBACK to February 1 1967: what better way to illustrate the marvel of a device for checking levels

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Posted: 13th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1965: The Machine That Revolutionised Wall Street

FLASHBACK to October 26, 1965:

 

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Posted: 13th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0