October, 2008 Monthly archive
Computer Woes – Site Anniversary

My desktop is currently dead. I’m not sure if I’m only going to have to reinstall the OS or get a new drive. Either way, posting is going to be a bit light for the next few days. Today you get one post that was left over from last night.

Oh yeah, I forgot about it, but on Oct 15th the site entered it’s fourth year. A few approximate stats:

  • 5000 posts
  • 8,500,000 page views in the last year.
  • 19,000,000 total page views.
  • 2.8 million spam comments (seriously)
New Suntrap Apartments (May, 1938)


New Suntrap Apartments

Homes where everyone will get his share of sunlight, with roads and gardens elevated well above street level, are shown in model form at the Modern Architectural Research Group Exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries, London, England. The occupants of these apartments will get their full measure of daylight regardless of the position of the sun in the skies.

Structures such as these are to be erected in “slum” areas.

Eat Me – Making Mac & Cheese Pancakes

Here’s a video from The New York Times of my dad making Mac and Cheese Pancakes. Not remotely relevant to the site but it’s cute and I felt like plugging his book.

Update: For some reason the you tube player was crashing PC IE. I have no idea what I could have done to cause that, but I’ve taken it out. If you want to see the movie, click here.

I’m going to try to post a few recipes later this week.

Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin

Pushbuttons replace dials on telephone (Apr, 1964)

Pushbuttons replace dials on telephone

Tests in regular service last winter at Carnegie and Greensburg, Pa., suburbs of Pittsburgh, have shown it’s easier and more than twice as fast to press buttons for a phone call than it is to twirl a dial. As each “touch-tone” button is pushed, it sounds a pleasing musical tone.

Bell is introducing the phone area by area, will nave it in general use within the next 10 years.


It’s telemedicine! Well, sort of.


DR. GUIDO GUIDA, 60, founder and unpaid head of Rome’s International Radio Medical Center has treated patients via radio from his own home for 17 years. Career began when childhood friend died at sea. Italian government recently assigned six Naval operators to aid him.

Three new home computers that teach themselves – and teach you how to use them (May, 1980)

Remember: You haven’t lived until your home computer says “hello” and asks you to “please enter a number.”

Three new home computers that teach themselves – and teach you how to use them

They’re smart, they come ready to work, and one of them even talks to you


Only two years ago, home computers were for the hobbyist: a jumble of wires, transistors, and circuit boards that came in a kit. And once the kit was assembled, there was complicated programming to master. Things have really changed since then.

Recently I’ve been trying three of the newest home units from APF, Atari, and Texas Instruments (first reported on in PS, Nov. ’79). They’re no more complicated to hook up than a video game. The programming can be learned in just a few evenings. External pieces, such as a printer for making permanent records, are as easy to plug in as a toaster. Best of all, the computers can teach themselves.



In some countries products are endorsed by the Crown, and bear the arms of the royal family. That gives them prestige which stimulates sales.

But in democratic America our products are endorsed solely by the approval of the American people, and are identified by brand names and trademarks that have won esteem the hard way.

Here a product must stand on its own feet and fight to survive in the intense rivalry of the market place.

Uncle Sam – Inventor (Feb, 1935)

Uncle Sam – Inventor

“EVERY day in Washington, for several months, a government scientist mounted to the roof of one of the federal buildings and devoted an hour or two to rambling about in the broiling sun, peering into glass containers filled with such things as butter, salad oil, lard, potato chips, mayonnaise and other food products.

This particular scientist, Mayne R. Coe, of the federal bureau of chemistry and soils, was trying to find out something about rancidity in foods and what could be done about it. In the experiments, now concluded, he used different colored glass containers and flasks. Alongside each of the colored containers he had a check one of clear glass. He had butter in a grass-green container and butter in a clear glass container; lard in red or yellow container and lard in a clear container.

Dog Rolls Tires for Sport (Feb, 1934)

Dog Rolls Tires for Sport

ROLLING old automobile tires down the street is the favorite sport of Mickey, a Boston bull dog owned by M. Brown of Venice, California.

Mickey, who always had a liking for anything that rolled, learned to pick up the tire, balance it, and keep it rolling down the street without any aid or suggestion whatsoever from his master. A skillful push with his front paws, as he runs along on his back feet, keeps the tire moving.
It just wouldn’t do to leave a new tire lying about near this dog’s territory.


Pyramid Plan sounds so much more innocent than Pyramid Scheme.

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There is still a way today that an ordinary person, lacking the necessary capital to start his own business, can earn the large yearly income he dreams about—with all the fine things in life that go with it! You can turn your hopes and dreams into visible reality— quickly . . . easily—with a tiny “peanut” investment—without risking your present job and without the necessity of ever selling again.