TV, Cruelty, Comedy & Technology

I really do end up watching all kinds of dubious ephemera on OOTube sometimes. This compilation of a running gag on Letterman in 1988 is almost cruel in its humiliation of a likely poorly paid bit part actor whilst being fascinating for trying to deploy a curious piece of technology that let you send a…

Hmmmm…If Ikea Made Hi-Fi…Oh!

  I was musing to myself that the return of vinyl records and turntables would be just the kind of thing that I’d expect Ikea to jump on. I imagined an Ikea made turntable that matched their minimalist furniture offerings, probably with an unpronounceable (unless you are Swedish) name and was placed strategically in that…

Sounding out the past

We’ve come a long way.Or have we? (as Hilary Mantel might say). I was looking through some old archived Argos catalogues online and was struck by how standard the offerings were throughout the decades. Just the technology changed. Home furnishings, garden accessories, tat we don’t really need. Nothing particularly radical. The same but different.

Square TV Future Bliss

Dreamt I lived in a future world where 4:3 ratio CRT TV’s were still the norm & there was but 4 TV channels. It was future bliss. Image by under Carbon Arc under this creative commons licence

Shrink Wrapped Dead Format Discs

Just acquired a clutch of defunct media format discs. In this case PAL format CED video discs, many still (just about) shrink wrapped. CED was a short lived (early 80s) alternative to laserdisc which was also analogue (well analogue video and analogue and/or digital audio) but is basiclly an analogue grooved vinyl record in a…