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Commodore 64 Guitar

Computer engineer Jeri Ellsworth built an electric guitar into the body of a Commodore 64. Here she is with it at the ongoing Maker Faire in San Mateo, California. And yes, she’s wearing roller skates. Another Photo | Ellsworth’s Twitter Feed | Maker Faire | Photo: Blake Maloof

11 “Modern Antiques” Today’s Kids Have Probably Never Seen

Even though I’m fairly ancient, I’ve never seen a Model T outside of a classic auto show. So I realize that there are many things that have been obsolete since the elastic waistband was invented and would confound anyone under age 70. But what about some common items that have come and gone within the [...]

11 “Modern Antiques” Your Kids Have Probably Never Seen

Even though I’m fairly ancient, I’ve never seen a Model T outside of a classic auto show. So I realize that there are many things that have been obsolete since the elastic waistband was invented and would confound anyone under age 70. But what about some common items that have come and gone within the [...]

The Year 2000, As Predicted in 1910

In 1910, a French illustrator named Villemard created a series of postcards which imagined life in the year 2000. He speculated that we would use motorized roller skates, firefighters would fly on batwings, and machines would dress and powder ladies automatically. As for school, as you can see, information will be simply downloaded into our [...]

A Sampling of Niche Blogs

Setting up a new blog is simple and free if you use public platforms like Blogger or Wordpress or Twitter. A few years after ordinary people discovered the joys of blogging, experienced bloggers are branching out into multiple blogs. This led to the rise of niche blogs, blogs devoted to a very narrow subject. The [...]