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I was just telling my wife last week (somewhat jokingly) that I "needed" one of these pens. How about a RT-branded one? ;)
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2012 on A BiC For The Ages at Retro Thing
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I feel like every sample movie on the Lomo website looks like a music video (in a good way). Their tutorial on how to create digital movies suggests using a flatbed scanner to digitize each frame individually. Seems like a real pain in the rear. I would find the camera more enticing if they offered a deal in which they processed a roll and gave you a CD with the frames as individual files. Still, it would be fun to play around with.
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I think this is an important part of it. The Ford Ecoboost V-6 is rated at 17/23 mpg, which pickup probably buyers think is great. I suspect its mere existence is one of the reasons Ford is dropping the Ranger here in the U.S. It certainly seems like it would be a good way to prop up sales of the company's most important vehicle.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2011 on Where Are All The Compact Trucks? at Retro Thing
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It's a fact: History would be a lot more interesting if it had more robots, aliens and monsters. Alas, they didn't turn up at history-making events like the signing of the Declaration of Independence or presidential inaugurations. But what if they did? Enter Pittsburgh artist Matthew Buchholz. Armed with historical images, vintage cityscapes and Photoshop, he reimagines historical events with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2011 at Retro Thing
Great catch. I hadn't even noticed that.
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Almost 190 inches long? Does that make this the longest Ferrari ever? The greenhouse on that thing is seriously huge. Though I think it might answer a trivia question: Where did Buick steal the Reatta front end from?
Toggle Commented May 31, 2011 on The Ugliest Ferrari at Retro Thing
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There are some pretty Soviet watches out there, no doubt. But day windows are not common or, unless they were made for export, not in English.
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Yeah, the overwhelming popularity of the diver watch puzzles me a bit. They're nice and all -- and I don't begrudge anyone who likes them -- but they don't quite look right with a suit, at least to my eye.
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Regarding factory-installed tape decks, the Times story cites industry-watchers and iSuppli specifically on the Lexus angle. (Though I couldn't easily put a finger on any kind of iSuppli report about it.) It wouldn't surprise me if there was leftover inventory or something among other carmakers. That certainly would be expected among orphan brands like Mercury.
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With poorer handling and braking, sure.
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Hilarious! This might be my favorite RetroThing comment ever.
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Sure, typewriters are cool. But have you ever been to a typewriter party? Michael McGettigan, a Philadelphia bike shop owner, organized one at a pub in the city's main train terminal, 30th Street Station. The first ever Philadelphia type-in brought together some classic clackers, some drinks, typing fans (including a 16-year-old who blogs via typewriter) and a few puzzled stares... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2010 at Retro Thing
Here's the LACMA blog item mentioning it, though it is short on details: http://lacma.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/chris-burdens-metropolis-ii-on-its-way-to-lacma/ I suspect it will take a while to move and install.
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2010 on Massive, Mesmerizing Toy Car Track at Retro Thing
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Really slick, especially considering the price. I gotta say, music apps are the one area where it's clear to me that smartphones and tablets aren't just about consuming content. You can make some fun stuff with them.
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So in a random poll of two Retro Thing editors, Victrola wins. Unfortunately, I sort of assume interest in that name will not be confined to vintage technology fanatics. I do wonder how low the bottom is. About one-third of the trademark auctions have no reserve, which makes me wonder if you could pick up a Crustquick or Permastrate for $500.
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Paging through the Sunday ad circulars recently, I was stunned to see Target selling a brand-new Fisher Price Music Box Record Player. (You can also get it at Urban Outfitters, natch.) Most of today's kids are unlikely to understand the concept of music being purchased on physical media — let alone the concept of vinyl records. Nonetheless, it seemed like... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2010 at Retro Thing
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Those are some nice Accutrons! Day and date indicators are must-haves for me, which is why I am partial to Seiko 5s myself (though I would be willing to make an exception for the above Bulova).
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Old Original Bookbinder's was a restaurant in Philadelphia. It's now an Applebee's. (There actually was a Bookbinder's as well. It confused the heck out of tourists when both were still operating.) The Windrift in Avalon, N.J. is still there though. Great beach town.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2010 on Hey, Buddy! Got a light? Andy does. at Retro Thing
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I should note that my terrible camera work -- a small point-and-shoot sans tripod -- makes the screen look somewhat worse than it is. The whole tennis picture in particular looks blurrier than it is in reality.
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It is true that projected film looks softer than the digital projection systems now being installed in most theaters. I imagine that standard def mimics that softness nicely.
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Some thoughtful responses! (And thanks, DouginPDX, for the detailed rundown on improving SD viewing. I actually have been meaning to re-adjust my settings.) I should say that I think high-def TVs look great. But I also think it's wasteful -- and a sign of our throwaway society -- to toss a perfectly good TV in the recycling bin. (Even though I might end up doing it anyway). When I was a kid, it seemed everyone had 20- to 30-year-old TVs. Thirteen years seems about the half-life to me. In the end, I will get a high-def set, probably sooner rather than later. While I love me some Hulu, a PC-only solution doesn't quite fit my lifestyle. But it's worth noting that we've reached the tipping point, in a way. From what I can gather, only about half the households in the US even have HD sets. But over the past year or so, broadcasters have focused solely on improving the experience of HDTV owners, at the expense of standard-definition viewers. That's not a complaint; it's just a fact. And it's probably going to push fence-sitters like me into buying.
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I love the cadence of that 1905 joke. "What's delaying my dinner?" They would never write it that way today.
Toggle Commented Aug 21, 2010 on 1950's Proto-LOLcats at Retro Thing
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Thanks for the link. That's an interesting read. As the linked news story notes, at least some of these discs were recorded at 33 1/3.
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That is fortunate! It sounds totally bonkers. And I mean that in a good way.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2010 on The (Almost) Complete Metropolis at Retro Thing
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