25 April 2005
Next: the 8-track DVD
Not just recycling, but repurposing: getting new uses from the same old stuff. Detractors will note that roughly half the posts here follow this model, but they're just being sniffy.
Besides, even when it's impractical sometimes especially when it's impractical it can be a great deal of fun.
With that in mind, here's a 1957 rotary phone updated for wireless use. Not only does it work, sort of, but it doesn't require you to peer into a screen the size of a commemorative postage stamp or punch buttons one-eighth the size of your finger; you just dial, dammit.
What? No, of course it doesn't do text messages. Sheesh.
(Via the Fire Ant Gazette.)
Posted at 7:39 AM to Entirely Too Cool
The next phase is to fit the whole thing, rotary dial and all, into the sole of a shoe.
Missed it by this much. :)
I've never owned a cell phone. No Luddite me, I just don't like the idea of being reachable at all times. But with a soon-to-be-teenage daughter, I may have to succumb, and am pleased there now exists a model suitable for my use. (Though I am tending more toward the sub-dermal radio chip idea, rather than the cell phone.)
I swore I'd never own one of those contraptions, and I didn't until the first of my summer road trips, when it occurred to me that I'd be 2000 miles from home at some point. I bought what was then a mid-line phone; it's now considered a junker, but it still works, and I'm not going to get rid of it so long as it does.
I *heart* mine and I never thought I would own one either!
Our phones paid for themselves last year when we got stranded on I-285 in metro Atlanta with a dead fuel pump. Considering how long we waited there even with the cell phones to call for help, we might still be there now if we hadn't had them.