The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

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.

Posted by: Michael Bates at 11:18 AM on 25 April 2005

Missed it by this much. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 11:46 AM on 25 April 2005

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.)

Posted by: Moira Breen at 5:56 PM on 25 April 2005

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.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:47 PM on 25 April 2005

I *heart* mine and I never thought I would own one either!

Posted by: ms7168 at 4:46 AM on 26 April 2005

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.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:59 AM on 26 April 2005