Friday, November 23, 2007

Geek love

Once upon a time, music was packaged and sold to people on flat, flexible discs made of hard vinyl. The music was encoded (this was way before anything digital) by being converted to grooves etched on the vinyl surface. People played the music back on what were called "record players," which required hard needles made of diamond to run through the grooves and convert their bumps and wiggles back to music. You didn't download the music or order it on Amazon; you had to go to something called a "record store," where crates and crates of these vinyl discs were carefully stored in cardboard and plastic.

Along the way, some pretty strange vinyl "records" were made. Frank's Vinyl Museum collects them, at least virtually, for your amusement or, depending on your age, nostalgia.

Speaking of nostalgia, some of you might be old enough to remember another pre-digital device, the Etch-a-Sketch. It all lives again on the Web, as MyDrawings.com.

And, the Thanksgiving, was good, no? I mean, for you, not the turkey.

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