Monday, June 29, 2009

Flash from the past

From ancient history, we have the confirmation that the remains in the crypt under the altar the Basilica of St. Paul are old enough to be contemporary with Paul (nee' Saul). The assertion in the news story that this "proves" they are his remains is a bit of an exaggeration. It only proves they could be his.

The Vatican still hasn't figured out how science works ....

From the more recent past, we have a great story about giving a kid a Sony Walkman to use for the day at school. Makes a great read.

I still have mine somewhere. The headphones were the first part to die.

The Walkman was the second step toward personal music. Now I have to decide which was the first, the transistor radio we had when I was a kid (I sure wish my parents hadn't tossed the one they got way back when they were new) or a hand-crank portable Victrola (purely analog operation) that my mom had and that I now have. The latter would have been the first way you could take music on a picnic, and it was louder than a boombox.

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