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Mesmerizing rebuild of a mechanical Fourier calculator

Albert Michelson's harmonic analyzer -- a 19th century mechanical calculator that can do Fourier analysis with just gears, springs and levers -- was found at the University of Illinois, and then lovingly restored by a trio of makers who lavishly documented it in a book (free PDF/paperback/hardcover) and a mesmerizing video series.

Albert Michelson's Harmonic Analyzer: A Visual Tour of a Nineteenth Century Machine that Performs Fourier Analysis [Book]

Albert Michelson's Harmonic Analyzer [Youtube]

Albert Michelson's Harmonic Analyzer (book details) [Free PDF]

(via JWZ)

Old Tabasco ad


Sets the mouth to watering, it does. An image of the one true sauce, before which all other sauces are mockers, from the Vintage Ads LJ group.

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Beautiful, detailed photos of mechanical calculators' guts


San Francisco photographer Kevin Twomey shot an amazing gallery of images of the inner workings of a large collection of mechanical calculating machines from the collection of Mark Glusker, stitching together multiple images to ensure that every rod, gear and linkage was vividly rendered.

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Retro-computing and grieving


Paul Ford has written a haunting, beautiful essay about his voyage into the emulation of extinct, obsolete computers and the way that this has allowed him to come to grips with the death of an older friend and father figure, who helped him through a very difficult period of adolescence through their shared love of computers.

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1980 D&D ad asserts that RPGs are woman-friendly


By modern standards, the inclusion of two women in this Dungeons and Dragons ad was a surprisingly bold move -- a kind of sad snapshot of our lost, pre-Reagan/Thatcher/Pinochet/Mulroney-era past.

(via Seanan McGuire)

Richard Kadrey's Metrophage back in print in signed special edition


Before there was Sandman Slim, there was Richard Kadrey's classic, groundbreaking cyberpunk debut novel Metrophage, a Terry Carr Ace Special (the same line that gave us Neuromancer) -- now it's back in print.

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Hundreds of vintage games to play in your browser


The Internet Archive's Internet Arcade resurrects over 900 classic arcade games from the 1970s to 1990s for play inside your browser, using the JSMAME emulator.

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Wesley Crusher Star Trek hoodie


The iconic, stripe-shouldered uniform made Wil Wheaton the beloved scamp we know and love today, and it can be yours for $60, complete with aura of youthful, exuberant naiveté.

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Dead technology jack-o-lanterns

Tech Cemetery features downloadable jack-o-lantern templates for carving momentos mori for your dead and lamented technologies of yesteryear. (Thanks, Justin!)

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WATCH: 8-Bit Silence of the Lambs

Daniel writes, "As Halloween draws closer, CineFix presents The Silence of The Lambs retold via old-school 8-bit (and a little 16 bit) game tech." (Thanks, Daniel!)

Justin Hall at XOXO

Justin describes his life as an early Web writer, why it made him happy and how it nearly destroyed him, and who it turned him into. It's a talk that's uplifting and sad and funny and absolutely worth your time. (via Waxy)

The lost cyber-crayolas of the mid-1990s


Circuit board green, cyber space orange, floppy yellow, graphic green, green.com, infra red, megabyte blue, megahertz maroon, on-line orange, plug & play pink, point & click green, transistor yellow, ultra violet, web surfin' blue, world wide web yellow, www.purple.

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Booze flasks that look like NES cartridges


I bought one of these at New York Comic-Con this weekend -- it's a surprisingly good facsimile of an old NES cart; and the rubber stopper (rated to 10psi) performs better than it looks like it would. My only complaint is that it's a bit awkward to nip from directly, though it'd be fine with a straw.

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All the vintage Hallowe'en masks


Brechtbug's Halloween Costumes Vintage Photos collection is a triumph, and arguably what both infinite scroll and the Internet were invented for.

Castelvania casemod


Vadu Amka gave his old-school SNES a stunning Castelvania casemod makeover, with an attention to detail that demands our respect and admiration.

SNES Castlevania - Dracula's castle Edition (via Kotaku)