The gadgets of the past had gears, levers, clicky buttons, motors, and other noise-making components. Most of today's electronics have very few moving parts. The sounds they make are edited-in aural skeuomorphs. A website called Conserve the Sound has recordings of the sounds made by old phones, rubber stamps, pinball machines, cameras, typewriters, fans, video game consoles, and other products from 1910 onwards. They have an Instagram account, too.
No office sounds busy without a dot matrix printer ripping in the background. Also: The HALO theme on 8 floppy disk drives. READ THE REST
SPINNING! The very earliest memory I have is riding my Big Wheel over a ledge and into a small, landscaped stream for an epic wipe out! My mom saved me. Thanks, Mom! Big Wheels are totally cool! No wonder I love motorcycles and cars. Here are other things we miss! READ THE REST
These commercials were insane. Shadoe Stevens was inspirational. READ THE REST
For those who enjoy the relaxation and health benefits of sweating it out in a sauna, the charges can start adding up. A typical sauna session will usually set you back about $1 per minute. Heck, you can even throw back a Whopper or two while you sweat, although we wouldn't recommend that for detoxing… READ THE REST
What's your stockpile of available light bulbs like these days? We're guessing it's a little thinner than it used to be. Not too long ago, when incandescent bulbs roamed the Earth like dinosaurs, we'd invariably have a 6-pack, 10-pack, or a freakin' kitchen cabinet chock full of light bulbs whenever one needed to be replaced. … READ THE REST
There are rules to the internet. Unfortunately, many people don't really understand those rules until they transgress against them — wherein they pay the price. So if you're putting together a flyer or a blog post, you'll likely need an image to go with it. Assuming you didn't take a photo yourself, that means you… READ THE REST