I think this may be the most (unintentionally) hysterical thing I’ve seen in a good long time (oh, the world of the future):
I mean seriously side-splitting, tears streaming down the face, really truly, delightfully, must-see funny. (I love the wrist device! Dick Tracy has come true in that regard. And just imagine: portable televisions!)
As a bonus, here’s the hot ticket from 1940, the “high vacuum tube” that the transistor made largely obsolete:
They are still used by some audiophiles, who prefer the “warmer” sound of tubes (because of how tubes treat sound clipping and harmonics compared to how solid state does — the “tube sound”).
They’re also still used (as far as I know) in some very high power radio applications — the final power stage that feeds the antenna.
And, of course:
Audiophile tube warmth aside, tube distortion sounds way better than solid state distortion (again because of the harmonics, which become really prominent when the signal is over-driven and distorted).
(Magnetic tape distortion has an even better sound, and many bands over the years have recorded with the VU meters spending most of the tune in the red.)
In both films, I’m intrigued by the language and level of detail. It’s just my impression, but it seems as if things weren’t as glossed over or dumbed down as they are today.
The vacuum tube film, especially, is just detailed but accurate. It doesn’t cut any corners to make it easier to understand.
I think maybe the producers were willing to require more from their audience than today where getting eyeballs is more important than disseminating interesting information.
In any event, quite the enjoyable blast from the past.
In completely unrelated news, according to my WordPress list of posts, this here post is number 800.
Which, unless my math is wrong, is 798 plus this post makes (only) 799.
I’ve lost track of a post somewhere!
Here’s the funny thing: The last time I celebrated an odometer landmark like this, the 500-post mark, it was exactly four years ago yesterday (I’m actually writing this post and queuing it on the 17th to be published on the 18th).
Weird, life’s little coincidences.
Stay electronic, my friends!