October 17, 2010
Nowadays, it's easy to become too dependent on wireless communication gadgets. Apostcardaday.blogspot.com reminds us of times when life was simpler. What's hot: Readers get to view a postcard each day from a different part of the world from the collections of Sheila Milne, of Dover, England, and her father. Some listings add notes about the card's significance or a quotation from its back. Scroll down the right side of the home page to find an archive by destination or topic, or click on the interactive map to see recent postcards by geography.
January 19, 1986
Now see what you have done! You've got me agreeing with an oil man. Theodore A. Burtis, chairman of the board of Sun Co., was right when he said (Letter to the Editor, Jan. 12) that The Inquirer was wrong to suggest a new levy on oil to get the country out of the red. We must cut out luxury items to balance the budget. I can see no greater luxury than spending a trillion dollars on military gadgets when we already have enough to destroy the world too many times. Hezekiah Nickelson Philadelphia.
September 23, 2010
College kickoff Make your kitchen football-friendly with a flexible cutting board that has your team's insignia. These are 12-by-15 inches, have a nonslip coating, and come with 80 different college emblems. An extra-point Oreo Themed snacks and gadgets for eating-while-watching-football have gotten ridiculous. A pigskin-shaped grill? A helmet as a chip-and-dip tray? But we'll give these Oreos a pass.
August 26, 1998 |
It was 1981 and kids were mesmerized, flipping the colorful puzzle cubes in class, at home or with friends. After the eras of secret decoder rings and hula hoops, Rubik's Cube was one of the most amusing - and arguably most useless - pieces of plastic ever created. Until now. For today's discerning teens, there's the laser-beam pointer. It's a pen-shaped, battery-powered gadget, a '90s toy more high-tech and more expensive than gizmos of yore. For months, the red beams have been criss-crossing Philadelphia streets and Jersey shore boardwalks.
January 30, 2013 |
I RECENTLY DELIVERED a speech to two classes at a Pennsylvania high school (the name being immaterial). Going in, I was under the impression that these students had a serious interest (or at least had some interest) in going to law school and that that was the reason for my appearance (i.e., to provide advice or insight that would make their path to "the law" a little bit easier). I took time away from my job and literally spent hours on my presentation and preparing a handout for distribution.
May 26, 1996 |
I was enjoying a movie in my local quadraplex when a rooster started crowing in the seat next to me. "This is so embarrassing," whispered my Aunt Sylvie. She opened her voluminous handbag and the crowing got louder. "It's my medication alarm - it either crows or tells me what time it is," she explained as disgruntled moviegoers turned their heads in our direction. Lately, it seems that technology (formerly known as gadgets) has a voice that won't shut up. When my phone rings around dinnertime, it's usually a mechanical voice offering the business opportunity of a lifetime.
October 21, 2003 |
I grew up in a household where family time was cherished. I had a good balance of fun and work. However, my friends and acquaintances now are working 60 to 80 hours per week. I see this familiar pattern everywhere for either of two reasons: to make money to purchase nice cars, big houses, electronics and other gadgets; or because people are so passionate about their work that they want to spend every waking minute working. Unfortunately, reality doesn't always live up to those goals.
April 8, 2006
Having four or more electronic items in their bedroom makes teenagers twice as likely to fall asleep at school ("Just too wired: Why teens don't get enough sleep," March 28). Parents and students took to their computers to tell us what they thought. Jaan Troltenier West Chester email@example.com It seems clear that keeping gadgets out of teens' bedrooms is critical for their sleep requirements. Although my 14-year-old son would love to have a computer and TV in his room, we keep these in the "public" areas of our house.
December 9, 1998 |
Remember the fondue set you had to have in those halcyon days before the cholesterol cops began frowning on vats of boiling oil and oozing melted cheese? How about that pasta machine (oh, the fettuccine!) you really, really needed? And what of that clever twist on the turkey baster, the Cajun meat injector, which looked a bit too much like a horse syringe to actually inflict upon your holiday dinner birds? Gathering dust one and all, the forgotten kitchen gadgets of holidays past linger in our cupboards, even as we eagerly flip through the latest gourmet catalogs that arrive in the mail.
December 26, 1986 |
To tout Malcolm as an eccentric Australian comedy is probably as redundant as describing Australian Rupert Murdoch as a rich millionaire, but what the hey? If the shoe fits . . . . Director Nadia Tass' low-key film is the season's sleeper: a straight-faced farce about Melbourne native Malcolm, a dimwitted manchild who proves himself extremely bright where electronic gadgetry is concerned. Malcolm is a 30-ish orphan who has the passions and maturity of a 12-year-old techno-nerd.