Many museums have moved into using technology to let people explore the museum experience. Though it would be great to spend a week at the Smithsonian or the British Museum, most of us don’t get to do that more than once (or twice if lucky) in our lifetime. Here are a couple of links to visit these museums (though certainly no substitute for the real thing!).
Smithsonian Virtual Tour
Worth repeating is this virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (the one with stuffed animals, caveman bones, dinosaur fossils and rocks — including the Hope Diamond).
For broadcast engineers, this is the Virtual Engineer. It’s a collection of blogs related to engineering topics which might be useful to the working engineer … and nice for the retired engineer who wants to share his/her knowledge.
Early TV Museum
Every now and then I try to pass along museum dedicated to radio and TV. There are people like Chuck Pharis and Don Archiable who are “collectors” of broadcast history, and others like Stan Coutant who are dedicated to individual gear (Stan’s is microphones and their history). Someday I’ll do a recap of all of these consolidated for easier review or research, but for now adding this one.
And finally …
From the 1968 Elvis TV special comes about 10 minutes of outtakes. Fun to watch … and certainly “humanizes” a great performer.
If you stumble across a good or unusual web site that might be of interest, please don’t hesitate to send me the link and any info you might have about it. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.