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How’d We Survive?

Readers of a certain age will recall fondly the joy of cheating death

This edition of Off the Beaten Path has links from “the good old days.” You know, the days when kids sat in the front seat of the car without a child seat (or even a seat belt!), or the toys we played with that had toxic chemicals and sharp blades. You kids think I’m joking?

I actually had a few of the toys here … and loved them. Oh, sure they were dangerous, but that’s usually not part of a kid’s consideration. (Note that on some browsers you’ll need to click on the item number to see the picture of the toy.)

Fun video questioning how we made it through childhood.

New Math
Maybe you’re old enough to remember doing math with a piece of paper and pencil. Most know math from using a calculator enter entering the correct formula to get the right answer. Well, here’s the next step. Just “look” at the equation with your camera and out pops the answer.

Speaking of Smart Phone Apps
If you liked above application (PhotoMath), then you’ll like “Pivot.” The concept (still being funded and developed) would allow you to be at a “Pivot point” and point your camera at a building, but then seeing that building as it looked 50 years ago. It would certainly augment vacations to cool historical sites (well, at least sites that were photographed in the last 100 or so years).

Radio Field Trips
Here’s a fun blog from Radio Survivor that allows you to enjoy visiting radio stations through the eyes of the writer, Jennifer Waits. She’s done a great job allowing us to see a lot of great college and community radio stations.

And finally …
If you worked in top 40 radio of the late ’70s or ’80s, you probably played “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty on the radio p-l-e-n-t-y of times. Great songs … great sax! But did you know that Rafferty’s original demo of the tune didn’t have that lead sax carrying the tune? Nope. It used an electric guitar. Here’s a link with the original “Baker Street” without the sax.

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 [email protected].