Sep. 6th, 2013

pseydtonne: Behold the Operator, speaking into a 1930s headset with its large mouthpiece. (prompt)
My father used to have a few slide rules from his youth. His favorite and mine was his Keuffel & Esser 4081. It was in beautiful condition and I loved learning about mathematical relationships from it, even though I had a graphing calculator and solar-powered scientific calculators were down to $20 by the time I was a junior in high school.

He had a couple others, none of which was as smooth or elegant as the K&E. However the K&E had some kind of wood rot when last I looked at it a few years ago. I did not have the time to investigate, so I grabbed the Acu-Math 1311 and took it to the low humidity of Los Angeles.

Today I was looking for information about the meanings of the more obscure scale letters (the Log Log section, for example). I wound up with some old web pages. I'm talking mid-Nineties clutter with heavy table borders. The signal to noise ratio was horrible and the lack of blank space just... where do I put my mouse so it isn't clicking on something? Note that the owner claims to have updated yesterday, so perhaps there is a pack-rat quality that suits the owner (or perhaps it's something about the town in BC that gave us the Gentlemen of Horror). Did I mention the propensity for spinning icons for outdated software and explanations of commands for web browsing?

However that could not prepare for the blast from the past at the bottom of this page: web rings. I had forgotten all about the horrors of "add your site to our pre-Google list!"

By the way, I eventually found what I wanted.

"There's no need to be an asshole,
You're not in Brooklyn anymore."

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