Industrial Alchemy edit / delete

Unusual valves, semiconductors and display devices - all the things that were competing with Nixie tubes, for example.

to electronics history led retrotech semiconductor valve ... on 07 October 2017

Letters for digits in UK telephone numbers edit / delete

How were STD codes assigned to UK telephone exchanges originally? It turns out they were in alphabetical order...

to exchange history phone retrotech std uk ... on 12 September 2017

Oboe Classics - Geoffrey Burgess on the Oboe as the Custodian of Orchestral Pitch edit / delete

Why orchestras tune to the oboe, and what they've actually been tuning to over time. (They suggest that if you've got a recording at an unknown speed, assuming A=440Hz is actually not a bad idea.)

to history music oboe orchestra retrotech tuning ... on 12 September 2017

The Great 78 Project – Community Preservation, Research, Discovery of 78rpm Records edit / delete

An archive.org subproject. The papers about how they're doing the digitisation are very interesting; there's a nice study of what stylus size to use for various eras/manufacturers of 78s, for example.

to 78 archive music record retrotech vinyl ... on 12 September 2017

C2 Project edit / delete

"The C2 Project was set up in 2006 to purchase, import and rebuild a Chinese C2 Class 0-8-0 steam locomotive, with a view to eventual operation on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways in Wales." This is some serious engineering!

to c2 ffestiniog mechanica rail retrotech steam ... on 07 September 2017

Sound on Sound's "Classic Tracks" | MetaFilter edit / delete

List of all the articles. Fascinating reading!

to audio history mixing music recording retrotech ... on 13 May 2017

A Cyberpunk Manifesto - Revised | Neon Dystopia edit / delete

"The original translation of Kirtchev’s A Cyberpunk Manifesto, now 20 years old and translated from Bulgarian, is not exactly known for its perfect English." Although if you're filing this under "fashion/lifestyle" then I think you're kind of missing the point...

to culture cyberpunk manifesto politics retrotech ... on 06 April 2017

Account of the Skerryvore lighthouse - Stevenson, Alan edit / delete

Having recently read "The Lighthouse Stevensons", here's Alan Stevenson's book. Well worth flipping through -- even if just for the diagrams!

to engineering history lighthouse retrotech ... on 06 April 2017

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