Wednesday, May 23, 2007

My Watch

I have a watch that once belonged to my Grandfather. It's not fancy, but my recent photography of it prompted me to do some research. At first i came up with nothing, but i figured it out. From 1960 to 1977 Bulova made a watch called the Railroad. (or the Accutron "railroad approved") Or something like that. These watches came in several configurations, including date, pepetual calendar and even dual hour hands! (The latter for those travelling between time zones on a regular basis). Anyway, in 1989 and continuing through the early 90s Bulova once again made the "railroad." Seems to be only quartz movement this time around, no windup. Still a nice, wellmade watch.

This particular watch was made in 1992 and i believe purchased some time around 1994. I don't know why Grandpa chose this watch. Was it something he recognised that a co-worker had? Did the salesperson play up the railroad angle? I need to find out. I will. I'll keep you posted.


Thursday, May 17, 2007

The evolution of sound & vision

So, i was pondering social networking sites. I was pondeing the whole "Web 2.0" business. I was remembering use-groups and BBSs (be be esses?). I don't think much has changed, especially in terms of content. i think we've just gone from text to graphics, music and video. Really. Instead of a text post with your email it's now a video post with your profile picture. Instead of an all text group it's a mostly text group with an iconic photo of whatever it is you all discuss. The ability of nearly anyone to create groups seems to create much in the way of unneeded discussions about unneeded topics. oh well. It used to be circular sending of email jokes (which still happens to some extent) and now it's "sharing" of video, and links, and usless surveys (i seem to recall getting surveys emailed to me, now they get "messaged" to me, instantly not so much but "messaged" none the less) So, yes, form is no longer dictated by content, but i think content has taken a dive. Maybe not.....

Maybe it's just easier to find fluff. Fluff and chain letters, rotten chain letters.

This was more of a ramble than i intended. New & Improved indeed, it's just in fancier packaging!!!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

More like this?


This morning the Jehovah's Witnesses returned. Actually the one who did all the talking returned, with a different compatriot. We had a pleasant conversation about housecats. I declined more magazines and they went on their way. How civil.


I've been toying with the idea of changing this to a photo-blog. I realize there are other places online to do this sort of thing. We'll see how it goes. I'll keep you posted (no pun intended).

Did the Senators win?