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Old 03-05-2011, 10:58   #31
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Kinda like iPads,Tabs and triple duty cyberphones? Just toys I think!

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If you want to fight pirates with your iPad, ... you go right ahead.
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Old 03-05-2011, 11:18   #32
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In the late 60's as a child I received a Fischer Space Pen for Christmas, because I was always talking about the Apollo program. It had a "pumping" effect on the tip that pressurized the cartridge. I thought it was pretty cool.

There is or was a magazine called Spinoff that documented all the NASA technology that ended up in the public sector. Very interesting and a good counterpoint to those who said the money spent on space was a waste.

In the late 1940's or early 50's, 9 volt batteries were top secret military technology developed to allow smaller portable radio communication.

In the early 1960's I received my first "transistor" radio using the same battery. I would lay it under the edge of my pillow at night and listen to Wolfman Jack out of WLS in Chicago. It was a good time to be listening to rock and roll and since this started at about six years old it made a lasting impression on me.
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In the early 1960's I received my first "transistor" radio using the same battery. I would lay it under the edge of my pillow at night and listen to Wolfman Jack out of WLS in Chicago. It was a good time to be listening to rock and roll and since this started at about six years old it made a lasting impression on me.
Sorry for the "me too" post, but boy does that bring back memories. I could have written that paragraph of your post word for word, except I used an ear-plug and put the radio up on the windowsill at the head of my bed. Picked up WLS all the way down in Chickamauga, GA.

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It was in Alabama for me. Had to wait until after 7:30 when the local AM stations went off the air before the signal from Chicago would make it to my antenna. I think this was pre-FM or FM had just started.

Just think what listening to that evil rock and roll from an early age did to us.

I heard every new song when it came out before my classmates heard them on the local stations. WLS, on the loop in Chicago. Still hear Wolfman saying that in my head.
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They could cover their boats in prisms. they might get teased by the other pirates for looking like their daughter bedazzled their boat though.
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Hey!!-- it worked on the starship ENTERPRISE, so why not here?
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