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Links related to technology presented in somewhat random fashion:

Gadgets have stopped working together, and it’s becoming an issue
The enduring allure of retro tech – Vox
In our focus on the digital, have we lost our sense of what being human means? Genevieve Bell

Obsolete Technologies

Obsolete Objects
The exhibit runs from August 6 through January 10, 2022 

Opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 6, 2021.  

“Obsolete Objects” will be on display from August 6 through January 10, 2022, and will feature antiquated items such as a payphone, washboards, hand tools, cleaning, and cooking appliances from the Clark County Museums extensive collection. 

The public is invited to attend a free opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 6.  Light refreshments will be provided by the Clark County Museum Guild.  Exhibit tours will be conducted by Exhibit Curator Malcolm Vuksich.   

The inventor of the Geodesic Dome, Richard Buckminster Fuller, once said, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”  “Obsolete Objects” displays over 150 items that have gone obsolete due to either the creation of new models or materials.

“We all have memories of using items that have become obsolete, whether it is how we listen to music or how we cooked meals,” said Clark County Museum Acting Administrator Amber Colbert.  “This exhibit will give the different generations an opportunity to connect over items or materials we no longer use and explore how they worked and why they were replaced”. 

Copenhagen Letter


Recommended Listening

2017 Boyer Lectures: Fast, Smart and Connected: What is it to be Human, and Australian, in a Digital World

How do you watch and listen at home? – Your desire to listen to music and watch movies and TV shows has probably not changed much in your life-time but the connected home has changed the way you do it.

@dweinberger @NPR @feraldata @roughtype @ajkeen

Technology and Education – Antony Funnell, presenter of RN’s Future Tense, talks about our relationship with technology and what it means for education.

Where Can Technology Take Us? – The digital revolution has already reconfigured almost every aspect of our lives, but with new innovations appearing on the horizon every day, the landscape is still set to change beyond all recognition. Alasdair Blackwell,Tom Chatfield, Debbie Forster and Matthew Taylor explore the transformative technologies that have the potential to offer us a radically new future.

Do smartphones facilitate the discovery of local tips whilst travelling?

Buzzword Bingo
App – Apple TV – ATM – Chromecast – Computer – Drone – Machine – Relationships – Smart – Technology



is is new as if we’ve never had to go through questions of ownership or privacy or risk … Interested in the way we dilegent about the histories of things because it’s easy to erase them. The arc of human history is a dance … and we are changed by it. We went from being storytellers to readers.
Less than a decade of high-enough speed internet to …20% US households still not connected. It’s not a lived experience for everyone and for those who have lived it, it’s new. Australia 1956, in the 70s just gone color and grandparents and parents were still arguing. What is it bad to eat in front of it? Was the preponderance of Australian TV – shoutout to A-Team, Love Boat and Wonder Woman ….
We arguing about the mechanics, social relationships … We’re on a particular arc and it’s unclear if it’s going to go like this or this
Go all in and then go back to doing the other thing. How digital will we be?
European car company – shutdown email friday afternoon and turns it back on until monday
Imagine a world where email is not 24/7
You can’t know a place until you are knee-deep in it.
Being connected good … creates other issues
Harder was keeping people connected
most people don’t use technology frequently
you need a hard password
put all the work on the front, not the bad
what does it mean being not connected
sarah google
workarounds high touch socialability, relationships that matter
libraries, community centers
just because you have a connection doesn’t mean that everyone will use it
navigate ideas about tech power , tk and need


Let my machine talk to me.
– R.E.M., World Leader Pretend

Cars carry us not only from place to place but situation to situation.
Genevieve Bell – Intel’s Intrepreter

Any technology that threatens to do three things always invokes a moral anxiety. If it threatens to rearrange our relationships to time, our relationships to space and our relationships to other people. And as soon as a technology has that potential we immediately imagine nothing good will come of it. And it is usually followed by phrases like ‘it will be the end of our society’, ‘it will be the death of our culture’, ‘have you seen what the young people are doing’. It’s never good.
– Genevieve Bell, Many Internets, many lives (James Tizard lecture)

I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:
1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
– Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

Brother MFC


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