Today I saw a presentation at coughcoughMicrosoftcough by Scott Rosenberg about his book Say Everything: How blogging began, what it’s becoming, and why it matters. On the topic of ever-evolving media forms (e.g., blogs replacing old media, Twitter replacing blogs, etc.), he indicated that no form of media truly extinguishes another. “The new medium redefines the old,” he said, “and helps us see its essence.”
I’d like to think that this is what blogging does for the typewriter. Did typists of the past ever imagine that someday, tactile sensation would be mostly expunged from the act of forming written thoughts? That new disposable technology would create great amounts of toxic refuse, and require expensive investments on a regular upgrade cycle? That typewriters, machines in regular use for 100 years, would quickly become nothing more than jewelry, movie props, and shorthand symbols for technophobia, due to our ready reception of marketing messages that tell us mechanical equals obsolescence?
And, climbing off my soapox, I turn now to the long-neglected topic of the Kodak Kodaslide tabletop slide viewer (bonus points to anyone who can find solid interweb documentation of this device; I could not). This fully functional early 50’s era electric tabletop slide projector has been sitting on my dining room table for a month (at least), waiting for me to do a post about it. Originally, I filmed a videocast demonstrating it in use, but it turned out that *I* appeared in the video, in all my fast-talking camera-unreadiness, and so only this lone frame (and the one below) of the original film has been salvaged. (I might perhaps re-film the demo, provided I can find a suitable spokesmodel. The husband, perhaps?)
It’s quite a convenient alternative to slide projectors and screens and whatall if you have a stack of slides you’d like to view. However, my own parents are hoarding any slides of relevance to me in an Arkansan hallway closet full of 50 year old clothes and bags of expired personal beauty products (dad, you KNOW you need to clean those closets), and thus, I unfortunately have no use for it myself, despite its delightfully retro-futuristic pod-shaped form and distressed vintage case. It was given to me by a friend of my husband’s, who knew it would be just the thing for a Strikethru post.
Could anyone out there make better use of this item than I can? You KNOW that you need a Kodaslide tabletop viewer. You have my permission to brush aside any family members/second thoughts that argue otherwise, if this device will serve your slide-viewing needs.
It even comes with handy slide drawers and a replacement lightbulb: