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  1. Otokichi

    Neck Speaker roundup

    Step right up, folks, you have only one neck to sacrifice on the altar of (sorta) High Fidelity music! It's "Techmoan" again, with "whiplash collar" noisemakers that will earn you the ire of people nearby. (Yes, these "I Hate You!" sound radiators will take you back to the "Ghetto Blaster" days toot suite.;) Do any of these things work as advertised? Only "Techmoan" knows for sure...
  2. Otokichi

    Techmoan on VinylVideo!

    Hello again, Steam Punkers! If you've got some custom video or music lying around that's "all you," here's proof that analog immortality can be yours. Yessir, even old sour grapes Thomas Edison would be thrilled to be immortalized in such a way. Let The Future see you in 45 RPM just before Old Sol turns into a red giant and wipes all trace of Terra's Homo sapiens away.;)
  3. Otokichi

    Vinyl Video: LP video!

    I see that the new "Doctor Who" has arrived and she's shaken up the TARDIS freaks no end. With that in mind, here's "Techmoan" with a Steam Punker's Hip New Thing: sound and video from a 45 RPM vinyl record! Yep, you can be the first "Steam Boy" to have something that plays audio and video at will, without switching to another device. Don't be too put off by the "Eadward Muybridge"-level video, be amazed that the package delivers at all! (Sorry, no puppets.)
  4. Submitted for your approval, a brand new QSL Quadraphonic LP! Techmoan's Internet connections have scored a made-in-USA Suzanne Ciani vinyl record for those who like "front to back" sound. The hardware is quite interesting, and the audio will take you back to 1990's New Age instrumental music featured on VH-1's "New Visions" TV show. An added bonus, The Moan Family puppets are on hand, talking about "Quad in the Automobile!;)
  5. Submitted for your approval, Philips' VCR and Video 2000 systems that took on Beta and VHS in Europe. Once again, "Techmoan" presents an obscure/unsung technology. Philips aimed for the PAL system video European market, while Sony and Matsushita aimed at the world. So, did the superior video format lose to the VHS mass market giant, or was this doomed by the parochial aim of the manufacturer?
  6. Gather around, Hipsters! Yeah, you "Holga and Diana photographers," too. It's Nostalgia Night for "Techmoan," as he tries out 35mm film. "Film"? You say? That's the stuff folks used to use for their holiday snaps in the 20th century. This is a look back at Black & White film, as Fujifilm continues to discontinue "low profit" products killed off by Smart Phones and the disappearing line of "snapshot digital cameras." Goodbye Neopan Acros 100, now where's that Leica IIIa?;)
  7. Otokichi

    Sennheiser Surrounder

    Submitted for your approval, a "workable solution for scattering surround sound speakers around the listening room." Here's something wild from the otherwise rational German headphone maker, Sennheiser to keep your neighbors from pounding on the walls because your speaker array was too loud. Two major pieces of equipment could be purchased separately, but there are also two problems with this "solution in search of a problem.";)
  8. Otokichi

    Sony FH-7 Mk. II

    Submitted for your approval, a 1980's Sony "compnent Boom Box"! This 15Kg (fully assembled) super bricks series did have a carrying handle, but only "Ahnold" could hoist it/carry it around on his shoulder. This is the first in planned series on "Boom Boxes/ Ghetto Blaster" radio/tape/EQ/phonograph all-in-ones. My old Fisher unit is more basic (no autoreverse tape p;layer) and plastic to boot, but it did the job back in the day. Did you own (or wishe you could own) such an "eater of batteries" radio/tape unit?
  9. Otokichi

    Fuji Instax SQ6

    Submitted for your approval, "Techmoan" is betting that the large, square Fuji Instax camera is better than the "portrait rectangular" original. Bonus: The "Moan family puppets" are back!;
  10. Otokichi

    DVD+Blu-ray in "VHS"

    Do you remember the awful cardboard-and-plastic DVD cases of not-long-ago? "Techmoan" has a short vlog on UK's HMV group stuffing Blu-ray and DVD discs into (somewhat) substantial VHS-like storage boxes. Is this coming to your local swap meet or Walmart? Only the ranks of swiftly-disappearing-DVD want to know.;)
  11. Otokichi

    Wall Radio

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM64ajfq6jM&t=17s Submitted for yoiur approval, a short vlog from "Techmoan" about a "wall mounted FM radio." This looks like a Heathkit-level electronics kit project/conversation piece or a "solution in search of a problem. Would you believe that a (somewhat) improved version arrived in the U.S. under the "AC-Delco" brand?;)
  12. Otokichi

    "2.5 Hour CD!" "2 Hour LP!"

    Is your name "Endeavour Morse"? Do you want to listen to a complete Opera "in one go" instead of having to get up and "flip over" the LP? Would you like a music CD that can last 2 hours insteaf of a mere 74 minutes? Well then, "Techmoan" has "finessed" the laws of Physics and "increased the data density" of BOTH vinyl LPs and CDs! Is there a catch? But of course...and there are NO puppets again!;)
  13. I didn't start using a computer until well past the Coleco Adam years, when software could be loaded onto (simpler) computers of the 56K modem years. So all of this "walk and talk" about Sinclair and Coleco was...boring. Still, for those who used their TV as a computer monitor, this is your gig. I'll search for "Techmoan's" blog segment while guzzling Diet Coke to keep from falling asleep from the "it-takes-some-time-for-the-software-to-load action." Who is/was this "Pete Shelley"?
  14. Otokichi

    1993 Hi-Vision Laserdisc

    "High Definition" and "Laserdisc" don't appear to go together, but Japan in the 1990's (or even now) wasn't the same as "the rest of the world." Submitted for your puzzlement, the next tier of movie clarity during the Videocassette Wars era. A link to Part Two, where "Techmoan" gets a "P5" follows.;) Part Two of "The Quest for the Hi-Vision Laserdisc" system
  15. Otokichi

    $ony Wireless Speaker

    When you visit your folks DO THEY HAVE THE TV VOLUME SET AT 100? Fear not, you and their neighbors need not be subjected sonic assault any more. If you don't mind importing this Sony Wireless Speaker from the UK or Canada, problem solved. I. on the other hand, have aircraft of every description flying over the house at all times of the day or night at the 300m/1000ft minimum altitude, which can defeat everything but stereo headphones. Since I have a Bluetooth headphone, I'll look around for that kind of transmitter. (It beats having to turn on Closed Captioning and hoping that I can read fast enough to follow the action.:(
  16. Otokichi

    1980 Technics Co-Deck

    Here's a gift suggestion for the parent "who has everything." (Not all households are headed by a "father" these days.;) In 1979, Sony debuted the Walkman stereo cassette player for "private listeners." Other electronics companies cogitated on how to capitalize on this rising wave. In 1980, Technics came out with the M1 (tape player only) and M2 (Plus FM radio) stereo cassette "bricks." Since these were Japan/domestic-market-only products, there's little chance that your "Jimmy Pesto" neighbor has/had one. (Who's "Jimmy Pesto," you ask? The bete noire of Bob Belcher of "Bob's Burgers" who pushes Bob's competitive buttons just by being across the street.;) I'll let "Techmoan" tell you the rest, as another commercial Sunday approaches.
  17. Otokichi

    1962 Triplecorder

    So you haven't got ten that "it gift" for Pater? Step right up folks, here's something that dear old Dad will find fascinating and frustrating at the same time! (Nothing like getting "the most memorable gift ever," right?) "Techmoan" was tipped off by a podcast viewer and imported this "three-way-'52-pickup" item from Japan and proceeded to "improve it" by any means necessary. There's also a sidebar on Japanese year/era numbering, and this item was patented in 1962, but made it market in 1964. Sorry, no puppets again.;)
  18. Otokichi

    Calculator game!?

    Is Math class far too dull? Can't wait for school to end so you can "pump coins at the arcade"? Fear not, there's a game hidden in the calculator! Yes, you can waste time and not learn higher math until the teacher catches you doing a "numbers game." So get those fingers limber and clear your mind of theorems and proofs, it's Game Time!
  19. Otokichi

    Stirling Engine Kit

    "Techmoan" is back with a pricey "heat difference" engine kit. This up-and-down-piston-action engine operates via the difference in temperature between one surface and the other. It even works under bright sunlight! If the conditions are right, setting it in the palm of your (warm/hot) hand will start a "mechanical magic" show.;)
  20. Techmona's been at it again, importing a domestic-only Cassette Deck from Japan! Submitted for your approval, an "Up Convert" Cassette/CD/USB/SD card deck that runs on AC, in spite of having a carrying handle. Good news: The Puppets are back! Bad News: TY-AK1 performance is underwhelming.
  21. Otokichi


    Netflix strikes again! "Techmoan" has gone artistic with a Sony TC-510-2 reel-to-reel field recorder, ala "Diva." As an added bonus, the Moan family puppets are back!
  22. Otokichi

    Danger! Vector Laser games

    Do you have a hankering for vector graphics of long ago? (The 1970's was "a long time ago"!?;) Techmoan has a suggestion for you, if you've got a Laser projector "lying around in the attic." This trip through the "Wreck It Ralph" arcade features links to software and a better Laser projector, as the tech is...dodgy. Sorry, no "Moan Family Puppet Theater" again, but a good time can be had by "Asteroids" gamers.;)
  23. Otokichi

    Cronixie: A LIXIE Clock!

    Do the clocks in your living space bore you? Can't see the clock on your smartphone anymore? Fear not, "Techmoan" has something that shines a light in the dark! Inspired by Nixie tube displays of the old Space Age, this low-power-consumption LED-like 3D numerical display will knock the socks off your jaded Hipster friends. There is "some assembly required" on this kit, but you end up with your very own Light Show.
  24. Is this "state of the Pedagogical art" thing a reason for Oklahoma school teachers to be on strike? Techmoan has found a way to record sound on Paper! If you search "Educational Surplus" sites, this "audio book" might pop up just in time for spring break. (Don't let the kids forget EVERYTHING before the Fall semester! An at-home Summer school can be yours for a little cash/coin.;) Once again, no puppets.;(
  25. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when "multimedia" wasn't a high tech thing. "Techmoan" has unearthed an LP player+filmstrip viewer combo that first appeared in 1964 to delight kids at home and the classroom. This USA 60Hz unit has trouble with European 50Hz electrical systems, but it does the deed.;)