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Nipper Hears "His Master's Voice"

As a kid growing up in Fairfax County, just a commute away from Washington D.C., I remember often looking out the window of the family car and seeing a statute of a huge dog cocking its head at a phonograph machine. Washington Post Here we see the sculpture on top of a museum roof in Baltimore, but when I knew it, it was set fairly far back in the front…

Slave of the Ring

Interesting use of pseudo-Arabian exotica that Edison used in order to communicate to the public of 1905 just what his cylinder phonographs could do, likening them to rings to place on the finger of a musical genie. “Wouldst thou have melody? Place thy ring upon my finger and I will sing for thee a tender song of love… I can lull the babe to sweet repose, or waken in the…

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Live Apple "Come see our latest creation"

I have not been ravenously following the streamed coverage of the iPad release, but I did note that the NYT was the first site Jobs presented during the demo. I really hope someone from Improv Everywhere runs up the center aisle, whirling a hammer around her head. It’s very significant, of course, that Apple is counting on bloggers to drive the media coverage of the unveiling.. Leveraging the devotion of…