Category Archives: Gadgets

Watchmen Movie Replica On Ebay

The new Watchmen trailer is out. Which means lots of Watchmen stuff is being sold on Ebay.

But this one listing has me wondering how gullible are people.

Click on the image to see if you are befuddled as I am.

Notice someone actually bid on this item.

Correct me if I’m wrong…but isn’t that a bit pricey for a plain ole smiley face pin…with $5.99 shipping…oh well…to each his own…them smiley face pin sellers are pretty savvy.

Frank Baum Sees the Future?

So I’m reading some of Frank Baum’s (The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz) lesser known works and I came across this one story titled “The Master Key.”

The story is about a kid who accidentally summons the demon of electricity and is granted 9 electrical gifts that are far advanced for the day (early 1900’s.)

One of the gifts is something the demon calls a Recorder Of Events and shows important events in a given 24 hour period from anywhere in the world.

Below is the quote:

During the evening he found that an “important event” was Madame Bernhardt’s production of a new play, and Rob followed it from beginning to end with great enjoyment, although he felt a bit guilty at not having purchased a ticket.

“But it’s a crowded house, anyway,” he reflected, “and I’m not taking up a reserved seat or keeping any one else from seeing the show. So where’s the harm? Yet it seems to me if these Records get to be common, as the Demon wishes, people will all stay at home and see the shows, and the poor actors ‘ll starve to death.”

The thought made him uneasy, and he began, for the first time, to entertain a doubt of the Demon’s wisdom in forcing such devices upon humanity.

What foresight from a man who wrote this book around 1904. Wizard of Oz indeed.

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