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Re: Wire Recorder
Max The Magnificent   9/11/2014 12:51:20 PM
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@Stargzer: ...someone asked if it was possible to convert a wire recorder to tape.  The answer was, "Short of being brutal about it ... " followed by a cartoon of a guy at an anvil hammering wire flat.

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Stargzer   9/11/2014 12:38:41 PM
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Whenever wire recorder is mentioned I always remember a very old Letter to the Editor in Popular Electronics where someone asked if it was possible to convert a wire recorder to tape.  The answer was, "Short of being brutal about it ... " followed by a cartoon of a guy at an anvil hammering wire flat.

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Max The Magnificent   9/11/2014 12:06:16 PM
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@Wnderer: ...in the 1954 BBC version of 1984 at 1:37:30, there is one of those wire recorders.

Nice wire recorder -- scary book and film

 

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mhrackin   9/11/2014 12:05:03 PM
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Sidelight on wire recorders:  those were standard-issue for the CIA (and their competition) WELL into the 1970s because they were 1) much more rugged and impervious to damage and 2) non-editable unlike the "new-fangled" tape ones!  All Uhers.

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Wnderer   9/11/2014 11:59:07 AM
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If youw want to see an example of old technology in old TV shows, in the 1954 BBC version of 1984 at 1:37:30, there is one of those wire recorders.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYBbvj8NKx8

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Max The Magnificent   9/11/2014 11:26:31 AM
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@Stargzr: ...at the opening of one episode of the Ernie Kovacs Show he kicks over a can of white paint which spills into a line at the edge of the stage...

Never saw it -- sounds really clever -- if you find it anywhere like YouTube please let me know.

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Max The Magnificent   9/11/2014 11:25:04 AM
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@mhrackin: ...check out the opening credits for "The Twilight Zone."

I have old episodes of "The Outer Limits" and "The Twilight Zone" playing in an endless loop on a 1970s Jetson-like mini TV

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Stargzer   9/11/2014 11:07:19 AM
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Speaking of ancient TV, at the opening of one episode of the Ernie Kovacs Show he kicks over a can of white paint which spills into a line at the edge of the stage. I'm not sure of the exact sequence, but the white line turns into an oscilloscpe trace of an audio tone, and he then puts his hands at each end of the trace and moves his hands together and back apart, changing the frequence of the tone as he does so. The man was genius!

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mhrackin   9/11/2014 10:47:50 AM
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If you're really into ancient uses of ancient technology in TV, check out the opening credits for "The Twilight Zone." I vaguely recall some oscilloscope traces of audio... along with some Theremin music.

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zeeglen   9/10/2014 7:10:53 PM
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@mhrackin I actually used one in a circuit back in the '50s; possibly entombed in my basement still!  ...  Think 6E5.

Just a few days ago after watching Star Wars Episode IV for the umpteenth time I suddenly realized that one of the props was a highly-magnified magic eye tube of the 6E5 type, poised to resemble a radar screen.

I won't spoil it just yet, so if you have the DVD can you spot it? First to report back gets an attoperson award, which is equivalent to 1000e-6 persons.

Hint so you won't have to watch the whole thing:  It is somewhere on Uncle Owen's Farm.

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