Phone Relief: The Ultimate Hands-Free Headset (1993)

We have fea­tured some great acts of imag­i­na­tion when it comes to tele­phone technology–from the worlds’ first mobile phone shown in this 1922 British Pathé news­reel, to when Fritz Lang “invent­ed” the video phone in Metrop­o­lis in 1927. “Phone Relief,” the ulti­mate hands-free head­set mar­ket­ed in 1993, will nev­er qual­i­fy as a great act of imag­i­na­tion. But it does make for a great kitschy ad.

via @moodvintage

Relat­ed Con­tent:

The World’s First Mobile Phone Shown in 1922 Vin­tage Film

When We All Have Pock­et Tele­phones (1923)

How to Use the Rotary Dial Phone: A Primer from 1927

David Lynch Tries to Make a List of the Good Things Happening in the World … and Comes Up Blank

David Lynch’s weath­er report for Sun­day Sep­tem­ber 13th: “Here in LA, grey. Again, smoke-filled sky. Very still right now. 61 degrees fahren­heit. Today I’m mak­ing a list of all the good things that are hap­pen­ing in the world. [Pause.] I’m still think­ing… No blue skies, no gold­en sun­shine today.”

Maybe David Byrne, cre­ator of the “Rea­sons to Be Cheer­ful” web site, would have a bet­ter shot at fill­ing out the page. Have your own list of good things hap­pen­ing in the world? Add them to the com­ments below…

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

David Byrne Launch­es the “Rea­sons to Be Cheer­ful” Web Site: A Com­pendi­um of News Meant to Remind Us That the World Isn’t Actu­al­ly Falling Apart

David Lynch Cre­ates Dai­ly Weath­er Reports for Los Ange­les: How the Film­mak­er Pass­es Time in Quar­an­tine

Dis­cov­er David Lynch’s Bizarre & Min­i­mal­ist Com­ic Strip, The Angri­est Dog in the World (1983–1992)

David Lynch Made a Dis­turb­ing Web Sit­com Called Rab­bits: It’s Now Used by Psy­chol­o­gists to Induce a Sense of Exis­ten­tial Cri­sis in Research Sub­jects

How David Lynch Got Cre­ative Inspi­ra­tion? By Drink­ing a Milk­shake at Bob’s Big Boy, Every Sin­gle Day, for Sev­en Straight Years

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Drone Footage of San Francisco Set to the Music of Bladerunner 2049

When real life and dystopi­an cin­e­ma become one and the same. You can com­pare side-by-side images of Bladerun­ner 2049 con­cept art and the San Fran­cis­co sky­line here.

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

42 Hours of Ambi­ent Sounds from Blade Run­ner, Alien, Star Trek and Doc­tor Who Will Help You Relax & Sleep

Three Blade Run­ner Pre­quels: Watch Them Online

The Blade Run­ner Pro­mo­tion­al Film

How Rid­ley Scott’s Blade Run­ner Illu­mi­nates the Cen­tral Prob­lem of Moder­ni­ty

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Scorsese’s Taxi Driver Reimagined as the 1970s Sitcom, Taxi

And next up, to keep the nos­tal­gia going, watch Samuel Beck­ett star in the open­ing cred­its of an imag­i­nary 70s cop show. Enjoy.…

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via Laugh­ing Squid

Relat­ed Con­tent:  

What Makes Taxi Dri­ver So Pow­er­ful? An In-Depth Study of Mar­tin Scorsese’s Exis­ten­tial Film on the Human Con­di­tion

Mar­tin Scors­ese Makes a List of 85 Films Every Aspir­ing Film­mak­er Needs to See

Watch Mar­tin Scorsese’s Brand New Short Film, Made Entire­ly in His Office Under Quar­an­tine

How Mar­tin Scors­ese Directs a Movie: The Tech­niques Behind Taxi Dri­ver, Rag­ing Bull, and More

Make Your Own Krispy Kreme Face Shield: A Primer for Making Your Own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Magi­cian Andy Clock­wise shows you how you can make “your very own Krispy Kreme face shield using just the lid from a 12 box of Krispy Kreme dough­nuts, some sticky tape and a pair of scis­sors.”

If you need to impro­vise, you know what to do…

A Bear Shows Off Its Nunchuck Skills

The world has got­ten tru­ly sur­re­al.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Kung Fu & Mar­tial Arts Movies Online

The Poet­ry of Bruce Lee: Dis­cov­er the Artis­tic Life of the Mar­tial Arts Icon

Bruce Lee’s Only Sur­viv­ing TV Inter­view, 1971: Lost and Now Found

Quarantined Family Re-Creates Journey’s “Separate Ways” Video Shot-by-Shot

The Heller fam­i­ly writes: “Soli­tary con­fine­ment does strange things to the best of us and this quar­an­tine was real­ly hav­ing an effect. My wife texted me and said, ‘we need to remake a music video.’ I thought that sound­ed like a lot of work, but her per­sis­tence paid off and here we are. Enjoy!”

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Pachelbel’s Canon Played by Train Horns

Because we all need a men­tal health break these days. Cou­ple it with a ver­sion played on a rub­ber chick­en when you’re done

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via Kot­tke

Relat­ed Con­tent:

New Order’s “Blue Mon­day” Played with Obso­lete 1930s Instru­ments

Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” Played With 167 Theremins Placed Inside Matryosh­ka Dolls in Japan

“Some­where Over the Rain­bow” Played on a 1929 Theremin

Watch Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Voodoo Chile’ Per­formed on a Gayageum, a Tra­di­tion­al Kore­an Instru­ment

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