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Pulp Librarian @PulpLibrarian A former library of the mind

This is an archived site now. No work shown was my own: it's all on the web somewhere. Sic transit gloria Tuesday...

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(Update: if you're missing your daily fix of oddities I have another account - @ModemTimes - that collates the geek… https://t.co/SGx9V2u3IK
4/1
2019
And that's it. I hope you learnt a few fun things from this account, but for the sake of my health I must now bow o… https://t.co/UOrtoJQdWX(Pulp correction - on a couple of tweets I've confused LCD with LED. Thanks autocorrect! Rule of thumb - if it's r… https://t.co/qPY4aLc1vN...with the Casio G-Shock DW-5000C. Designer Kikuo Ibe had been heartbroken when his first digital watch fell and s… https://t.co/fohs6QHUMpOver the years we've tried to cram everything we could into a digital watch: radios, video games, computers, GPS, h… https://t.co/AjZrh7XjMsThen in 1982 Seiko launched the incredible T001 TV watch - a TV on your wrist! James Bond had one of course, but so… https://t.co/SqLy0EiH1TThroughout the 1980s both Casio and Seiko continued to make LCD watches smarter. In 1980 Casio launched the Game-10… https://t.co/8RqtzxGjiaIn comparison Seiko had fully automated its watch production, diversified into quartz analogue as well as LCD digit… https://t.co/jDhE7FXBPmIn 1977 Texas Instruments, a recent entry into the market, cut its price for LCD watches to under $10. As a vertica… https://t.co/9eb5Q5auiXBy 1976 the US had reached peak LCD: over 70 manufacturers were providing digital watches in a wide range of design… https://t.co/66KMe6FnhxThe US hit back with its own innovation: the digital watch calculator. Pulsar and Hewlett-Packard released models w… https://t.co/ZNhinBxPCnIn 1975 Seiko launched the 0634: the first digital quartz watch with a chronograph that could measure to a tenth o… https://t.co/XAwxIEf3wYThen in 1974 Casio made the move into digital watches with the Casiotron. Using the new twisted nematic LCDs from i… https://t.co/2AUCS2hvNhSeiko launched their first LCD watch, the 06LC, in 1973. A field-effect liquid crystal display showed six digits of… https://t.co/hBoml1oxEeLiquid crystal doesn't emit light but it can block it. Put it between two polarised filters and apply a current and… https://t.co/k3W776JYXbSeiko had been a pioneer of quartz controlled timekeeping: their quartz clocks were used at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic… https://t.co/T8nVV2MZcnSoon Commodore, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola and Intel all joined Pulsar on the LCD bandwaggon. By 1975 America was do… https://t.co/i1iU63VxbBBut... The LEDs were so power hungry it could only show the time if you pressed a button. It also cost more than a… https://t.co/ppagf1l2MVSo in 1972 the Pulsar Time Computer launched to a rapturous reception: it was so futuristic! A quartz timebase sign… https://t.co/atcRtMiZ7DHamilton Pulsar chose to use light emitting diodes for their watch display, just like many calculators did in the e… https://t.co/geqer49FkzHamilton ran with the idea, and in May 1970, on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, they unveiled the future of t… https://t.co/71GrMNy9rpThe Hamilton Watch Company had already collaborated with Stanley Kubrick to develop digital clocks and futuristic w… https://t.co/wCyG1zTTCoAnd so it was with the wristwatch. Electronic quartz watches were already a thing by the 1960s: an analogue movemen… https://t.co/o0cr1XxXmP'Digital' is a magical marketing word. Like 'laser' or 'turbo' it suggests progress, mastery and the future. People… https://t.co/u4vOGmWgzbIn the 1970s a fascinating engineering battle took place between America and Japan for control of the future. The p… https://t.co/VFn762oew7
2/22
2019
What shall we tweet about tomorrow: philosophical zombies or digital watches? I'm happy either way tbh... https://t.co/Wdv9L256u9They all thought it was a joke when I named my pigeons Beelzedove and Coocifer... https://t.co/sn1Ea7l8Px
Retweeted by Pulp Librarian"It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine..." Farewell 1976, you mad, crazy year of my youth! https://t.co/jmRtAntWweRod, Jane and Freddy. Or was it Matthew? Was he before Roger? Or after original Bungle left? #SoManyQuestions... (1… https://t.co/LiJUUxqyNXPigeons, Hell. You know, that whole connection... Pigeons From Hell, by Robert E Howard. Ace Books, 1976. https://t.co/JsDlW9AHu0"For graduates of Sesame Street." The Electric Company Magazine: Mystery Issue, October 1976. That's a lot of Hard… https://t.co/P2fsVvhHdCThe greatest film never made: Lucha Lubre, 1976. https://t.co/ZasjZfHtkNTwist and trout... Perry Rhodan 801: Sirenen Des Alls (1976). https://t.co/V2P4QokZi9...too late! https://t.co/mmLNoucMdL"It's a Frenchman! Shoot him before he starts playing the accordion!!" #UFO Flying Saucers. Gold Key comics, 1976. https://t.co/TEGq54rH2lNicolas Cage is still working hard... The House Of Hammer issue 6, December 1976. https://t.co/fuWFBI0q1yPat Boyette's artwork for Space:1999. Charlton Comics, November 1976. https://t.co/yUnwiiYCHWLong hair is dangerous. Health and safety guidance, 1976. https://t.co/QUWyiSm7o7The 1976 Solo Electra moped. The electric moped is an idea that comes and goes but for some reason never sticks... https://t.co/TnoGfmVALTNow I've been to Grimsby. It's mostly like this, except it's either drizzling or about to drizzle... Grimsbys Schw… https://t.co/CRHVsZ0LKDDoes he need the helmet? Really? If you think about it? Der Rächer mit dem Totenkopf, by Cedric Balmore. Pabel Vam… https://t.co/CuoowuuZtLThe 1976 Philips Hipster. Denim Blue too! Nice... https://t.co/rPjA0O3UePKids today* have too much screentime!** Something MUST be done etc... (*1976) (**monochrome) https://t.co/kKaFwKPHH7The 1976 RCA SelectaVision VHS recorder. It was the future, once.. https://t.co/7srlH0tA0A"I'm Ma Baker: put your hands in the air and ginmie all your money..." Custom Car, September 1976. https://t.co/KC9zOKrUxRThe Little Professor. Released by Texas Instruments in 1976 the Prof would set various 'fun' maths problems for you… https://t.co/mnVvU18gusMean Streets, by Michael T Kaufman. Award Books, 1976. https://t.co/dkQan0StkPIt's only a matter of time... The MAD Star Trek musical. MAD magazine, October 1976. https://t.co/T7E2El22EqThe #NorthernPowerhouse. Trouble At The Rovers, by H V Kershaw. Mayflower, 1976. #corrie https://t.co/IibrpjjYifOK, time to pop into the pulp time machine and head back to 1976! This may contain bright colours and polyester st… https://t.co/eQYkpfRSWhFarewell Peter... https://t.co/2TY7QIsCqc https://t.co/dwsFipW8sR @BeigeShiba @Fletchervand I may do a thread on the Hard Problem of consciousness in pulp lit in a few weeks..Whatever the answer to Fermi’s paradox, lets try and avoid the Singularity: a self-aware AI robot that upgrades its… https://t.co/Rmw7kwVAiSPerhaps alien life finds the rest of the universe dull and prefers to live in cyberspace instead. Or we could be in… https://t.co/ooc5fQLy7OAliens could think much faster or slower than us, making communication difficult. In Dragon’s Egg by Robert L Forwa… https://t.co/r2bJ0CqDDqOf course Earth could be in a galactic backwater where ‘intelligent’ life is actually pretty dumb. A Fire Upon The… https://t.co/w60AY7Oic5Many novels involve aliens secretly watching and judging us: in Robert A Heinlein’s Have Space Suit Will Travel (19… https://t.co/imTaoWxcXZIn Greg Eagle’s novel Quarantine (1992) aliens surround Earth in a force field to prevent us harming others, whilst… https://t.co/3N0y2O6vomSome books suggest aliens avoid contact with some planets until they become more mature. The Small, Still Voice of… https://t.co/KTzR0PFvzZAnother Stanislaw Lem novel, Fiasco (1986), is about alien life that simply refuses to communicate with us - despit… https://t.co/3FlxCLFZ3qStanislaw Lem explored the problem of communication with alien life in many of his novels. Solaris (1961) is a plan… https://t.co/wymAZhxXytWe may also be unable to detect alien life because it’s so alien: it may communicate in ways we cannot comprehend l… https://t.co/Abb6OM43IkAssuming no Great Filter is insurmountable, we may be blind to alien life because it’s just too far away. In C. J.… https://t.co/8kCxUOWe3VQuatermass And The Pit by Nigel Kneale (1959) is about another Great Filter: the idea that advanced intelligent lif… https://t.co/uKH2FVe0NdMore worryingly the Great Filter may be ahead of us: there’s something that prevents most intelligent life ever rea… https://t.co/ALN2DrYVlUThe Great Filter could mean we’re the first, or even only, intelligent life so far in the universe. In Ursula K LeG… https://t.co/twMbcTF804There may be many Great Filters to intelligent life, so the odds of getting there are slim - evolution doesn’t care… https://t.co/QwgfxDlVJZOne theory involves the Great Filter: there are stages in the evolution of life that are very hard to pass through.… https://t.co/kUvKuNX0IwAnswers to the Drake equation vary, depending on the probabilities you assume. But arguments about the Fermi parado… https://t.co/4n9XqblDUqFrank Drake built on this in 1961. The Drake equation examined the probabilities of how many stars and planets coul… https://t.co/5T2xq0PkJBIn 1950 Physicists Enrico Fermi and Michael Hart were chatting in the Los Alamos canteen when the topic turned to U… https://t.co/6Z5EO6Vkrb“Space is big. Really big,” as Douglas Adams observed. So why haven’t we seen any alien life yet? Odds are a big… https://t.co/ntKkMboEuW
2/21
2019
Current mood... https://t.co/3xEeoEj6B2Don't be this guy. His life is seriously weird... https://t.co/QuEZdeLeKKJust time for a quick look at the papers... https://t.co/Zw7tzj9igz @ultraaviolettas Here you go... https://t.co/YdaXZYeviU @pamordaunt Best to write to Playboy...But for now let's relax: there's surely nothing to fear in your house. Except that strange laughter from the attic,… https://t.co/5vre0hMRt1Will the gothic romance make a comeback? It's a remarkably robust and flexible genre that's capable if great depth… https://t.co/r7ebxgUhLrSeveral hundred different gothic romances were published during these boom years, and though the stories were diffe… https://t.co/Kr8p4twWmzSoon Holt, along with Dorothy Eden, Joan Aiken, Marilyn Ross and a host of other authors were leading a gothic revi… https://t.co/xLzi6mgebFMany believed du Maurier had written the book herself. Actually Mistress of Mellyn was penned by prolific British a… https://t.co/AGALHERu71Then in 1960 Mistress of Mellyn, by unknown author Victoria Holt, became an overnight publishing success. The story… https://t.co/ojCshLcqqtGaslight, a 1938 play written by Patrick Hamilton and later made into a film, also effortlessly blended the Noir an… https://t.co/JPu0EpDTKbNoir, like the gothic, has its own tropes and character arcs, but both have characters trapped and often doomed in… https://t.co/DOH3wCmSdRI don't think it's coincidence that Rebecca was a success at around the same time that another pulp genre - the noi… https://t.co/4FZHAKKjSN“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” The manipulative first Mrs de Winter haunts the novel and the hous… https://t.co/5Wylf6LMRmBut in 1938 all that changed: the gothic received a hefty jolt of life when Daphne du Maurier published her novel R… https://t.co/YIPjbfEJ3DWhilst the supernatural gothic turned towards vampires and etheric creatures. Gothic mystery and suspense were in,… https://t.co/iVAKYrDumeThroughout the 19th century psychological and scientific gothic horror began to make its mark: mad creations of man… https://t.co/ywppFp1wUXFrankenstein is a story of great ambition, terror and pity. It is a love story as well as a revenge tragedy. But it… https://t.co/62QHEyuToeThe second gothic branch emerged earlier, and seemed poised to be the more successful. Frankenstein; or The Modern… https://t.co/SZk55SO8AwMany of the Brontë themes recur in subsequent gothic romances: the Byrinic anti-hero, the governess who finds love,… https://t.co/hxZH7xLbVzJane Eyre, published the same year by Charlotte Brontë, is a harrowing story of a heroine treated cruelly by almost… https://t.co/08KumT5l3rWuthering Heights, published in 1847 is an ur-text of the gothic romance genre. Emily Brontë's novel of cruelty and… https://t.co/FPyUTzKUoLBy the 1800s the gothic romance had begun to develop along two distinct paths. One was forged by the Brontë family.… https://t.co/K1GCQ4fayiMatthew Lewis's 1796 novel The Monk took the gothic supernatural to new heights; demonic powers, witchcraft, a Blee… https://t.co/blA3mlFb5TOtranto was a huge success, and was followed by many more gothic tales of love. Ann Radcliffe published The Mysteri… https://t.co/0MxtxhPFUXIsabella of course flees the castle, and her father arrives seeking retribution. But what sets this up as a gothic… https://t.co/Agx9ehMTnGFirstly it has a long pedigree. Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1764) is usually acknowledged as the first… https://t.co/JF4H0YrT4K
2/20
2019

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