Thought for the day

"I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness...<p>The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance" -- Carl Sagan



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In the 1950s, Swedish phone giant LM. The Ericsson-made Ericsson was the lightest phone on the market at the time of its introduction. It revolutionized the look of this common household item by hiding the dial on the bottom of the base, making it look more like a modernist statue than a phone. To hang, you simply set it back on a table. Because of its styling and its influence on future telephone design, the ericophone is considered by Phaidon to be one of the most important industrial designs of the 20th century. It is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In Sweden, the ericophone is known as the cobra telephone, because it resembles a coiled snake. The phone was designed in the late 1940s by a design team including Gosta Thames, Ralph Lisel and Hugo Blomberg, and serial production began in 1954. Early models were sold only to institutions, but production for the open market began in Europe and Australia in 1956. Since the Bell system did not allow the operation of third party equipment on its network, the Ericophone could only be used by independent telephone companies in the United States. North Electric in Galleon, Ohio manufactured the Ericophone for the North American independent market.