Your Favorite Everyday Invention
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05-08-2016, 10:25 AM
RE: Your Favorite Everyday Invention
(05-08-2016 10:15 AM)onlinebiker Wrote:  
(05-08-2016 10:02 AM)Grasshopper Wrote:  Recorded music. 100 years ago, if you wanted to hear music, you either made it yourself, or you went to a concert -- and if you didn't happen to live in a major metropolis, the concert would be some local guys who might or might not be any good -- and it might be available once a week or once a month.

Today, I can listen to world-class musicians playing all kinds of music -- classical, jazz, rock, blues, folk, etc. -- at any time of the day or night, in the comfort of my own home, just by popping a CD in the player (yeah, I know that's old-school technology these days, but it's till my technology of choice). People take this for granted, but it is a wonderful thing for those of us who love music.

Mechanical music boxes were around longer than that.....

I suppose, but not that much longer, and the variety of recorded music available would have been very limited. If you were a contemporary of Bach, you would probably have never heard any of his music unless you lived in his town and went to his church. Now anyone with a CD player or internet connection can hear Bach's music (or just about anyone else's) any time they like. That is a huge improvement.
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05-08-2016, 10:28 AM
RE: Your Favorite Everyday Invention
(04-08-2016 06:35 PM)pablo Wrote:  Toilet paper.

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05-08-2016, 10:35 AM
RE: Your Favorite Everyday Invention
The transistor.

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05-08-2016, 10:36 AM
RE: Your Favorite Everyday Invention
(05-08-2016 10:01 AM)dancefortwo Wrote:  
(05-08-2016 09:49 AM)Commonsensei Wrote:  The wheel.


Did you know that the wheel isn't really that old. It only goes back to almost 3500 BC. For some reason I thought it went back much further.

This from Smithsonian web site.


The first wheels were not used for transportation.

Evidence indicates they were created to serve as potter’s wheels around 3500 B.C. in Mesopotamia—300 years before someone figured out to use them for chariots.


http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-na...21/?no-ist

Pottery huh? I'll look into this. For some reason I recall it being for grain.

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05-08-2016, 10:48 AM
RE: Your Favorite Everyday Invention
Paper clips, white-out, and post-it-notes.

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05-08-2016, 11:10 AM
RE: Your Favorite Everyday Invention
I'm going to second the vote for "the car." I can travel where I want, when I want, and take all manner of interesting stuff along. Currently I have a music stand and a conductor's podium in the trunk, but I also make a lot of trips to home improvement centres to pick up lumber and other materials. It's also a must-have if you want to schlep a bag of cat litter back to the house.

And it's just plain fun to jump in the car and go for coffee or snacks at some atrocious hour.
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05-08-2016, 11:43 AM
RE: Your Favorite Everyday Invention
Electricity. Without controlling that, not much else was going to happen.
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05-08-2016, 11:51 AM
RE: Your Favorite Everyday Invention
(05-08-2016 10:17 AM)onlinebiker Wrote:  Refrigeration / Air conditioning

Keeping yourself cool - and your food preserved is a monster of a time saver and the best of creature comforts...............

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Yeah, this. Refrigeration/AC is why I'm not a heat-stroke-addled drooler crouching in the shade of a mesquite tree hoping for something to die near me so I can have a fresh meal. With this innovation, I have icy craft cider and am planning to have an oven on 10 feet from my bedroom for 2 1/2 hours today and still sleep comfortably tonight.

Refrigeration edges out indoor plumbing by a nanometer. One. Running water so ubiquitous that calling it "on tap" is literally redundant is so fucking awesome I am sometimes in awe of how lucky I am to have it in multiple (air conditioned Big Grin) rooms.
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05-08-2016, 11:54 AM
RE: Your Favorite Everyday Invention
It sure would be difficult to use Item A after a week or two without Item B:

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05-08-2016, 04:18 PM
RE: Your Favorite Everyday Invention
rope/string is pretty important. Without them, the first complex tools would not have been possible.

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