Mad Science: 'This Day In Tech' Goes Analog

'Mad Science: Einstein's Fridge, Dewar's Flask, Mach's Speed and 362 Other Inventions and Discoveries that Made Our World' was published earlier this month. It's a compilation of the "This Day in Tech" columns published in, at least one for each day.

I have a dozen pieces in this fabulous book, compiled by former TDIT editor Randy Alfred. Randy did a great job of editing the pieces down, and with good reason: 366 entries, even if they are all one page each, already makes for a pretty hefty book. And many of the columns were at least a couple of "pages" long

But because writing amounts to showing off, and writers grow rather fond of what they've written, I'm providing links to the original versions of my TDIT pieces on

But do buy the book — I make nothing from it, and even had to buy a copy for myself. Available at AmazonBarnes and Noble and other online book stores.
  1. Feb 4, 2004: You’ve Got a ‘Friend’ in TheFacebook
  2. March 15, 1985: Dot-Com Revolution Starts With a Whimper
  3. March 21, 2006: Twitter Takes Flight
  4. March 23, 1857: Mr. Otis Gives You a Lift
  5. June 1, 1495: King James Will Have a Scotch, Good Sir
  6. July 23, 1996: Stand By ... High Definition TV Is on the Air
  7. Aug. 3, 1977: The TRS-80 Is Bad, and That Ain’t Trash Talk
  8. Aug. 31, 1920: News Radio Makes News
  9. Sept. 9, 1926: Radio Sets Up a National Broadcasting Craze
  10. Sept. 9, 1982: 3-2-1 … Liftoff! The First Private Rocket Launch
  11. Sept. 20, 1842: Dewar’s Fortune Is Scotched
  12. Dec. 14, 1996: Big Holiday Bonus Shows Workers the Money
And for the Baker's Dozen: My favorite of my columns which didn't make the cut:

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