Friday, August 21, 2015


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Composition Class (1938)

Hideko Takamine in "Composition Class (1938)"

Along the east bank of the Arakawa river in Tokyo, there is a place called Yotsugi. The place is a part of Katsushika, the lower town of the metropolis. Today, this neighborhood looks as generic as any other residential area, but rather chaotic web of narrow streets tells you the place has been developed with little total grand design. In 1930's, the place was filled with rows and rows of flimsy, jerry-built tenements for low-income families.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bing Crosby and Art of Recording

The BCE Mark II video recorder in early 1953. (l-r) Jack Mullin, Bing Crosby and Wayne Johnson

I found this article by Robert R. Phillips, the early magnetic recording engineer who worked at Bing Crosby Enterprises, on Engineering and Technology History Wiki site today. This is a fascinating read.

You may not know this, but Bing Crosby was the father of modern magnetic recording technology. Oh, I don't mean he spent hours fiddling with vacuum tubes and making solder joints. He just wrote a series of fat checks to engineers to build audio and video recorders so that he didn't have to deal with radio and TV live shows every week. He had his own laboratory (Electronics Division in Bing Crosby Entertainment) and a group of very talented engineers working for him.

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