Author Archives: Charles Shopsin

Video: Russian School for the Blind

Charles Shopsin is a New York City-raised and Brooklyn-based software developer. In his spare time, he runs the Modern Mechanix blog. This is a film I saw last year at the Anthology Film Archives in New York. It was part…

The Sidewinder and the Snow-Motor

Charles Shopsin is a New York City-raised and Brooklyn-based software developer. In his spare time, he runs the Modern Mechanix blog. OK, I admit: a forklift is not exactly standard fare for a gadgets site, but the Airtrax Sidewinder is…

Review of the Bionicam

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Charles Shopsin is a New York City-raised and Brooklyn-based software developer. In his spare time, he runs the Modern Mechanix blog. When USB microscopes started appearing on the market a few years ago, I thought they looked like a lot…

Wurlitzer Factory Tour - 1950

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Charles Shopsin is a New York City-raised and Brooklyn-based software developer. In his spare time, he runs the Modern Mechanix blog, waits tables, and finds new ways to torture his cat. His dream girl is Jordan from the movie Real

Make your PS3 actually work as a media player

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Charles Shopsin is a New York City-raised and Brooklyn-based software developer. In his spare time, he runs the Modern Mechanix blog, waits tables, and finds new ways to torture his cat. His dream girl is Jordan from the movie Real

Modern Mechanix Round-UP

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Recently on Modern Mechanix we looked at the Heli-Vector, which had everyone asking "Will he blend?", Time Magazine's 1956 round up of the state of factory Automation, a bicycle powered hair salon, a man who claims to own

Modern Mechanix Round-UP

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Remember kiddies, while doing a bunch of crystal meth may seem to make you more productive, it's all just an illusion. Things just start slipping through the cracks; things like your regular Modern Mechanix Round-UP on BBG. Well no more,…

Modern Mechanix Round-UP

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Over at Modern Mechanix we're currently in the middle of series of posts about technologies that were invented earlier than you might have thought. We've already done fax machines, answering machines and televisions and have more coming later this…

Modern Mechanix Round-UP

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Sorry for the recent hiatus folks. Today we’re back with a Modern Mechanix Mega Round-UP. Let’s start with the Computers section of the site. Recently we’ve looked at Byte magazine’s first reviews of the Apple IIe, Apple Lisa,…

Modern Mechanix Round-UP

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Today on Modern Mechanix we looked at these oh-so-cool sport binoculars, an advertisement for Harley Davidson's 1951 Hydra-Glide motorcycle, a centuries old automaton of an old woman that writes letters and learned that Canada is full of courteous people…