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#288402 - 03/15/18 02:41 PM Re: Geko Smart Whistle [Re: hikermor]
haertig Offline
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Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 2014
Loc: Colorado
Yes! My library has it on DVD! I'll go check it out today. Since this series is about inventions, it's funny that DVD's were not even invented yet when the series came out. I'm not sure if video tapes were even invented yet either. Wait - they had to be. I don't recall watching the series on live TV, must have been on tape.

Anyway, I'd like to hear James Burke's take on this invention progression where we now have electronic whistles that connect to smart phones. Things have certainly changed in our lifetimes, haven't they?!

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#288403 - 03/15/18 02:48 PM Re: Geko Smart Whistle [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
haertig Offline
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Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 2014
Loc: Colorado
Originally Posted By: Jeanette_Isabelle
That series came out before I was born.

Yes, rub it in, rub it in. Make us old folks feel, well, old.

You are our shining fountain of youth around here!

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#288404 - 03/15/18 03:33 PM Re: Geko Smart Whistle [Re: haertig]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
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Registered: 11/13/06
Posts: 1848
Loc: Emerald City, OZ
Originally Posted By: haertig
You are our shining fountain of youth around here!

And yet I feel old ever since Mom and I moved to Florida.

Jeanette Isabelle
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#288405 - 03/15/18 04:22 PM Re: Geko Smart Whistle [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
haertig Offline
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Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 2014
Loc: Colorado
Originally Posted By: Jeanette_Isabelle
And yet I feel old ever since Mom and I moved to Florida.

Wait until you go to one of your high school reunions and the topics of conversation include "How are your grandchildren doing? Are they enjoying college?" frown

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#288407 - 03/15/18 09:32 PM Re: Geko Smart Whistle [Re: hikermor]
pforeman Offline
Member

Registered: 04/23/08
Posts: 106
Loc: Iowa
While technology is great - I'm still old school enough to keep paper maps etc. around along with the non-connected whistle.

Our office assigned unit (a nice van) has no GPS but everyone in the office always uses their 'smart' phone to navigate. I'm paranoid enough that I put the new paper state road map in the van just yesterday.

On the "getting old" front - I just sent in the paperwork to start my pension payments from the former job as I hit 65. I'm going to go for another three years in my current agency to get a second pension so I'm an official "double dipper"! Also, it will help pay for the grand kid trips!

Paul -

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#288558 - 03/30/18 03:28 PM Re: Geko Smart Whistle [Re: haertig]
WesleyH Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 05/26/16
Posts: 82
Loc: OKLAHOMA
Connections was a great series. I've not seen it on public TV in years. You can find DVD's of the original series on Ebay for around $60, but the second season is apparently made on DVD's of platinum. . The series runs around $350!

Ouch!

I would be happy to see them rebroadcast, or another similar series put together.

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#290454 - 09/10/18 05:27 AM Re: Geko Smart Whistle [Re: hikermor]
ireckon Offline
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Registered: 04/01/10
Posts: 1628
Loc: Northern California
Some people try to innovate without getting input from a broad range of people. In this case, I imagine a dedicated hiker sitting around a camp fire, smoking weed, staring at his trustworthy whistle, and thinking of ways to improve it. He thinks, a whistle that has the reach of his cell phone is the answer! He doesn’t bother running the idea past nerdy cell phone engineers because they just kill the vibe, man. So, he runs with his idea unchecked and surrounded by “yes” men. This is the result.
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