1916 electric utility propaganda – Boing Boing

Boing Boing has a cool flash back to the turn of the century, A little girl vacuums, with electricity! when electricity in the home wasn’t commonplace and electric utility companies where pushing consumers to consider electricity as more than just a novelty toy. I really liked the way Maggie described what was so important about this shift:

    “Forget about simplifying housework. Centralized electricity changed energy production from a difficult, in-home process that kept the messy by-products of progress literally in your face, into something magical that happened when you threw a switch. The choking smoke was still there, but not at your house. There was still heavy labor involved, but it wasn’t done by you or your children. For the first time, people were able to pretend that their standard of living was provided, free of downsides, by little elves that lived in the wall. All benefit, no detriment. Action without consequences. In other words, this is the point where everybody went a little bit bonkers.”

Read the whole Boing Boing post, and click through to read the pamphlet (which is a little tedious to page through but the poetic verse is pretty great) at the link below.

1916 electric utility propaganda – via Boing Boing.

UK Folding Plug concept looks slim and sexy in your luggage

Where was this when I was packing a bag to London? Unfortunately it’s just a concept right now, but this slick idea folds the bulky UK power adapter into a slim three-prong wonder that packs better, and – with a modified power strip – could potentially reduce under-the-desk clutter. This is the kind of simple invention that you hope will get adopted by every electronics manufacturer post-haste, but which sadly will probably end up an obscure adapter in a few hundred British geeks’ toolboxes.


Courtesy of Engadget, who has a video of it in action: UK Folding Plug concept could flatten that bulky British adapter.