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posted by dersins (13 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
great, reminds of some 60s scifi homes in LA...
posted by neuph at 8:56 AM on October 9, 2007


So I'm giggling because I watched the video walk-through of the round house, and at 1:27 in, as the narrator is talking about the complete, smart-house renovation, there's a shot of an actual corded, rotary dial telephone on the wall in the kitchen. Heh.
posted by LooseFilter at 9:47 AM on October 9, 2007


Ah, here it is, on the left.
posted by LooseFilter at 9:49 AM on October 9, 2007


The main phone in my house is black, corded and has the buttons in a circle. But it's a regular touch-tone. My wife wanted it.

Do rotary phones still even work? I guess adding the software for translating that wouldn't be the much extra.
posted by DU at 9:57 AM on October 9, 2007


Make sure you read the post entitled "The Barn."
posted by artifarce at 10:04 AM on October 9, 2007


Well, drat. Apparently the story of a NY man buying a house in Portugal is probably an urban legend. Still some nice car photos.
posted by artifarce at 10:07 AM on October 9, 2007


Make sure you read the post entitled "The Barn."

It's an awesome story, but it's been debunked, unfortunately.
posted by dersins at 10:07 AM on October 9, 2007


Do rotary phones still even work?

I have one and it works fine; I have kept it so that when my daughter gets older she will know why they say "dial" the phone. With the advent of voice recognition it is actually more usable than it used to be when calling automated answering systems.

The post is interesting; it looks like it will keep me occupied for a while.
posted by TedW at 10:10 AM on October 9, 2007


Nice. I love how the beer bottle chapel dome includes images of a bald eagle, Jesus and the Illuminati eye in the pyramid.
posted by slogger at 11:47 AM on October 9, 2007


Do rotary phones still even work? I guess adding the software for translating that wouldn't be the much extra.

I have Vonage, and my Linksys PAP-2 Telephone Adapter does not support pulse dialing. My old rotary Slimline phone won't work as a result. It's probably just as well 'cause I suspect the PAP-2 doesn't supply enough power for its bell ringer either.

I remember when Southwestern Bell called to tell my parents they'd detected pulse dialing on their line, and that they were going to have to pay extra to continue using those rotary phones. This was an ironic twist as they'd charged people extra for Touch Tone service for years before that, and my parents, refusing to pay for the unnecessary luxury, hadn't realized that it had become free.

I kept the Slimline plugged in for years after that, as its bell ringer could be heard much more clearly through the house than any electronic beeping.
posted by fedward at 11:49 AM on October 9, 2007


For enviable retro telecommunications, get a Port-O-Rotary (it'll look great on the dash of that '54 Hudson) or a Bold Old Phone for the home.
posted by cenoxo at 1:58 PM on October 9, 2007


I feel boring now, thanks for sharing!
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 4:16 PM on October 9, 2007


You will be pleased to know that the sock monkey dress, by Rebecca Yaker, is available for purchase at this site. If that's a bit much, she also makes other sock-monkey related items that are a bit less austentatious. But I have seen it IRL, and it's pretty goddamn hot.
posted by louche mustachio at 7:13 PM on October 9, 2007 [1 favorite]


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