[Prior to TV] his greatest invention had been a type of hosiery designed to absorb dampness, known as the "Baird undersoc." Less successful was his follow-up effort, pneumatic footwear (a crude precursor to Nike's "Air" shoes) that had an unfortunate tendency to explode underfoot.Link. My friend Harold used to talk about the thrill of playing golf in a thunderstorm: you never know which stroke will be your last.
Friday, September 23, 2011
It's Not a Bug, It's a (Ka-boom!)
Tim Wu recounts the checkered past of John Logie Baird, one of the pre-inventors of television: