From the back matter of The Fair Circassian by Samuel Croxall (1721). Original from the British Library. Digitized June 25, 2013.
"Many of us are familiar with the term Internet of Things, but what does it mean? Is it animal, vegetable or mineral?
"Well, it’s neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire…"
*People are stumbling over this comparison because that is, seriously, really what it’s like. The IoT is not an Internet and it’s not things, but it has EMPIRE written all over it.
Dorothy: Oh, Thank you so much! We’ve been gone such a long time and we feel so messy… What kind of a horse is that? I’ve never seen a horse like that before!
Guardian of the Emerald City Gates: And never will again, I fancy. There’s only one of him and he’s it. He’s the Horse of a Different Color, you’ve heard tell about.
Even http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_of_Things tells us that it’s an entry with problems.
*With cat facial-recognition technology, you’re Fluffy’s Zuckerberg.
In the late sixties, mebbe you wanted to get started in the world of video. Then mebbe you had access to a Sony http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portapak
Typically, you might park it someplace, just to document something, in rough B/W and pretty good sound — like whomever did, when Aretha was at Filmore West, in ‘71: