(Roughly) Daily

Just the fax, ma’am…

Traditional newspapers beware: the inventive folks at Electrolux have taken aim at that last bastion of the broadsheets, the breakfast table:  they have produced a web-connected toaster with which one can heat one’s toast to “print” essentially anything that can be downloaded…

(Electrolux engineers are working on font reduction, as currently LA Times readers go through over two loaves of bread following a front-page story past the fold and into the back of a section…)

More, at The Register‘s hardware site.

As we race to perfect clear jam, we might tip the birthday silks to Marco Polo, the Venetian trader who, with his uncle and brother, were among the first to travel Genghis Khan’s Silk Road to China, born this date in 1254.  Polo’s book, Il Milione (aka The Travels of Marco Polo) was central to the spread throughout medieval Europe of knowledge of– and fascination with– China and the court of (Genghis’ grandson) Kublai Khan.

Marco Polo

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September 15, 2008 at 1:01 am

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