The Panasonic Design Museum website brings out good memories of old gadgets you never had… I really like this charming Radio Cassette Recorder from 1967.

The Boston Globe’s Scenes from the Recession photo gallery. The above image, by Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters, is of an abandoned construction site in Warsaw, Poland, but it could well be of an abandoned site in northern Portugal — an uncannily similar scenario.

“The most venomous of all cables are headphones. The combination of thin wires and stubborn earplug hooks is an endless source of gordian frustration (notably amplified when combined with seat belts on an airplane).”

Christoph Niemann’s funny rant about cables.