Ken C. Pohlmann

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Mar 18, 2024  |  2 comments
Every film buff worth their salt knows about Nosferatu. Even if you haven't seen the complete film, the image of Count Orlok is almost as famous as Mona Lisa, and significantly more creepy. But did you know that the film was the subject of a brutal court case? Make sure your doors are locked. It's gonna get scary.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Mar 04, 2024  |  8 comments
Students of history will know that about 100 years ago, various events occurred in Russia. More specifically, between 1917 and 1924, the Russian Empire collapsed, the Bolsheviks won the Russian Civil War, the Soviet Union was formed, Lenin died, and Stalin took charge. And five years after that, in 1929, a guy made a movie.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Feb 19, 2024  |  5 comments
Stop me if you've heard this one. An international arms dealer, a music composer, and a Hollywood starlet walk into a bar.....

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Feb 12, 2024  |  4 comments
This is my last communication. Outer walls breached. Door is splintering. Hinges giving way. Out of ammo. Just one grenade left. I’ll take as many as I can with me. God have mercy on my soul.

The 2023 holiday season was another last hurrah, this time for DVDs and Blu-ray Discs...

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Feb 05, 2024  |  4 comments
It may surprise you to learn that yesterday was not the past, and tomorrow will not be the future. In fact, it is the opposite. Yesterday will be the future, and tomorrow was the past. I would not make such a bold claim unless I have proof. And I have proof.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 22, 2024  |  13 comments
I love tubes. You love tubes. Everybody loves vacuum tubes. Of course, the ultimate vacuum tube is a cathode-ray tube — the glowing heart of good, old analog televisions. What a cool invention — a device that can input electrical signals and convert them into visible moving images. Hmm — would it be possible to build your own CRT as a DIY project? You betcha!

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 17, 2024  |  3 comments
We are equipped with five senses: Sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch. The thought of losing any of them is frightening. Setting aside the question of aging, even the thought of only diminishing any of our senses is unsettling. So, the question is, if a faulty product caused you to suffer an impairment of one of your senses, what kind of compensation would be appropriate?
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 08, 2024  |  6 comments
A purist can be defined as “a person who adheres strictly and often excessively to a tradition.” I would add the corollary: particularly when it comes to analog audio. Which brings us to today's DIY project: Building your own audio amplifier from scratch. With vacuum tubes, of course.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Dec 18, 2023  |  2 comments
You mow your own grass. You shovel your own driveway. You make your own granola. You grind your own coffee beans. You chop your own firewood. You change your own oil. You reload your own ammo. You make your own vacuum tubes. Wait. What?

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Dec 04, 2023  |  3 comments
What does a roaring fire, crispy bacon, a rainy day, and an LP record have in common? I'll give you a moment to ponder that. Meanwhile, on a related note, let me opine that the best thing about LPs isn't their high sound quality. It's their lack of it. Let me explain.