Old analogue televisions have been copping a lot of flack in Canberra lately. And, to be fair, it's not entirely their fault.
Traditional stalwart of the living room, the boxy old relics of TV-times gone past stoically served Canberra families for years. Until their digital cousins came along.
Supermodel skinny, with sleek designs and crystal-clear pictures, the new digital televisions are guaranteed to add that freakishly futuristic touch to any home.
No wonder there was a sudden exodus of their bulky, dated predecessors.
Old TV sets made their way to footpaths and public skips around the country as the wave of a digital future rolled in. Worse still, some careless owners mercilessly dumped their no-longer-loved tube-filled teles beside charity bins, perhaps hoping in vain that some poor old sod might still be stuck in the analogue age.
But not even the charities wanted them.
And now that the analogue signal has been switched off, these retired and tired old machines are really struggling to find a home.
So what's a sentimental fool to do?
Sure you could buy a set-top box, hook it up, and tuck the TV back in your shed to watch while you're oiling the gardening tools.
Or you could recycle it for free using the government's new e-waste recycling system.
But if you truly loved your tube, you might want to breathe new life into the set and keep it around the family home, even if just for the memories.
Here are five new ideas for your old idiot box:
1. The tele-aquarium
It seems particularly trendy these days to gut old televisions, slide in a tank, and give your old TV some new life, literally, in the form of fish. Talk about turning the tide on technology.
With some creative thinking (and some quick measurements), your old set could be a new home for a number of household pets. But heed the old TV warning about working with animals and children - proceed with caution.
2. Hipster furniture
Milk crates are so yesterday. Why not whack one of grandma's old cushions on the top of your tele? Put your feet up as you surf the many new digital channels, or get all your friends over with their TV-chairs to sit around, drink espresso, and hypothesise on the dangers of modern technology. Radically ironic.
But be warned, old TVs probably weren't weight-tested as stools. Sit at your own risk.
3. Live out your TV dreams
Ever wanted to see yourself on the small screen? Do you remember dancing in the mirror, using your hairbrush as a microphone, and bashing out your favourite pop tunes after watching Young Talent Time (and we don't mean the new-fangled edition)? Well now you can make your childhood dreams come true. Just pop out your TV's old curved screen and pop in a mirror. You'll be the star of the show, every day.
4. Osillate wildly with your new oscilloscope
We'll admit this isn't our idea. I'll admit I didn't even know what an oscilloscope is, and still am not really sure. But apparently your old TV could be one. This idea also comes with a direct warning from the website where it was found: "If you're silly enough to try this, then at your own risk be it!"
5. A trick(y) new microwave for your kitchen
You can thank New Zealand (and YouTube) for this aesthetic, cheap, but not so practical repurposification (try saying that with a Kiwi accent!). For those impatient Gen-Ys who grew up with VCRs and DVD players, you can fastforward to the 2 minute mark to see what Kiwi comedian Billy T has done with his retro TV.
Have you got any creative ideas for your old TV set? Leave your comments below.