Thursday, December 27, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
ThinkGeek Blowout Sale
- "My First Bacon" Talking Plush Doll - originally $19.99 now $14.99!
- Star Trek Starfleet iPhone Case - originally $14.99 now $3.99!
- iCade Jr. Mini Arcade Cabinet - originally $49.99 now $9.99!
- Android Fridge Magnet - originally $3.99 now $0.99!
- Scrolling LED Belt Buckle II - originally $29.99 now $19.99!
- HTTPanties - originally $7.99 now $6.99!
Monday, December 24, 2012
Well it's almost Christmas kids, and a long-standing tradition of mine, after having my cocoa and counting my presents, is to relax in my fake-wood-paneled basement and enjoy some classic retro TV Christmas specials in glorious 480i resolution whilst eating Twinkees. No, no, I don't have a time machine, well I'm sort of working on one, but it's years from completion and I still don't know where I'm going to find a high enough grade of plutonium for the...ummm...yeah...so since I DO NOT HAVE A TIME MACHINE I just plop down in front of my home computer, log onto the information super-highway, fire up Netscape and visit BetamaXmas.com. Complete with a ratty but comfortable couch, and what I'm pretty sure is a Bo Derek poster on the wall, BetamaXmas serves up past-time holiday goodies and retro commercials in a totally rad 80s style, complete with a VCR which perpetually flashes 12:00 a.m. There's even a TV Guide and channel changer available if you feel like surfing and make sure you adjust the antennas on top of the TV to ensure the best possible reception. And in case you're wondering, that's Ethel Merman in the screenshot singing "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow" on an old Sesame Street Christmas special. Crazy. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
Friday, December 21, 2012
It's the End of the World As We Know It...Not.
Well today is December 21st and I guess the world was supposed to end. Billions of deaths, mass hysteria, the fall of man and his stupendous civilization...interesting, I suppose...I guess I liked it better the first time it happened when it was called Y2K. Now, I'm off to troll the 2012 doomsday sites - see you guys in 4 to 5 billion years when the sun runs out of gas!
NSFW BONUS VIDEO 2012 NEWS FAIL COMPILATION!
(Sorry, I couldn't find any funny end of the world videos, but to be honest I didn't try that hard)
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Not all fun and games: Inside a Ms. Pac-Man factory
Imagine a dystopian universe in which all the world's industrial assembly robots have been replaced by clumsy people. Horrific image, right?
Now imagine that the world's consumer electronics assembly plants (staffed with the aforementioned fleshy, human laborers) have been moved overseas, and relocated in the United States of America. It's not a futurist nightmare, it's the past bitch!
Spend 4½ minutes on the Ms. Pac Man assembly line in this newly-digitized raw news footage from the Bally/Midway plant in Chicago, 1982.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
First Peek at Star Trek 12
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Lost Formats Preservation Society
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Friday, November 2, 2012
21st Century Kids VS. 1980s Technology
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
William & Theodore's Rather Tepid Outing
Friday, October 19, 2012
"8-Bitty" Bluetooth Gamepad
- Classic retro-styled game controller fits in your pocket and works with iPhone & iPad
- 8 button control including 4 face buttons, select, start, and two shoulder buttons... plus the D-Pad for movement
- Wireless Bluetooth® connection with auto power save mode
- Mini version of larger size iCade cabinet invented and designed by ThinkGeek
- Fully compatible with all iCade games
- Completely open development platform. App developers can add support for iCade with no permission needed from Apple or ThinkGeek. (See links for code examples below).
- "Atari Greatest Hits" iPad App ready to go with the iCADE, including support for over 100 classic Atari games.
- Atari App comes with Missile Command for free, other games available for in-app purchase. 3-game packs are $1. All 100 games are $14.99
- Compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Android support for most tablets and smartphones.
- NOTE: Atari Greatest Hits only runs on iPad, not on iPhone or iPod touch.
- Requires 2 x AAA batteries (not included)
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The City I Live In, the City of Shuttles
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded
- In June 2011, Replay Games announced on their blog that they had acquired a license for the Leisure Suit Larry series. Replay Games plans to re-release the titles it has licensed for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, XBLA, PSN, On-Live, and Steam. It is also announced that Al Lowe will be involved with the development of the new releases.
- In April 2012, Replay Games initiated the Kickstarter project Make Leisure Suit Larry come again! which finished funding on May 2, 2012 and secured a total of $674,598 ($655,182 via Kickstarter and $19,416 via Paypal) in funding compared to the $500,000 that was asked for. The "HD" Version of the game has a completion date of October 2012 listed, but it might be delayed to December 2012 or early 2013 since hitting the $650,000 mark. The $650,000 mark will add more story, dialogues and one more character.
CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL SITE FOR ALL THE SLEAZY DETAILS
Bonus Video: Al Lowe talks about the rebirth of Leisure Suit Larry
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Ye Olde Candies
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Bonus Video: 1975 Marathon Candy Bar Commercial
Friday, October 5, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
"I'm the Weeener" Says Mario
Monday, October 1, 2012
Sheena Easton breaks up with Defender
...because she likes Sinistar better.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Ataris Ain't Cheap!
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Happy Birthday, Chris!
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Mr. Wizard's a D*ck
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Diving demons can easily be dodged by moving away from their center of gravity and they will pass harmlessly off screen
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Geek Screen Gems: Wet Hot American Summer
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Saturday, November 15, 2104
At 14:52:28, FreedomFighter69 wrote:
Reporting my first temporal excursion since joining IATT: have just returned from 1936 Berlin, having taken the place of one of Leni Riefenstahl’s cameramen and assassinated Adolf Hitler during the opening of the Olympic Games. Let a free world rejoice! ~~Wikihistory, pg. 263
Friday, September 14, 2012
It's Floppy and Sticky
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Oh No! Not More Lemmings!
- iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad
- Palm Pre / Pre 2 running WebOS 1.4.5 or later
- TouchPad running WebOS 3.0.0 or later
- BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0.1 or later
- Mac OSX 10.4 or later (PowerPC and Intel)
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Beam Me Up, Portland!
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Blood Covered Wagon
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
I Like Ike and Tyler Too!
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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Little Alien Robot Erasers
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Turn Your Phone Into an Arcade
Remember when Noble Roman's didn't suck?
Hint: it was in the 80's.
Before the Indiana-based pizza chain attempted to go national, they were a reputable pizza-monger, known to locals for quality food and a groovy, dimly-lit atmosphere. All locations' windows were covered-over with wood slats to ensure darkness, facilitating movie projection on the walls. Even in the blistering hot midday sun, one could find cool air-conditioned darkness at a Noble Romans. It was too dark in there to see what you were eating. but it tasted good.
Non-hoosiers were introduced to a different face of NoBo's as they expanded into neighboring states–buying up failed Godfather's Pizza locations–and actively competing for the Guinness Book award for least edible, most-nauseating pizza in the known universe. Having eventually achieved that ignoble recognition, they moved on to a "take and bake" business model, and were never frequented again by anyone who likes pizza. Technically they remain in business to this day, but not in a form recognizable to early patrons.
Before they were terrible
A close friend who left Indiana in 1983 randomly asked me about Noble Romans recently. I had to break the news; they no longer existed. We reminisced for a bit about the restaurant's early features:
- The previously-mentioned dim lighting, ensured by blocked windows
- A glass window into the kitchen with steps and a small stoop for kids to watch flying hand-tossed dough
- Doughy, yeasty breadsticks
- Video game machines, sometimes jukeboxes
- Candles on the table during evening hours
- B&W silent films projected on the wall
An original location survived perhaps?
Apparently, I drive past a Noble Romans on my daily commute, its existence barely on the periphery of my consciousness. But after that phone call, something made me glance over as I drove past. I noticed: the windows were covered. The Italian state emblem was on the windows just like the one frequented in my childhood. Could this be a Noble Roman's throwback location? I began my research.
Reviews of this particular location on Goole Plus Local confirm:
- A "Dungeon-like interior motif." ✓
- "Best pizza and breadsticks you can buy." ✓
- Same owners for the past 29 years. - a good sign
Reviews at Yelp of the same location mention:
- "The breadsticks are soft, not greasy and covered with butter (a good thing.)" ✓
- "Deep dish pizza with tomato sauce dolloped all over the place" ✓
- The same reviewer says: "Nostalgia factor off the charts" ✓
- "A window into the kitchen were you can watch them make the pizza (there is even a step-up platform so kids can watch.)" ✓!!! We're there!
Gonna find out
Armed with coupons, I'm sending in a crack team of investigative eaters to get the story. Readers of Retrogeeker will get the scoop first. Stay tuned...
Update: A+. In the evening, (of this post,) I convinced the family to give it a try. It felt like nothing had changed since 1986. Each table had its own roll of paper towels. The restaurant layout was the same with the step stool for kids at the glass window into the kitchen, rotating oven, no other windows in the restaurant. No candles (might be a faulty memory) but stained glass Noble Romans lamps over every table. Some old Capcom machines from the early 90's.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Mad Ducketts: Converse Mario All Stars
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Ditto On That
Friday, August 24, 2012
Voice of Vampire Muppet Dies at 78
76...77...78! 78 years is how long Jerry Nelson, voice of Sesame Street's benign blood-sucker, the Count von Count, lived on this planet. He used to scare the crap out of me when I was a kid - the puppet, not the guy - that would be weird. From People magazine:
It's a sad day for numbers.Peace Jerry, you old hippie.
Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer known for playing the instructional Count von Count on Sesame Street, died Thursday of unspecified causes, according to CBC Radio-Canada. He was 78.
Besides the non-threatening vampire, Nelson, a Tulsa native who grew up in Washington, D.C., also performed Gobo Fraggle on Fraggle Rock and The Muppet Show's Sgt. Floyd Pepper of the Electric Mayhem band; "Pigs in Space" stalwart Dr. Julius Strangepork; Kermit the Frog's nephew Robin; and Gonzo's girlfriend Camilla the Chicken, among other roles, says the site.
He first trained with American puppeteer Bil Baird, who was responsible for the lively "Lonely Goatherd" marionette sequence in the 1965 movie blockbuster The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews.
That same year, Nelson worked with Muppet creator Jim Henson on TV's The Jimmy Dean Show, a variety program on which Kermit and the gang first became popular with American audiences.
Nelson's Sesame Street stint began in the '70s, and he continued to be the Count until his retirement in 2004.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Microsoft Mixes It Up...A Little
“Starting today, you’ll see the new Microsoft logo being used prominently. It will be used on Microsoft.com – the 10th most visited website in the world. It is in three of our Microsoft retail stores today (Boston, Seattle’s University Village and Bellevue, Wash.) and will shine brightly in all our stores over the next few months,” Mesiner wrote on the company’s blog.
The new logo is inspired by the company’s brand values, fonts and colors, he explained.
“The symbol is important in a world of digital motion … the symbol’s squares of color are intended to express the company’s diverse portfolio of products.”
The revision comes, Meisner said, ahead of “one of the most significant waves of product launches in Microsoft’s history.”
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Pitfall Harry In Your Pocket
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Beam Me Up, Portland!
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Friday, August 17, 2012
Tristan Perich: 1-Bit Music
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