Five Things – 11.14.16 – Ticky Tacky

Homes Of The Future Walter Cronkite takes us on a 1967 journey through the home of 2001. Like most “blank-of-the-future” media from the ’50s and ’60s, lots of predictions hit the mark and others are way off.  A house with a recirculated water supply, drawing power from its own fuel cells, and a central point…

Five Things – 10.3.16 – This Is My Door

Jim Henson’s The Cube In the late 1960s, NBC had a short-lived Sunday afternoon anthology show titled NBC Experiment in Television. From what I can tell the show seems like a general-audience-aimed The Outer Limits, with an expectation for the audience to cut the NBC some slack if episodes strayed from traditional themes and formats.  In 1968, Jim Henson…

Five Things – 7.11.16 – Real Sick, Real Quick

Man From The 25th Century This 1968 Irwin Allen production never got off the ground, and it’s kind of a shame. Tomo was abducted from his 1951 Earth life and given combat and telekinesis training on a distant planet 500 years in the future by alien beings, his ultimate mission being to return to 1951 and…

Five Things – 03.21.16 – If They Do This, What Will Happen?

Incredible Machine The 1960s must have been a pretty exciting time to work in R&D at a telecommunications company like Bell Labs. Computers were still huge but becoming common in the workplace.  By the end of the decade several communication satellites were in orbit and each day it was becoming easier and easier to transmit information across…

Five Things – 03.14.15 – Square, Rectangle, Trapezoid, Tetrazoid!

System Technology It’s a really dry title and if we’re being honest, a really dry delivery.  BUT! If you squint a little bit at this early 1960s informational film by the Systems Development Corporation you’ll find a lot to love beyond the subject matter. If you’re into the step by step development process for early warning…

Five Things – 02.29.16 – I Swear By My Tattoo

Saturday Morning Sneak Peek  Well, they called it what it was. No razzle, no dazzle, no confusion. Also, this was apparently before drop-shadow was invented. Avery Schreiber and Jack Burns host this 1973 ABC special, under the premise that the comedy duo is setting up a surprise party for Schreiber’s nephew.  Burns pulls some strings…

Five Things – 01.25.16 – And By Our Daring

1.  Space Shuttle – This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, which was a defining moment of my childhood. Thinking on it reminds me of what a space nut I was as a little kid; living in Orlando, Florida makes it pretty easy to catch space fever.  I saw Challenger’s doomed liftoff…

Five Things – 1.4.16 – That Warm Bean Flavor

1.  Droid World – This gorgeous Star Wars book was a part of the read-along The Further Adventures series released in the early 1980s.  Each book was about 20-25 pages long and came with a record or cassette that you played alongside it.  Illustrated by Dick Foes, the artwork was much more impressive than it needed to be. The…

Five Things – 12.28.15 – Top 5 of 2015

Here are the most viewed, voted, and commented-on Things from the past year.  There’s a pretty great mix here of corporate cheese, baffling games, retrofuturism, and Leonard Nimoy; it provides a good glimpse of the scope of the Timid Futures embrace.  Here we go, in reverse order…   #5 – How Nuclear Radiation Can Change…