Five Things – 2.6.17 – Two Simple Digits

The Y2k Family Survival Guide Leonard Nimoy lends his credibility to this alarmist video produced to aid those concerned with the potential societal collapse caused by the world’s computers’ refusal to acknowledge the year 2000. This video is one of several attempts to cash in on the hysteria around the Y2K phenomenon.  1999 was the…

Five Things – 01.23.17 – Hit The Play Button And Go Blow Up Some Spaceships

Pioneer LaserActive Infomercial In 1993 Pioneer released a sort of megadevice that combined CDs, Laserdiscs, video games, and  interactive karaoke CDs.  Called “LaserActive”, it retailed for just under $1000 and in a result that shocked nobody, was largely unsuccessful. This 1993 “issue” of Zoom, the “Video Magazine” (what?) features the ins-and-outs of the LaserActive.  It’s a…

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 – 03.07.16 – Tiny the Mustache Twirler Is Pointing At Me

Popular Science Covers Here’s a roundup of some gorgeous covers of the long-running Popular Science magazine. Retrofuturism bliss ahead! I particularly love this one featuring automotive issues as devils!   Blankety Blanks This 1977 game show is an Australian version of The Match Game. Pretty much line-by-line. They even had their own Charles Nelson Reilly! It’s probably my own…

Five Things – 7.20.15 – Newies But Gooeys

1. Betamax Salesman Training Video – You might look at something titled “Betamax Salesman Training Video” and think, snoozefest.  You might be right! But not this time. There’s a lot to love about this video – the fashion and set design of the era, the trumped-up abilities of the video tape recorder and, most of…

Five Things – 3.16.15 – The Job of Looking Ahead

1.  The Kids Guide To The Internet – Here’s what appears to be an effort to position the internet as the least cool thing in the world.  If the “Christmas Jammies” family existed 20 years earlier, this might be what they’d be doing. Kids Guide to the Internet shows how a nuclear family of the…