Five Things – 3.24.14

1. Colossus: The Forbin Project – I came across the trailer and artwork for this film this week, and it pretty much has it all.  Man creates super computer that can make itself smarter, super computer then makes itself smarter, super computer “enslaves” man to make sure man doesn’t kill himself.  Kind of a grim…

Five Things – 3.17.14

1.  Shamrock Shake – It’s that time of year again, the time when McDonalds opens its Snack Vault and lets one of its temporary treats out to briefly stretch its legs before being locked away again for a year.  There’s a few items on the menu that suffer this fate, but one of the more…

Five Things – 2.17.14

1. Starman – John Carpenter’s 1984 film Starman is kind of hokey and hamfisted, but at least it ends pretty tidily: the Starman, a well-meaning alien who arrived Earth in response to Voyager 2’s message of peace, escapes our awful government’s wrath and leaves behind the Earth as well as a human woman whom he has…

Five Things – 2.18.13

1.  Wayne’s World VCR Board Game – I’ll admit, I’m a pretty big fan of stupid things.  I’m particularly fond of stupid things from the ’90s.  Some of the fun is seeing the stuff that as a child you thought was so cool from the other side, the older side, and noticing how ridiculous it…

Five Things – 1.21.13

1.  Pac Man Phone – Created at the height of Pac-Man Fever, this phone looks pretty awesome but I’d imagine the effect is lessened when he’s held up to the side of your head on an actual call.  It feels like he’d have to unhinge his jaw too much to realistically look like he’s eating…

Five Things – 6.11.12

1.  Sweet Pickles – The existence of Sweet Pickles was a hot topic in our household this week.  Hot-ish.  Okay, a warm topic.  I mentioned Sweet Pickles casually to my wife, who to my astonishment had no recollection of this series of books.  These things were everywhere – classrooms, doctor’s offices, Sunday schools, waiting rooms,…

Five Things – 4.16.12

1.  McDonaldland – What became of McDonaldland? When I was a kid, going to McDonalds was a lot more involved than what I imagine it being like for a kid today. There was a level of mythos and lore to the experience that seemed unnecessarily deep for a fast-food company. Well, starting in the 1970s,…