Five Things – 08.04.14

1.  Can Animals Think – No question mark here! This 1950 educational film is bluntly titled “Can Animals Think” and spends about 10 minutes pondering this eternally obvious subject.  His running commentary is pretty great, though – it’s as if the narrator is seeing this film for the first time along with the rest of…

Five Things – 6.9.14

1.  The Goonies (Famicon) – The Goonies was released in 1985 and was, domestically, one of the top 10 performing movies of the year.  So it makes sense that a video game was created in Japan for the Famicom system and never really released or sold over in the US, right? The game loosely followed the…

Five Things – 4.28.14

1. Fallout Shelters – I like to think of myself as a pretty handy guy; I’m good in the yard, I fix things around the house, I even build a thing or two from scratch sometimes.  I feel like if I lived in the 1960s, the nuclear paranoia would have probably been enough to motivate me…

Five Things – 7.1.13

1.  Panasonic Take n Tape – Panasonic really had this ‘music on the go’ thing nailed.  Last week we saw the TNT 8-track player, and this week we’ve got the Take n’ Tape. I’m not sure why this couple felt the need to take five of these guys to the beach. Maybe they couldn’t decide…

Five Things – 4.29.13

1.  Krull Video Game – One of my favorite places to go as a kid in the ’80s was the video store.  Video stores were a different thing before the Blockbusters and Hollywood Videos of the world homogenized the industry with their “sterile interiors” and “cleanliness”.  Before that, video stores were little holes in strip…