Bea Alerte, Justin Case – Canadian Civil Defence Posters (1950s)

The Cold War was scary, even if – maybe particularly if – you weren’t one of the major players. It’s always interesting to see the post World War II balancing act between nuclear preparation and nuclear panic, in all of its different forms, and these civil defence posters are a good look at one way that…

Meltdown – Nightline Chernobyl Accident Report (1980s)

On April 26, 1986, a late night safety test at the Chernobyl nuclear plant went horribly wrong and led to the most disastrous nuclear power plant accident in history.  The world found out two days later, when Russian state news broadcasted a four-sentence report on the event.This episode of Nightline, ABC’s late night news program,…

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 – 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…

Five Things – 11.10.14

1. Fallout – If you watch enough nuclear preparedness films from the 1950s, they have the tendency to turn into white noise.  They’re fascinating, for sure, but it’s basically the same handful of half-baked tips over and over again.  How distinguishable the films are from each other seems to come down to how the producers visualize…