When I was a kid, my Dad, a Marxist, used to tell me Marxist parables adapted from the Conan stories he'd grown up on, but starring a gender-diverse trio called "Harry, Mary and Larry," with the storylines tweaked for maximal socialist moralizing.
It turns out that this isn't all that aberrant among the Red Diaper Baby Experience. Eric Olin Wright is an analytical Marxist who raised his kids on extemporaneous Marxist fairy-tales, and recorded them for posterity. They are hilarious. Unfortunately, they're presented as crapware Windows Media streams as opposed to downloadable files, so I can't load them on my iPod, but listening to these brought a real nostalgic smile to my face.
(via Crooked Timber)
You’d be forgiven for thinking the videocassette format long-dead, but it turns out that Betamax is still around. Sony is finally going to withdraw tapes from sale, bringing a 40-year story to an end. The last recorders were sold in 2002. ベータビデオカセットおよびマイクロMVカセットテープ出荷終了のお知らせ [Sony; via The Verge]
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