Ben Mark's of Collectors Weekly says:
Lisa Hix has just written a wonderful ode to "Jem and the Holograms," which was the number-one cartoon on Sunday mornings in 1986, and whose fashion dolls gave Barbie a run for her money. Heavily influenced by MTV, particularly Cyndi Lauper and Madonna, Jem was the alter ego of Jerrica Benton, a wealthy young philanthropist and businesswoman who moonlighted as a glamorous rock star.Jem tapped into that distinctly '80s flavor of rock-’n’-roll rebellion—she was still a conventionally pretty, blond “good girl,” but she had wild hair and makeup in girly shades of fuchsia, purple, pale pink, and powder blue. A new movie, slated for 2016, remakes the character with live actors, and features a dreadfully predictable social-media twist, so enjoy the reruns of the "real," cartoon goodness on Netflix while you can.
Mbira musician Patti Broussard treats her fans to a lovely rendition of Hallelujah on an Array mbira.
LA Weekly did a nice piece on the new Front Row Legend Esquire guitars made of reclaimed wood benches from the Hollywood Bowl. They also toured Fender’s Corona factory.
Hailing from near the Pennsylvania shores of Lake Erie, musician Jack Stauber has released a couple of trippy VHS-inspired videos to support his album Pop Food, and if you like interesting outsider music, check it out!
Toaster ovens are the perfect appliance for small things like toasted sandwiches and roasted garlic (try it!), but anything more involved usually requires a full-sized conventional oven.However, despite its small size, the Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven can handle anything from baked pastries to broiled meats. This kitchen appliance has a minimal countertop footprint, and cooks […]
The Pry.Me Bottle Opener holds tens of thousands of times its own weight, and you can pick one up now from the Boing Boing Store.This remarkable keychain is considerably smaller than any of your keys, but don’t let that fool you: it can easily open any bottle, and could even tow a trailer full of […]