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.
When I was a wee lad, the first LP I owned was Timbertops, a children’s “concept album” released by The Buttercups in 1974. I was captivated by the premise—a young girl is visited by all sorts of peculiar anthropomorphic characters in her treehouse— and by the music, which was already dated (it was by then […]
3D printing has been one of those “next big thing” innovations among early adopters and the tech circle in-crowd for a few years now. However, the prospect of creating your own three-dimensional objects is still in its relative infancy with the general public. While the idea itself is fascinating to most, high prices and the […]
White hat hackers get paid to find holes in their own employers’ online systems, and plug those holes before they become serious security risks. It’s a job that pays handsomely…mostly because few job candidates, even experienced IT professionals, have the skills to scamper over firewalls and infiltrate the deepest recesses of a battle-tested network. But […]
Why buy one of those expensive and confusing universal remotes, clogged with enough buttons to launch a space shuttle, when you could accomplish the same electronic control right on your favorite mobile device? The Blumoo Universal Remote, now just $52.99 in the Boing Boing Store, harnesses the audio power of all your household equipment right […]