Vintage Soviet space program cigarette packages


The Soviet space program inspired some of the great space-themed tchotchkes of the 20th century, including a whole line of cigarette packs from Russia and surrounding nations.

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Saturday morning TV cartoon schedules from the 1980s


If you spent the 80s eating sugarbombs and watching badly animated 22-minute toy ads disguised as cartoons, here is your Proustian madeline.

(Today is the last day that Saturday morning cartoons aired on US broadcast TV).

(via @foxxyhooves)

Skateletor or Die


He-Man meets skater culture with Pedro Josue Carvajal Ramirez's Skateletor or Die from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool (it's also in contention for a Threadless tee).

15 lessons from 15 years of blogging


Anil Dash has been at it for 15 years (slightly longer than me, but only slightly!) and his reflections on a decade and a half of blogging -- through major life changes from marriage to parenthood -- really chime with me, especially:

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Man From Mars Radio Hat


It's been three years since we last mentioned the astounding Man From Mars Radio Hat, so here is your triennial reminder that we are a fallen people, our glory years long behind us.

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Monster Manual: bestiaries from 16th Century/1977/2014

Robert sez, "Dungeons & Dragons, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, is about to release its new Monster Manual -- the original Monster Manual was a watershed moment in human history, part of a history that includes a 16th century bestiary, the Augsburg Book of Miracles; bestiaries reveal our profoundly human desire for an enchanted, magical world."

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Qwerkywriter: a mechanical typewriter keyboard


Shipping in summer 2015, Qwerkywriter is a $300 computer keyboard that uses mechanisms that mimic the keys of an old-fashioned manual, mechanical keyboard.

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Donate a sock - free house elves!


The vintage-y war-propaganda poster imploring you to DONATE A SOCK - FREE HOUSE ELVES! comes in sizes from 8"x10" to 24"x36" ($15-$38) from Entropy Trading Company, who have an extensive line of similar lithos. (via Geeky Merch)

Death stalks the joyriders


Illustration from the pentecostal youth magazine Christ’s Ambassadors, October, 1926

Cough syrup from the heroic age


"One Night" because taking enough of it will make this night your last.

this is your periodic reminder that old-timey medicines did not fuck around

(via Seanan McGuire)

Do you even Yubiwaza?


Once, there was a golden age -- not a golden age of martial arts, certainly, but a golden age of easy copywriting employment for anyone with a penchant for florid prose and a casual relationship with consensus reality.

[Don't point that finger at me, it might be loaded]

Science fiction's Islamic roots


From Ibn Tufail's 12th century Hayy Ibn Yaqzan to Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain's 1905 feminist masterpiece Sultana's Dream, the Islamic world produced some of the earliest proto-sf, which IO9's Charlie Jane Anders rounds up in an excellent post.

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William Gibson reads Neuromancer

It's from the original audio edition of his seminal 1984 novel, which is sadly no longer available, though it's easy enough to find bootlegs online.

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Vintage ads for ill-advised pets-by-mail


This weekend in the Vintage Ads LJ: a treasury of horrifying ads for pets-by-mail: Sea Monkeys, monkeys and baby raccoons, "performing" chameleons, ant farms (with magnifying glass -- eww) and more.

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