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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Viewmaster reels for the old D&D cartoon show

Matt writes, "I found these old Dungeons & Dragons TV-show View-Master reels on Internet Archive and made a slide show, complete with the 'ka-chunk' noise the old View-Master toy made."

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Michigan State Fair program book, 1967


The program book for the 1967 Michigan State Fair is a slice of heaven -- like the Schoolhouse Rock kids have gone to the carny for the day.

Lamps made from old game consoles, controllers and accessories


Woody from Oshkosh, WI, makes amazing lamps out of old gaming gear: there's lamps made from NES lightguns, ROB the Robot and Powergloves; stacks of obsolete Nintendo controllers; stacks of obsolete Playstation controllers; NES and controllers; and a PS1 and controllers.

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Rod Serling's closing remarks from "The Obsolete Man"

Robbo writes, "This was the closing monologue from The Twilight Zone epsiode "The Obsolete Man" - where Rod Serling sums up the realities behind and flaws within any tyranny - and, as with almost all things Serling, it remains profoundly prescient and relevant."

(Thanks, Robbo!)

Glimpses: amazing audiobook of one of the all-time-great rock-n-roll novels

Cory Doctorow rates Lewis Shiner’s haunting Glimpses as one of the all-time great rock-n-roll novels, right up there with George RR Martin’s stupendous Armageddon Rag. It’s now available as an audiobook, and he’s delighted.

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First-ever Disneyland ticket


Mikayakatnt posted this image of the first Disneyland gate-ticket ever sold, from opening day, July 17, 1955.

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Henry Kuttner: long-lost works of a Lovecraft acolyte

Kuttner met his wife, the writer CL Moore, through a mutual correspondence with HP Lovecraft; when he died, she became his literary executor, then married a non-writer who ordered her to stop writing, and insisted that she suppress future publication of Kuttner's work -- but now you can get 14 of his books as ebooks.

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How Gary Gygax lost control over D&D and TSR


Jon Peterson, author of Playing at the World, tells the gripping tale of how Gary Gygax lost control over TSR and Dungeons and Dragons, ousted by his business partners after a series of miscalculations and mistakes.

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