Found debauchery: cavorting bros and a pyramid of beer on a found 1971 Super-8 reel

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Pea Hicks writes, "Here's a nice circa 1971 Super 8 home movie I picked up at a garage sale recently. I scanned it with a Moviestuff Retroscan Universal film scanner, and added some of my own original music to it." Read the rest

Patio-stone Mario pixel-art

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Read: The full run of If magazine, scanned at the Internet Archive

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The Internet Archive's amazing Pulp Magazine Archive includes all 176 issues of If, a classic science fiction magazine that ran from 1952 to 1974. Read the rest

Watch: Claude Shannon, Jerome Wiesner and Oliver Selfridge in a 1960s AI documentary

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This short excerpt from a documentary on AI pulls together clips from a variety of 1960s interviews with some of AI's most storied pioneers, including Claude Shannon, Jerome Wiesner and Oliver Selfridge. Read the rest

Psychedelic Space Alien themed Art Deco style 1931 high school yearbook

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Pea Hicks writes, "This is an album of scans I made from the 1931 Los Angeles University High School, CHIEFTAIN - 'Martian Number.'" Read the rest

Morbid and risque Valentines of yesteryear

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These feel like the winners of a photoshopping contest, but if they are, I can't find the source. Read the rest

Spectographic analysis of a modem handshake

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A lovely piece of nostalgic datadiz: the squeals and chirps, converted to a stream of glowing pixels. Read the rest

Dead media soundboard: the Museum of Endangered Sounds

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Brendan Chilcutt's Museum of Endangered Sounds preserves the sounds made by "old technologies and electronics equipment." Read the rest

Just look at this (unofficial) Andy Warhol/Velvet Underground Electric Banana Record Player

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Just look at it.

(Thanks, James!) Read the rest

For the first time in 15 years, there's a new Violent Femmes album

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The Femmes broke up in acrimony, and while there have been some noteworthy projects since (frontman Gordon Gano's gospel band, The Mercy Seat, produced an album that was as good as anything the Femmes made together; there was also Read the rest

Manual mail-sorting at the turn of the 20th century

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I can only hope they whistled the same jaunty tunes as their Ghanian counterparts while sorting the mail in Chaplainesque ballet. Read the rest

San Franciscans: come to the DNA Lounge for Cyberdelia, see Tank Girl, use the Linux Payphone

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JWZ of San Francisco's DNA Lounge writes, "First, I reverse engineered an old payphone and turned it into a Linux computer. This was a ridiculous thing to do and my build log is ridiculous. Second: The reason I did this was to use it as a prop at our next HACKERS party." Read the rest

The Dungeons and Dragons cartoon was better than it had any right to be

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The Retroblasting Youtube show -- which covers the 1980s cartoons that were made as 22-minute ads for toys after Reagan removed regulations aimed at protecting children from televised exploitation -- takes an in-depth look at the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon, a rare example of a show from the era that didn't have a toy tie-in. Read the rest

Breaking the DRM on the 1982 Apple ][+ port of Burger Time

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4AM is a prolific computer historian whose practice involves cracking the copy protection on neglected Apple ][+ floppy disks, producing not just games, but voluminous logs that reveal the secret history of the cat-and-mouse between crackers and publishers. Read the rest

Help identify the science fiction legends in these thrift-scored pix of the 1956 Worldcon

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Cate writes, "I came across a collection of snapshots at a thrift store and recognized the historic nature of the photos, which documented the 14th World Science Fiction Convention. I purchased the photos from a thrift store in Santa Barbara, California on December 31, 2015. I am looking for help to identify attendees featured in the photos." Read the rest

Sears Xmas Wishbook '77: synthetic fabrics, expensive video games, digital watches

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Greg Maletic scanned the 1977 Sears Christmas Wishbook, "Amazon, printed out." He presents a guided tour of its highlights, starting with the nascent console game and handheld electronic game industry's top offerings, which, when converted to 2015 dollars, are scorchingly expensive. Read the rest

Giant hats were the cellphones of the silent movie era

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Silent movies were preceded by stern/comic etiquette messages reminding viewers to take off their hats before the show, lest they interfere with other viewers' enjoyment. Read the rest

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