Vintage children's PSA on explosive safety


If you grew up in certain areas of the country, you may have been subjected to a lot of education about the dangers of blasting caps, like this PSA by The Institute Of Makers Of Explosives. Read the rest

Gorgeous pulp-fiction editions of Gaiman's Anansi Boys, Neverwhere and American Gods


Now there are three: Neil Gaiman's best-loved novels are being re-released with gorgeous pulp covers; back in August, it was American Gods, in a month you'll be able to marry it up with the stupendous Anansi Boys, to be followed in November by Neverwhere (painted by Robert E McGinnis, lettering by Todd Klein). (via Neil Gaiman)

Update: Ooh, Stardust, too! Read the rest

RetroConnector makes tiny replica vintage computers to house tiny modern miniature computers


RetroConnector (aka Charles Mangin) makes tiny Raspberry Pi cases in the form of mininature reproductions of Apple IIs, Lisas and Atari XLs—and more besides. The pitch is simple: "Connect your old Apple computer to new computers and peripherals. Outfit your desk with nostalgic miniatures." Read the rest

The story behind Stranger Things' excellent title sequence

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ASCII weather page


Igor Chubin's shows the weather in non-proportional ASCII-art form. It's beautiful, clean and completely legible, unlike almost every modern weather service on the web. On my terminal (Windows, Chrome) the rendering of Lucida Sans Typewriter seems not quite perfect: a pixel too wide here and there. I think it's because of the unicode directional arrows for the wind, perhaps in combination with me browsing on Windows. Read the rest

Kickstarting new cases for old Amigas


Philippe Lang is looking for $140,863 from fellow Amiga enthusiasts, which he'll spend producing a run of new cases for Amiga (and Amiga-alike) computers, in 12 colors of UV-resistant plastic. Read the rest

WATCH: Fantastic Four as a direct-to-VHS trailer

The fine folks at Vulture took clips from the doomed Roger Corman Fantastic Four and made a retro-style trailer. ICYMI, here's what they're parodying: Read the rest

Run Boy Run: fabulous music video packed with scenes and sprites ripped from 8- and 16-bit classic games.


This cover of WoodKid's song is by Victorians, and with a video by Odislaw, is the perfect antidote to "Pixels." Can you list all the games that the hero from Karateka leaps through? Read the rest

The Six Million Dollar Man, season 1

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Colonel Steve Austin nearly died in a fiery space accident. The Office of Scientific Intelligence rebuilt him better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.

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25 of the most potent TV commercial earworms ever, all in one video

Listen at your own peril.

Terrible American clothing now available

Online clothing boutique Shinesty wants you to Shine On. Their mission is "to bring you the most outlandish collection of clothing the world has ever seen", and they deliver. Read the rest

8-bit gamer duvet cover

Pixel Nostalgia ($100): also available as a rug, print, tee or tote.

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WATCH: Get stoked for work or school with Powerglove's "Batman"


If you're having a hard time getting back in the swing of things after the holidays, perhaps Powerglove's retro-kitsch "Batman" video will inspire you. Read the rest

Rare footage of the 1914 Martian conflict

The History Channel's created a bizarre secret history of a war against Martian invaders that's an allegory for WWI. The accompanying video has a spooky resonance and plausibility that is not to be missed. Read the rest

Recordings of Houston radio programs in the 60s-80s

Houston Retro Radio has MP3s of newscasts, shows, and airchecks from Houston radio stations from the 1960s - 1980s. Radio was much more fun back then. They've also got some good photos from Galveston in the 1980s, like the one above. Read the rest

Cartoon kittens and big-eyed puppies: how we bought into processed pet food

Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "Last week, Wink published a review of Cat Food for Thought and Dog Food for Thought by Warren Dotz. Coincidentally, we had an interview with Warren in the works, which we just published, along with a few of the mid-20th-century pet-food labels from his book."

Here's a snip of Warren talking about some of the auctions he won to build up his collection:

“I found a scrapbook made by a woman who had collected all the food labels she used from 1970 to 1972,” recalls Dotz of one auction. “I also found a supermarket’s salesman's catalog that contained all the labels for its generic, store-branded products. When I bought that catalog, I was hoping I would find a fantastic pet-food label, and sure enough I did. It was for a brand of cat food called Corky — it looks almost like the Napster logo.”

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The hidden (and incredibly expensive) relics of gaming's golden age

A growing obsession with retrogaming relics has led to a bubble in the auction market, with the most inflated prices commanded by prototypes, unreleased games and rare games still in their 30-year old shrink-wrap.

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