Fire Department Chronicles is an actual firefighter. He inserts himself into scenes from TV shows that depict firefighting but are written people who don't know anything about firefighting. Greenscreened-in, he berates the stupid characters.
In 1938, unusual atmospheric conditions enabled a few minutes of BBC television to be picked up in the United States. An early cine camera, pointed at a TV set, captured the footage that includes BBC announcers, a drama, and the BBC station identification. From the Alexandra Palace Television Society and posted on Archive.org: It was… READ THE REST
In 1981, the great Debbie Harry of Blondie joined the great Kermit the Frog on The Muppet Show to sing the latter's iconic song "The Rainbow Connection." Below are two other performances from that same episode. Open Culture quotes Muppets creator Jim Henson's son Brian: …I was in high school and my father knew that… READ THE REST
The 12-second ads on YouTube are unskippable. We are hard-pressed to ignore those sidebar retargeting ads for that loft bed you looked at once on Amazon. Then there is television (for those of us still toggling through myriad satellite and cable channels) with its jingles for life insurance and too-jaunty spots touting medication and harrowing… READ THE REST
With smartphone technology, everybody has a ridiculously brilliant digital camera to snap pictures at any time. While you can certainly share in the joy by emailing or texting family and friends with your shots, there's a tangible, visceral thrill when you've actually got a physical copy of your picture right in your hand, a real… READ THE REST
You've likely used Microsoft Excel before, but seriously…have you ever REALLY used Microsoft Excel before? We've all tinkered with this heritage spreadsheet maker for simple data organization or basic tables and lists. But the reason this venerable software has been one of the leading productivity apps in history is because of its versatility. All it takes… READ THE REST
Summer is right around the corner…which again means it's time to hang on to your cash. Amidst projections of a hotter than average summer in the U.S., it's safe to assume it'll be another season of wallet-clenching pain each month when most homeowners crack open their utility bills. The average home air conditioning unit costs… READ THE REST