Behold the cacophonous Furby Organ

Looking remarkably like the Mogwai creatures from the 1984 film Gremlins, Furbies first hit the market in November 1998, becoming an instant success. In just the first three years of production, over 40M of these fake fur-covered robotic toys were sold. Since their early days, the Furby has been re-introduced a few times.

That means there are a lot of Furbies collecting dust on this planet.

Well, musician and inventor Sam Battle of Look Mum No Computer salvaged over 44 of them and attached them to an organ. Watch the video to hear a cacophony of "Furbish" music (?).

I won't lie, as noisy as it is, I totally want a Furby Organ for myself. Read the rest

Monorail socks

I'm fresh back from Florida where my daughter and I stopped in Orlando to for a side trip to Walt Disney World and the Disney Springs shopping complex. At the latter, I spotted these monorail socks. Now, I rarely see Disney merch that I really like but I kind of went nuts for these.

If you'd like to slip your feet into some futuristic transportation too, you can get yourself a pair at the online Disney Store for $13.99. Read the rest

Horrors: Chucky the bath bomb

Bathe with one eye open because 80s and 90s horror film icon Chucky is now a bath bomb.

Its scent? Orange soda.

This Chuckie Bath Bomb is a recent creation of California-based beauty brand Loquita Bath and Body who has already sold out of the fizzy Child's Play doll head.

Loquita's founder Mira Perez told HelloGiggles:

Well the name came from my husband, he says I am a “loca” [crazy] which I have to admit, I can be a loquita in the best way possible. The brand, however, came because I was throughly mesmerized by these bath and body companies catering to the “goth” style and as much as I love the dark or obscure I didn’t feel like it screamed “ME!’ So, I decided to create bombs that were nostalgic and that I could identify with.
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It Is As If You Were Doing Work is a browser game celebrating Windows 3-era cubicle drudgery

Pippin Barr (previously) created a game that presents itself as a Windows 3-ish desktop from about 25 years ago. Mash away at each task in It Is As If You Were Doing Work until you win promotions and break time, wherein Breakout may be played.

“I positioned It is as if you were doing work in the context of the apparently near future of automated work (I read Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford recently in this vein). Thus the game poses as an application that humans who have been put out of work by robots and AI can play as a way to recapture the sense they once had of doing work and being productive. It’s a kind of semi-condescending service offered by this new world to those of us who can’t deal with it.”

Via Alice O'Connor, who points out the uncanny similarities to the pointless make-work foisted on the white-collar unemployed in Europe, training for jobs that will soon be extinct. Read the rest

Do people actually drink Lancers wine?

I have never actually seen anyone drink Lancers. It must be popular, it seems to still be commercially produced!

I remember my parents having two bottles of this in the fridge from the time I was like 5 years old until I moved out of their home. If I go look, it may still be there.

I'm gonna look for a bottle when my kid and I go to the market later. This could be bad. Read the rest

Re-introduced 'Hai Karate' smells almost as good as never

In 2014 Hai Karate was re-introduced. Perhaps my social life will pick back up!

While not Oriental Lime, or any of the other odd scents I seem to misremember, this classic Hai Karate is ready to let you smell like cheap cologne.

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A particularly GenX protest: "Donna Martin Graduates"

One of the finest moments from television's generation-defining Beverly Hills 90210! Donna Martin got drunk at prom but her friends disagree with school policy and rise up to defend her.

DONNA MARTIN GRADUATES!

...and they say Generation X doesn't stand for anything. Read the rest

Spielberg is contemplating an Animaniacs reboot

Animaniacs was part of a lineage that includes the best animation of the 1990s (including Freakazoid and Pinky and the Brain), and now creator Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment are reportedly mooting a reboot, which would be a most welcome development! Read the rest

Did you prefer the Honeycomb spaceship or hideout?

I've always been a Raisin Bran fan, but I gotta hand it to Honeycomb. They had such wonderfully creative commercials in the 60s and 70s. Read the rest

Before battling Jaws, Roy Scheider drank Folgers

The best part of waking up... Read the rest

The sound of me thinking

This is why I'll never be able to cast a powerful magic spell by concentrating hard. Read the rest

People danced like chickens to sell jars of glop

Chicken Tonight wasn't just a bad nightmare, you can still buy it today on Amazon.

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This is the Slinky commercial theme of my youth

There have been many Slinky theme songs, but when the Slinky theme song gets stuck in my head this is the Slinky theme song I sing.

My daughter was given a large plastic rainbow slinky for her birthday. None of the kids understood why I immediately broke into song. Read the rest

In restrospect 'Hee Haw' is a waking nightmare

I remember Hee Haw as being unwatchable. I didn't remember it as a Soviet caricature of the worst in American culture. Read the rest

Happy Valentines from 1982

Zoom – just one look and then my heart went boom.

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This LEGO Addams Family Mansion needs to happen

LEGO is reviewing this nifty Addams Family mansion as a possible box set. It even has Morticia on her rattan chair with a black fan. Read the rest

Dan Golding's brilliant response to the Marvel soundtrack originality debate

After Every Frame a Painting analyzed The Marvel Symphonic Universe (see last week's post), Dan Golding expanded on that great video arguing that film music, and films themselves, have an interesting relationship with originality. Read the rest

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