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Tag: 1980s

Boombox and TV Cabinets Are Not What They Seem

Boombox and TV Cabinets Are Not What They Seem
Just because something looks like a piece of technology doesn’t necessarily mean it is. For instance, these cabinets from Meninos look like retro living room electronics, but are actually just pieces of furniture.…
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Pac-Man Meets the Muppets

Pac-Man Meets the Muppets
For the longest time, I thought I was the only one who made the observation that both Pac-Man and Fozzie the Bear make the same “Wocka, Wocka, Wocka” sound. Guess I’m not alone.…
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Pac-Man Mosaic Table Gobbles Tiles, Not Power Pills

Pac-Man Mosaic Table Gobbles Tiles, Not Power Pills
Nothing says 1980s like Pac-Man. If I had saved all of the quarters I pumped into that game, I would be a very rich man, but I wouldn’t have such fond memories of the game. Too…
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Battlefield 3: NES Edition

Battlefield 3: NES Edition
Thinking back to games on 8-bit systems like the NES, one of the things I remember most was the music and sounds they were able to make with the primitive sound technology available at the time.…
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Rubik’s Cube Soap Looks Perfect, Harder to Solve than Actual Cube

Rubik’s Cube Soap Looks Perfect, Harder to Solve than Actual Cube
While it’s certainly no longer the case, there was a time when solving the Rubik’s Cube was one of the greatest accomplishments of the geek world. Now, there are people (and robots) who can solve it…
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Retro USB Mouse Sends Your Computer Back… to the Past

Retro USB Mouse Sends Your Computer Back… to the Past
If there’s one thing I don’t miss about the early days of GUI-based computing, it’s those uncomfortable mice with the squared-off edges, which clearly weren’t designed for the human hand. About the only thing worse in…
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Pac-Man Doormat Lets You Walk All Over Those Pesky Ghosts

Pac-Man Doormat Lets You Walk All Over Those Pesky Ghosts
Like classic arcade games? Why not treat your houseguests to a game of Pac-Man the minute they arrive at your home? I’m not proposing that you put an arcade cabinet on your front porch, though. This…
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Apple’s 1983 Gift Catalog: All I Want for Christmas…

Apple’s 1983 Gift Catalog: All I Want for Christmas…
While Apple is known for their industrial design and packaging, their early branding elements weren’t exactly the sleek, modern, minimal ones of the 21st century. That said, I still love the time capsule that is the…
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LEGO Roland Jupiter 8 Synth Won’t Play Any Tunes, Still Awesome

LEGO Roland Jupiter 8 Synth Won’t Play Any Tunes, Still Awesome
While I’m particularly excited about LEGO’s new VW Camper Van, I have to say that this retro LEGO creation is equally as awesome. What you’re looking at here is a Roland Jupiter 8 synthesizer, built from…
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Atari ST2 Retro Computer Sings the Blues

Atari ST2 Retro Computer Sings the Blues
I’m totally dating myself, but back in the day, I owned an Atari 520ST computer. Under the hood of this powerhouse of its time was the same processor you’d find in the more expensive early Macintosh…
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1982 TRON Holiday Special Unearthed

1982 TRON Holiday Special Unearthed
Well, actually, there was no 1982 TRON Christmas show, but the guys at Funny or Die perfectly captured the feel of those horrible early Eighties holiday specials in this hilarious parody clip.…
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Long Lost Atari Systens

Long Lost Atari Systens
Now I was always a big Atari fanboy back in the day, with one of my first computers being an Atari 800, followed later by an Atari 5200. But one of the things Atari was notorious…
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Laser Cut Retro Art Brings Back Fond Childhood Memories

Laser Cut Retro Art Brings Back Fond Childhood Memories
See if you can name all of the iconic retro images you’ll find in cutoutpaper’s Retro Laser Cut art. I definitely recognize my Speak & Spell, NES controller, Casio calculator watch, Etch-a-Sketch, ViewMaster, Atari joystick and…
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Power Laces Are Right Off Marty Mcfly’s Feet

Power Laces Are Right Off Marty Mcfly’s Feet
I have a thing for cars and gadgets. I tend to mark the films and TV shows of my childhood by the car the characters drove and the gadgets in the flick. Magnum PI had his…
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TRON-Themed NES Offers Glowy Goodness

TRON-Themed NES Offers Glowy Goodness
On the surface, this TRON-inspired NES mod doesn’t look like much. But when the lights go down, it’s like a Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner invited your console to a party. Once fully charged with black…
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At-St Scout Walker Jungle Gym Lets Your Kids Join the Empire at an Early Age

At-St Scout Walker Jungle Gym Lets Your Kids Join the Empire at an Early Age
Star Wars geeks are getting older and it’s time to teach the next generation about the world of Jedi and Sith. This should be made a lot easier with the Return of the Jedi jungle gym,…
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