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Tag: 1980s

Kids React to VCRs (aka Man, We’re Getting Old)

Kids React to VCRs (aka Man, We’re Getting Old)
It’s been at least 10 years since I had a VHS player in the house, if not longer. Between DVD, then Blu-ray and digital downloads and streaming, the idea of using clunky old magnetic tapes seems totally antiquated now. So where there’s old tech, there’s The Fine Brothers, who like…

MacGyver Intro without Music: Solving Crimes with Sound Effects

MacGyver Intro without Music: Solving Crimes with Sound Effects
One of the highlights of the week for me growing up was each fresh episode of MacGyver. The only thing that could spoil it for me was a rerun, but I watched them anyway. MacGyver had a one-word name, an epic ’80s mullet and got himself out of jams using…
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Rubik’s Cube Safe: The Ultimate Theft Deterrent

Rubik’s Cube Safe: The Ultimate Theft Deterrent
So let’s say you have some valuable cash and rings lying around. You could carry them with you or lock them in a proper safe, but what fun would that be? Hide your possessions in plain sight by stashing them inside of a Rubik’s Cube. Speaking from personal experience, there’s…

The Greatest American Hero Reboot in the Works: Believe it or Not!

The Greatest American Hero Reboot in the Works: Believe it or Not!
As a child of the ’80s, one of the earliest TV shows that I recall loving in grade school was called “The Greatest American Hero.” This was a comedy/action show about a teacher who saw an alien spacecraft and found a suit that gave him superhuman powers. The catch was…

Classic 1980 Apple II Training Video Surfaces

Classic 1980 Apple II Training Video Surfaces
What’s difference between RAM and ROM? How does a floppy disk drive work? Can I run an Integer program on my 48K system? What’s the best way to perm your hair? These and many other questions are asked in this training video from 1980 which YouTuber Taz Goldstein recently dug…

Rubik’s Cube Turns 40, Celebrating Four Decades of Making Us Feel Stupid

Rubik’s Cube Turns 40, Celebrating Four Decades of Making Us Feel Stupid
As a child of the ’80s, I can remember several holidays where I received a Rubik’s Cube as a gift. I remain convinced to this day that a gift of a Rubik’s Cube is a sign that the giver truly hates you. Few things in life are more frustrating than…

Guy Builds Amazing Gremlins Puppet

Guy Builds Amazing Gremlins Puppet
Gremlins was one of my all-time favorite childhood movies. It featured just the right proportion of slapstick humor, gore and action for a teenage boy. In tribute to this classic popcorn flick, one talented artist has created a fully-functional puppet version of Stripe, one of the eponymous gremlins.…

NES in a VHS Tape: VideoTendo 2000

NES in a VHS Tape: VideoTendo 2000
Both the original NES console and VHS tapes were popular back in the 1980s, so it actually doesn’t seem that unusual to see the two in the same picture together. Though I can honestly say I’ve never seen an NES inside a VHS tape – until now.…

Music Modem Brings Back Squealy Memories of Dial-up

Music Modem Brings Back Squealy Memories of Dial-up
Remember when you needed a phone line and a dial-up modem to get online? Heck, I was using modems to connect to services like Compuserve and Prodigy before anyone even knew what the Internet was. One of the most annoying things about dial-up modems was that stupid squealing sound they…

E.T. LEGO Set Brings Back the 80s

E.T. LEGO Set Brings Back the 80s
I think one of the coolest things LEGO has ever done was to launch the LEGO Cuusoo website. This is the place where you can go to vote on DIY LEGO builds that could eventually become kits you can actually go to the store and purchase. Last time we talked…

Steve Jobs’ Time Capsule Recovered: The Ultimate Backup Device

Steve Jobs’ Time Capsule Recovered: The Ultimate Backup Device
I really don’t care for those reality TV shows where people walk around with metal detectors looking for junk. Most of them end up turning up crappy old coins and cans. But I have to show props to the guys on NatGeo’s Diggers for digging up something epic for once.…

80s Pop Culture LEGO Vehicles: Ridin’ Retro

80s Pop Culture LEGO Vehicles: Ridin’ Retro
There were a lot of cool cars in 1980s TV shows and movies. We must have been obsessed with cars in that era, because you don’t get these sort of iconic rides anymore. Ralph from Brothers Brick has created some awesome homages to TV and movie vehicles of that era…

Mr. @#?%!: A Q*bert-ese Obscenity Generator

Mr. @#?%!: A Q*bert-ese Obscenity Generator
What’s this? Two Q*bert posts in a week? Yeah, you got me. I guess I’m on a roll. Remember how Q*bert used to let out that weird stream of gibberish expletives when one of his enemies got him? Well, one electronic musician decided to build himself a gadget which solely…

28-Foot Long Fourth Doctor Who Scarf: Is It Long Enough?

28-Foot Long Fourth Doctor Who Scarf: Is It Long Enough?
Like many of you out there, my favorite Doctor Who is the fourth one, who was played by Tom Baker. He’s quintessentially the Doctor Who for me, because I used to watch him as a kid on PBS. One of the coolest features of Tom Baker’s incarnation was his impossibly…

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary with iOS Game

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary with iOS Game
Feel like going back in time to go back in time even further? Rockstar Games has announced the availability of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 10th Anniversary Edition. The game is available right now for select iOS devices including the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. The game take players back…

Galaga Cake: Insert Knife, Not Quarters

Galaga Cake: Insert Knife, Not Quarters
Look at this Galaga arcade machine. Wait, that’s no arcade cabinet. That’s a delicious and realistic cake just waiting to enter the bellies of Galaga-loving gaming geeks.…
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