Friday, May 29, 2009

A magazine with a social agenda

I subscribe to a lot of brain rotting, pop-culture junkie magazines that mostly just inform me about the latest Harry Potter movie, or when the next Weezer CD is coming out. That’s what makes it extra nice to get a magazine in the mail that makes me feel like I might be learning something. Good magazine is a group of talented individuals committed to the cause, whatever the cause may be. They’re magazine is a great way to get a Worldview of the current state of things. Recent features they’ve had included the percentage of the World that is connected to the internet and what Countries spend the most on clothing and alcohol (guess which one was the USA). When you subscribe you name your own price and can donate 100% of the subscription price to the social cause of your choice. So go out there and add some good to your mailbox and coffee tables.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

World's smallest Happy Meal

Want to know the cure to America's obesity?
Check this out, with American's portions growing, and in turn the obesity rate, portion size is becoming an issue.
This "value meal" is made from real ingredients, and I want to eat it.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pac Man Lives!

Power up and get some Pac pellets by watching this European comedy troupe create the World of Pac Man in grocery stores, pool halls and other public places. If you love chomping ghosts and eating floating dancing fruit you'll love this video.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

MTV doesn't have anything on this

First OK GO made treadmills cool, then a few weeks ago I talked about Daft Punk's soundboard to mix your own song. No the often awesome Cold War Kids have released the first interactive music video. Click on the individual band members to turn on and off different instruments and click the different colors to change the music. Check it out and enjoy.

Monday, May 25, 2009

50 illustrated movies

Check out this awesome poster featuring 50 movies from the last 20 years Click on the different images to type in the movie represented. Sure to entertain for hours and hours. See if you can get them all.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Retro Week: Music

Ah, the sounds on the 90's. So many great songs came out then. I'm not talking about the Nirvanas and the Smashing Pumpkins of the 90's I'm talking about the super sugary sound of summer. The songs that only pre-adolescent boys and girls (and those extremely out of touch with the music scene) found endearing and boomtastic. The following are songs that made me who I am, or at least made me a terrible dancer.

"Eiffel 65"Blue: What was this song about? The color, the group, the feeling? I'm still not sure but it's got a cool beat and a catchy repeating chorus so rock on!

Duncan Sheik "Barely Breathing" Still one of my favorite songs. When I hear this I always picture myself walking down the street and singing this to myself with a hoodie on.

Deep Blue Something "Breakfast at Tiffanies"
What's better? The Capote novel or Deep Blue Something's song of the same name.

Smash Mouth "All Star"
Me and my sisters favorite song of the summer. We loved "Mystery Men" and this song was a great way to celebrate summer. We watched this video thousands of times.

Toad the Wet Sprocket "Good Intentions"
Only a band from the 90's could be called this. Great song, cool video.

Seal "Kiss from a Rose"
When batman was only cool to grade schoolers, this song was the shit!

Wallflowers "One Headlight"
If this song doesn't take you back, your either too old or too young. That last part makes me depressed.

Chumbawumba "Tubthumping"
The greatest one hit wonder of all time. What's scary about this song is you can replace every word with Chumbawumba and it still makes sense.

4 Non Blondes "What's Up"
A great chick band that featured only totally hippied out brunettes. Take that Brittany Spears!

Lou Bega "Mambo Number 5"
The official song of the 90's, (besides the Macarena) this song had it all, women, dance moves, and a bit of risque lyrics. Listen to all the women he has. Monica, Erica, Rita, Tina, Sandra, Mary, Jessica, and You makes you my man.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Retro Week: Toys

You weren’t a kid if you didn’t have toys and the 90’s was full of wonderful toys to keep us entertained for hours. At least until video games and cartoons were invented and ruined our attention span.

Everyone I knew had a collection. These got banned from our school for creating gambling addictions on the playground. By the way, does anyone know what the deal was with the “poison” pogs? They weren’t named after an 80’s pop metal act, but they did something if you flipped over it in a game. Remember going up against a kid that had like a two-ton slammer? Such an unfair game.

Slap bracelets
Grade school wasn’t complete without having a kid slap his bracelet every two seconds in class and having the teacher take it and put it in her desk.

Beanie babies
Even I had a massive collection of these. They were like pokemon, but instead of creepy Japanese creatures, these were based on real animals.

Creepy crawlers
You could make your own bugs and scare your sister and her friends. An essential young lads toy.

These were like having a baby, but instead of a baby it was really just a pixilated blob. And when it cried it made a horrible beep until you fed it. And you had to clean up its virtual crap.

Silly putty
Put it on comics and see it on a green background. I guess that’s cool. It bounced as well, so double bonus.

Skip it
I think one time I got to nine. I told everyone and ran around the playground until I fell asleep behind the kickball backstop.

Stretch Armstrong
Stretch him and he grows, or break him and have gross ass corn syrup get all over your Ducktales PJ’s.

TMNT Pizza shooter
My personal favorite toy as a kid. I’d line up my Ninja Turtles and G.I. Joes and other figurines down the hallway, and shoot vicious cured meat pizzas at them. I miss being a kid.

Koosh ball
I don’t know who named these, but they sound vaguely sexually.

Magna doodle
Like an etch-a-sketch for those who were retarded.

Slip n’ slide
The best way to get skin burns on your stomach for the summer. I loved the one where you jumped through the mouth of a crocodile.

Make cool designs that end up all looking exactly the same. Another toy that most of the “designs” were crap, but every once in a while, they looked wicked cool.

View masters
The coolest way to see stills of your favorite cartoons and comics. Probably one of the best inventions, binoculars for cartoons.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Retro Week: Commercials; Fast Food

In part two of the 90’s commercial saga I’ll explore some fantastic fast food commercials. Some of these are strictly aimed at kids and some argue contributed to childhood obesity. Similar to the cereal commercials, I really can’t believe there are not tighter laws against this kind of advertising. I saw it’s still up to the parents to teach their kids to eat in moderation, but I love advertising. Regardless they’re still nostalgically delicious.

Burger King
This kid club commercial is extra special to me because I had a tape from Burger King of TMNT and this commercial played before it. I watched that tape until it wore out.

Wendy’s: We miss you Dave Thomas. Your whore of a daughter is ruining your legacy.

Taco Bell
I believe this one is the first one to feature the dog that would one day be in every blonde girls purse.

And this is just classic.

Pizza Hut: Pizza Head, what a classic, classic original idea. Totally not ripping off any long running popular SNL skit.

Jack in the Box: Without Jack, this is a very sexy fast food joint.

Quiznos: Great advertising at work I suppose. Still gives me the creeps.

McDonalds: The king of them all. There are so many puns in this one it’s amazing.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Retro Week: Commercials; Breakfast Cereals

In a two part series, I’d like to explore some of the brainwashing, wonderfully colorful and often sugary World of children’s advertising. One day, if I play my cards right, maybe, just maybe I can be working on advertising a cartoon tiger or a mischievous leprechaun. Enjoy the following.
Alpha bits

Ghostbusters cereal- What you gonna crunch?

Frosted Flakes- His paw frosts things

Corn Pops- I don’t play football ‘til I get my Pops!

Apple Jack don’t taste like apples

Lucky Charms: ok stars and horseshoes are lucky, but red balloons, pots of gold and a heart?

Cinnamon Toast Crunch: This came out at the magical time when 80’s style was almost dead, and 90’s neon was just about to emerge.

Honey Nut Cheerios: This is becoming addictively awesome.

Honeycomb: I hate when that happens in school.

Cookie Crisp: I love how there’s a sign that says “big hill”

Cocoa Puffs: Last but not least a commercial that suggests kids that eat this will actually go crazy. And it has that kid from “Third Rock from the Sun”

Monday, May 18, 2009

Retro Week: TGIF Sitcoms

One of the highlights of being a kid was Friday nights. Today, Friday night is required go-out night, a night when you’re expected to drink, congregate and be merry. But, back when we were kids Friday night meant one thing, ABC’s TGIF lineup. The coolest kids had sleepovers on those night, got some Godfather’s Pizza and some Grape Soda, brought over their Nintendos and Sega Genesis, and had a party that sometimes lasted to eleven, eleven-thirty.
The following are some of the most classic TV shows frequently on TGIF.

TGIF intro

Step by Step

Family Matters

Boy Meets World

Sabrina the Teenage witch


Full House

Friday, May 15, 2009

Sorry for the delay

By the Power of Gray-skull!!
Retro week continues throughout the next week. Stay Tuned.

Due to overwhelming popularity, mostly by me, I’ve decided to extend Retro week into a two-week adventure. I was busy all last week and didn’t have a chance to expand as much as I wanted to in the three posts I had, so thus, retro week will continue as planned in all it’s incredible glory.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Retro Week: Books

Reader beware you're in for a scare. My all time favorite series of books when I was a kid was goosebumps. It prepared me for my current love for Horror movies and Steven King, and to a lesser extent Dean Koonz. Great, quick reads with all the classic scary monsters and cliff-hangers, perfect for developing minds. I know whenever I pass a theme park I think how cool it would be if it was Horrorland. I'm still afraid of getting my picture taken and dying like in the Classic "Say Cheese and Die" and I'm terrified by ventriloquists forever thanks to not one but two sequels to Night of the Living Dummy. Thank you R.L. Stein for making my childhood a little more scary.
One of the best things about Goosebumps was the cover art, below are a few favorites.

And what better a time to show the intro to the often horrible "Goosebumps" TV show.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Retro Week: Video Games and their Music

This is a double whammy post. Not only will we relive some of the coolest video games from our childhod, but we'll be able to hear some of the amazing music from these games, keeping in mind what was available, it's incredible what they could do with just bleeps and bings.
Enjoy the following.
Ducktales the game:
Not only was this game awesome, it was fun to play again and again. This sample is from the moon stage.

Who didn't love to balst away at pixelated ducks. The following is what happens when you "beat" the game. I always thought they should have a game when you just shoot the dog.

TMNT the game. This was the original game, not as cool as the sequel which was incredible, but still a great game that gives my brain the warm fuzzies.

The best game ever. Super Mario 3, this game is so classic. I once played a head to head battle against my friend trying to see who could beat it without using whistles. I won in the last three seconds. It was intense. Check out this amazing boss music.

I still can't believe this game was for kids. So hard!

Punch Out was so good. Here's Little Mac taking it to Mike Tyson.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Retro Week: Cartoons

In honor of me reaching my quarter-life, I've decided to honor the awesomeness that helped me along the way. So this weeks blog is dedicated to all things retro, from TV shows, video games, commercials, and everything else in between.

I'm going to start this off with one of the biggest influences of my life. Cartoons. I loved them, and still do to this day. My personal top ten list is as follows:
10.Hey Arnold

9. Ghostbusters

8. Inspector Gadget

7. Johnny Bravo

6. Rocko's Modern Life

5. Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers

4. Ducktales

3. Doug (Nickelodeon's not Disney's)

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

and my number one is:
Ren and Stimpy.

Cartoons are fantastic and it's really too bad that all the cartoons geared for kids now are total drivel.
Feel nostalgic by watching some of the best intro's to some classic Cartoons.

And just for fun: