joshreads:

There are many joys to this oral history of MST3K in Wired, and one of them is that Joel and the bots were photographed by Platon, who also did this amazing slideshow of world leaders for the New Yorker in 2009.

joshreads:

There are many joys to this oral history of MST3K in Wired, and one of them is that Joel and the bots were photographed by Platon, who also did this amazing slideshow of world leaders for the New Yorker in 2009.

elcomfortador:

A Donald Duck-licensed board game from Nintendo’s pre-video game years. Via Before Mario.

elcomfortador:

A Donald Duck-licensed board game from Nintendo’s pre-video game years. Via Before Mario.

Maria Popova posts a wonderful selection of cartoons from Charles Addam’s lesser-known book of Mother Goose rhymes from 1967. Such good stuff, and fun to imagine the crossovers between the classic grim nursery rhymes and his own macabre sense of humor, juxtaposed with his mid-century New York City skylines and deadpan-faced characters.

Maria Popova posts a wonderful selection of cartoons from Charles Addam’s lesser-known book of Mother Goose rhymes from 1967. Such good stuff, and fun to imagine the crossovers between the classic grim nursery rhymes and his own macabre sense of humor, juxtaposed with his mid-century New York City skylines and deadpan-faced characters.

“In A Descriptive Handbook of Modern Water Colours, by J. Scott Taylor…. London: Winsor and Newton, 1887, neutral tint is described as ‘A compound shadow colour of a cool neutral character. It is not very permanent, as the gray is apt to become grey by exposure’. Has anyone besides this author ever made a distinction of meaning between gray and grey? I do not know how the distinction is to be converted in speaking unless the words are differently pronounced” (1897).

Glad to know that the gray / grey split in English has been confusing people for well over 115 years. What’s going on in pigment company Winsor & Newton’s world where gray turns into grey eventually? An interesting read about the etymology of the mysterious color and it’s uncertain linguistic origins.

VHS tape rewinder

citationneeded:

Simlarly, LaserDiscs cannot be “rewound” either since they are shaped similar to DVD but are bulkier and an older technology, but no LaserDisc rewinder parody item was never released since laserdiscs were never popular enough to warrant such a parody.

Link

elcomfortador:

Every world in Super Mario Bros. 2 has three levels, save for the last, which only has two. I’d always wondered why this is and kind of suspected that the developers simply decided “Eh, that’s enough.” But there may be an actual, storyline-based reason for the “missing” level, and the interstitial graphic you see here is actually a hint.

Nothing like learning something new about a game that you’ve been playing for 25+ years!

elcomfortador:

Every world in Super Mario Bros. 2 has three levels, save for the last, which only has two. I’d always wondered why this is and kind of suspected that the developers simply decided “Eh, that’s enough.” But there may be an actual, storyline-based reason for the “missing” level, and the interstitial graphic you see here is actually a hint.

Nothing like learning something new about a game that you’ve been playing for 25+ years!

"When you are outraged by somebody’s impudence, ask yourself at once, ‘Can the world exist without impudent people?’ It cannot; so do not ask for impossibilities. That man is simply one of the impudent whose existence is necessary to the world."

From Marcus Aurelius’ always timely Meditations.

I choose to modernize that sentiment by swapping out ‘impudent people’ with ‘assholes’ and it seems to work pretty well…

"I kept creating them, hoping I’d hit pay dirt. But I never showed them to anybody, so it was an exercise in stupidity. At least they’ll look good at Columbia."

— From a New York Times article on cartoonist Al Jaffee (of Mad Magazine fame, where among other things he continues to paint the back-cover Fold-In, a feature he’s been creating since 1964!). At age 92, he’s giving his archive of work to Columbia University’s rare book and manuscript library, including boxes of comic strips that he was tinkering with in the 1950s and 1960, unseen by the rest of the world.

"Box office success is wonderful, and that’s what everyone wants,” says Landis. “But as we all know, lots of shitty movies are huge hits, and lots of great movies fail. You know, Peter Bogdanovich famously said, ‘The only true test of a movie is time.’ That’s the best thing about movies — they still exist."

If you’re a fan of the movie Clue, go read this piece immediately: "Something Terrible Has Happened Here": The Crazy Story Of How "Clue" Went From Forgotten Flop To Cult Triumph

One of my favorite comedies. So many great back stories and insights on how different it could have been (originally to be written by Tom Stoppard! with John Landis directing! and Carrie Fisher and Rowan Atkinson starring!).

(Hat tip to @jondavidguerra​)

tmbgareok:

Early demo: Weep Day!

Possibly one of my favorite songs of all time! As far as I know this never made it past the demo stage, and that’s a-ok. Not sure that I’d want to hear a more polished version.

From a good Onion AV Club writeup of the low-budget success of moose-and-squirrel:

The whole Rocky & Bullwinkle series is on Netflix in pretty decent condition (it’s been re-re-edited into many different formats over the years) if you need to fill a few hundred hours of your life!

How long has Photoshop had a “Hat” feature? It makes hats.

How long has Photoshop had a “Hat” feature? It makes hats.

I’ve had the nagging feeling that I’d seen the Adobe Creative Cloud logo before, and I just remembered where: it’s very similar to the linked-rings logo of the facility seen in one of my favorite movies, Wandâfuru Raifu, which takes place in a sort-of way station on the road to the afterlife (heaven not specified). The female lead wears a necklace with the same symbol, but apart from that the film is entirely vague about the organization (?) that the logo belongs to. Hopefully the hereafter’s movie-making division hasn’t been acquired by Adobe!

(Screen grab from the Criterion Forums, which made me hopeful that this film was coming out on Criterion…)

I’ve had the nagging feeling that I’d seen the Adobe Creative Cloud logo before, and I just remembered where: it’s very similar to the linked-rings logo of the facility seen in one of my favorite movies, Wandâfuru Raifu, which takes place in a sort-of way station on the road to the afterlife (heaven not specified). The female lead wears a necklace with the same symbol, but apart from that the film is entirely vague about the organization (?) that the logo belongs to. Hopefully the hereafter’s movie-making division hasn’t been acquired by Adobe!

(Screen grab from the Criterion Forums, which made me hopeful that this film was coming out on Criterion…)

"Why would you design something, if it didn’t improve the human condition?"

— From the NY Times obit for Niels Diffrient, industrial designer and ergonomics pioneer (among other things, he designed the Polaroid SX-70 Land camera and worked with Henry Dreyfuss and Eero Saarinen on furniture and devices like the Bell Systems princess telephone)

austinkleon:


The tape which first inspired Paul Simon to visit South Africa in 1985 to record Graceland
If you’re a fan of Graceland, there’s a pretty amazing mix called “Paths To Graceland” that my friend @anorwood sent me of music similar to what inspired Simon’s album.


Gratuitous reblog because it really is worth listening to. Also an excuse to point to links about mbaqanga music, which like zydeco is an incredible commingling of cultures, sounds, and history.

austinkleon:

The tape which first inspired Paul Simon to visit South Africa in 1985 to record Graceland

If you’re a fan of Graceland, there’s a pretty amazing mix called “Paths To Graceland” that my friend @anorwood sent me of music similar to what inspired Simon’s album.

Gratuitous reblog because it really is worth listening to. Also an excuse to point to links about mbaqanga music, which like zydeco is an incredible commingling of cultures, sounds, and history.