Month: August 2010

Retrotisement: Life cereal

Retrotisement: Life cereal

Advertising, Retrotisements
Faithful Mad Men viewers should remember all the way back to last Sunday's episode, which featured Don Draper making a pitch to win the Life cereal account.  Too bad his idea "Eat Life by the Bowlful" idea didn't win, because the pitch used by Quaker Oats in the early '60s was much more...odd. Mmm mmm, how 'bout those pro-tee-ins!  They sure are most useful. For a more in-depth look at Life's pre-Mikey advertising, check out Eater.
Retrotisement: Atari ’82

Retrotisement: Atari ’82

Advertising, Retrotisements
The failures and successes of Atari in the '70s and '80s are well-documented, but if you were of gaming age back then there was no doubt that for a brief time, they were the kings of gaming.  Oh sure, we all knew kids who had Intellivision or ColecoVision - and truth be told they were superior systems - but they were desperately out of step and knew it. Atari, like many of its contemporaries, was hit hard when the North American video game market imploded in 1983.  They were never able to build on the success of the Atari 2600 console, as the subsequent 5200 console was discontinued after just 18 months on the market and the 7800 was halted for a few years.  But none of that really mattered, as within a few years the Nintendo Entertainment System would begin its ascent into gaming l
Shuffle Along (aka Name That Tune) – week of 8/23/10

Shuffle Along (aka Name That Tune) – week of 8/23/10

Music
OK kids, I'll be pretty busy this week so to pass the time I'm going to throw out more lyrics for you.  It's simple: name the song and the band, and win nothing!  And no cheating please, there's enough dishonesty in the world today. 1. "In the thirteen months I've spent here / with my manuscript and rhymes / I've paid in case for foolish pleasures / mother dear you'd call them crimes" 2. "Like a gangster / on the run / you will stagger homeward / to your precious one" 3. "Don't give us none of your aggravation / We had it with your discipline" - Elton John, "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" (via Facebook comment) 4. "Fifteen years in the academy / he was like no cadet they'd ever seen" - Anthrax, "I Am the Law" (Raiden2332) 5. "Don't be afraid / I didn't mean to scar
Eight reasons you don’t want North Korea as your Facebook friend

Eight reasons you don’t want North Korea as your Facebook friend

Funny Stuff, Internet
In a strange piece of news, North Korea recently signed up for a Facebook account and a Twitter feed, officially making them hipper than my parents.  I've already started following the Twitter feed, which so far consists mainly of taunts aimed at South Korea and the United States, not to mention links to some really whacked out YouTube videos.  I also submitted a friend request to their Facebook account, but now I'm having second thoughts about that.  Here's eight reasons why: Your FarmVille farm gets collectivized and wiped out by drought. Constant invitations to like pages such as "Lee Myung-bak is a loser imperialist aggressor lolz" and "Dear Leader will save all from impotent United States!!!$@#" Annoyingly vague status updates obviously meant to fish for responses or sympathy,
Yadda yadda yadda…the end. (or, classics of human thought get the AutoSummarize treatment)

Yadda yadda yadda…the end. (or, classics of human thought get the AutoSummarize treatment)

Funny Stuff
Words.  Who has time for them, right?  I know I don't, and you probably don't either.  So, inspired by Jason Huff's AutoSummarize project of the 100 most-downloaded copyright-free books, I decided to gather a broader sampling of humanity's greatest achievements in the form of books, speeches, songs and other works, and run them through Microsoft Word's ever-handy AutoSummarize feature.  Prepare to expand your mind in 10-sentence fragments. Moby Dick by Herman Melville white whale, shirr! The White Whale, the White Whale!" "WHAT whale?" White Whale—no." Ship, old ship! The Dying Whale. The Whale Watch. Man, man! "The whale! "The whale, the whale! The Book of Genesis 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it
Platters that matter: 20 albums that changed my life (#20-#11)

Platters that matter: 20 albums that changed my life (#20-#11)

Listcruft, Music
Music is - or at least used to be - at once a very shared and a very personal thing.  And truth be told the only thing I've spent more time doing in my life than listening to music is sleeping.  Music has informed my life since I was a kid and continues to do so, although to a lesser degree now that I'm a family man.  So it's time for me to give credit where credit is due, and list the 20 albums that had a bigger impact on me than any others. Some of these records opened my eyes to a new style of music.  Some of them resonated on a deep, emotional level.  Some were just too good to be ignored.  Some are wrapped in nostalgia now and nothing more.  But they are all critical to my development as a music lover in one way or another. #20 - Queen, The Game Memory is a tricky thing, espe