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Trip down memory lane. Who is this “Bin Ladin”???

Ahh, 1998. A much “simpler” time. Got this from a friend at the agency back then. Digging through old papers and I figured I’d post it without comment.


Also, this doozy from 1993 is cute:


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The A-Team 2010. Seriously.

So, I learned about this today. And was giddy like a schoolgirl after watching the trailer (below).

Made of awesome. Full of win. Nothing more needs to be said.

New A-Team Trailer Increases Nostalgia Factor by Roughly 300 percent

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Sloth and Goonies and

From an entry on is somewhat NSFW but this entry isn’t):


That said, in a few years there will be a generation of adults for whom The Goonies is not the nostalgic icon that it is for us. And those people are going to ask you why you have a tattoo of a retarded pirate on your arm. If there are any measures you can take to prepare yourself for this outcome, you should probably do it.

…and that’s sad.

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R.I.P. Geocities

“Founded in 1994 as Beverly Hills Internet, what is now Yahoo GeoCities was one of the first services to offer an easy way for early Internet surfers to publish their own Web pages.”

GeoCities, once one of the 10 most visited domains of the entire internet, and repository of around 10 terabytes of people’s home pages and information dating back to 1994 is shutting down today. Ken Gagne says all that needs to be said about it in his excellent ComputerWorld blog post today. Soon we’ll be losing such gems as my high school friend Josh’s Phiggity-Phat Home Page from c. 1996, featuring amazing gems on Fred Couples, David Carradine, Peter North, and the A-Team. Such a loss, indeed. Thankfully, the archive team is working on saving it. Also, check out XKCD’s tribute to geocities in today’s comic.

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OMG! Virus! (c. 1988)

An awesome retro news report from 1988 about the super scary Morris Worm. Centered on MIT, it features none other than jis himself a few times. And an amish part-time virus hunter cum MIT student? Courtesy of The Scottographer .

Some good quotes:
“the students were safe … their computers were not.”
“the suspect, somewhere…. a dark genius.”

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The Play’s The Thing

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5

So, just curious. What are your favorite words from the bard? The above piece has struck my fancy lately, although it’s neck and neck with “what dreams may come.” Discuss!


Farewell Analog Television: Flipping the Switch

My fellow blogger, Scottoway took a moment to eulogize the passing of analog television when it happened earlier this month.

I just happened to come across a pretty neat video via snapstream blogs and that fine stand-up character Mike at 1000 monkeys that tells the story in a more direct way.

Here, the author recorded the transitions on several channels, and put them together in this montage. It’s pretty neat (in my opinion) to actually watch them flipping the switches.

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