Archive for the 80's Category

Sorry Samus, your princess is in another castle

Posted in 80's, Geeky, Internet Game, Uncategorized on April 28, 2010 by gvcatullus

Played Online has a great version of Super Mario Brothers where you can swap in other classic NES characters and retain their abilities.  Samus can drop bombs and still upgrades with magic mushrooms.

Via Played Online

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Mike Tyson to Host Pigeon Racing Show on Animal Planet

Posted in 80's, Pop culture with tags , on March 16, 2010 by gvcatullus

Mike Tyson and Animal Planet are teaming up to bring the world “Taking on Tyson” about Mike Tyson’s newest hobby, pigeon racing. I wish the former champ well, though if Ozzy Osbourne is ever on the show as a challenger, I don’t think I will be tuning in.

Full story at Broadcast Newsroom.

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Remember Blowing on NES Cartridges?

Posted in 80's, Geeky, Neat, Nerdgasm, Pop culture on March 11, 2010 by gvcatullus

Remember when your SMB would not load up or was flashing, so the best technical remedy was blowing spit onto the pin connectors?  Someone on eBay has created NES cartridge harmonicas.

You can bid here

Story via Game Sniped

Update: These harmonicas are now also available on Etsy at nesharmonica.etsy.com

Lost Boys Sequel Cancelled

Posted in 80's, Pop culture, Tough Shit on March 10, 2010 by gvcatullus

Corey Haim was found dead this morning of an apparent drug overdose in his Oakwood, California apartment.

EW reports: “Actor Corey Haim, 38, is dead after an accidental drug overdose. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed that Haim, who battled substance addiction for several years, was found unresponsive in an Oakwood apartment and pronounced dead at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center at 2:15 a.m. this morning.”

This is sad, but not shocking news. He had been fired from several films for unprofessional conduct directly related to drug use. Instead of making a sob-filled tribute (sponsored by Riger Beat) they should make at risk stars *cough Lohan, Winehouse cough* act as pallbearers to scare them into avoiding a similar fate.

Sony takes a break from not listening to consumers, plans to actively fall on its own sword

Posted in 80's, Fail, Geeky, Pop culture, Tech News, Tough Shit on March 5, 2010 by gvcatullus


Make believe is right!  In the 80’s Sony perfected the walkman which was a runaway hit.  Everyone already had cassettes so making a portable device that they played in was terrific.  Since then, they have managed to make sure they maximize incompatability of any product they make with anything you might accidentally own.  Their cameras use memory sticks, their music uses ATRAC, the PSP used mini discs and mini disc movies (when they released anything at all) and their proprietary formats are no better, and often more expensive.  At this point I am shocked they are benevolent enough to let you use outlets made on planet earth and are not reliant on some esoteric power source.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Sony is planning on waging war against Apple by making a new online media platform and gadgets to use this service.  They envision something to combat the Ipad that can be used as an ereader, game delivery system and download games.  Home, Sony’s PS3 Network service is/was a distaster (may not be around any more and I am not looking it up) and their movie service via PS3 is only as poorly designed as a steel toed jogging shoe.
I hope this, like the Blu-ray gambit finally sinks Sony or at least deflates Howard Stringer’s pompous ass.

Source WSJ

Related: Sony released new stupid piece of shit that doesn’t fucking work! – The Onion

Play with these at your own hetero peril!

Posted in 80's, Funny, Gay on February 26, 2010 by gvcatullus


Recently, I went to New Orleans and saw this great window display.  The little sign reads “Gay Heritage Tour Starts here”.  Seeing all of the posed Ken Dolls made me remember staging battles with my toys as a kid.  Then I remembered the controversy (maybe mid nineties?) about the ability a child’s toys have on their future, and how toy guns make kids violent and some seemed to infer that dolls could make boys effeminate or (shudder) gay.  I think this is an absolutely absurd premise, so I submit for your approval, toys we played with as kids that are were most likely secretly gay and none of us knew.

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Happy Birthday Steve Jobs

Posted in 80's, Geeky, Internet Classic, Must See, Neat, Nerdgasm on February 25, 2010 by gvcatullus


Wow, check out this clip from 1983.  Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are having fun together.  Bill Gates compliments the Mac (presumably before stealing the OS).

Also, snarkily, software developers look better with age, yeesh.