is a classic IBM PC game from 1983 made by Windmill Software
. You can play it online via HTML5
, online via Java
or download a version
for platforms both common and obscure. More ports are on the Links page
. [more inside]
, "The Humble Magnificent" is a rapper
. He's a producer
. He's a DJ
. He's the complete package. He can cut, scratch, and rock the mic. Oh, did I mention he can do all of those things at once
? [more inside]
Don't Touch That Dial!
is a simple tumblr that collects radio shows and advertisements now in the public domain. The archive is pretty great.
We've previously discussed
the minutiae of computer keyboards, and now overclock.net
has a detailed guide to their innards.
When greedy sports team ban press photographers, cartoonist saves the day.
Southampton Football Club decided to ban press photographers
from their home matches, and sell their own photos to the press. Plymouth Herald hires a cartoonist
instead. [more inside]
In 1974, a pair of wargame enthusiasts from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin transformed the nascent hobby gaming world by publishing three little brown booklets
. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson's Dungeons & Dragons
has become an important part of the lives of generations of young gamers. Along the way, D&D went through numerous editions
, each with increasingly complex
rules. [more inside]
Some more Flash Friday Fun! Edmund McMillen, creator of indie platforming physics-based game darling Gish
and "Experimental game" Aether
has a new game
called Meat Boy
, about a chunky block of meat with a face and appendages, he must rescue his girlfriend, Bandaid Girl, from the clutches of the bad guy. To that end, Meat Boy must travel through more than 56 levels spanning four chapters.
If you thought phone phreaking was a dying art, you may be surprised to read the story of "Li'l Hacker"
, as told by old-school hack/phreaker Kevin Poulsen
Jezzball! Competition Jezzball for the Internet.
Carleton has the book for you.
Bonus portable breakdancing mat! Priceless '80s video from the soon-to-be sidekick to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else
is Lee Hartsfeld's mp3-blog. He posts mostly pre-1960 music, most ripped from his extensive lp collection. Genres he posts include gospel
, christian comedy
, elevator music
, space age exotica mood lounge pop
and odd Beatles covers
In 1997, a geeky little boy from New Mexico became one of the first major web celebrities when he reached out to meet his future girlfriend
. He talks about the impact that this unexpected celebrity had on his life
. Apparently, after years of eschewing the web, he's all grown up and he's looking for "bois" on MySpace
(sound is NSFW). (via szanalmas, possibly NSFW).
Mr. Magic's Rap Attack.
An important figure in the world of hip-hop radio, Mr. Magic
debuted in 1983 on WBLS-FM in New York City with the first exclusive rap radio show to be aired on a major station. Billing itself as Rap Attack
, Magic's show featured Marley Marl
as the DJ and Tyrone "Fly Ty" Williams as the show's co-producer. You can get down on it via this classic episode
(realmedia) from December 1986, courtesy of WFMU's Aircheck archives
over at Biblical Child Training
know that as a parent in today's complex society, it can be rough. That's why they sell a variety of biblically themed products
to help you
instill a set of Christian values in your young'n. Clearly their marquee product, the Chastening Instrument
compares favorably to more traditional alternatives
, and is, by all accounts biblically approved
Perhaps you'll remember his 1-900 song
that Ed Lover used to (and still apparently does) shake his ass to. Turns out the guy -- 45 King -- has been producing into the modern age
. The interface runs the gamut
from "OK" to "barely passes", though doesn't overly interfere with your
enjoyment of beats
and YES!!! More beats!
may make noise come out your speakers • please enjoy [with help from the good folks at 32944...
aka 2D Scrolling Shoot-em-ups. Shmups.com is dedicated to this classic genre, from ancient history (Space Invaders, Tempest
) to grandfather games (R-Type II
) to golden age shmups (Tyrian
, Blazing Star
) to modern classics (Radiant Silvergun
, Mars Matrix
). Most aren't for the PC, unfortunately, but that's what Mame
and other emulators
) are for. As for roms, can't help you there
. For PC enthusiasts, Shoot the Core's PC Shmup listing
is the most complete I've ever seen, with many links to download as well. This Thanksgiving weekend, what better to do in your food coma than sit back and blast through a few games in the most enduring video game genre of all time? *CAUTION! These sites took up five hours
of my time last night and I downloaded 42
A fantastic collection of old school toys
posing in many astounding and awkward landscapes consolidated into a Flickr slideshow. Just as life should be.
I've developed an obsession of sorts with old cameras
. You should too. Digital was cool for a while, but there is something about film
. Now, I'm not saying run out and get a Lomo
. Lomos are for lamers
. No, get yourself a Kiev 35
, the poor man's Minox
, or perhaps an Olympux XA
. Can't find batteries for your old cameras? You're not looking hard enough.
Want to hold something a bit more substational? Perhaps you should check out a Yashica Rangefinder
or a Canon Canonet
. A good rangefinder will make you look like
better photographer, and that's what it is all about.
is what I'd consider to be an old school website. A handful of weird things thrown up on a questionable background that truly takes flight with Awful Music and The Dark Side of Pez. And for the truly obsessed? A full list of View Master reels. Bonus!
The giant list of classic computer programmers
takes you back to a time when one person could realistically author a computer game and have it published. Of course most of the people on this list will have worked on small teams to produce games, but the diversity of the games on these people's resumes is awesome. In particular, I notice Michael Cranford (responsible for The Bard's Tale I and II, the Centauri Alliance, and ports of Donkey Kong and Super Zaxxon) and Robert Woodhead (Wizardry 1-5). As an interesting sidenote, Robert Woodhead went on to Animeigo
, a japanese animation publishing company in the US. What memories of these old sk00l games do you have?