Article Archive for December 2009

What the Eighties Were Really Like
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 17 December 2009
Stats: 12,707 views and 10 Comments

The teens of the 1980s had the same gnarly stuff kids have today — it was just anchored to the wall with a too-short cord, and you could use it to play “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

Nintendo’s Backroom Genius: Gung-ho for Gunpei Yokoi
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 16 December 2009
Stats: 12,794 views and 1 Comment

If humanity could reclaim the lost hours stolen away by the inventions of Gunpei Yokoi we could cure swine flu, end global warming, and balance the budget.

Fargo-Moorhead, ND, 1988
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 15 December 2009
Stats: 3,392 views and 3 Comments

Bands rarely came through Fargo, so we ordered VHS tapes out of the back of Maximum Rock ‘n Roll. Kids from all over – Kindred, Glyndon, West Fargo, Felton – would come over to watch Punk and Disorderly or a copy-of-a-copy Minor Threat bootleg.

Lipstick Traces: Why Culture Club Still Matters
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 14 December 2009
Stats: 4,139 views and 1 Comment

Boy George was also a Starman, like the one his idol Bowie sang of, and if you happened to be wired to pick up his frequency, he pretty much changed your life.

Things We Like: Stomping “Boots,” Kung Fu Action and “Bloom County”
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Posted in Things We Like on 12 December 2009
Stats: 5,780 views and 1 Comment

Nancy Sinatra walks. “Kill or Be Killed” rocks. And Opus Begins in a new archival collection of Berkeley Breathed’s classic “Bloom County” comic strips. It’s almost too much pork for one fork!

Awesome Pirate Facts!
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 11 December 2009
Stats: 41,988 views and 7 Comments

When a pirate said “shiver me timbers” it was actually a request for another pirate to shave an especially difficult to reach portion of his back. While pirates would allow their faces and chests to get hairy, there was a strong superstition against hairy backs. By the way, “shiver” means “shave” and “timbers” means “lower back.”

Reflections of a Roller Derby Widow
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Posted in Seattle on 10 December 2009
Stats: 26,258 views and No Comments

The boyfriends, girlfriends and spouses of rollergirls jokingly call themselves “Derby Widows.” In order to keep up with a Rat City Rollergirl, one must become a willing Rollertarian or Derbocrat.

Just Smile and Nod
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Posted in One Million Watts on 9 December 2009
Stats: 12,347 views and 1 Comment

In the midst of this holiday season, many people get panicked at the last minute. This is when consumers are especially susceptible to a subtle yet effective selling technique. Resist, if you can, the Sullivan Head Nod.

Son of Talking Animals: Great Cartoon Voice Actors, Part 2
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 8 December 2009
Stats: 12,743 views and 5 Comments

While dozens of talented people labor to make a cartoon character believable in form and appealing to the eye, once that series of drawings opens its mouth, it’s one person that makes you believe.

The Worst Celebrity Product Licenses of All Time, Part 2
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Posted in One Million Watts on 7 December 2009
Stats: 14,174 views and 7 Comments

It says a lot about the Atomic Age that America’s pre-Kennedy First Family, the Ricardos, hawked cigarettes for the holidays. Now we know why Lucy’s voice was lower than James Earl Jones’.