Even after they’re obsolete, technologies can take a long time to fully die out. It was only in 2011, after all, that the last typewriter factory shutdown. And now, at long last, it appears the videocassette recorder is suffering the same fate: Funai Electric, the last company known to make VCRs, is ceasing production.
Funai has a long history with the VHS format and VCRs. In 1980, it launched the CVC Player, the first ever compact cassette recorder, which attempted to compete with the more popular VHS and Betamax formats. Funai’s website notes that the CVC “attracted a great deal of interest when Japanese television broadcasters used these for a program on climbing Mt. Everest,” but they were no match for the more popular formats. In 1983 Funai started making VCRs of their own, applying technology used in the CVC, and haven’t stopped until the end of this month.
There was a time when a friend’s mix tape, a sonic love letter from a crush, or a cassette played endlessly in your parent’s car could forever change you.
Pause, rewind, and let that happen again with a company called Altar Furniture. The ‘Great Tape’ collection of tables is a line of 1:10 scale copies of compact music cassettes functioning as furniture. With conversion kits available, the purpose of the same cassette is variable between coffee table, dining table and desk.
These items have been designed and built by hand to bring back that exciting and nostalgic feeling of discovering music. Our designs are being inspired by many things related to tapes: Legendary demos, classic albums, bastardly bootlegs, mixes (comps) making a statement and also more contemporary influences for those looking for something really special.
It’ll set you back by about $2,100, but that’s the price for being a music fan, right?
Kings of Hip Hop and inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Public Enemy’s “first action figure as a set” featuring four of the central members from the 80’s. Members are: Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, and Terminator X.
Both the dolls and the packaging are designed by Ed Piskor, author of the New York Times Best- Selling and Eisner Award winning comic series: Hip Hop Family Tree. You can get them here.
“Time can be a villain or it can be a friend. No matter which it choses to it be, it affects us all, some less so so than others. Chicago artist Nathan Wright thinks time will kind to today’s black stars. They will bear up well in the coming years.”
According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, only safety and physiological comfort are more important than love in our search for self-fulfillment. Maslow was wrong. A stronger driving force than love, apparently, is the need to catch ‘em all, seeing how Pokemon Go has already been installed more times after a week than Tinder in five years.
According to data from SimilarWeb, Pokemon Go has already been installed on about 5 percent of Android smartphones, compared to Tinder on about 2 percent. Clearly, Pokemon fulfills a basic human need.
Marisa Arriaga of Cedar Hill should be in the major leagues with her superpowers. She tells Fox 4 News that it’s just a bat trick, but I think that it’s clearly superpowers at work:
“I just started messing around,” said Arriaga. “I’m like, ‘I’m gonna make a bat trick video.’ So I got my sister out here and she was recording me.” […]
LaTisha Griffin, Arriaga’s softball coach, says Arriaga has crazy good skills.
“The finish is something she does all the time in the game, sending the ball a yard or going outfield with the ball with that complete swing through the zone, that’s something she does all the time,” said Griffin.
What better costume for an 80s Party than Mike Score from Flock of Seagulls? This Flock of Seagulls Wig will make you look just like Mike Score, the lead singer of the English new wave rock band.
This is currently out of stock, but next Halloween, I’m wearing this. Actually, I might not even wait to put it on.
One customer says, “This wig looks amazing. i wore it to an 80s concert (Flock of Seagulls was performing) and everyone there lost their minds when they saw my wig. Some people thought it was my real hair. This is the perfect wig for any 80s themed event, right away everyone will know what it is. Im not normally a wig wearer so I did notice it would feel a little hot but it was fine, also, a lot of people will ask to take pictures with you so be warned.”
According to an EW interview with Cameron Crowe, Rose once delayed a show over a missing piece of wardrobe. During the promotion of his new Showtime series “Roadies,” Crowe was asked about the best roadie story he ever heard. Gleefully, it’s about Guns N’ Roses, who are acting quite well-behaved now.
I heard some roadies talking about how something had to be “yellow-jacketed” and I [asked] “What is yellow-jacketing?” They said, “There was a guy that worked with Guns N’ Roses, and there was a show and Axl Rose needed a yellow jacket that he’d left in England before he would perform. So a roadie was given the job to get on a plane as fast as possible, go to London, find Axl Rose’s yellow jacket, and come back so he could play the show.” The best part about that story is not that somebody had to go get a yellow jacket for Axl Rose, but that it became such lore among other roadies that it became a verb — to yellow-jacket.
1500 hundred singers came to Luminato Festival at the Hearn Generating Station in Toronto. Daveed + Nobu (AKA DaBu) of Choir! Choir! Choir! taught them back up parts to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, then Rufus Wainwright joined them on stage to sing lead.
Sketchfab member elbriga made a three dimensional version of a Calvin & Hobbes comic strip. It’s also compatible with virtual reality headsets, so you can enjoy even more Bill Waterson’s amazing landscape adventures of a boy and his tiger and Spaceman Spiff.