Today’s teens NOT impressed by Nintendo’s [RAD] retro Power Glove controller

~Emphasis in the title is all mine, lol.

The past, future!

Saw this video from an interesting article on C-Net today, and it made me think — if the me of 1989 was exposed to half of the toys, gadgets, and amazing techo-crap that we have access to today, just how big would the explosion of my mind be?

Pretty big, I suppose.  I would have loved a Power Glove in the 80s.  I probably would have worn it everywhere – to the store, to school, while babysitting.  Endless possibilities.  My nerd factor would have increased exponentially.

Check out the full C-Net Article here.

Check out a bit of The Wizards with  young Fred Savage:

On this date in 1983

On this day, 32 years ago, here is what was happening:

Tootsie was the number 1 box office smash:

Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean was topping Billboard’s music charts:

In Video Game News – (According to the NYT)

Atari Inc. was about to seek an injunction against Coleco Industries to stop it from selling an adapter that allows the Colecovision home video game unit to play Atari cartridges.

Coleco Vision

And these issues were released in the land of comics:

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RP1 – The Movie – Getting Closer!

2014-02-23_0852So I haven’t done a news post recently, but I’ve been seeing buzz across the ‘net over who will be directing the big screen version of our beloved book.

/FILM has thrown out many names including:

  • Peter Jackson (Hobbits, Hobbits, and more Hobbits!)
  • Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, and too many more to name)
  • Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim, Grindhouse, Shaun of the Dead)
  • Matthew Vaughn (X-Men, Kick-Ass, Lock Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels)

ScienceFiction.com, Cinema Blend and more are reporting that Christopher Nolan has been offered the part.  /FILM also reported this, and mentioned they thought the script wasn’t dark enough for Nolan who’s done films such as Interstellar, The Dark Knight, and Inception.

Edgar WrightPersonally, I think there is a magic spark that could shine from every one of those listed above, though I personally would big-fat-LOVE to see what Edgar Wright would do with script!  What do you think?  Who would do the best job taking Ready Player One and making it a visual playhouse?

More…

and…

Every Movie Referenced in Ready Player One on Letterboxd

LOVE this!

bbbgtoby on Letterboxd has listed every movie referenced in Ernest Cline’s book Ready Player One — this site is FUN and I need to spend more time adding to my db of flicks. But lack of time is always the issue (as you can tell by how often I get to post here). Fwah fwah fwahhhh!

bbbgtoby’s list is not only a cool visual, but it shows how awesome Cline is at referencing the best of the best of the 80s (and beyond)!

I have 8 films off this list that I have yet to see. Amazing. Queuing up Netflix…

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Whacky Wit (ala Pac Man) Game

Nostalgic for the old Pac Man game?

Love boardgaming?

Then check this out!

Yes, I admit — if I want to play Pac Man, I will play the video game and probably not bring out a table top version. But this is still pretty cool visually. I might get it just to display in our game room!

Had this song going through my head today….

Fast Car by Tracy Chapman

You got a fast car
I want a ticket to anywhere
Maybe we make a deal
Maybe together we can get somewhere

Anyplace is better
Starting from zero got nothing to lose
Maybe we’ll make something
But me myself I got nothing to prove

You got a fast car
And I got a plan to get us out of here
I been working at the convenience store
Managed to save just a little bit of money

We won’t have to drive too far
Just across the border and into the city
You and I can both get jobs
And finally see what it means to be living

You see my old man’s got a problem
He live with the bottle that’s the way it is
He says his body’s too old for working
I say his body’s too young to look like his

My mama went off and left him
She wanted more from life than he could give
I said somebody’s got to take care of him
So I quit school and that’s what I did

You got a fast car
But is it fast enough so we can fly away?
We gotta make a decision
We leave tonight or live and die this way

See I remember we were driving, driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder

And I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

You got a fast car
We go cruising entertain ourselves
You still ain’t got a job
And I work in the market as a checkout girl

I know things will get better
You’ll find work and I’ll get promoted
We’ll move out of the shelter
Buy a bigger house and live in the suburbs

See I remember we were driving, driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder

And I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

You got a fast car
And I got a job that pays all our bills
You stay out drinking late at the bar
See more of your friends than you do of your kids

I’d always hoped for better
Thought maybe together you and me’d find it
I got no plans I ain’t going nowhere
So take your fast car and keep on driving

See I remember when we were driving, driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder

And I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

You got a fast car
But is it fast enough so you can fly away?
You gotta make a decision
Leave tonight or live and die this way