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This is all sorts of awesome. I love me some paleotech. Transeestors? We don' need no steenkin' transeestors!
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So cool to see Gilliam's creativity first-hand, and the work that went into "analog" animation. Also kinda thrilling to see the actual pieces we all remember so well, that were used in the actual Python episodes.
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I was one of the half-dozen or so people that actually had BASIC Programming for the 2600. The interlocking keypads and overlays were actually fun to use for a youngster, and you did get the feeling that you were really "programming" something. Severe memory limitations, true; but it was a good attempt. I often wished Atari had done more with the keypad input.
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Oh my gosh this man is a genius. I love everything about this. The only thing I would have done differently was to mount it on a sprung subframe over woofers with some sort of provision for emulating the rattle and shake of the rails, and mounting the image of the next car on a separate frame, to get that feeling of disconnected movement; with the rumble of the engine and the click of the tracks. I'd sleep in it every night. The static car is beautiful, but if it had an immersive and convincing sensation of movement, it would be perfect. Perhaps some dressed mannikins to occupy some of those seats...
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The only reason I finally abandoned VHS for rewritable DVDs: A DVD player has never eaten a disc. I got tired of losing cassettes to the sickening crackle-crunch of a VHS machine winding the tape around its capstans, letting me know I'll never watch THAT tape again.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2012 on The Last Good Thing About VHS Tapes at Retro Thing
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Fascinating. I didn't know about Lloyd Haynes. His 'similarity' to Nichelle Nichols is notable. I'd love to hear the story behind the change of casting. Yeoman Smith is a fair bit of eye candy; it would have been interesting to see her character development as compared to Janice Rand's. I liked what little there was of Piper. Wonder if he would have worked out long-term as well as McCoy did?
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2011 on Selling Star Trek at Retro Thing
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Ah, James, you're getting a well-deserved lashing this time. Calling something "the ugliest Ferrari" is like saying "the homeliest Miss America contestant," or "the most developmentally-disabled rocket scientist." By definition, they don't exist. For 1972, it was unbelievably low, sleek, and knife-edged. Every sports car from Bitter to X-1/9 owed its crisp doorstop looks to the wedgy Ferrari. There's a whole lot of Buick and Honda there, too. But Ferrari did it twenty years earlier. Props for the progenitor! Pininfarina in the hizzle, yo. :D
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2011 on The Ugliest Ferrari at Retro Thing
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Art school pretension, indeed! You can give any harebrained art project instant clout by making obscure existential parallels in its description. You don't receive good grades in art class by telling the truth: "I drew this because it was pretty." Giving it a complex German name is good for a few bonus points too. ;)
Toggle Commented May 18, 2011 on TV Tubes Caught In The Act at Retro Thing
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@mgabrys -- (wow, a three-year reply!) Although not hologrammish at all, TRON did use forced-perspecive optical trickery: the view of the I/O tower, on a backlit cel through the "windscreen," gave a very convincing illusion of depth.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2011 on TRON Arcade Game On Your Tabletop at Retro Thing
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"US legal" because a three-wheeler is classified as a motorcycle, so no airbag or crash regs to worry about. The rollover hoops should obviate the requirement for a helmet, I hope. Drive it as you would a bike and not a car, and you probably won't die. :) Zero to sixty times and top speeds are probably irrelevant. Thirty feels like sixty, and sixty feels like Formula 1. It's not how fast you go, it's how fast it FEELS like you're going...and these babies fly. Can't wait to see new ones Stateside!
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2011 on Return of the Morgan Threewheeler at Retro Thing
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They all seem to be foreshadowing fenderless aerodynamic fuselage shapes...not too far off, really. If the 50's hadn't become so focused on the race to go longer/lower/wider, higher tailfins, and more chrome, we might have seen some of these streamliners. Single front wheels, like the Reliant or Bond, tend to be more unstable than single rear wheels, like the Isetta or Morgan. Better for parking, for high-speed maneouvers not so much. Gordon Beurig knocked it out of the park, of course. Everything that man touched was gold. Gorgeous.
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2011 on Yesterday's Cars of Tomorrow at Retro Thing
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