Mr. Wizard’s A Dick

Mr. Wizard

Yes it’s out of context, and he wasn’t really mean (but he wasn’t as soft as TV hosts are today). I still thought this is pretty funny. It’s probably not a shock to anyone who reads this blog, but I loved Mr. Wizard’s show growing up. Later on I also really enjoyed Bill Nye. I’m betting I saw most of these episodes at one point or another.

DuMont Telecruiser

DuMont Telecruiser

Here’s an interesting piece of history. Almost nobody knows that there was another broadcast network in the US other than the CBS, NBC, ABC, and more recently FOX (which launched in the last 80′s). DuMont was gone by 1956. It was the original home to The Honeymooners. It’s a slightly strange but fascinating time in history. Back in those days TV networks were pretty innovative as most had ties to the technology side of the business. DuMont was owned by DuMont Laboratories, a TV manufacturer. Among the things they experimented with was mobile TV production, the precursor to the modern day news van. The DuMont Telecruiser still exists. It’s in private hands and is being restored.

It’s pretty impressive to see what they were able to do back then with limited technology. This particular one was apparently in use until the 70′s (post DuMont years) when it was retired.

Age In Media Years…

Here’s a great little tidbit to make you feel old(er):

In 4 years, the Back to the Future movie will be as old to us as 1955 was to us when Back to the Future came out.
- @joedrew

And to top it off:

The Wonder Years aired 88-93, was set 68-73. A modern Wonder Years would be set in 1991.
- @joedrew

I’d personally love to see a modern Wonder Years set in 1991. Queen’s These Are the Days of Our Lives would be the most appropriate intro given the year, but I’d prefer Milli Vanilli or MC Hammer. I’d also nominate Gilbert Gottfried for the narration. Steve Martin if Gilbert turns it down. The Gulf War and Somalia Conflict would obviously replace Vietnam. I see this being very workable.

Number Based Consumerism

Number based consumerism is when a consumer bases their buying habits on one or more numbers typically part of a products specifications. You likely see this all the time, and perhaps even have been guilty of it yourself. It’s most prevalent in technology though it exists in other sectors.

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Phil Plait’s Bad Universe

I’ve mentioned Phil Plait and his awesome Bad Astronomy blog a few times here over the past few years. Way back when (early last decade) we were using the same web host and support forum. He’s now getting his own show: Phil Plait’s Bad Universe on the Discovery Channel.

I can also say that I remember him before he was actually famous.

Sitcom Homes On Google Maps

I always thought it would be fun to locate some classic TV locations and find them on Google Maps. Here’s some of the more interesting things I’ve found in my research. Each photo is a link to Google maps with the actual location should you want to pan around your favorite neighborhoods.

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Steve Wozniak On Dancing With The Stars

Steve Wozniak Dancing With The Stars

I couldn’t resist the awkward screen grab. ;-)

I knew it would be all over the web a matter of minutes after it aired. If he survives a round or two it will be due to fans not the judges. I think that will be more interesting than the actual dancing. Judges didn’t seem to impressed but regardless he says it was the “most incredible fun thing” he’s ever done. He’s got spirit. You can’t deny that.

He apparently hurt his leg today but still plans to dance. I wonder if this will help or hurt him.

While I’m on the topic I just noticed a few minutes ago San Jose Mercury News mentioned my last post.

[Via Engadget]