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Listen to the Retroist on this Week’s Nerd Lunch Podcast about Arcades

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I am happy to announce that this week I am in the 4th chair of the World Famous Nerd Lunch Podcast. I join Pax, Jeeg and Shawn and we walked about a subject near and dear to my hear, Video Arcades. We talked about our earliest memories, our favorite games, Showbiz Pizza, the magic of arcade Tokens, Six-player X-men, why it is an undisputed and irrefutable fact that Mr. Do! is better than Dig Dug and much more.

This is my 3rd time appearing on the Nerd Lunch show, which I think means if I get Frequent Nerd Luncher Card they sent me punched, I am entitled to a free Nerd Lunch Beer Stein filled with Gummi Worms or any two objects from the shelf below the stein. I am leaning heavily toward the dog whistle and the over-sized novelty comb.

If you enjoy arcades and/or people talking about arcades, please give it a listen.

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Browse the Newspaper Archive on Google

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I don’t know how long this has been there, but I just stumbled onto a free online archive of old newspaper scans on google. While their archive is not complete by any means, they do have a large number of different newspapers (some dating back to the 1800s, others as recent as the 2000s) and many issues of each paper. The scans even include things like comics and TV schedules in papers which originally included them. Looking at those old
schedules is like a trip back in time, both for the shows themselves and for the style of the listings (when was the last time you saw channel numbers in the black and white boxes like that?). Meanwhile, it’s fun looking at what comics where in the papers back in the day (and even before “the day”), and in some cases seeing how much they’ve changed over the years.

You can also zoom in on everything:
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On a side note; I originally stumbled onto this while checking out this site full of old TV schedules (http://www.nickandmore.com/schedules/networks/). This site lists daily schedules for different networks in different years, in text files.
While the schedules aren’t always complete, it is a great resource for seeing what was on and when (check out the mid-80s Nickelodeon schedules for a nostalgia fest).

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15,000 Golden Age Comics for Free

The Digital Comic Museum has over 15,000 pre-1959 comics available for download for free. All the titles are in public domain and free of copyright restriction. There are books from just about every genre imaginable, from horror to romance to two-fisted war stories. Beyond getting caught up with the Korean War adventures of Captain Steve Savage, it would be a great resource for creative/artist types to snag some cool vintage graphic elements for projects.

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Make Music like you used to on your Commodore in your Browser with WebSID

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Were you a Commodore computer enthusiast? If so, even if you lacked and musical talent (like me), you probably played around with making music on the Commodore. And why wouldn’t you, the MOS Technology SID made for some compelling sound, and if memory serves me right the books that came with the Commodore helped you jump right into it.

Now you can relieve those magical days of pushing keys to make fun sounds right in your browser thanks to browser-based WebSID by igorski. I still lack any musical talent, but that has not stopped me from spending over an hour clicking my mouse and reliving my childhood.

[via] WebSID

This was included in my search results for Freakies cereal. See what I mean?

Daniel XIII Vs. YouTube (and Google Image Search)…Round 1: Fight!

While some of my erstwhile brethren here at The Retroist are masters of the YouTube, your ol’ pal the Ouija Board Kid doesn’t possess such luck. Three times have I turned to that infernal engine this day to sate mine lust for frivolous nostalgia, and three times have I been rebuked. So, to put it a different way, let’s take a look at just how badly I got screwed while wasting the day away on the internet:

Thanks Google...

Thanks Google…

See that pink horse up there? That’s what turned up on Google when I went looking for Range Ryder and the Calgary Kid in the Adventures of the Dinosaur Badlands, an amazingly threadbare Valley of the Gwangi for the pre-school produced in Canada, that was broadcast in the states a grand total of once in 1983 on Nickelodeon. I of course saw it that day (and loved its blend of plastic toys and Mike Myers), but saw no need to tape it, as I knew in my heart of hearts that when I would want to watch it again thirty years later, on a whim, that the advanced technology of the future wouldn’t let me down. I was wrong. YouTube offered only Neil Young, stunts and various other things outrageously unrelated to cowboys on fake horses wrangling a T-Rex.

As I shook my head in disbelief, the commercial jingle to the short lived 80’s revival of 70’s breakfast staple Freakies cereal became stuck in my head. So, naturally I turned to YouTube once again so I could experience the breathtaking animation that accompanied that divine music. Guess what? They didn’t have a single video of this product that absolutely no one ate 25 years ago (myself included). This was becoming an unbearable outrage.

This was included in my search results for Freakies cereal. See what I mean?

Toni Basil, alien cereal mascots…the similarities are evident

Next, while half way through a ham sandwich, I was visited by yet another spectral thought forcing its way through the ether directly into my brain, and that thought had a name dear readers; Super Friends on Ice! There are three irrefutable facts about Super Friends on Ice that I will share with you now; 1. I saw the commercial for what was sure to be the greatest spectacle seen by mortal eyes only once, sometime in the late 70’s (although it may have been in the early 80’s…and the show may have been part of a larger ice related thing, but it wasn’t Ice Capades…unless it was), 2. I saw it on either WPIX or WWOR (or maybe WSBK…but definitely on a TV set in my bedroom…or the living room), and 3. The performance of the catastrophic results to my psyche if I were to miss this one of a kind entertainment event that I laid on my parents (which lasted for 4 days and 5 nights minimum) was such a tour de force that I could have sold out the Winter Garden Theater for 40 straight weeks if I were to enact it for the public (as an aside, I would stay at the Milford Plaza…The Lullabye of ol’ Broadway; the commercial for which IS actually on YouTube). Alas, as armed as I was with the above iron-clad facts, YouTube provided me with zero videos of Hawkman and Martian Manhunter careening around the Felt Forum on ice skates.

At least this search result makes sense...kind of...

At least this search result makes sense…kind of…

So there you have it ghouls, and while I know your heart is filled with sympathy, and your eyes with tears, for my dire plight; I beseech you to cry no more. Rather, let me know if you have any long lost memories that are so obscure that even the internet can’t provide you with proof of their existence (oh, and if you find any of that crap I talked about above be sure to post a link)!

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A Warning about the Internet from IBM in 1994

I love that they thought it was important to warn people about the content on the internet in 1994 and wonder if anyone read this and thought, “well this is not for me” and unplugged the modem immediately? I do not think I ever saw this, but if I had, it would have spurred my curiosity. It is nearly 20 years later now and I think we can say without a doubt that whoever wrote this disclaimers head would explode if they saw what we can do now on the web.

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Google Doodle Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Doctor Who!

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Everyone visiting the Retroist probably already knows that today is a pretty big day. For November 23, 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of the first episode of the Doctor Who TV series! Doctor Who first appeared on BBC television at 17:16:20 GMT on the 23rd of November back in 1963 and today “The Day of the Doctor” will air across the world and that includes movie theaters if you are lucky enough to have one near you getting in on the celebration!

Of course that doesn’t mean that the famous Google Doodles can’t get a head start and allow fans to play a mini-game! For our fellow Doctor Who fans you might also find a related post or two today to help while away the hours before the premiere.