The Casio SK-1 should be used for more than Sampling your Dog

The 80s spawned an era of entry level, consumer synthesizers that could make ANYONE sound like Herbie Hancock!

While the pros were using the Yamaha DX7, Prophet 5 or Ensoniq Mirage, the department store crowd were enjoying cost effective PCM synths that had 50 instruments (which all sounded the same), drum beats (that looped after two measures) and automatic rhythm accompaniment (that was about as dynamic as a geriatric Oom-pah band.)

However, what if you wanted to record yourself saying “jammin’ on the one” and put it to music, but you weren’t as lucky as Theo Huxtable who got to visit Stevie Wonder?

Well, now you could do it home, with the awesome Casio SK-1.

Sadly, all this tool could think of doing was sampling his sad sack dog. Also, notice the disclaimer at the end. This keyboard, as I recall, was only 4 note polyphonic – meaning it can only have 4 keys depressed at one time. That pretend playing in the commercial was not possible on the SK-1.

Later, they made the SK-5, which allowed for more samples to be stored on the keyboards memory, as well as…a drum pad. I bought one for ten dollars off a friend of mine about a month after he got it.

His mother was not pleased.

Sit, Ubu, sit! …Good dog!

Ubu Productions is an independent production company founded in 1982 by producer Gary David Goldberg. Ubu’s had made some pretty famous shows, including Family Ties and Spin City. If the name sounds familiar, it might be that you love those shows or it is more likely because at the end of many Ubu produced shows, you had a photo of a black Labrador Retriever with a Frisbee in his mouth.

And when that dog appeared, you would hear a voice say, “Sit, Ubu, sit! …Good dog!”, followed by the sound of a bark.

That voice is that of Ubu founder Goldberg and the dog in the picture is his beloved traveling companion and pet, Ubu Roi playing in the Tuileries Garden close to the Louvre Museum in Paris. Ubu passed away in 1984, but he was immortalized by his owner and friend and is probably more of a household name then some of the stars that appeared in Ubu produced sitcoms.

Dogs Dressed as Ewoks

I can never decide whether or not I find dogs dressed in costumes to be funny or sad. It’s hard not to feel sorry for the ones with sad eyes that look like they don’t want to be wearing whatever outfit their owners have crammed them into … but on the other hand, I’m sorry, every time I see a dachshund dressed up like a hot dog, I laugh. It’s a fine line to walk, I’ll admit.

That being said, here are 15 pictures of dogs dressed as Ewoks. Now that I think about it, a half-Ewok, half-dog would be pretty cool. Owning a pet that could both fetch the paper and sing “Yub Yub!” to you while you read it would be pretty awesome indeed.

Link: 15 Dogs Dressed like Ewoks

Kevin Costner’s 1983 Commercial for Apple Computers

According to IMDB this commercial was directed by future Flashdance director Adrian Lyne. This got me wondering if the dog in this commercial is the same dog (Jumbo Red) who played Grunt in Flashdance?

Oh and it is me or does Costner’s mousing technique need some work? It looks like he is mousing that way either for the camera or because he has never used a mouse before.