Was having to explain to my wife, who is from a different culture and generation, what a “clicker” was… after she was lamenting the “old days” of having to actually put the key in the car door to lock/unlock it. So here’s what we found. Enjoy “flipping through channels of the past to check out early television clickers that look like ray guns and complex calculators.”
Source: A history of the TV remote control as told through its advertising
When you absolutely, positively need comic books and pulp magazines from decades ago.
Seriously… how amazing is it that these things are all online and available for research or just plain fun!
Source: Comic Book Plus – Free And Legal Public Domain Books
Categories: Art, History, Theater
Tags: A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, ghost stories, Happy Hannukah, holidays, Merry christmas, neil gaiman, Secret Museum, Victorian England
This is an amazing story! Holy crap the things this guy has done and how much he’s been an invisible part of my life, childhood and overall creative development!
My takeaway though, is this line:
“Colin told me one time that this is the way he went through life, that he liked to create things that people couldn’t un-think,” Dall said. “That’s how he got into a lot of things: he would come up with such original, creative and intelligent ideas that people would look at it and then they couldn’t go back.”
And if you want a piece of signed artwork, check out Colin Cantwell’s own website.
Source: He kept his Star Wars legacy a secret in Boulder for decades. At 85, the sci-fi pioneer is ready to step out. — The Know from The Denver Post
Charlotte Salomon (1917-1943) was the last Jewish student at the Berlin Fine Arts Academy. The danger for her had become so great by late 1938 that her family decided to get her out of Germany.
This is an amazing, and sad and angering, story. What sucks is we’re STILL learning the extent of the damage done to the arts and sciences some 70 years after the fact.
What a different world we might have had.
Source: A Virtuoso Graphic Novel, Painted While in Hiding From the Nazis | Literary Hub
I love that all these great magazines are finding new homes online (that said, I do own several of the original copies, including the three part series of Bester’s The Demolished Man). I’ve even noted it before, specifically when IF magazine, Galaxy’s sister publication, went live online and when Omni hit the digital archives.
So now, most of Galaxy is available online for you to read and enjoy. I suggest you do.
Source: One of the greatest science fiction magazines is now available for free online – The Verge
Visit a National Park this Summer to Celebrate Your Citizenship & the Glory of the Great Outdoors.
My latest piece for David!
Source: This Land is YOUR Land | David Magazine
Casablanca is widely remembered as one of the greatest films of all time, coming in at #2 on the AFI’s top 100 list and similarly regarded by many other critics. You can quibble with its exact rank, but it’s at least undeniable how iconic Casablanca remains. Even now, more than 70 years after its 1942 release, few movies have ever produced as many enduring quotes. Continue reading
The 110 million-year-old fossil of a nodosaur preserves the animal’s armor, skin, and what may have been its final meal. The 5-year-old in me, who wanted to be a paleontologist, is thrilled beyond measure. The 49-year-old me is almost as stoked.
And here’s another piece, from Gizmodo, looking at how it “still has it’s skin.“