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Halloween costumes of the 1970s. Be afraid. (Bet you didn't know there was an official Asteroids costume.. but, imho, the best was saved for last)

Sadly, there are only six such examples, but here are some classic comic pages/panels, unmodified, and unintentionally hilarious.

And on the Dr Who front, for those receiving CBC: "The series starts on Tuesday April 5th, at 8pm in most time zones" - or about an hour after the BBC airing, via your favorite network.. no definite word on US broadcasts yet, aside from the Sci-Fi Channel not being involved.

"Aussies spend more time asleep than anyone else on the planet". The other results are much as one might expect: "Seven of the top 10 nocturnal nations are Asian, headed by the Taiwanese, 69% of whom go to bed after midnight (and 35% only after 1am)", and "Portugal, Spain and Italy make the night owl's top 10".

From a /. comment: "STERN Pinball is still producing games. You are correct that Williams, who was the only one at the time, shut down. Since then, though, others have stepped up. Illinois Pinball Company (which doesn't appear to have a website) bought the rights to all the WMS games, and supposedly plans to rerelease some of them at some point." - yay! Great to see pinball is still alive. I can't say I'm particularly good at any table, but I've always enjoyed a good pinball game. Someone else added, "They're planning on releasing Capcom's "Big Bang Bar" later this year. Price is what you'd expect for a new game, and supposedly the gameplay is awesome. A friend owns a Capcom (Pinball Magic) and loves it, since it's really well designed, maintenance-wise."

I was reminded by rigelkitty to check the comics on Sunday: The Boondocks is a classic. ^_^

Via ibneko, another Great Advance in Game Controller Science: You're In Control. You'd think this'd be ideal for pub installation..

Here's perhaps the best rant on Loonatics I've come across.

At 125, Maria Olivia da Silva may be the oldest woman alive. Think of what's happened in her lifetime - the invention of the vacuum tube, the rise of radio, World Wars I and II, the first electronic computers, and flight from biplane fighters through exotic travel for the wealthy, to weekend getaways a thousand miles away.

Theoretically, just about all of Dr Demento's shows can be found here, but the site's probably bogged down at the moment. All that shaving cream, no doubt.

A good cultural/political weblog: Stay Free! Daily.

Sobering, horrific, and - at the very conclusion - inspiring: a brief tale of Auschwitz survival.
Halloween costumes of the 1970s. Be afraid.

I am afraid, those are some scary costumes. Kinda makes me glad I grew up in the '80's...

Here's perhaps the best rant on Loonatics I've come across.

All I can say is, must they screw with a classic? I realize they're trying to make money, and that all those old cartoons have been endlessly recycling for years on end. But they still shouldn't fuck with a classic.
Ahh, go on then.. what sort of costumes were you found to be wearing? ^_^ (Photos, we must see photos! :) In the 80s, of course, I dare say MC Hammer must have appeared in Halloween form.. maybe Mr Jackson too? *grin*

Warner I simply don't understand. They've had all those classic toons in their vaults for decades, and only now are they even beginning to release them properly. That said, at least they're doing it reasonably well, even if not to the extreme of Bambi's restoration. Yet, despite those DVDs' success, they're still not interested in producing more real Looney Tunes? Agh, sometimes I wonder if they have it in them at all, but, for all the criticism I've seen, I'd still say Tiny Toon Adventures was something of a renaissance for Warner animation, followed up well with Animaniacs - but since then, it seems to've all shifted towards the dramatic rather than comedic, probably fuelled by the success of Batman Beyond et al. (And so we come full circle)

You know, it'd be fun to have WB run an amateur animation competition.. let entrants use any of the LT characters, provide some music clips and sound effects, and just see what some Flash animators can come up with. Shorts like that Everyone Else video for TISM show it's not necessary to have a huge budget to come up with some really good results - it's talent that counts, ultimately, as his knack for timing and comic animation illustrates well.

But when it comes to new work with the LTs.. *sigh* I admit, Space Jam is something of a guilty pleasure, simply for seeing them all again, and even if they didn't bother showing her as anything more than a paper-thin romantic interest for Bugs, for introducing Lola too. ^_^ (Of course, I'd be the first to admit that for depth of character, Sawyer goes far beyond - indeed, further than many an animated production. Or live action blockbuster, come to that) They managed something much better in Back in Action, but still, the story just wasn't really there. Easily worth a rental, though. (Then again, given how modest the cost difference often is between a rental and buying the DVD.. yet Blockbuster don't seem to be going out of business any time soon, more's the pity)

Ah, if only the SamBakZa folks could come out with another short.. their cat/rabbit romance was just wonderful. ^_^

Actually, they did make a bunch of New Looney Tunes ... I forget the name but it was a DVD set with something like the ``Looney Tunes Golden Premiere Collection'' (as opposed to classics, you see). I haven't bought it since -- while I enjoyed Looney Tunes: Back In Action -- I'm quite wary of modern attempts to make New Looney Tunes, particularly to make five dozen of them at once instead of trying one or two a month for a couple years in a row.

I think that sort of steady production is needed so everyone involved learns how to do their jobs well -- note how long it took the classic animators to figure out how to do it in the first place, and how it took through Tiny Toons, Tazmania, and Animaniacs for the TV animators to get the hang of doing original funny stuff. You need to build a culture of people with technical expertise before you can make good new creative material.