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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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
That Loonatics rant really alarmed me, to be honest... would you mind if I posted it on my own journal?
Well, it's not really mine to offer permission to; you're as free as any other reader to mull upon his impassioned rantings. I'd be interested to see your take on the matter, needless to say. Myself, I'd agree with his viewpoint of design by committee, based on perceived immediate trends, being not a terribly good way of coming up with an enduring set of characters - and probably not all that great from a cold financial viewpoint either, let alone what it adds to one's culture.

Within a few sentences, one character came to mind particularly - Poochie. (If you've not seen said Simpsons episode, it'd be worth a viewing)

Still, perhaps this might encourage more interest in the LT characters, and their later kin (TTA in particular, along with Animaniacs). And, I suppose, it's not impossible Loonatics could even be entertaining - but their recent history on the comedic animation front isn't encouraging, largely on the writing front. (Certainly, from a technical perspective, Back in Action was as good as anyone could have hoped for, but much as I wanted to love it, it just seemed to lack that verve)

BTW, I still need to reply to one of your recent entries. ^_^ It's an interesting point, as to where we consider ourselves to be "from", and where we belong to (if, indeed, anywhere).

What animated features and characters particularly call out to you?
Well, to tell the truth, I'm not really particularly interested in animation or animated series (although the Winnie-the-Pooh show from Way Back When probably had more of an effect on my development than I'm willing to admit). ^_^

The reason this rant disturbs me so much is that it speaks to something which I have always felt is true-- an elaboration on which was once here, but has since been transported to the end of my most recent post.