Totally 80s Cell Phone Promo

The following post was written in the mid-1980s:

What’s up dudes, have you heard about cellular phones? Apparently they’re the latest thing and they’re totally bitchin. These portable-yes, you read that right, portable-phones have all the convenient functionality of one of those fancy car phones, but you can take them anywhere!  Gnarly! Like, check out this rad looking Motorola phone which only weighs 30 ounces. Seriously dudes, it looks like it can fit in your backpack or purse. But I think it’s too big to fit in your fanny pack. Bummer!

Now, I know it might take a bit of time for some of you to get used to these “cell phones,” but as this promo reassures us, “seeing someone using cellular phones may seem as common place as someone checking time on an electronic watch, figuring on an electronic calculator, or programming on an electronic computer*.” Ya know, in like 50 years they’ll probably even have watches on cell phones.

Trust me guys, I’m as stoked for cell phones as I am for Van Halen with Sammy Hagar. I bet President Reagan’s already got one!

*Note from 2012: I like that they had to specify “electronic computer.”


Solitaire Sculpture

If you’ve ever used a Windows computer, you’ve probably played solitaire. Now, if you are a skilled enough solitaire player you know that when you beat the game an amusing animation pops up showing all the cards bouncing all around the screen. The arts group called Skrekkogle decided to preserve a successful game of solitaire  for all time by creating a three dimensional sculpture depicting the solitaire victory animation. The Skrekkogle team printed one thousand card faces and then attached them to black foam and arranged them in the patterns from the animation. Check out “Solitaire Win” and other art by Skrekkogie at their website.

The Man Without A Facebook

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re on Facebook. Hopefully, someone came to this website via a link on Facebook. However, there are people who haven’t joined the cult of Facebook. There are some who say that if you aren’t on Facebook, you don’t exist.

Writers and directors Dan De Lorenzo and Ben Stumpf have tapped in to this phenomenon with a parody of the 1993 Mel Gibson film The Man Without A Face. Lorenzo and Stumpf’s clever parody trailer, fittingly titled The Man Without A Facebook, tells the story of a young man who discovers a social outcast who writes with pens and most shockingly interacts with his friends in real life.

Most Frequently Used Letters Keyboard

Sculptor Mike Knuepfel wanted to create a sculpture that could double as an infograph. “I’ve been thinking about and exploring the idea of using 3d rapid prototyping techniques to create sculptural data visualizations.  One idea was to have elements or data of the sculpture represent the object itself.” After searching for an idea, Knuepfel came up with the idea of using a keyboard to display how often each letter is used. Interestingly, the weight of the taller keys caused the keyboard to tilt.

Check out Knuepfel’s website for more information on this piece.

A Conversation with “babygurl01475”

On this blog we’ve had some hilarious encounters with spambots, but none of them can top a recent conversation tech blogger Clive Thompson had. Thompson had recently been receiving frequent chat messages from a spambot called “babygurl01475.”

After a few days of this, Thompson said enough was enough and decided to reply to the spambot. What ensues is a conversation that addresses Alan Turing’s famous test for measuring a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligence.

You can see a brief excerpt of the chat at right, but check out the full conversation over at Thompson’s blog.

Actual Spam Volume 6

“ed hardy clothing” had the following comment about the perfume that smells like money:

“If you’re still on the fence: grab your favorite earphones, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you’ll know which is right for you.”

Thanks “ed hardy clothing” that’s a very useful tip, especially because Microsoft is going to stop making the Zune.

Queen Elizabeth’s (Fake) Twitter Feed

Let’s say you use Twitter and you want to follow the happenings of the British royal family. Now, you could either follow their official Twitter (@BritishMonarchy) or you could follow the fake exploits of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II on the hilarious @Queen_UK feed. Personally we recommend the later. While the official feed is announcing the changing of the guards, Elizabeth Windsor over at Queen_UK is making comments about English soccer player Wayne Rooney:

“Amazed to see Wayne Rooney swearing into a TV camera. One had absolutely no idea that he was capable of any kind of communication.”

Other tweets involve singing along with Queen after seeing a performance of We Will Rock You, dissolving the government of Canada and frequent invocations ofGin O’Clock.”

So, follow the Queen at Queen_UK on Twitter so you can stay informed about her latest adventures.