May 24, 2019

May 23, 2019

Drop Them, Dr. Jones

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Paramount Pictures (1984)
Thirty years ago today, my favorite childhood movie was shown in theaters throughout the country.  I was only three years old at the time, but my grandfather recorded the movie during a free HBO weekend and I watched that tape at least a hundred times in the 80's.

May 18, 2019

Saturday Morning Comes To Life

Dungeons & Dragons publicity photo
Groupe Renault
The Brazilian division of Renault Automotive has filmed a commercial based on the Dungeons & Dragons animated series which aired on CBS from 1983 - 1985.  The commercial is scheduled to debut this Thursday, May 23rd.

May 17, 2019

Possibly Worth The Flight To Thailand

Salted Egg Filled Ring Doughnuts
Krispy Kreme (Thailand)
Salted egg custard inside a Krispy Kreme sounds amazing.  I wish they'd bring this to the US.

May 16, 2019

Retro Belmont Weekend

Castlevania Anniversary Collection
Nintendo Switch (2019)
Eight retro classics for under $20 bucks.  I still remember bringing home Castlevania for the NES and playing it for the first time when I was a kid.  Not long afterward, Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest was released.  By then, I was living with my grandmother and she would play it and complain every time day turned to night when the monsters became more difficult to beat.

This collection comes with Castlevania 1-4 for the NES and SNES, as well as Castlevania Bloodlines for Genesis, the first two Game Boy Castlevania games, and Kid Dracula from the Famicom in Japan, which is getting its first English release in the United States.

This ought to keep me busy for a little while this weekend.

May 13, 2019

The Crow on Game Boy

Brandon Lee
The Crow (1994)
Twenty-five years ago today, The Crow premiered in theaters.  In this photo, Brandon Lee is passing the time between takes playing the Nintendo Game Boy.  Sadly, he was accidentally shot and killed while filming.  While reminiscing about his time working with Mr. Lee on the film, makeup artist Lance Anderson said that "He loved Game Boy.  He was addicted to it.  I'd be painting these delicate lines on his face, and he'd hit a point on the game, and it would be time for a cleanup job.

I'd like to think he was playing Kung Fu Master and that he got a chuckle out of being able to play as "Bruce Leap".

May 8, 2019

We'll Miss You, Mr. Montgomery

David Montgomery
Philadelphia Phillies
Mr. Montgomery started his career with the Phillies as a salesman and scoreboard operator in the early 70's and worked his way to become the most beloved front office executive in the history of the franchise.  He was the President and CEO of the Phillies, and an active minority owner who led the way to the best era of Philadelphia baseball.  Rest in peace, sir.

May 6, 2019

Taco King

Crispy Tacos
Burger King (2019)
Well, they're not going to put Taco Bell out of business any time soon, but they're not bad for a dollar.  The crispy shell was the best part.  Definitely could have used a bit more meat... and veggies... and cheese.

May 4, 2019

Grindhouse Star Wars

War Of The Stars
The Man Behind The Mask
This is one of the most entertaining fan edits I've ever seen.  It presents Star Wars: A New Hope as a 70's grindhouse flick, and it does so using filters, deleted scenes, a gratuitous amount of blood and a number of interesting music choices, including Neil Young playing the Mos Eisley Cantina and Carrie Fisher belting out the song from the end of the Star Wars Holiday Special.  Additionally, R2D2 has been given subtitles, and Darth Vader has been recast as a psychopath with glowing red eyes and substantially new dialogue with James Earl Jones lines dropped in from other films.  The end result is a very different story from the Star Wars we know and love, and it's definitely worth watching.

You can read a more thorough review from Make Mine Criterion and check out a preview on YouTube.  The complete film can be downloaded from (click the link and type "War Of The Stars" in the search bar).  Enjoy, and May the 4th be with you.

May 1, 2019

Hologram en Regalia

The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa
FM Kirby Center - Wilkes-Barre, PA
This show was my gift to Dad for his 60th birthday, and it was every bit as bizarre as advertised.

Apr 30, 2019

We'll Miss You, Chewie

Peter Mayhew
May 19, 1944 - April 30, 2019
The world has lost a phenomenal man and an irreplaceable talent as Chewbacca in the Star Wars universe.  Thank you for everything, Mr. Mayhew.  Rest well, sir.

update: This photo was shared by Bonnie Burton.  Mr. Mayhew is seen here with one of the toys made from The Star Wars Craft Book by Ms. Burton.  She also wrote a beautiful tribute to Mr. Mayhew on c|net.

Apr 29, 2019

8-Bit Happy Gilmore

There are at least a half dozen different websites selling this on a t-shirt.  I have no idea who actually created it, but kudos to you, whoever you are.  It's not really something I'd want on a shirt, but I'd love to see a Happy Gilmore inspired rom hack.

Apr 28, 2019

A Scoop Of Sour

Sour Patch Kids
Nestle Dreyer's Ice Cream (2018)
I know... it looks like it would be terrible, but it's pretty good.  This is a blend of vanilla ice cream and lemon sorbet with a berry swirl and small pieces of Sour Patch Kids sprinkled throughout.  It has a refreshing, summery, mildly tart flavor that doesn't leave a sour taste in your mouth.

Apr 26, 2019

Time Of Death: 4/26/2019

It was announced today that Netflix made the decision to cancel the most humorous and creative television series that has ever aired.  This is a damn shame.

Apr 23, 2019

Tacos and Coffee

Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch.  Thanks T-Mobile!

Apr 22, 2019

Won't You Be My Firefly

A new Bray Wyatt vignette aired on Raw tonight.  It was... unusual.

Apr 21, 2019

Mama, I'm Hopping Home

I hear that he once got arrested for biting the ears off of a chocolate bunny.  Happy Easter!

Apr 20, 2019

Gas Station Memories

Schweitzer's Service Station
Winters Ave - West Hazleton, PA
My great-grandfather and my great-uncles ran this gas station and garage for many years.  It closed in the mid 80's, but I have very fond memories of stopping here with my grandfather to visit my Uncle Georgie when I was a kid.

Apr 19, 2019

Aladdin's Castle Custom Cabinet

Aladdin's Castle Arcade Cabinet
Rob Gillim‎, the owner of Gillim's Computer Service in Kentucky, recently shared this photo of his custom-built Mame cabinet themed after the Aladdin's Castle arcade chain.  In addition to the woodgrain panels, the lighted marquee and the attract mode screen, he's also modified the coin mechanism to accept original Aladdin's Castle tokens.

This is exactly what I hope to build one day.

Apr 15, 2019

Vincent, You Ever Had A Big Kahuna Burger?

Big Kahuna Sandwich
Arby's (2019)
Two pieces of advice for the marketing team handling the Arby's account:
  1. Convince the restaurant to make this a seasonal sandwich; Arby's version of the McRib.
  2. Pay Samuel L. Jackson whatever he wants to appear in the commercial.
This very large sandwich is made up of crispy chicken, beef brisket and smoked ham.  The meats are served on a King's Hawaiian bun and are topped with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and pineapple habanero sauce.  Very tasty and filling.

Apr 14, 2019

The Return Of Mister Donut (sort of)

Dunkin' Donuts (2019)
The menu monitors at Dunkin' Donuts are doing this thing where they cycle through all of their previous company logos.  I suppose it's done in an effort to try to get us to accept that they're removing "Donuts" from the name of the restaurant and re-branding themselves as "Dunkin".  I'm not sure what they hope to accomplish with that move, but it was nice to see the old Mister Donut logo.

Apr 13, 2019

Gators and Beer

Taming Of The Brew
Caldwell Consistory - Bloomsburg, PA
They didn't have as much food as last year, but it was good.  The highlight was the Louisiana Alligator and Andouille Sausage Chowder from the Turkey Hill Brewing Company (no relationship to the convenience store, iced tea or ice cream company).

Apr 12, 2019

First Round Outfield

Cornelius RandolphMickey Moniak and Adam Haseley
Reading Fightin Phils (2019)
The Double A affiliate of the Phillies has a starting outfield comprised of three first round draft picks: Cornelius Randolph was the 10th overall pick in the 2015 draft, Mickey Moniak was the first overall pick in the 2016 draft, and Adam Haseley was the 8th overall pick in the 2017 draft (photo by David Swanson - Philadelphia Inquirer).

Apr 11, 2019

I Ain't Afraid Of No Board Game

The Real Ghostbusters board game
Milton Bradley (1986)
I was looking through old photos that I took when I was a kid and came across these shots of The Real Ghostbusters board game.  They're not very clear, but I tried to piece them together as best I could.

Apr 10, 2019

The Black Hole

Black Hole (M87 Galaxy)
Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration
Using a global network of telescopes, scientists have taken the first photograph of a black hole in history.  It's in the center of the M87 galaxy, 55 million light-years from Earth, and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun.