Apr 30, 2013

Do A Barrel Roll

Super Starfox Weekend
Nintendo (April 30 - May 2, 1992)
One of the coolest contests Nintendo ever held began twenty years ago today.  Gamers across the country gathered at the approximately 2,000 participating retail locations to compete for the top score on the Starfox Official Competition Cartridge.  The SNES cartridges that were used in the contest were later made available for sale through Nintendo Power for $45.  They now sell on eBay for hundreds of dollars, as do the pins, t-shirts and flight jackets that were given away as prizes.

Apr 29, 2013

A Winner Is You

An artist named Rick Dries has customized seven M.U.S.C.L.E. figures to represent the characters from the NES classic Pro Wrestling.  From left to right, they are: King Slender, Kin Corn Karn, Giant Panther, The Amazon, Fighter Hayabusa, Star Man, and Great Puma.

Apr 24, 2013

Strawberries And Cream

Strawberry Pop Tart Ice Cream Sandwich
Carl's Jr (2013)
We don't have a Carl's Jr. in Northeast PA.  I'd take a road trip to try one, but it seems like a fairly easy thing to just make at home.  [source: FoodBeast]

Apr 23, 2013

Richie Havens

"I looked at the poster for that first show and it said, 'Richie Havens -- folk/jazz singer.' I went, 'Really? Is that what I am? Is that what I do?' I just went into any situation the put me in, and people seemed to like it."
Richie Havens  (January 21, 1941 - April 22, 2013)

The wold has lost a true legend.  Richie Havens, a musician who raised the world's consciousness and who brought a little peace and happiness to millions has passed away yesterday of a heart attack.  He was 72 years old.

Mr. Havens became known all over the world when he opened at Woodstock.  He was originally scheduled to go on fifth and play a 40 minute set, but 5 pm came on August 15th and the other performers were stuck in traffic.  He ended up playing for three hours.  Festival organizers kept asking him to go back out and keep singing because no one else was ready to take the stage.  After two and a half hours, he performed all of the songs he knew, including cover songs.  With nothing left to play, he drew on some of the lyrics from an 1899 spiritual hymn called "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child" and improvised Freedom on the spot, live and in front of a crowd of 400,000 fans.  It became an iconic song that captured the spirit of Woodstock and of the 60's.

Apr 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day

That's the most useful situation I can think of.

Apr 11, 2013

Dunkin Bananas

Dunkin' Donuts
Route 309 - Mountaintop, PA
I don't think that these bananas are in any danger of selling out.

Apr 10, 2013

The Last Bookshop

The Last Bookshop
Richard Dadd and Dan Fryer
This short film imagines a future where physical books have died out.

Apr 9, 2013

Inside The Park

Hagerstown Suns at Lakewood BlueClaws
09 April 2013 - Bottom of the 7th
Phillies prospect Roman Quinn hits an inside-the-park home run. In fact, he scores before Hagerstown can even get the ball out of the outfield. Incredible!

Apr 8, 2013

Stylin' Robot

Found at Black Diamond in the Schuylkill Mall - Frackville, PA.

Apr 7, 2013

Head Trauma

How could you go wrong for a buck?

Apr 6, 2013

Introvert - Party of One

This is the perfect restaurant booth.