If you are a techno geek and/or a Mac Geek, Foklore.org is one of the coolest sites on the net. I've already wasted a couple of hours reading the stories and I had to make myself close the browser so I could get some work done.
Created by a member of the original Mac team, Andy Hertzfeld, the site contains stories and photos written by the men and women responsible for creating the most unique personal computer in the world.
The Mac Design Team as Featured in Rolling Stone
Not only is the site full of technical facts, but it is loaded with personal stories. It's the personal side that makes the site so fascinating. Reading the recollections, you realize that there was a time when the computer industry was run by creative people who were in it for the discovery of new technology, not the money.
One of my favorite tales is the time Steve Jobs took a Mac to Bo Derek, hoping to make her a convert and possibly spark a future romance. Returning from his unsuccessful trip Steve was quickly set straight by a female friend:
"Look," she told him. "She's married. And besides, I don't know any woman who would want her name to be Bo Jobs."
When the Macintosh was finally released, the design team was photographed for Rolling Stone. Yes, the Rock and Roll magazine. Can you see Bill Gates or Michael Dell in Rolling Stone? I can't either
I'm glad I was there to witness the birth of the Personal Computer. Back then you either wrote the software you wanted, or bought a diskette in a ziploc bag with a set of xeroxed instructions. When you got stuck and called the help line, there was a good chance you would get the actual game designer, sitting in her kitchen.
Mystery House for the Apple ][. I bought my copy in a big ziploc bag.
Take a trip over to folklore.org. Andy promises it will soon feature the history and stories behind other technology projects (not just the Mac). I know I can't wait.
Despite it's miniscule size, the diary is incredibly detailed. Based on extensive research done by numerous Indiana Jones fans, Daryl created not only each page of the diary, but other relevant items from The Last Crusade including letters, tickets and the envelope the diary was mailed in.
I consider myself very fortunate to own a pair of these diaries. They are a work of art and since I don't believe Daryl has produced one in quite a while, they are a rare item for both the Indiana Jones and one-sixth scale collector.
After the success of the Grail Diary, Daryl also produced this Raiders of the Lost Ark Journal.
"Rock, Rock, Rock, Rock, Rock and Roll High School"
That's how the song begins for one of the best Ramones songs and surely the most unique event in their history, a starring role in a feature film!
I love movies with rock bands. A Hard Days Night, Head, and this film are probably my all time favorite Band films. When I was in high school and college, we had a ritual of going to see the midnight movies on most weekends. Usually they featured such gems as H.O.T.S. and Flesh Gordan, but occasionally you would come across a real sleeper. In 1979 I walked into Eastland mall to see a film I had never heard of and walked out a Ramones fan forever. It was still early in this films release, but it had already skipped most of the big theatres and gone straight to midnight showings. I guess a movie about a punk band (actually a straight up rock band) and a bunch of kids who blow up their school was never going to cross the 100 million mark.
Made with virtually no budget and featuring PJ Soles, Clint Howard and Vincent Van Patten, along with the Ramones this movie is funny, has great tunes (Rundgren, McCartney, Alice Cooper etc), cute girls, and features a great scene where they blow the school up while the Ramones play the theme.
This movie came out right after PJ Soles had made her screen debut in Halloween and just before she played Bill Murray's girlfriend in Stripes. She was perfect for the role of the Ramones fanatic and she can sing too. She does a great version of Rock and Roll High School, upstaging the preppy cheerleaders in the gym.
Clint Howard (Rons brother) actually has something to do in this film. He plays the school dealer. Not in drugs mind you, he is the guys that sells you hall passes and gets you the makeout van for your hot dates. A very different role from all his walk-on roles in Ron Howard films.
The rest of the cast is well chosen and we even have a great villain in the evil principal Miss Togar. Someone you love to hate. Don't worry, she gets hers.
This is just a great cult movie. It was followed with a sequel, minus the Ramones and starring Corey Feldman. I don't think anyone ever saw that one. What was the point?
Stupid girl, stupid girls, stupid girls. Maybe if I act like that, that guy will call me back. What a paparazzi girl, I don't wanna be a stupid girl.
I'm no fan of Paris Hilton, Nicole Ritchie or any of the other mindless ilk that pass as celebrities today.
Needless to say I love the new P!nk video for her song Stupid Girls.
In the video P!nk trashes the "celebrity" girls she thinks represent the "huge lack of tolerance for diversity or thought."
P!nk is seen wearing oversized sunglasses, trendy clothing and buying a small, fluffy dog: an imitation of such "stars" as Nicole Ritchie and Mary-Kate and Ashley.
They travel in packs of two or three, With their itsy bitsy doggies and their teeny-weeny tees. Where, oh where, have the smart people gone?
She also pokes fun at Paris Hilton's sex tape, Lindsay Lohan's lack of driving skills and Jessica Simpson's infamous car wash video for "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'."
Maybe if I act like that, that guy will call me back. What a paparazzi girl, I don't wanna be a stupid girl. Maybe if I act like that, flipping my blonde hair back. Push up my bra like that, I don't wanna be a stupid girl.
In a more serious scene, P!nk imitates vomiting in a sink to emulate the "really thin is in" mentality perpetuated by the current celebrity class.
Oh my god you guys, I totally had more that 300 calories. That was so not sexy, no Good one, can I borrow that? I LOVE BEING SKINNY.
"I feel like so many women have been out there fighting for our independence and our equality and to further our rights, and girls like this come along and wipe out all of our progress and they push this size zero image that's unattainable for the average person," said P!nk.
One of my favorite lines in the song takes a jab at another of my favorite nouveau celebrities: What happened to the dream of a girl president? She's dancing in the video next to 50 Cent.
Paris Hilton apparently isn't pleased. She has been quoted as saying "P!nk is just using me and other celebrities to make a musical comeback."
P!nk's reply to Paris? "Spell it--Spell comeback!"
The song is currently available on iTunes, the video isn't there yet, but expect it very soon.
"Savage Swamp" came late in the run for volume two of Hasbro's Adventure Team sets. It was unique in the fact that it is the only Adventure Team set that you could get with a female figure, though she's not in this photo.
It's not a terribly special set other than that, but it does have a big reptile and in the world of The GIJoe Adventure Team, animals are always a postive!