Monday, November 22, 2010

Math Blaster!

Question, how do you know how hardcore a game is? The amount of violence? The number of polygons? No! You judge it by what the highest difficulty setting is.  Now, normally a game would stop at 10.  The band Spinal Tap was daring enough to go up to 11.  But MATH BLASTER?  Well, Math Blaster goes up to Mother F***ing 12! TWELVE!

You control Blasternaut, whose friend Spot gets kidnapped by the Trash Alien! And there's only one possible way to rescue him: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing your way across the galaxy!  (And cleaning up litter along the way...stupid trash aliens always dirtying up the cosmos with their garbage).

Math Blaster is every bit as educational as it is a fun game.  Two thumbs up!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Lite Brite


Lite-Brite is an electric toy introduced by Hasbro that allows lit pictures to be created.

Lite-Brite allows the artist to create a "glowing" picture by placing multi-colored translucent plastic pegs through opaque black paper. The light from an illuminated light bulb  is blocked by the black paper except where the pegs conduct the light. When lit, the pegs have an appearance similar to that of LEDs. Most Lite-Brite toys come with a series of pre-prepared patterns. Classic patterns include the "Wizard of Light" (a picture of a wizard with the "Lite-Brite" name above), and the clown. In the last few years, the Lite-Brite has gone through a major make-over into a sleeker, flat-screen version of its classic self.

P.S. It now comes in an iPhone App.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Crazy Bones

Crazy Bones

GoGo's Crazy Bones (also referred to as Crazy Bones or GoGo's) are small, collectible figurines that became popular fad during the 1990s.

Crazy Bones was inspired by a children's game played in Ancient Greece and Rome called 'Astragal' (Knucklebones), where children played a similar game using sheep's knucklebones. This ancient pastime is also known as Tabas. Games played are reminiscent of marbles and jacks. Crazy Bones is a modern version of this game, played with characters molded from plastic. There are hundreds of individual characters, each character having a unique face and name. Each series has a number of 'rare' pieces that are sought after by collectors and are sold on numerous websites for many times their original value.

A small company at the time of inception, Crazy Bones became a popular fad in the late 90s. The product was aggressively marketed to children, and promotional events took place in scout meetings, club groups, fairs, and shows, where free sample packs were distributed. Toy demos have also taken place in SkyDome, where children were given free packs and taught how to play Crazy Bones. Nearly four million free packs have been distributed. Crazy Bones secured a number of high-profile partners, including McDonald's, which included the product as Happy Meal toys nationwide. These Crazy Bones were significantly larger than the normal toys, possibly to reduce risk of choking among young children.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ring Pops

What's that on her hand? Is it a ring? Is it candy? It's F***KING BOTH!!

Ring Pop is a brand of fruit flavored lollipops that usually come in a ring shape that you can wear on your hand/fingers like a ring.  Traditionally, they come in 6 flavors: cotton candy, cherry bubble gum, water- melon, blue raspberry, strawberry and star grazer grape.  Ring Pops are manufactured by Topps.

It's not surprising that they are famous amongst not just children but teenagers and even adults as well.  I mean, come on, IT'S CANDY YOU CAN WEAR.  The only other thing in the same category as Ring Pops are Candy Necklaces, and those don't taste half as good.

These days, Ring Pops are making a comeback thanks to famous celebrities and hipsters who love to wear the candy ironically.  They are often worn as accessories by stars like Lindsay Lohan, and Madonna. Ring Pop graced the finger of singer Fergie in her Fergalicious music video. Nick Cannon renewed vows with Mariah Carey using a RingPop. 

In early 2010, Bazooka Candy Brands, the makers of the iconic Ring Pop, gifted Swarovski-encrusted Ring Pops to recently engaged A-listers Katy Perry, Kristen Bell, and Carrie Underwood. Each signature Ring Pop created for the brides-to-be was bedazzled with 50 Swarovski crystals! These guys sure know how to publicize their product.

Special Ring Pops are made for some holidays. Easter Ring Pops use the traditional plastic ring but replace the jewel shaped hard candy with Chicks or Bunnies. Erotic shaped Ring Pops are manufactured and sold for Valentine's Day. The most well known Ring Pop seasonal ring is on Groundhogs Day, where they make ring pops that are in the shape and look of a Groundhog. Most people have come to call the flavor "Klystia".

Keep an eye out for the Ring Pop at 1:43 and see if you can spot  one anywhere else!

Mmm...She can suck my Ring Pop anyday.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


The original! Version 1

The Tamagotchi (たまごっち Tamagotchi?) is a handheld digital pet created in Japan by Akihiro Yokoi of WiZ Co. Ltd., and Aki Maita of Bandai Co. Ltd. It was first sold by Bandai in 1996 in Japan. Over 70,000,000 Tamagotchis have been sold world-wide as of 2008. Most Tamagotchis are housed in a small egg-shaped computer with an interface usually consisting of three buttons, although the number of buttons may vary for different variations.

According to Bandai, the name is a portmanteau combining the Japanese word "たまご" (tamago), which means "egg", and the English word "watch" (as in timepiece). Consequently, the name is romanized as "Tamagotch" without the "i" in Japan. At the end of most Tamagotchi character's names, excluding some newer characters like Makiko, is 'tchi' or 'っち' in Japanese.

If the Jonas Brothers love them, that's good enough for me.
Upon removing the tag of a Tamagotchi unit, an egg will appear on the screen. After setting the Tamagotchi unit's clock, the Tamagotchi will hatch after several seconds, after which the player will be told of its gender and will be given the opportunity to give it a name, which can be 5 to 8 characters in length. From then on, the player is given the task of raising the Tamagotchi to good health throughout its life and attending to its needs, such as feeding it, playing games to make the Tamagotchi happy and keep it at a healthy weight, cleaning up its excrement, punishing or praising the Tamagotchi based on its actions, returning it to proper health with medicine if it gets sick, and shutting off the lights when it goes to bed. If the Tamagotchi is left uncared for, it will soon result in the death of the Tamagotchi.

As time passes, the Tamagotchi will evolve through various stages (Baby, Toddler/Child, Teenager, Adult, and Senior), the results varying based on the gender of the Tamagotchi, its current generation, and on the player's actions. A Tamagotchi that has been cared for well enough will result in a better and a well-mannered Tamagotchi, while excessive poor care will instead result in a Tamagotchi that requires much more attention and often does not behave well. Upon reaching a specific age and friendship level with another Tamagotchi, the player's Tamagotchi will be able to mate with another Tamagotchi of the opposite gender, usually arranged by an elderly Tamagotchi known as "the Matchmaker" or "Mrs. Busybody". Once the two Tamagotchis mate successfully, the female produces two infant Tamagotchis, one which is kept by the father, and the other by the mother. After 24 hours pass, the parent leaves the baby, starting a brand new generation.

Recent Tamagotchis, such as the Connection series, are able to communicate wirelessly with other Tamagotchis to develop friendships, exchange gifts, and compete in several different types of games.

History of the Tamagotchi

Gotta catch em all? Wait, thats not right...

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fanny Packs!

All the cool kids wear them!

The fanny pack (US, Canada), belt pack (US), belly bag (US), Buffalo pouch (US), hip sack (US), hip pack (UK), bum bag (UK, Canada, Oceania), or moon bag (South Africa) is a small fabric pouch secured with a zipper and worn at the waist by a strap around the hips or waist.

They come in so many varied colors!
The name "fanny pack" is derived from the fact that they were traditionally worn facing the rear above the buttocks, for which fanny is a slang term in America. Despite the name, many do not wear fanny packs on their rear because they are easier to pick pocket and harder to access. In the United Kingdom and Anglophone Oceania, the term "bum bag" or "belt bag" is used, since the word "fanny" means vulva, rather than buttocks, in those countries.

Fanny packs reached the peak of their popularity in the late 1980s and early- to mid-1990s. Today, however, fanny packs are considered unfashionable in some countries.[vague] "Weird Al" Yankovic, for instance, associates the wearing of fanny packs in his song "White & Nerdy." Many consider the fanny pack a sure mark for an out-of-place tourist, invoking the traditional tourist stereotypes known around the world.

Keep an eye out for the fanny pack at 2:02

Who knew fanny packs could be sexy?
The handiness and ease of opening of fanny packs has also resulted in them being used as holsters for storing loaded handguns. Many manufacturers make fanny packs that are designed for concealed carry.

For some, their resurrection is a form of ironic retro fashion. In this way, the fanny pack has made something of a comeback among youth in recent years, this time termed a pouch, or less commonly Buffalo pouch. Many top designers such as The North Face, Gucci, Prada, Coach, Marc Jacobs, and Louis Vuitton have taken the opportunity to resurrect and redesign the fanny pack.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

1979 by the Smashing Pumpkins

This song takes me back to simpler times.  :)

"1979" is a song by the American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. Released in 1996 as the second single from their third studio album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, "1979" was written by frontman Billy Corgan, and features loops and samples that were uncharacteristic of previous Smashing Pumpkins songs. The song was popular with critics and fans; Allmusic's Amy Hanson called it a "somewhat surprising hit". The song was nominated for the Record of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the Grammy Awards, and won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Alternative Video.

The video follows a day in the life of disaffected suburban teenagers driving around in a Dodge Charger. It is based on a concept Corgan created, featuring an idealized version of teenage life, while also trying to capture the feeling of being bored as a teenager. Originally, Corgan wanted a scene of violence, in which the convenience store was trashed by the teens at the end of the video, but Dayton and Faris convinced him to go for something more tame. Aside from Corgan appearing throughout the video in the backseat of a car, the other band members had bit parts in the video; James Iha appears as a convenience store clerk and as the guitarist for the band in the party scene, D'arcy Wretzky as an irate neighbour, and Jimmy Chamberlin as a policeman and as the drummer for the band in the party scene. Band manager "Gooch" plays Jimmy's partner.

Upon finishing the video shoot, the band flew to New York to perform. However, all tapes of the footage were accidentally left sitting on top of a car, and were lost as the driver departed. The group later flew back to reshoot the entire video again.

The "1979" video was highly acclaimed. It won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Alternative Video in 1996. It was one of Canadian cable television music channel MuchMusic's Countdown number-one videos of 1996. Billy Corgan considers it the Pumpkins' best video, calling it "the closest we've ever come to realizing everything we wanted