Do You remember your first Vew-Master? I do. I had a lot of fun with mine, but I do remember getting a little tired of it after a few years, because we had to go back and forth between reading the text on the disc and viewing the image. I must have had discs of just about every major show that was on television. This included Star-Trek (the cartoon version as well), The Flintstones, Road Runner, Casper, Sub-Mariner, Buck Rogers, and Bazooka Joe. We would get about 3 discs for about 4-6 dollars each. Today, the older classic discs from the 60 -70′s are now collector items; and you’ll pay about $20 and up to about $60 dollars depending on what’s on the disc, the condition of the disc (mint or not), and if a View-Master comes with it. I can’t tell you how many discs I had (and how many I actually lost). But it was a mesmerizing little gadget.
Then I got the talking View-Master. A mini record was attached tot he back of the picture disks. We would place them in to the unit like normal, and then the sound would voila! The sound would play. I kinda hated this unit because we had to always remember to position the disc in a certain way. Each scene was numbered from 1 through 8 (I think). If the number 1 wasn’t facing upward, then the audio disc would play out of sync. LOL. Each time we would crank the lever down, the Talking View-Master would play the next chapter associated with whatever scene you were looking at. In essence The view master was the first portable slide show. View-Master then moved on to wall projectors, which was pretty cool. My only problem was, when I’d visit friends our other family, by the time you found a perfect spot to watch it on, I had no interest to watch it anymore. LOL. I could be wrong, but I think the View-Master may have been responsible for inspiring the professional projectors today used in colleges and conferences.
© 2013 Yogi / VintageNewscast.com
I have not done a look-A-Like post in quite some time. I struggled with this one a little bit, because the right-side profile of Natalie Wood’s face makes me think Beyoncè a lot; and I almost made this a “Beyoncè & Natalie” Look-A-Like post. But then, I thought of another favorite actress of mine named Barbra Bain. I think Barbra and Natalie look so much a like they could have been sisters. I love Barbra because not only was she stunningly beautiful back-in-the-day, she had a LOT of class; I put her on the same level of Barbra Stanwyck, except Mrs. Bain knew how to harness her sex-appeal, while still being very much a lady. She was married to Martin Landau, since forever. Barbra is probably best known for the TV show “Space 1999” and the original “Mission Impossible“. Natalie Wood started her career very young with “Miracle On 34th Street“. As an adult she landed a role in “West Side Story“. Unfortunately, I think more people remembered her for her mysterious death, than her acting roles. If you would like to hear more of her tragic story, click here. She was married to Robert Wagner.
© 2013 Yogi / VintageNewscast.com
Despite the fact I expressed my dislike for Mantan Moreland as an actor; the acting in which he was typecast-ed for seemed to have worked out very well for this particular movie. Because truth of the matter is, if the directors/writers kept the movie the way it was WITHOUT Mr. Moreland, the movie would not have kept me interested, or been nearly as enjoyable in my opinion. This movie is in the public domain, you can pick it up here.
Another funny *ss commercial. Although this commercial is in another language, you can clearly understand what the commercial is saying. I think this fits-in-line with my blog, because all though we are using less paper as a result of newer technology; we also can’t get rid of paper completely, because it is still remains essential to our lives. LOL
For some reason, a lot of my straight male friends don’t get the joke of this video. I guess you have to be in touch with your inner femininity to understand it. However, in my mind, it is funny as all hell. Maybe it’s a gay thing, I don’t know…..
Boy, do I remember Slinky. Although my interest in this toy was very short. I didn’t find too much enjoyment of if after awhile. It’s funny, I never got mine to walk down a flight of stairs like the commercial.. LOL.. Well, I guess that’s why it’s called “television”.. :=)
Please Note: It appears that there is no DVD for this movie. The only way to view this movie, is via Netflix.com
My favorite Lucie episode!
This is hilarious!!
Hi guys, I hope all my members and visitors are doing well. You know, I was thinking just a couple of days ago; how come no one is talking about the tons of left-over technology we’re not using anymore? I guess in a way, for those of us who are lovers of technology, it is inevitable that we will not only accumulate old technology, but if we try to donate our left-overs, we can’t seem to give it away! I would like to call to your attention a situation I’ve experienced, that I know there has got to be a few people out in cybersphere that can relate. Back in the day, almost everybody you can think of was always asking me to make a copy of something, usually a music album or a movie. People used to ask me so frequently, that I always had a ton of blank 80min/700MB data disks, and 4.7 blank DVD’s always handy. CD technology was awesome, because I didn’t have to lend all my stuff away, and keep track of who had what; I could simply make someone’s own copy. The other great thing about CD’s is that they were all, and still is for the most part, CHEAP!!
Now, family and friends are now finally becoming very hip with technology. When iPods and iTunes came on the scene, it appeared that very few people had the need for hand-me-down copies of music. I suppose streaming music services also play a major role too, why ask for copies if you can just download it yourself? Although streaming services doesn’t have every music, it seems as though people who are on Rhapsody, Spotify, etc, etc, are usually also savvy enough to find and download the music they what from some where else. [Side Note: I find it interesting because, even the street bootleggers have been effected financially by the growth of internet technology. Well, at least in terms of music anyway.] So needless to say, I have a bunch of unused blank CD collecting a lot of dust.
When I purchased my blu-ray burner, it was great, because I could now consolidate my backups with less disks. Unfortunately the BD-50 disks are still too damn expensive, but even the BD-25 I could still fit about 5 DVD’s worth of data to one blu-ray BD-25 blank. My Blu-ray burner became such an awesome space saver for me. My Blu-ray player can play Divx files, so I used to burn about 5 movies to a DVD If I had guests over, or if I just want to watch something on a bigger screen. Now, I don’t have to do this anymore, all I have to do is simply put all of my desired movies on a flash drive. Sigh… Unfortunately, all the old DVD blanks I had put on the side specially for backing up my iTunes, I realized I didn’t need anymore since my blu-ray purchase. I can’t even donate the CDs because most community centers either have their own heavy duty backup systems, or they are too concerned with computer viruses (understandably so). So, I wind up throwing out a lot of blanks. I guess, this is the downside of using bigger and better technology.
What about Business such as Kodak, Fuji, and Polaroid? These companies has been hit big financially ever since the development of memory cards. With the exception of very high end professional photographers, and very low budget instant disposable 35mm cameras, no one is has a need for developing film anymore. I think the only think that somewhat saved these two 3 business, was photo printers and photo gloss paper. To be honest, my opinion is that photo paper will eventually be faded out too, as more and more people use their cell phones to share their memories with friends and family, with their 5inch S4/Galaxy Note screens. Unfortunately, these old disks and paper really will one day become truly junk, never to become a collectors item. One think I hope technology has taught us is that, the value is not the storage device themselves per-say, but the ability to transfer our memories, from one place to another.
© 2013 Yogi/VintageNewscast.com
I highly recommend this movie. Moments of intense drama and suspense.
I was contemplating talking about this for quite some time. I wasn’t to sure how to present it; actually I wasn’t even sure if my blog was the correct forum to even write about it. We have become such a “politically correct” society I was really concern of the possible backlash email responses I may or may not get. In the end, I realized it’s my blog, and in my humble opinion, this topic has merit and should be discussed somewhere in the blogosphere. In the past several months, I have tried really hard to find more people of color that blog, who are doing what I’m doing now. When we compare the sheer vastness of the internet, it appears that there are only a very small amount, almost none (if I didn’t try harder). This really does disturb me a lot. Why do you ask? Well, I can view this in a couple of different ways:
- People of color still do not grasp the power the Internet has, for those of us who want to express our voice?
- In general, we still have that old belief that the “Internet” can’t be trusted?
- We worry that everything we do on the net is illegal, there for stifling our own voice?
- There is still a digital divide amongst people of color?
- We have no interest in expressing ourselves through writing?
- Not thinking we have the ability to blog, believe our voices would be heard?
- The list goes on.
I’ve been involved with computers for a long time, both in business and personal. When it comes to our people (generally speaking), we’ve gone from the AOL chat rooms to Facebook and Twitter. Very few people of color I’ve personally met (to my awareness) actually doing something constructive with computer technology beyond the heavy use of social media, and or a few simple work related entry. There is such a vast knowledge at our finger tips, yet, there’s a large segment of our community that absolutely have no interest in being a part of any technology beyond using it to simply “hookup”. Then of course, there are those who think much of technology is actually responsible for making us stupid; ie, the easy access of videos makes people lazy to read (that kind of thing) and has made a personal decision not to use any piece of technology at all. Please keep in mind, this article is NOT to be interpreted as me trying to say “I am better than than the reader, because I’m a blogger and you may not be.” This article is not one of judgement, just an observation of our people; my reflection of what I personally perceived, in terms of “our community”. Mind you when I say “our community/people of color” I also mean across all cultures within the black spectrum, not just American Blacks; this includes Hispanics, Dominicans, Haitians, or any non-European decent.
I was talking to another blogger of color recently, and he confirmed what I was thinking. Even the so called, or self-proclaimed “black youtube personalities”, most are not doing movie reviews; in fact, a lot of them aren’t doing anything constructive at all (again comparing the sheer vastness of youtube). However, I do see an abundance of trolls (more than I’d like to admit); homophobes; a lot of heteros airing out their dirty laundry, and what they hate about the opposite sex; and lots and lots of hair and makeup tutorials. There aren’t too many of us talking about vintage classics, and when you do find one or two it’s more likely to be a genre closer to hip hop, or blaxploitation (even that is a dime a dozen if your lucky). Then again, so many of us have no one positive to really talk to, maybe youtube is that “person” that we can go to and air out our dirty laundry? One thing is for sure, trolls will always have something negative and stupid to say, but youtube will never discriminate against you for having your feelings.
I thought about the fact that maybe it’s the digital divide? But it can’t be, because we are using more social media than ever before, in fact too much. Maybe it’s those insecurities creeping in, making us think no one would want to listen to us? Well, I think since day one, our own people in so many ways has taught us not to express our emotions, and that had an immeasurable lasting effect on our community. Maybe we’re worrying too much about how we look our sound on video? Honey, I got over that along time ago; it’s not about how you look or sound, it’s the message your delivering; I am not on her to look good, or be someone’s eye candy, my job is to make people aware of whatever topic I need to share. We should never feel that no one would listen to us. The internet has allowed billions of people to connect to each other around the world, surely you can’t believe your the only one that is going through something, or have a particular interest? This way of thinking is not logical, and proves that in some way, that many of us don’t understand the Internets scope and reach around the world. To some extent therapeutic qualities even; because blogging or youtubing is still very much a personal journal.
I could go on and on about this subject. However, I just want to end by saying, I am not looking to be a roll model or anything, but, I do hope that in the future more people of color decide to come out and blog. Invest about a month or two in computer basics and start writing. Each and every one of us has something valuable we can learn from each other, regardless of how we look, talk, democrat, republican, spiritual, or atheist, all our thoughts matter.
© 2013 VintageNewscast.com / Yogi
I was thinking about how we’ve come a long way in terms of radio. Everything about radio has dramatically changed since it’s inception. Since about the early 1910-1920′s ’till now, we have started from one radio broadcast, to literally millions around the world today. OTR (Old Time Radio) back then consisted of mostly news, and “made for radio” variety shows & television shows that were specifically redesigned for radio; this was important, because they had to account for sounds and gestures that could not be seen via radio.
In my opinion, this probably was one of the best time in our history, because before television, radio allowed us to use our imagination. Talented actors and actresses were now getting work to “act” on radio. It also brought families closer together, the entire family would all come together at a specific time to listen to their favorite radio show. Radio was that one important element used as an excuse to create good quality with their family (unfortunately this doesn’t really happen anymore, it’s as though quality time, teaching your kids morals and respect is now a legend).
Today, we have all kinds of content available on mainstream radio, from celebrity interviews, stations dedicated to specific genres of music, College radio, and stations solely dedicated to sports. We then emerged out of the “dark age” of traditional radio to Satellite radio. Satellite radio blew my mind, because first off, I never could understand the concept of “paying for radio” when I could easily get it for free somewhere else. However, as advertisements grew and became more and more prevalent amongst all radio stations, suddenly the thought of paying for the privilege of not having to be bombarded with heavy unwanted ads every 10-15 minutes was very attractive to me. Many years back, I was with a friend in his car, and I was playing around with his Sirius Radio device. I’m not going to lie, I absolutely loved the fact that companies such as XM and Sirius Radio had great commercial free stations with great selections of music, however, it also gave me a headache, because it appeared that there was too much of a selection. I found myself flipping through channels even more, just to hear what the other stations were playing.
Now, we are in the age of “Internet Radio” (not to be confused with music on demand). As a person that comes form the older generation, I find it very interesting how “skips” are a big concern in terms of Internet radio. Because traditionally speaking, “real radio” didn’t allow you to skip or choose songs, we had to just listen to what was offered. Today, if a radio Internet provider states “unlimited skips”, that could be a huge motivating factor as to whether someone signs up with them or not.
The other interesting thing is, even when you look at traditional radio from the past I’d say 20 years, they’ve been using computerized playlists just like Internet radio. However, the one true benefit that Internet radio can provide that traditional local radio doesn’t, is international access to many other stations around the world. Another great benefit with Internet radio is that, it truly allows us to not only discover new music, but you can view the full name of the artist and album cover, and or easily purchase the song from your computer or phone. As a music lover, I can definitely say that both computer and Internet technology has changed the way we view and receive our entertainment for the better.
© 2013 Yogi / VintageNewscast.com