Do you remember stackable turntables? Looking back, this has got to have been the worst invention that ever came out of the music industry. Although it was great at first, because if you were the only host with many guests, the music was one less thing you had to worry about. However, on the other hand, this probably was the single most reason why almost all my records were damaged. When it came time for the next record to drop, it would drop whilst the turntable was still spinning, thus causing the vinyl to scratch! It’s so weird, because I would NEVER tolerate hearing scratches and pops on any CD or digital recording. However, if it happens to be on an actual album, some how it adds to the quality on the album. All the pops and cricks actually adds to the nostalgia and almost immediately invoke memories. Today I’m sure anybody younger than 20 probably has never seen a turntable before, and if they saw anybody that had one, they’d probably laugh. Turntables only exist today for two reasons; for the DJs that still prefer to use them; and the oldies folk like me who want to convert our albums in to mp3s. They have stayed around for much longer than I thought. It would be interesting to find out when they actually stop production of turntables; or maybe they will always be around? Wow, come to think about it, VHS tapes didn’t even last as long as turntables did. I guess that goes to show you the power that music has in our society and across all cultures!
© 2014 Yogi / VintageNewscast.com
Sharing a clip I took of Teena Marie in concert @ B. B. Kings in 2008.
According to wikipedia, Jelly Bean Shoes became a fad in the 80′s. However, I seem to remember them slightly before the 80′s (like 1977-78 ish). I could not believe how popular these shoes were. To my understanding some of them actually came with a pack of Jelly Bean candy along with the shoes. At first, I thought they were cool, because they were not only unisex, they also came in different colors too. I had a pair of blue ones when I was a kid. Boy, let me tell you they hurt like bloody murder after the first couple of hours wearing them. They hurt so bad that I remember getting some sort of blisters around my ankles, because the straps were so hard and thick, they were digging in to my skin. The base of the slip flops were so hard that my bunions hurt just within a couple of hours wearing them. These shoes were supposed to protect our feet from the ground, but there was nothing really to protect our feet from the Jelly Bean. LOL. Thank goodness I had older sneakers I could wear back then.
© 2014 Yogi / VintageNewscast.com
Have you noticed that despite access to literally millions of songs being made available through internet streaming services, you still don’t have all your classics? Why are they so hard to find? Just airing out some thoughts to you guys.
I actually had to split this video because I felt it was too long. I may post the other portion as an article later on. Since technically, people are still shopping for the holidays until about Jan 1st. I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to give my personal tips on shopping online safely.
This is really my response to an article I’ve read recently, were a NYC “psychic” conned this women out of a large sum of money, to bring her luck and fortune. Got to love those old beliefs. They can get you in this kind of trouble every time. If you would like to read the article I’m referring to, please click here.
We are fast approaching the new year, and I just wanted to take the time to reflect, and to also talk about my new photography blog. Unfortunately, because most people appear to be more interested in gossiping about me all damn day long , rather than asking me personally the questions they want answered directly (then again, I guess you wouldn’t, because you’re gossipers), my site has been an excellent tool to convey my thoughts to both all the very nosy ass busybodies, as well as those that are genuinely concerned for my welfare and well being. I’d like to say that, as I look forward to the coming year of 2014, it will include some big changes for me emotionally and psychologically.
It was really unfortunate, and unacceptable that I had to go through the majority of my roughest and toughest times of my life alone. Yet a slew of people really feel they’re at liberty to say “they know me”?. People use the word “friend” too loosely, and really need take a minute to evaluate what a friend means. You also should watch the behaviors of people you call your friends. Organizations that claim to help others, need to reevaluate whether you’re actually helping, or are the individuals just there to participate in office politics, gossip & drama? This includes hospitals, many of you need to practice some professionalism, especially since most of you would not like a taste of your own medicine. Many of the things I’ve talked about are basic 101 knowledge guys! What’s the problem? I digress.. This has proven to me many times over, that people are more interested telling you what they think, way before they are open to listening. I really don’t understand how so many have adopted a habit of not only immediately disagreeing with someone, but dismissing the other person’s thoughts with no solid foundation or facts for that disagreement other than your own personal belief? You got to be kidding me? is that the best you can come up with? I don’t know what the hell is in some people’s heads, but that isn’t what being a friend/help means. Anyway, however, looking back in retrospect, my life’s trials and tribulation was the very cleansing and detoxification I needed, to free my spirit from society’s hooks of conformity, hate, prejudice, and a host of other ills. I guess this was one of those things I had to go through alone. Still sucks though….
Unfortunately, as a result of many of the traumatic experience I had in the last 4+ years, I have decided that diabeticradio is over. There are many resources you can learn about diabetes on your own (that is if you really care to know). However, I will continue to leave all of my old content available to those that are interested. My ownership expires in 2020, you better get all the information you can from there, because I probably will NOT be renewing the domain. After that, you’ll just have Youtube to find my old videos. I cannot compete with beliefs, and many people’s unwillingness to at least read and diligently investigate. VintageNewscast will of course remain active. Without getting long winded, I hope that next year will be the year that many of you start to look in the mirror, and hold yourselves accountable for your deeds, and how you treat people.
2014 will be my year to focus on me and my (long overdue) photographic art. I didn’t plan on building another website; however, I realized photography really is an entirely different subject all together, so I really needed to create an entirely new site. My new site is called ShadesOfSepia, which I think is a perfect name to represent the classic tone to my photography. I probably will not begin to add content until shortly after the new year.
ShadesOfSepia will be a place to not only display my vintage inspired photographic creations, but show any historic trips around NYC; share my resources for Photoshop & Paintshop freebies, links to other great art, and more. Through my new photographic journey, as I cross paths with friendly and knowledgeable photographers willing to share their wisdom, I will share them on the site; as well as my own. ShadesOfSepia does not require anybody’s beliefs or validations. Either you like my art or you don’t; but hopefully most can appreciate my uniqueness, ’cause this is the essence of what art truly is…. Our uniqueness, and our ability to express our uniqueness through art. It’s not about “the one and only technique”, it’s not about only “only using one software”, and it’s not about carving out the same o’l gingerbread cookies over and over and over again.
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