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Vintage Colonge: Eternity

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Do you remember Eternity? Now, this is a really, really, really old cologne! Actually, it came out in 1988, and is made by Calvin Klein. I think this smells so good. Depending on where you're at geographically, it can be very difficult to get in stores. However, that's no problem, because you can get it here. Great vintage cologne to wear for the summer.

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Every thought about having an old school karaoke party? Or maybe, that special karaoke bar your friends always drag you to never has the music you like? Choose from hundreds, and hundreds of both classic and new downloadable karaoke music for your next party! or karaoke meetup. Download them here.

12 Issues: Spiderman Mag

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I used to LOVE comic books! In fact, I still do. A lot has changed since I was heavily in to comics, from the comic's printed art, to all the exciting great movies that continue to come out under both Marvel and DC comics. Comics are Unique in that you can enjoy the latest and greatest stories, while getting your nostalgic fix for very old superhero characters that go as far back as the 50s. Check out and subscribe to the new Spider-Man magazine, and get the latest news that is happening in Spider-Man's world here.

12 Issues Of X-Men Mag

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Out of all the comics, X-men are my most favorite. Maybe it's because in many ways I can relate to them. Struggling to navigate in a world that hates them. The only thing I can't relate to is having mutant powers (I wish LOLOLOL)! One thing is very clear of not just X-men, but almost all comic book characters, is that the male bodies have become much more defined, and the women are more voluptuous. Not sure if this is the result of mutant evolution, or a subconscious effort to sell comics. Whatever the reason, it's working! In this 12 month issue, or X-Men continues the fight for respect for all mutants, equality, and basic rights to exist. Learn more about this amazing magazine here.

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Free Streaming: Spotify

I'll be honest, Spotify isn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers free accounts that allows you to stream unlimited music legally! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties.

I'll be honest, Spotify wasn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers totally FREE accounts that allows you to access unlimited music LEGALLY! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free for us to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties (which true fans of music should seriously think about). The desktop software is fully functional; there is a web feature available. However, I recommend downloading the desktop app instead, simply because it's more stable. Mobile software has limited access; you can only play music in random mode (in other words there are no on-demand features for free users). Limited radio skips per day. Limited playlists. Spotify does have an online community forum, but it appears to be more for reporting bugs than sharing music. The service itself allows you to follow Facebook friends, etc, but, that's about it. Spotify is not robust. It's an application that just exist, and don't expect too many software improvements in the future; unless of course they get more paid subscribers or sponsors; but, I don't see that happening anytime soon either.
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Free Streaming: YouTube

I think it's safe to say that YouTube is the most popular, and the most used FREE streaming service to date. As I've shared before, I've suggested that people minimize their use of, or to avoid using YouTube as a main source of music entertainment (because of concerns that many old school artists' music are not being monetized by the music labels as a result of how YouTube is setup). However, I've been reading more and more articles about YouTube's royalty negotiations. This is a good news. Again, it doesn't resolve all of my questions both as a fan and a responsible blogger. But it does show that changes are being made, and YouTube can literally become like a free video streaming service like Spotify, and pay artist for YouTube Videos. This is wonderful, because pretty soon it won't matter what service you use, because a significant portion of the streaming services will be legally FREE to use (with ads). However, when this happens, I do hope that people don't get stuck only using YouTube, and be willing to experience the other great services out here. I don't think there is a person on the planet who hasn't experienced YouTube, I don't think it makes sense to explain any further. LOL :-*

I think it's safe to say that YouTube is the most popular, and the most used FREE streaming service to date. As I've shared before, I've suggested that people minimize their use of, or to avoid using YouTube as a main source of music entertainment (because of concerns that many old school artists' music are not being monetized by their labels as a result of how YouTube is setup). But you know, I've been researching this for years, and I think I'm realizing what could be happening. Since Google is an online music retailer, it is possible that the record labels have worked out a deal that YouTube aka Google's videos are free license (some sort of packaged deal)? This would explain music videos with no ads. I also thought of Shazam too, which also uses YouTube. Because these licenses are usually top secret and withheld from the public, we'll never really know (I don't think). But rest assured, we know for a fact that Spotify, Napster, and all the other major streaming services, and Internet radio are paying royalties on all their streaming. Visit YouTube.com

Free Streaming: Crackle

Crackle has got to be (in my opinion), one of the best totally free movie streaming services out here! They have really really good "Original Content," and good movies. They improved video quality tremendously. The only thing I should tell you guys is that, so many people use Crackle that sometimes it gets really choppy. The only thing that really helps is a Roku Box 4, or a Amazon Fire Box, that has a Quad Core processor, and lots of memory to reduce the annoyance of buffering. Check it out on your video device, or go to Crackle online, by clicking on the graphic above. It's totally FREE!

Crackle has got to be (in my opinion), one of the best totally free movie streaming services out here! They have really really good "Original Content," and good movies (although, they've been kind of slacking lately with putting out new original content, such as "Powers"). They also have losts of classic shows like "Who's The Boss," "Alf," and "What's Happening." Check it out on your video device, or go to Crackle online, by clicking on the graphic above. It's totally FREE! It's legal! and the ads pays the actors! Visit Crackle

Free Streaming: PBS

PBS.org has a lot of free programming available to watch on their website. Also available for your ROKU device. They have some of the best documentaries available. From our vets, to the history of NYC, to historical arts and theater. Channel 13 & 21 really works hard to bring to you strong educational content. Visit PBS

Free Streaming: Local Lib

Do you have a library card? Not too many people realize that ANY major public library within ANY of the 50 states allows you to digitally download/borrow content through their website. The licenses are the same as borrowing physical books and media. Each state maybe different. Once the license expires, you'd be denied access. The license can easily be renewed if there are available licenses for previously borrowed item. Please note that downloadable content can only be possible if the library card matches the state location of your library's website. So in other words, to borrow the New York Public Library's content, YOU MUST have a NY library card. Visit NYPL

Free Streaming: Popcorn

Popcorn Flix usually isn't my go to site, but they do have a good mixture of both low budget and classic block buster hits. It pretty much works in the same way that Tubi TV, and Crackle does. You'll find movies such as "The  Decent (2005)," "Brotherhood Of Justice (1986)" and "The Toxic Avenger (1984)." All FREE to watch, and their service is also available on Roku.

Popcorn Flix has an even mixture of both low budget and classic blockbuster hits. It pretty much works in the same way that Tubi TV, and Crackle does. You'll find movies such as "The Decent (2005)," "Brotherhood Of Justice (1986)" and "The Toxic Avenger (1984)." Actors ranging from Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Hart, and Sylvester Stallone. All absolutely FREE to watch! The more people that watch movies using services like Popcorn Flix, the better movie selections we'll eventually get. Their free service is available on both Roku, and on the web. Visit Popcorn Flix

Free Streaming: Tubi TV

It has been awhile since I've used Tubi TV. This is another great totally FREE movie stream. You can watch on your Roku/Chrome or on your computer. I'll be honest, you'll have to search a tiny bit more closely with Tubi TV when it comes to finding movies you want. They tend to have a lot of modern day, low, low low, budget horror films. The kinds of films that a first time movie producer would make (fresh out of school). The flip side of it is, they also have a lot of good movies such as "Tin Tin (2011)," "Setup (2011)," and old TV show classics like "Alf (1986)," and classic movies such as "Duel At Diablo (1966)."

It has been awhile since I've used Tubi TV. This is another great totally FREE movie streaming service. You can watch on your Roku/Chrome or on your computer. I'll be honest, you'll have to search a tiny bit more closely with Tubi TV when it comes to finding movies you want. They tend to have a lot of modern day, low, low, low, low, budget horror films. The kinds of films that a first time movie producer would make (fresh out of school). The flip side of it is, they also have a lot of good movies such as "Tin Tin (2011)," "Setup (2011)," and old TV show classics like "Alf (1986)," and classic movies such as "Duel At Diablo (1966)."
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Free Streaming: OVG

OVguide is another company offering FREE movies on Roku and other devices. A lot of the movies are not as good as what Crackle has, However, I think you'll definitely be able to find some movies you'd like to watch. Currently, they have movies like, "Elite Squad: the Enemy Within (2010)," "Hoodium (1997)," and "Sins Expiation (2012) (with Danny Glover)." The nice thing about Ovguide, is that a lot of their movies appear to be curated. Now, normally I don't like curated content, only because websites that are curated tend to be a bit chaotic, in terms of navigating their site. However, when it comes to their Roku setup, it's integrated quite nicely. A couple of those curated film comes from Hulu (usually those that are available for free). Visit OV Guide

Free Streaming: AMG TV

AMG TV offers FREE streaming of many classic movies on their website. It functions like a regular TV station with the commercials. Movies are NOT "on demand," meaning you can't choose what you want to see. The site has their own online TV guide, so you can see current and future programming and their time slots. The types of things shown are "Escape From Alcatraz (1979)," Starring Clint Eastwood, and also some recent TV shows such as "Leverage." Check out their online TV guide for listings. Visit AMG TV

Free Streaming: Snag Films

Snag Films is an absolutely FREE and legal video streaming service, and has content very close to what PBS (channel 13/21) has. Most of it's library contains, documentaries, and docudrama films. Find films on Hendrix, Ali, and MLK. You can also find stories on Cuban America, politics, classic B&W movies, and some educational LGBT films. The service is also available on Roku. Visit Snag Films

Free Streaming: Viewster

Viewster is a FREE streaming site that mostly does popular Asian movies, TV Shows, and Anime. However, they do have some American movies such as "Amnesiac," and "Inside Man." Plenty of horror movies, and old classics. Some LGBT movies as well. Unfortunately, many of the Asian content may not have subtitles (depending). Visit Viewster

Free Streaming: Film Rise

Like Snag Films, Film Rise has loads of documentaries and many other content, available FREE of charge. From movies, TV shows, to very old B&W classics. Also available for Roku. Totally legal, totally safe, and totally free with commercials! Find classic TV shows such as "The Heat Of The Night," and "Forensic Files." Find movies like "Tales Of Terror," with Vincent Price, and "Night Feeders." I recommend that you search for movies on your Roku box instead of browsing on their site. Most of the links seem to concentrate on selling movies through Amazon. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but if you only want to see free movies displayed, use your Roku box. Now, to be perfectly honest, most of these movies aren't my cup of tea. However, I posted this for people who still do love this kind of incredibly low budget and awful acting. BUT, some of the documentaries/TV shows are worth watching. Visit Film Rise

Semi Free: Google

GooglePlay is another service that's not at the top of my "best list," but it is another name that has been around for a long time. Although aesthetically speaking I don't care for GooglePlay's Android streaming app; the one thing where the app excels in, is that it allows you to listen to both your MP3 music, and your rental music! Most mobile apps don't do that, and I assume it's because of that good o'l licensing. Again, functionality wise, I think Rhapsody is 100 times better; but I would never tell someone never to try something. Go ahead and check them out.

GooglePlay is another service that's not at the top of my "best list," but it is another name that has been around for a long time. Although aesthetically speaking I don't care for GooglePlay's Android streaming app (or web app for that matter); the one thing where its android app excels in, is that it allows you to listen to both your MP3 music, and your rental music! Most mobile apps don't do that, and I assume it's because of that good o'l licensing. However, then again, most mobile streaming services are designed to be used as stand alone, such as Napster (Google was an MP3 player long before it got into the streaming business). Again, functionality wise, I think Napster is 100 times better; but I would never discourage anyone from ever trying a service; because it may be more suitable for your needs than mine. GooglePlay also offers totally FREE radio! You do not need a subscription service to use it; all you need is a Google account to start. So far, I think I like their music better than Pandora (only because they don't repeat music as much). Go ahead and check them out. Visit GooglePlay

Subscription: Napster

My preferred source of music streaming. One of the many reasons I recommend Rhapsody, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library, tons of features, and mobile, web, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Rhapsody.

My preferred source of music streaming. The Napster service has came a long way; now it is international, and has integrated all of the 33 countries it services under one platform. One of the many reasons I recommend Napster, is because they posses over 40+ million songs in their library, untold international music, they promote lesser known artist as well as well known artists. Tons of features like, unlimited songs in playlists, unlimited radio skips, control variety of music in your radio stations, works with Shazam, ability to compare musical tastes with other users by percentage to help discover more music you like. They offer "Cloud Sync," an application that scans all your local music, and match them with the music in their database. Albums found will be placed in your Napster library, and iTunes playlists will be created as well. New features now include, adding custom gif covers to your playlists, OR upload your own covers! Also, sift through suggested music based off your unique playlist! Music quality up to 320kbps AAC, CD sound. Control radio stream quality separately, for those bad signal days while listening to the radio. Tools to easily share on social media, and discover users who like the same kinds of songs you like too! Napster even evaluates user playlists, and gives you a percentage number, as to how close your tastes are. Finally, mobile app, web app, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Napster. Visit Napster

Subscription: Netflix

I recommend Netflix because they have 65+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 3,400+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 5.3 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 100,000 movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else.

I recommend Netflix because they have 94+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 4,000+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 6 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 200,000+ movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else. Memberships as low as $5 a month for discs, discs are delivered within 3 days. Streaming membership as low as $8 per month. Well worth the subscription. You'll never by another disc in a store again. Visit Netflix

Subscription: HULU

I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies.

I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion though, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies. The the bulk of their movies are the same kind of movies you'd find in the $5 cage in the "close out" section of your favorite DVD store. That's not to say you can't find good movies every once in a while, but the reality is they are better known for their TV shows, and some documentaries. They have some good "Original Content" too. Because licensing is expensive, they usually don't have all seasons for a particular show. If you need to see earlier seasons of a show, you're going to wind up signing up for Netflix. Visit Hulu

Subscr/Retail: Amazon

Although I don't use AmazonPrime, I do think not only it is a good service, it is one of the most trusted & long standing names in the web business. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have as much music as Rhapsody, or even Spotify. However, if you are already a member of Amazon's Prime, You automatically have access to their music streaming as part of their bundled Prime package. If it comes free, why not try it? You should know that licenses fluctuate consistently. In other words, an album may be available this year, but not the next with Amazon. I know that's one of the major complaints with the movies, not sure if that's the same with the music feature.

Recently tried AmazonPrime video package, and let me tell you the video and sound is phenomenal! They don't have as many movies as Netflix, however, many of them are quality movies. It's not only a good service, it is one of the most trusted & long standing names in the web business. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have as much music as Napster, or even Spotify. However, if you are already an Amazon Prime full member, you automatically have access to their music streaming as part of their bundled Prime package. If it comes free, why not try it? You should know that licenses fluctuate consistently. In other words, an album/film may be available this year, but not the next with Amazon. This may annoying for some, but at least in terms of movies, it helps to bring in fresh content to watch. Visit Amazon

Subscr/Retail: iTunes

I don't really use my desktop iTunes as much as I used to since I started streaming. But, I do use it to manage and transfer my MP3 to my Android. At the same time, many of you have read my pet-peeves concerning Apple music; and on of the latest pet-peeves I've discovered is that it looks like they're not offering any sample plays on their media widgets (obviously to promote their music streaming (unnecessarily extreme)). However, iTunes is still so very popular that it wouldn't make sense for me not to add Apple music to my legal streaming list. At the end of the day, iTunes really doesn't have anything that sets itself apart from any other streaming service out here, other than it's brand name. However, I will say that their iTunes radio delivers an excellent selection of music. iTunes is still offering 3 months free (I think). Just in case, iTunes is now available for Android. I don't remember if you can play MP3s though; I had no interest in getting the trial. But for all you Apple fans, go right ahead!

I don't really use my desktop iTunes as much as I used to since I started streaming. But, I do use it to manage and transfer my Purchased CD/MP3 to my Android. Apple's music is still so very popular (despite it's maddening quest to control music on it's service) that it wouldn't make sense for me not to add "Apple Music" to my legal streaming list. At the end of the day, Apple Music really doesn't have anything that sets itself apart from any other streaming service out here, other than it's brand name. However, I will say that their radio delivers an excellent selection of music (for now subscription only). Please don't mistaken Apple's radio playlists, for their curated bulls*** radio. You don't need Apple to gain access to those, you can easily find those around the net if you look hard enough (which are also legal by the way, and artists get credit for each IP address connected). Apple Music is still offering 3 months free (I think). Just in case, Apple Music is now available for Android. Visit Apple

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Here is a list of my hand picked resources, on where you can find FREE links to legal internet radio, YouTube links to classic TV shows, classic music performances, my favorite movie recommendations, and more! I add a couple of links about once every couple of months. Visit Resources

PamPam Grier was the blaxploitation queen of the 70’s. She was strong, sexy, and took no bullsh*t from anyone on film. She was super-bad! Pam was well known for a string of blaxploitation movie hits such as, Coffy (1973), Bucktown (1975), Sheba Baby (1975), and Foxy Brown (1974). Pam Grier was one of the very few African American women that appealed to such a wide audience in the 70’s. With a great body and a “take no bull from anyone” attitude on screen, her career busted through the movie scene like a freight train. However, when I became a fan of Pam (I was barely a teenager, but old enough to understand) I was worried that she would become typecasted like so many African American women did before her.

You see, although I was very happy that I wasn’t seeing the same o’l actresses playing the same o’l black maids, and or poverty stricken mothers/wives, Pam was a whole different animal all together. Before the seventies black women were not seen as sexy creatures that could actually act, be talented, and blow-up the box offices at the same time; the mindset just wasn’t there yet. Pam2Well, actually, we did have Tamara Dobson (Cleopatra Jones), but, she did not have the same sex appeal like Pam did. Dobson’s image was more of a sophisticated black woman with money, were-as Pam, was more raunchy and not scared of her sexuality. Pam Grier became a cash cow, and unfortunately the types of characters that Pam Grier played, replicated on so many of her other movies in the seventies. She was either taking revenge for a boyfriend, fighting other women in a lesbian bar, playing the feisty hooker who’s goal is to kill the “John”, or taking down some female Madame or female drug lord that looks like either Shirley Winters, or twiggy, or found any excuse to run around topless by the end of the movie. LOL.. ūüôā

However, Pam’s career did not seem to be effected by this typecast. She was what people wanted to see. She made straight men drool, empowered black women around the world, and became a gay icon all at the same time LOL. She made so much money for the film industry and won very few awards for her hard work. She has made a few TV appearances on “Law & Order”, “Cosby Show”, and done some cartoon voice-overs for “the Justice League”. She re-emerged as an older, wiser, and reserved Foxy Brown, in a movie called “Jackie Brown”. Jackie Brown was a very good with a number of stars in it. It didn’t have as much action as I thought it was, it is is a great watch for Pam Grier fans. Pam now is in her sixties and still is looking good these days. She is a Cancer survivor, and if I am correct, she is currently on the tv show “The L-Word”.

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Do you remember Smart Beep? I don’t care what anybody says, this was one of the funniest commercial in the 80’s. I think part of what made it so funny, was that you just don’t expect a lady to poop like that, especially on a first date… LOL

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Almost a week ago, I was listening to an old album I have of Aretha Franklin called “Aretha Franklin – Live at Filmore West.” I have to confess that this was not one of my favorite albums from her. I’ve heard much better albums. Then again, it’s rare that I enjoy live albums; I’d rather see a performance on video rather than hear it (that’s just me). Well, despite the fact that I was not feeling most of the songs in this album, one song stood out. The first song (don’t remember if it was side A or B) was Dr. Feel Good. I love hearing her sing it on this album, not because it was “good,” but because it was hilarious!! In fact it was so hilarious, it is the only real reason I ever listen to this album. When you hear her sing “Dr. Feel Good” on this album, you can tell right away that she was obviously TOASTED!! When you first hear her sing it, I guarantee that at some point in the song you’ll be thinking at least one of these things…. Did she just faint? Or, Is she bugging out on cocaine? Or, is she being abducted by aliens? Or, is she screaming because she thumped her toe???? Your thoughts will go all over the place with this song.

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tandy_1000_1sSalutations Guys,

I remember when the world’s first affordable home PC (Personal Computer) came on the scene (I believe it was Radio Shack’s Tandy 1000 back then… Damn I’m old LOL…). I had one given to me when I was little. It had two 5.25 floppy disk drives, one was for your program application, and one was for your storage. It used MS DOS operating system. Back then, MS DOS did not give you the ability to create directories, so it made it difficult to organize our documents (then again, there was only so much you could put on a 5.25 floppy anywayz.. LOL). Before the terms single, double and high density came-about, 5.25 floppy disks could only hold less than 720kb; later on it was up to 1.2 mb. The floppy disks were sooo flimsy, if you were not careful, the slightest bend, would destroy the entire floppy. As a kid I thought MS DOS was the greatest thing since “slice bread”. This was because it actually became an ego booster for me, reason being, you had to know what the DOS commands were and how to use them. The commands were not really hard back then, but my family thought I was a genius LOL. My first and I think only game was “Wheel Of Fortune”.¬† It had a built in CGA adapter, and offered very little visual color. Actually I think the only color I remembered displayed was emerald green. I used to laugh at how Vanna White used to look like in the game (I think it was Vanna White, not sure when and now long was on the show). The game was actually a lot of fun, and because it was the world’s first home PC (I think), There were no other competing computers around to compare bad graphics to, so all were good to us back then.

imagesShortly, after more and more competing companies try to take a piece of this “then” new market, and that’s when “Platform Wars” have emerged. What do I mean? Well, “Platform Wars” were and are in essence people’s personal opinions turned political madness. It was about which operating system (ie apple, IBM, Unix, OS/2, Linux, iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, etc), or line of technology individuals felt was the best. For most of us who were not in the technical industry per-say, many of us based these opinions on our personal experiences, others will base their opinions on sheer market shares and company growth. Literally in some settings, it becomes like a war between republicans and democrats. Today computers has changed our lives in such a big way, I personally don’t believe we should be basing our beliefs solely on a company’s numbers, we should be looking at how well it can do the job in addition too. I’ve spent a lot of money on good brand stuff, and they’ve turned out to be crap..

ss-480-1-0Having said this, I never really had a preference for any particular operating platform or technology. However, as the result of the technology wars, it has made it indirectly difficult for me personally, in terms of entertainment. How? Well, some of you already know that, metaphorically, I am a classic carnivore. The older the music or movie the better; but unfortunately the harder it is to find digitally. Trust me, i’ve digitized a lot of my albums, but it is waaaaay too much work, i’d rather buy mp3s than to encode all of my records and tape collections.

I often run in to 3 annoying problems. The first is DRM, this pisses me off to no end, because often you can only use it with one type of device, or software player (although their are ways of getting around this, its still a pain). Second, streaming services like Rhapody and Spotify have only matched less then half my digital collection (not including most of my physical albums and tapes). Now, technically, considering how old most of my music is, that’s still very good, but at the same time I feel that the music streaming services is large enough now that it should found almost all, in my opinion. lastly, I am flipping back and forth between apple, android, and amazon. There are musics that Amazon has that Apple doesn’t and vise verse. There are music that Google has that neither Apple or Amazon have. It makes you realize how much cinematic and musical history the world has, we just can’t contain it all (either that, we realize how old we are.. LOL).

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41Yn2Gky3dL._SL-1As a kid, I remember having house parties at least a minimum of 4 times a year. The parties usually would take place at our house or my grandpa’s house. ¬†If it was not a holiday, it was someone’s birthday, or wedding, or communion celebration. We didn’t have much growing up, but what we did have is a lot of love, and LOTS, and LOTS, and LOTS, ¬†of music. Literally every week we’d go out and buy a new album, or 45, ¬†or 8-Track. If I did not have money for that latest song, I would spend hours next to the radio, on the look out so that I can record them. I used to always curse at the dj’s when ever they would talk over the song being played LOL. In terms of music, based on my age, technically I guess you can say I was more an 80’s child. However, I also grew up listening to a lot of music ¬†form the 50’s through the 70’s as well. Music from the likes of, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons; Neil Sedaka; Brooke Benton; Carla Thomas; Herbie Mann; Ken Boothe; Peter Tosh; ¬†and so on. I really missed that era, and I really wish todays music had that same essence that the 60’s/70’s did. Now, todays definition of “real” music, is all about wailing, moaning, and howling, about how bad a guy want’s to get in girls pant. ¬†Actually, according to most young kids today, as long as it has a good beat, they couldn’t care less what the lyrics say. Hmmm then why have lyrics at all if that’s the case? I guess that’s a whole nother Oprah Winfrey Topic huh?

vpi_classic_turntable-1Growing up (it’s hilarious looking back), I remember when we always had a full house of guests dancing. It was like watching a stampede of some kind, because no matter how many quarters you put on that damn turntable needle, it would still randomly jump all over the place. I remember my grandma usually yell “don’t dance so hard”! Then shortly after, it would appear that our guests would start dancing on their tipi-toes… LOL. The limitation of using vinyl really took the fun out of dancing and having a good time. You’d spend so much money on turntables that promise a “bounce free” experience, but they never worked.

Now we are in the digital age. Sometimes I have a hard time accepting the fact that most of this generation has never seen a record player before. Makes me feel even more old ūüôĀ . For those of us who cherish our oldies, we have a lot to thank digital technology for; or at least it has given you another reason not to be so scared of technology. Technology has allowed us to once again, hear and see all those old music and movies we’ve thought were gone for ever. You know that old favorite album you’ve lent to your cousin and you’ve never got back? Or your favorite Michael Jackson album you’ve lent your best friend, and by the time you’ve got it back, it was far less than mint condition? Damn if you were lucky enough to play it (with all the scratches on it)? Today, not only can you find and play all your old music again @ affordable prices, music that were once out of print, came back in to circulation as the direct result of digital technology. In addition, sometimes you can find special extended versions of the same songs you already love, movies have been re-digitized and enhanced with stunning quality. Most importantly, you never have to worry about your needle jumping anymore, or fiddling with your TV controls to get a better picture LOL. However, I guess there is that drawback of a collector not being able to physically purchase the original album/film; but then again, the shear volume of music and movies that are now available to us, we don’t have the space to contain them all anywayz.

I am not always able to find all of my treasures on line, but hopefully one day we all will.

©2013 Yogi / VintageNewscast.com

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Hey guys, been a long time since I’ve made a video. This weekend, I am paying tribute to Booker T. Washington.[correction: I was tired when I made the video; it’s Hampton Institute, not Hamston..LOL

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Do you remember Pop Rocks? In essence, they were an assortment¬† of flavored candy, that really popped in your mouth when you ate them. To my understanding, the candy was first introduced in the 1970’s, however, I remembered them up until at least mid 80’s. My favorite was the grape as a kid. They felt like firecrackers popping in my mouth LOL. However, I did not eat a lot of them, because back then their were rumors that if you drank soda behind it you would die. The rumors got so bad that I remember either the company that made Pop Rocks, or the FDA created a special hotline for parents who were concerned about the exploding candy. Despite all the reassurance from the FDA, this was one rumor that got the best of the company. By the mid 1980’s, the once famed Pop Rocks disappeared just as fast as it was first introduced. I often wondered if Pop Rocks ever did come back, would the old rumors resurface? I’d be honest, although I knew they were rumors, it was enough to get me to stop eating them. Ahh, the power of belief systems..

Yogi

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Wow, I can’t believe I actually found an old AOL 2.0 floppy disk install! I don’t remember the year, but this had to have been between 20- 30 years ago. I know this company spent billions of dollars worth of marketing, cause their CD’s were EVERYWHERE! I even remember getting free trails in the mail every other week. They came with every 14.4 and 28.8 modems sold (I think USRobotics was the leading modem company at that time in the 80-90’s). Every single Compaq, Hewlett Packard, and IBM PC’s had A.O.L pre-installed on them. If a retail store did not have A.O.L. installed on any of their machines sold, it would be offered as a separate bonus package. There was a time were it seemed that every single person on the planet had an AOL email address or chat account.¬† A.O.L. also had a separate online business called Compuserve, which had their own magazine at the time too (believe it or not). It was actually quite cool. Both Compuserve and A.O.L. were more like “Web Bulliten Boards”; all you had to do was enter a special “keyword” and you’d be taken to that “forum”, or “section” of internet service. Compuserve magazine was filled with all kinds of articles, from computers to Knitting, and at the end of each article, a keyword is given so you can find more information through Compuserve. Compuserve was soooo expensive, they charged you for EVERYTHING!! They even charged you for downloads per megabyte. And some wonder why they went out¬† of business? Yeah…

Back in the day, I was with A.O.Hell for about 10 years till I woke up. I unsubscribed to A.O.L. shortly after 9.0 came out. By that time, I think they bought out Netscape (I think). I liked netscape so much better back then, but I had to log in to A.O.L. to get an internet connection, and between both Netscape and A.O.L. applications, the performance of my pc really suffered. Not to mention the fact that A.O.L. charged you so much money for their service, and had the nerve to throttle our connections… Grrrrr.

By the time I officially left A.O.Hell, I was inundated with spam mail, spammed chats, and spammed USNETS. Interesting how after all of that they still charged members the same price for services. Honestly, I think their great marketing was the only thing that kept them in business, because looking back, they had less than ideal service, and software that took up 50% of your resources.. LOL.. Ahh, those were the good old days, when it took about a full 15 hours just to download one movie! I can truly appreciate what our technology can do today.

© 2012 Yogi / VintageNewscast.com

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Do you remember “Shrinky Dinks? I do. Very cool concept, however, this was another one of those childhood gimmicks that never turned out well for me either. Shrinky Dinks were these transparent “cut-able” plastic sheets, that can be use to trace drawings and colored using special non-toxic marker pens. Once you’ve finished your drawing, you would then cut around your plastic drawing and place it in the oven. All your plastic drawings would shrink and turn in to hard pieces of plastic, that could be used for all kinds of jewelry, decals, key chains, and anything else imaginable.

Unfortunately, when I tried to put them in the oven as a kid (adult supervision of course), the plastic would always burn at the edges, or the finished product always wind up deformed. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why. I was left feeling that I needed a special oven to use these “Shrinky Dinks”. Many, many, many years later, it’s maker developed a personal “child safe” oven you can use specifically for Shrinky Dinks”. You can even watch it through a class window as it hardens. Click here to see what the oven looks like on Amazon.

I was very shocked to find out that ALEX, the makers of Shrinky Dinks are still in business and making money. Today, I don’t see any advertisements for Shrinky Dinks anymore. There success must be due to all the parents that remember having them as a child. Shrinky Dinks used to, and still does come in various themes, such as haloween, xmas, thanksgiving, etc. They also used to have Television show themes, such as The Flinstones, A-Team, Superman, you name it. Click here for¬†more Shrinky Dinks

Yogi

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When I was a young boy, Sea Monkey advertisements were in the back of practically every single comic book! I couldn’t remember one comic book that i’ve owned, at least up until late 1975ish didn’t have these ads. First off, I tried these things at least about 2 or three times, and they NEVER worked for me. Not sure why, maybe I just had bad luck and got bad batches? Not sure. However, one thing I do know, If I had seen how see monkeys REALLY looked, instead of the cartoon drawings in the back of these DC/Marvel comic books, I never would have been interested in getting them in the first place. Sea Monkeys are hideous!! Oh, my, they are so ugly ya’ll!! They look nothing like monkeys in my opinion (at least Sea Horses, resemble horses), in fact, many of them appeared to be more like baby Caterpillars if they were fish. Some looked like frayed pieces of white string with two big black eyeballs, while others look like the kinda food scavengers would eat.. Either way, they would have not been something I would have been interested in having as a pet. However, What I found interesting is that, I remembered the ads really emphasizing on how easy it was to grow them, but they never really talked about a safe way to clean the container you have them in. The plastic tank they gave you with the kit would always turn cloudy (I guess because of the monkey deposits), and of course there was no 800# available to ask questions. Sea Monkeys now appear to be a distant memory; we have transitioned from the wonderful world of Sea Monkeys to the awesome world of video games, and the Internet – a course of no return.

Yogi

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I’m sorry, I just could not resist. I had to put these two pictures together. Flavor Flav now looks exactly like “The Heat Miser” from the Xmas 1974 classic “A Year Without Santa Claus“. For those of you who are too young to remember, Flavor Flav was apart of a radicle 80’s rap group called “Public Enemy”, which hits include “Fight The Power“, and also “Don’t Believe The Hype“. Flavor Flav is the one that wears that HUMUNGOUS clock on his neck, large and loud sunglasses, and he is extremely flamboyant. From what I can tell, he still performs lyrics with the group. Recently, Flavor Flav was arrested for domestic abuse and erratic ¬†behavior. This is a perfect example of someone who enjoyed all the fame and fortune, yet, because he has nothing of value from within, it eventually manifests itself as people like him get older.

Yogi

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I know that some of you gonna pretend that you don’t remember these boots from the 80’s. I had a pair just like these in my 20’s. I used to call them Captain America boots, because they looked like all the boots that almost of the DC comic book characters wore. The funny part is I had a red pair. It’s crazy because, these boots were so hot in style back in the 80’s that, it was the only time guys were not made fun of for wearing colors outside the ¬†basic black, brown, and occasional white. Today you see guys wearing every color in the spectrum (with the exception of pink sneakers, those colors still remain to be exclusively a female color. Yet, how interesting that a number of men are rocking pink shirts though.. LOL).

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