Fun and Games

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Spy Gear

You’re a secret agent. At least you carry a lot of secret agent gear. Let’s say it was 1989, just twenty-five years ago. Who would you say would be likely to carry all this gear: Handheld…






COMMUNICATIONS PIONEERS: Voyager I

Nothing touched by a human has ever traveled this far. Voyager 1 was launched in 1977 to study Jupiter and Saturn close up, and it kept on going and going, taking the first close pictures of…


FUN FRIDAY: The history of home audio

Remember these? Maybe you don’t. Even in the 1970s, a home 8-track player was pretty rare. Most people had one in their cars, if they had one at all, and the 8-track format really only lasted…


THROWBACK THURSDAY: Starlog

Before there were internet trolls, there was Starlog. It was a pop-culture magazine that specialized in sci-fi movies and TV shows, back when it was rare to have more than one available at a time. So, it…


FUN FRIDAY: Lemmings and…

A generation ago, PC gamers didn’t have the option to explore photo-realistic universes and interact with artificial intelligences. It was a simpler time, and games were simpler as well. They were also incredibly addictive, and if…