Random Internet Things From The Internet 35

A recurring feature in which I present a collection of miscellaneous crap err, interesting things to look at that I have lovingly and carefully curated for your enjoyment. For some of these entries, I may have spent upwards of several minutes cutting and pasting a URL and possibly I have thought of a partially original sentence to accompany it. I hope you appreciate my efforts.



Ummmm. Whut? (sighted on my Facebook page)

 


THEN THE FIGHT COMMENCED

 


From 1950s issue of New Romance. (via Lady, That’s My Skull)

 


Buddy Rich on The Muppet Show. (via Adam Turman)

 


On the previous installment of RITFTI, I posted a picture of my first gaming system, the RCA Studio II. Well, I was just randomly thinking about my first real home computer, the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A, shown here with an absurd configuration of peripherals sticking out of the expansion port (here’s a radio essay I made about my TI back in 2009). Perusing the TI’s profile page over on oldcomputers.net, I’m shocked SHOCKED I TELL YOU to see that the screen resolution was 192×256. That’s only this big —->

Actual size! It’s so teeny! This is the closest I’ve come to confronting my own mortality. The 16 colors didn’t do it. The 16K of RAM didn’t do it. It’s the screen resolution. The screen resolution has forced me to come to terms with my own eventual death. I am old. I can feel the calcium spiriting out of my bones now. The yawning dirt hole beckons. Beyond, only silence.

 


* Chip Kidd’s TED Talk on book cover design.
* I don’t know where or what this is, but it looks amazing.
* Cool photos of waves by Cory Arnold. (via Pete Olsen)
* File under Misc. Nice Photograph. (via livejournal)
* A nice video clip about the therapeutic qualities of music. (via Jon B.)
* 50 background paintings from Scooby Doo. (via Mister Reusch)
* One of the original sketches for Wonder Woman by H.G. Peter with notes by the creator, William Moulton Marston. From a post on CBR.
* Derweze, also known as the door to hell, is a 70 meter wide hole in the middle of the Karakum desert in Turkmenistan. The hole was formed in 1971 when a team of soviet geologists had their drilling rig collapse when they hit a cavern filled with natural gas. In an attempt to avoid poisonous discharge, they decided to burn it off, thinking that the gas would be depleted in only a few days. Derweze is still burning today.


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