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Battle of the Planets

My son asked me what were my favorite shows when I was his age. There were so few options compared to now, but I recalled Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Crusader Cat and Minute Mouse, Zoom, 321 Contact, Bugs Bunny and the other Looney Tunes shows, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Kroft Superstars (Land of the Lost and the other ones), The Banana Splits, The New Zoo Revue.

When I was older I loved Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, The Greatest American Hero, the A-Team.

But the show I was absolutely obsessed with when I was his age was “Battle of the Planets”. I even wrote and drew what would now be called fan fiction in my own comic book version of the show that I called “Battle of … Read the rest

Boogie in Your Butt – Eddie Murphy

From his 1982 album.

Say, put some fleas in your butt
Say, start to sneeze in your butt
Say, put a tin can in your butt
Put a little tiny man in your butt

Say, put a light in your butt
Say, make it bright in your butt
Say, put a TV in your butt
Say, put me in your butt
Everybody say

In your butt, put the boogie in your butt
Put, put the boogie in your butt
In your butt, put the boogie in your butt
Put, put the boogie in your butt

I, hey that’s, man, I ain’t putting no trees in nobody’s butt
No bees in nobody’s butt, putting nothing
You must be out your mind, man
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Doctor Who Theme

One of the most memorable TV theme melodies. The ‘B’ section in particular has a quality that is very sweet and very British-sounding.

“The Doctor Who theme music is a piece of music written by Australian composer Ron Grainer and realised by Delia Derbyshire at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Created in 1963, it was one of the first electronic music signature tunes for television.”

More at Wikipedia

Video explaining how it was made (years before synthesizers had been invented!)
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Video Magnification: Revealing Invisible Changes in the World

A CSAIL team — Michael Rubinstein et al. — earned honorable mention for this video at the 10th annual International Science & Technology Visualization Challenge. In the video, the researchers demonstrated an algorithm they developed that amplifies and allows for analysis of subtle movements and variations in color in ordinary videos.

“Many seemingly static scenes contain subtle changes that are invisible to the naked human eye. However, it is possible to pull out these small changes from videos through the use of algorithms we have developed. We give a way to visualize these small changes by amplifying them and we present algorithms to pull out interesting signals from these videos, such as the human pulse, sound from vibrating objects and the motion of hot air.”… Read the rest

The Writer Automaton

A 240 year old doll that can write, a clockwork creation by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, a Swiss watchmaker. The doll is able to write any custom text up to 40 letters long, and it uses a goose feather to write, which he inks from time to time, including a shake of the wrist to prevent ink from spilling. His eyes follow the text being written, and the head moves when he takes some ink. You can view this doll in person at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire of Neuchâtel, in Switzerland.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p019ng2n

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These Flying Animal Robots Are Real and Magnificent

Just barely making it under the wire of a year full of bizarre and adorable robots, the fancy animal robot-makers at Festo are back with three new flying robots.An industrial automation company, Festo’s robotic menagerie also includes herring gulls, kangaroos, ants, an elephant’s trunk, and a gripper inspired by the…
Source: Motherboard
These Flying Animal Robots Are Real and Magnificent

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