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Mother [NES]

Mother 1+2 [Gameboy Advance]

Mother 3 [Gameboy Advance]

Mother 3 (Eng. Translation 1.1) [Gameboy Advance]

Earthbound [Super Nintendo]
games  gaming  videogames  retro  mother  mother3  mother2  mother1  earthbound  srg  edg  nintendo 
november 2018 by robertogreco
Spike Jonze's 'Her' a refreshingly original take on a future L.A. -
"Critic's Notebook: Spike Jonze boldly bucks the retro trend in creating a vivid future L.A. in 'Her,' a thoughtful meditation on tech and culture."

""Her" bucks the retro moment by jumping enthusiastically, and blindly, into a future that is neither utopian nor dystopian but — like our own era, and like every era —somewhere in the slippery in-between. The film is set in the Los Angeles of two or three decades from now; the year is never specified.

The city has dense clusters of tall towers and a mass-transit system to rival London's. Cars seem to have been banished. The thoughtful but hopelessly needy hero, Theodore Twombly, lives in a large and serene apartment in a downtown high-rise and either walks or takes the train everywhere."

"Alternating between scenes shot in Los Angeles and Shanghai gives this limbo cinematic form. The city is stuck between two realms just like Theodore, with his feet on the ground in Los Angeles and his mind and heart in a digital reverie.

Those gestures by Jonze and Barrett turn "Her" into an extended and surprisingly kindhearted meditation on how we grapple with major change — personal, cultural, technological and architectural.

The reason the culture has become creatively stuck, endlessly reusing our own recent past, is not only that it has become so easy for artists and consumers to call up old material. It is also because we are in the midst of a dramatic and profound digital upheaval that is remaking our personal and professional lives.

We have had a tough time moving forward in part because we haven't had a chance to make any coherent sense of what this digital revolution means culturally.

The question seems so huge and unwieldy, so existential, that it has been easier to turn our backs and find either comfort and inspiration in the newly accessible past.

This retro turn hardly kills creativity; it has produced some energetic and important work, a lot of which seems to fully inhabit and animate past styles rather than simply ape them. This is particularly true of records and novels by artists in their 20s and early 30s, digital natives who effortlessly give fresh energy to discarded or antique genres.

Think of "Days Are Gone," the addictive 2013 debut from three twentysomething sisters from the San Fernando Valley in the band Haim, which shamelessly borrows tricks from '80s pop and still manages to sound fresh. Or "The Luminaries," the Booker Prize-winning novel by Eleanor Catton, a 28-year-old New Zealand writer who mines Victorian fiction for inspiration.

In architecture, too, the ease of looking backward has made looking forward tougher or simply more rare. Younger architects are relying on historic pastiche to a degree not seen since the heyday of postmodernism in the 1980s. Consider the work of the recently disbanded London firm FAT (Fashion Architecture Taste), which in recent years rescued tongue-in-cheek historicism from the margins of architectural practice.

Or the newly opened Ace Hotel on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles; occupying the ornate 1927 United Artists tower by the firm Walker & Eisen, the hotel has interiors remade by the Los Angeles design firm Commune as a loving tribute to 1920s architecture, with nods to Rudolph Schindler, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Viennese modernist Adolf Loos.

Like "The Way Way Back," which is essentially set in the 1980s and the present day at the same time, the hotel's design scheme is comfortable mixing historical eras: Layered atop the throwback architectural details are artworks by contemporary L.A. artists, including pencil drawings on the walls by the Haas Brothers.

At a certain point, though, we are going to have to confront the growing gap between the relentless pace of innovation in the high-tech world and the ever-faster cycle of rehash and rediscovery that dominates the cultural one.

"Her" is one of the first high-profile efforts to do so. Jonze sidesteps the retro riptide that has trapped so many of his peers. And he eagerly takes on the question of what it might mean to live in an era when nearly everything is capable of being delivered (and theoretically improved) in digital form — not just newspapers, music, novels and architectural blueprints but love affairs too."
her  losangeles  future  spikejonze  2014  elizabethdiller  dystopia  utopia  cities  christopherhawthorne  retro  culture  history  architecture  design  film  lizdiller 
january 2014 by robertogreco
DMV to take orders for retro license plates -
"The California Department of Motor Vehicles will start taking orders Jan. 1 for license plates that mirror ones issued from the 1950s to the 1970s.

The state needs 7,500 orders by Jan. 1, 2015, to print the "legacy license plates," which have either blue, black or yellow backgrounds. Drivers must fill out a form, which is available on the DMV website, and pay $50. If the state does not meet the order threshold, it will refund the application fees.

The start-up cost for the program, should it move forward, will be $385,000, which will be covered by application fees, according to a legislative analysis.

The program is intended, in part, to give classic car collectors a way to get plates that match the era of their vehicles, the analysis said."
retro  licenseplates  cars  2013  2012  california  from delicious
december 2012 by robertogreco
Museum of Endangered Sounds
"The Museum Of Endangered Sounds is owned and operated by me, Brendan Chilcutt (handle:

I launched the site in January of 2012 as a way to preserve the sounds made famous by my favorite old technologies and electronics equipment. For instance, the textured rattle and hum of a VHS tape being sucked into the womb of a 1983 JVC HR-7100 VCR. As you probably know, it's a wonderfully complex sound, subtle yet unfiltered. But, as streaming playback becomes more common in the US, and as people in developing nations like Canada and the UK get brought up to DVD players, it's likely that the world will have seen and heard the last of older machines like the HR-7100. And as new products comes to market, we stand to lose much more than VCRs.

Imagine a world where we never again hear the symphonic startup of a Windows 95 machine. Imagine generations of children unacquainted with the chattering of angels lodged deep within the recesses of an old cathode ray tube TV…"
brendanchilcutt  endangeredsounds  endangered  audio  museum  retro  music  obsoletetechnologies  obsolescence  memory  technology  sounds  sound  from delicious
june 2012 by robertogreco
Ben Bashford - Notebook of Things
“And the future, to be honest, is already the past. Futurism is a very old fashioned concept. That whole idea of futurism is 19th century. So I really like to give it that twist, to say “OK, it’s not really important where it is on the timeline, it’s important if it makes sense in its elements”

—Uwe Schmidt - The Ecstasy of Simulation (Wire 793)
time  present  history  retro  atemporality  context  futurism  future  uweschmidt  from delicious
april 2012 by robertogreco
Nerdstalgia - Android Market
"Spice up your pics with palettes, dithering and attribute clashes!<br />
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Bored with the usual pixel-perfect pictures? Missing the good old times with blocky, color limited displays, dithering and attribute clashes? Then look no further!<br />
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Nerdstalgia will allow you to see the world through the eyes of your favourite retro systems: Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, PCW, CGA (modes 0 and 1), EGA, Hercules and Gameboy... and everything is processed and displayed REALTIME! No more waiting for pictures to be "processed"."
android  photography  retro  commodore64  zxspectrum  gameboy  from delicious
march 2011 by robertogreco
s:s&s ep - hello, world: [Sword & Sworcery]
"S:S&S EP is a 21st century interpretation of the archetypical old school videogame adventure, designed exclusively for Apple's iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch.

It's a mix of laid-back exploration, careful investigation & mysterious musical problem-solving occasionally punctuated by hard-hitting combat encounters. S:S&S EP is an unusual genre-bending effort with an emphasis on sound, music & audiovisual style that has been positioned as 'a brave experiment in Input Output Cinema'."
games  gaming  iphone  ipad  ios  applications  gamedesign  videogames  8-bit  superbrothers  retro  indiegames  pixelart  from delicious
november 2010 by robertogreco
Artificial Owl
"Welcome to the Artificial Owl, a site dedicated to provide a selection of the most fascinating abandoned man-made creations. While adding new content to the site, I try to follow as much as possible these simple rules :
urbanexploration  ruins  landscape  retro  design  culture  architecture  art  history  photography  urban  travel  buildings  abandoned  decay 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Name This Aesthetic | Ask Metafilter
"Is there a name or term for the aesthetic these blogs contain?...there is a definite theme & aesthetic quality in a lot of the blogs I read. But when trying to relate this to a friend yesterday, I realized I can't seem to figure out what it is or even quite how to describe it. It bothers me even more because this aesthetic is very similar to things I('d like to) wear, things I collect, how I decorate areas in my room, etc, which is likely why I read them in the first place. It's not just the vintage stuff, but that is a large part. There's a lot of overlap between them in modern things as well, & I think this combination of the two is rather important. So what's the name for this aesthetic & how can I describe/define it? And as a side question, are there blogs/resources where I can find more of the same? The blogs are: A Continuous Lean, The Material Review (a tumblr blog by the same guy who does A Continuous Lean), A Time to Get, Cold Splinters, Secret Forts"
terminology  americana  vintage  retro  beausage  amekaji  aesthetics  blogs  hauteamericana  newantiquarian  lightbluecollar  wabi-sabi 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Peter Hirschberg's Journal: 'Adventure' for iPhone / iPod Touch!
"'Adventure' for the iPhone/iPod Touch is now available on the Apple App Store for free! This is my first iPhone app (trust me, I plan others). Enjoy!"
games  gaming  iphone  vintage  atari  adventure  retro  applications  ios 
november 2008 by robertogreco
iNostalgia! Old-school Football on iPhone - Boing Boing Gadgets
"The game will be just a buck, according to the homepage, and it's currently in Beta. Mark's looking for testers for final refinements: if you want in, make your case in the comments and add some contact info, and perhaps he'll be in touch."
games  nostalgia  iphone  applications  retro  ios 
august 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag » Japanese Packaging Design #6: Imitating Nature
PingMag looks at some packaging that is inspired by more traditional and sustainable solutions...
design  japan  nature  packaging  trends  waste  green  environment  retro  sustainability  unproduct  pingmag 
february 2008 by robertogreco
The Good Old Days - Chris Hecker's Website
"Yes, this catalog for a commercial product just told you not to buy more of its product, it told you how to conserve, improvise, Do It Yourself, and work around a problem with a shoe box. Those were the good old days."
play  lego  retro  toys  unproduct  sustainability  creativity  children  via:blackbeltjones 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Trend: Overloaded Kids Turning Low-Tech
"The older generation is rediscovering clouds and craft fairs and kids are turning to activities that involve actual human interactions"
children  youth  technology  overload  society  human  limits  interaction  analog  us  uk  canada  retro  online  internet  web  ebay  simplicity  slow 
november 2007 by robertogreco the making of: The Satelloons Of Project Echo: Must. Find. Satelloons.
"From about 1956 until 1964, US aeronautics engineers and rocket scientists at the Langley Research Center developed a series of spherical satellite balloons called, awesomely enough, satelloons."
space  nasa  retro  history  satellites  balloons  satelloons 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Lost Format Preservation Society
"The society was founded in 2000 with the design of Emigre issue no. 57. It's sole purpose is to save formats from obscurity."
media  movies  music  recording  computers  collections  archive  analog  information  format  film  design  retro  storage  vinyl  technology  formats  archiving  digital  software  history 
june 2007 by robertogreco
YouTube - Future Shock (1972) 1/5
"This is a little known documentary based on the book Future Shock by Alvin Toffler."
documentary  future  video  orsonwells  70s  alvintoffler  film  technology  retro  society 
may 2007 by robertogreco
Back to the future | Salon Books
"Science fiction promised us a tomorrowland of jetpacks, Smell-O-Vision and male mammary implants. So what happened?"
futurism  future  technology  books  culture  history  science  scifi  reviews  retro 
may 2007 by robertogreco

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