Before Westworld, Another Robot Gunslinger Walked the Cyber Streets of…

From the recently-posted Life » 11/23/08 9:00am 11/23/08 9:00am magazine archives comes photographic evidence of a pistol-packing robot that predated Michael Crichton’s and Yul Brynner’s by some 13 years. We've got more pictures after the jump. Alas, the archives don’t tell us much more than that the robot was built by Robert Wolfe and that the…

John Cleese Explains Why The Compaq II Is Better Than A Dead Fish

Let's see, to begin with, the fish weighed 22 pounds. So did the Compaq Portable II » 11/10/08 12:46pm 11/10/08 12:46pm computer (in retrospect, perhaps "luggable" is more accurate). Here, in a British commercial from 1986 or so, former Python John Cleese lays out the rest of the argument for the computer's superiority - including its big 4.2 megabytes…

Where Would We Be Without The Miracle of Color Television?

As we get ready to bid farewell to broadcast television as we know it and prepare for our new digital overlord's arrival on February 17, let's take a peek at a past television technology when it was all shiny and new. In the early 1960s, RCA produced a promo film that, in this clip, used very simple animation, shots… » 9/12/08 1:40pm 9/12/08 1:40pm

A Science Fiction Pixie from a Strange Atomic Race

Here’s a clip from a cartoon I’ve never seen before: Dodo-The Kid From Outer Space. Produced in 1964 and originally broadcast in the L.A. area, Dodo was an alien child with a half-bird, half-computer friend named Compy (in this clip, he’s the one complaining about cake while everybody else wants to hear the story of… » 9/11/08 1:23pm 9/11/08 1:23pm

Speeding Into The Future With The Flying Wombat

Built of steel and aluminum, without running boards or fenders, and using buttons instead of door handles, the 1938 Phantom Corsair was the last word in long, low, streamlined art deco modernity on wheels. But when designer Rust Heinz (of ketchup fame, assisted by Maurice Schwartz) passed away shortly after the… » 9/10/08 1:20pm 9/10/08 1:20pm