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Entries in paleofuture (21)

Sunday
Jun052011

The Roads Not Taken

Readers of the Wall Street Journal may have noticed a familiar byline in the May 23rd edition of the newspaper. For their special report on the future of transportation I looked at retrofuturistic visions of how we'd get from Point A to Point B. It was a fun spread to put together and I'm only now finding the time to blog about it -- appropriately enough, from 30,000 feet in the air.

For those of you who don't know, my day job is in non-traditional marketing. We've hit our busy season, so my apologies for the lack of new posts. I rarely write about my job on this blog, but I'm currently headed to Bonnaroo, where I'm developing and managing a tent for Ford. I only mention this because the theme is "1950's sci-fi drive-in theater" so if you happen to be a Paleofuture reader and heading to Bonnaroo I can pretty much guarantee you'll love it.

Wednesday
Apr062011

Tour the Birthplace of the Internet (Obscura Day 2011)

Do you live in Los Angeles? Join me April 9th at UCLA for Obscura Day! I'll be hosting an event with Brad Fidler and Leonard Kleinrock in the room where the first Internet message was sent in 1969! Reserve your tickets today!

Come be one of the very first to rediscover the room where the Internet was born. Almost forgotten in history and used for years as an unremarkable classroom at UCLA, it will reopen as a museum this July. Get there first and stand in the very spot that the first modem sent the first message ever, and see photos and documents from those first days of the Internet that have been lost to obscurity for decades.

Brad Fidler, director of the upcoming Kleinrock Internet Heritage Site and Archive (known colloquially by its room number, 3420 Boelter Hall), will introduce the history of this revolutionary site and the stories of the people who gave this room its significance. What was the first illegal use of the Internet? Why did everything always crash? Why did the graduate students give everything dirty acronyms, and draw horns on a machine called the Interface Message Processor, or, the (perhaps evil) IMP?

Leonard Kleinrock, the man who is credited with doing the math and running the simulations that made the early Internet possible – and still runs it today – will be on hand to answer questions and tell everyone the story about exactly what it was like to send the first message ever.

You’ll also be encouraged to think why some people think this site is irrelevant, and why others believe it might soon be the most famous place in Los Angeles.

Monday
Apr042011

Paleofuture Magazine (Issue 1: Food)

The first issue of Paleofuture Magazine is now available for purchase! The print version will set you back $11.99 and includes a free PDF download that looks great on your futuristic computing machine. Or you can download the PDF version alone for just $1.99.

Paleofuture Magazine's first issue is all about food, with 42 pages of articles, reviews, and rare images, most of which have never been seen before on the Paleofuture blog. Contributors include Bob SassoneJosh Calder, Ryan V. Lower, Fábio Fernandes, and Mike Frodsham. Order your copy today!

Tuesday
Nov232010

What Happened to the Future?

Your fourth most favorite retro-futurist blogger was on the teevee box last night rambling about robots* and stuff. The clip is embedded below or you can watch it on KTLA's website. We hit most of the major topics and I somehow manage to keep my shirt on. The clip almost serves as a teaser for the next episode of paleofuture.tv, where I'll be taking a look at 1970's visions of the apocalypse. Stay tuned!**

 

 

*They edited out the part where I accuse President McKinley of being a lizard person who practiced witchcraft in the Hill Mansion. (damn mainstream media and their pro-lizard agenda)

**Or "don't touch that dial!" Both antiquated colloquialisms are equally inappropriate in this situation.

 

Previously on Paleo-Future:

 

Friday
Jan292010

History of Hip: Yesterday's Tomorrows (Feb 2, 2010)

UPDATE: You can watch the video podcast of our presentation at the Minnesota History Lectures page on iTunes.

I'll be speaking about retro-futurism this coming Tuesday (February 2nd) at the Turf Club in St. Paul, MN. This Minnesota Historical Society event, The History of Hip: Yesterday's Tomorrows, starts at 7:30pm. I'll be sharing the stage with my friend, neighbor and retro-future co-conspirator Brian Horrigan. Brian wrote a book in 1984 titled Yesterday's Tomorrows to accompany the Smithsonian exhibit of the same name. We'll be taking a look at some of our favorite film clips and images from 20th century futurism.

The Turf Club is a bar, so unfortunately it's not an all-ages event. But if you're underage I'm sure you can find a good fake ID by Tuesday. Rumor has it that the first 10 people who arrive will receive a free hoverboard. But rumor also has it that I'm a liar. Swing by and drink up; it should be a good time.

 

Sunday
Dec062009

Jet Set in 1999 A.D. (1967)

Though commercial aviation has become a tedious exercise in repeatedly proving that your shampoo is not actually made of C-4, it's easy to forget that air travel used to be too expensive for the average American. Flying was an event, something you dressed up for. It wasn't so easy to book a relatively inexpensive flight one evening and be in a faraway land the very next day. Adjusted for inflation, flying has never been a better deal.

So, while most of us are not living Wink Martindale's life of jet-set luxury... enjoying 16-hour work weeks, clunky videophones, and zipping down to Mexico for a quick 18 holes, we can dream along with the 1967 film 1999 A.D.

 

 Previously on Paleo-Future:

 

Friday
Jul042008

Streamlined Cars of the Future


I was quoted today in the Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, Australia) for a piece about the past and future of cars. An excerpt appears below.

In the first quarter of the 20th century, the developed world began an obsession with outer space. Comic-strip storyboards of domed futuristic cities and multilayered transport systems fired imaginations - and not just amongst children.

 

Our automotive pioneers were also looking forward, working to propel the newborn car - the horseless carriage - to meet a vision. And, shape-wise, it looked bubbly.

"The globule-shaped modes of transportation come from a 1930s obsession with streamlining," says Matt Novak, the founder of past-future commentary site www.paleofuture.com. "Creating streamlined modes of transportation gave the perception of efficiency and the perception that you were a part of the future was important."


See also:
What the future didn't bring
New Hampshire Public Radio (Jan, 2008)
Paleo-Future in the Wall Street Journal
Article for MungBeing
Sincerity and the Paleo-Future
Postmodern Paleo-Future