Archive - Obsolescence

Pong: S 4000 from K-Mart

January 13 Comments Off Category: Gaming, Obsolescence, Toys

Serial # 150836 Processor: GI AY-3-8500-1 I found this in my dad’s attic a long time ago.. I even remember when we first got it and how it lasted all of about 2 weeks before no one would play against me.. Then another 2 weeks before no one at all played it.. K-Mart’s entry into […]

M65 Recoiless Nuclear Rifle

December 17 Comments Off Category: Cold War Tech, Obsolescence

I’ve always been a big fan or rifles. The bigger the better. But somehow I think the military got it right and decided that this particular rifle was just a little too big. This 155mm bad boy fires a 0.1 kiloton nuclear, equal to about 10 tons of TNT, warhead about 3 miles down range. […]

Starcade

November 10 Comments Off Category: Gaming, Obsolescence, TV

I stumbled across the Starcade website the other day and about lost my lunch. The clothes, the goofy contestants, the oh so cool games from the 80s. For those of you not old enough to remember, video games used to be played at a place called the “arcade“. We would actually leave our house and […]

Old Roller Coaster

November 02 Comments Off Category: Obsolescence

It’s rare that I hit the stumble button and am presented with something I think is really cool, fortunately, tonight was a good night.. This series of photos is from an abandoned amusement park that I can only assume is in Japan.. I just wish that there were more pictures.. Check out the rest in […]

The amazing Ecranoplanes

October 03 Comments Off Category: Cold War Tech, Flight, Obsolescence, Weird Science

I’m not entirely convinced that we can call these things “planes” given the fact that they don’t actually fly.. To travel they rely on ground effect forces that allowed them to “fly” a few meters off the ground at serious speeds and while carrying enormous loads. My favorite has always been the Caspian Monster. Everything […]

Travel by jet or by train? Why not both at the same time?

March 01 Comments Off Category: Cold War Tech, Obsolescence, Weird Science

In the early 1970s the Russians followed the American jet train research by sticking two Yak-40 turbo-jet engines to the lead car of an ER22 train. The SVL (high-speed laboratory car) was intended to be used on the Troika Express and during testing is was able to reach speeds of 180mph (250km/hr).. Like it’s American […]

The great train race

February 04 Comments Off Category: Cold War Tech, Gear Head, Obsolescence, Trains, Weird Science

I love weird tech, and it’s really hard to beat the weirdness that the cold war created here and in Russia.. I grew up at the tail end of the cold war that Ronald Reagan, all praise his name, helped bring to an end while I was still in high school.. Anyway, where was I?? […]

I Quit

February 09 Comments Off Category: Business, Obsolescence, Personal

I don’t say that very often.. It’s sort of anti everything I try to do.. But it’s time.. I have been a partner at ForTheWeb.Com since it was founded more than 7 years ago.. We started out as a small web design and hosting firm with 4 partners in Northern California and we have done […]