DNA Lounge: Wherein we deflect it old school.

New toy! As a thematic companion to the Pac-Man machine at DNA Lounge, I brought my Vectrex in to Codeword. It sits at the end of the bar now. What's that, you ask? Vectrex is a home video game system from 1982 that has a built-in black-and-white vector monitor, meaning the electron gun traces out shapes diagonally instead of raster-scanning like normal TVs. It is an ancient artifact of rare beauty, and it plays Berserk and Asteroids really well. Along with 70 other games -- I have this multi-cart that has everything ever released for the system.

And 30 seconds after I put it on the bar, it was already being played by anime bunny-girls who were born at least a decade after this thing rolled off the production line. So, mission accomplished I guess!

It is reasonably well secured, but be gentle with it, ok? Try not to get it too sticky.

Actually, there's a pretty nice emulation of it here that you can play online, but it's really just not the same without the weird, flickery glow from that little CRT.

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Six Hundred Siri had rubber skin and ran Festival. We spotted them easy.

The lip-sync is poor, but there do seem to be quite a lot of moving parts under the fright-mask. Watching her mug for the camera at around 1:05 is pretty fun. No duck-face, though. So our selfies are safe, for now.

This sexy beast loses his shit at around 0:14. I do like the transparent brain-pans.

These are the same folks who built that P. K. Dick robot back in 2005, that was stolen and eventually recovered in a Russian software piracy bust in 2010, which is in fact a thing that I did not make up.

"We were just as surprised as anyone to find this thing," said Detective Supernov. "At first I thought the head was real and I was sick to my stomach. Then they told me it was a computer, and so I was going smash it in front of them to prove a point about computer crime. But then they told me how much it was worth."

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Consider the Merkin

A Brief History of Pubic Wigs in Hollywood

"Cleopatra was known for her beautiful, long, luxurious pubic hair, which she proudly wore brushed and oiled, and she was known to admire -- and display -- her pubic hair in the shiny marble floors and the light, diaphanous gowns of the time," relates Sayer, who works in Burbank at the Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild. "Otherwise, in ancient Egypt, most citizens -- noble or otherwise -- were required to shave their pubic and body hair to rid themselves of lice. Noble and wealthy people were known to wear wigs ... and it is thought that a type of merkin was fashionable; it could be worn to show that they were rich enough to maintain their pubic hair." [...]

Industry folks who've worked with merkins unfurl their anecdotes with relish, in part because behind-the-scenes gigs on film sets can be thankless. You spend 12 hours on a pubic piece -- perming the thatch, threading the short hairs to a lace front, and finally trimming the thing -- before some striving youngster places your creation in its ultimate destination. ("I have not had the pleasure -- or misfortune -- of putting one on," Ladek says.) And after the shoot, the hairpiece is studio property, only going home with the memento-seeking actor if he or she is a principal performer.

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