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.


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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