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Tedium Shorties

They're too short for 3,000-word stories, but too interesting to not write about at all. Meet Tedium’s shorties—the latest quick hits of news and weirdness from Tedium.

Lag City

Someone figured out how to run Stadia on an e-ink reader. Surprisingly not terrible speed-wise.

Sure, Why Not?

Inspired by the fact that Tumblr has a good owner again, I’m gonna give ShortFormBlog another shot—though, admittedly, a more modest one.

Peace, Love, and Fortune Cookies

“People started by grabbing handfuls and then just started walking away with entire boxes.”

— Garry Vander Voort, the creator of Retroist, describing his experience working at Woodstock ’99 as an employee of the web hosting firm FortuneCity—and handing out promotional fortune cookies to rowdy crowds.

Tech, Tech Everywhere

If you’re not watching Lazy Game Reviews, you should be—it’s one of YouTube’s best tech channels. But Clint’s latest video, a tour of a massive warehouse filled to the brim with old computer stuff, is a must-watch even if you aren’t into old tech.

Keyboard Inception

For those of you who want a keyboard with your keyboard, I present to you the Creative Prodikeys PC-MIDI. (There's a second variant avaliable on Amazon.)

Pizza & Pineapple

Is it Pizza Time already? Tedium contributor David Buck recently teamed up with Weird Paul Petroskey to create a music video David’s own novelty song, “Pineapple Pizza.” Whether you love or hate Hawaiian Pizza, the video is guaranteed fresh (your experience may vary). You can watch it here, if you’re interested in such things.

Harmony In Your Hand

“… elites distrusted this easily accessible new instrument as ‘chaotic and culturally inferior.’”

JSTOR Daily highlights the evolution of the harmonica from piano-tuning utility into full-on fad in the 19th century. Dylan would get his hands on one way later.

Now With OCR

The Mueller Report wasn't OCR'ed, but it's trivial to OCR a document in 2019 if you know what you're doing. Thank you, Adobe, as well as the many inventors that came before you.

Keeps Going, and Going …

“Let’s face it, it was only a screen saver. It didn’t need a lot of depth.”

— Developer Peter Avritch, discussing how he saved his company in the early ’90s by convincing an ad agency to let him make an Energizer Bunny screen saver for Windows.

Music for Plants

In the late ’70s, a Moog expert named Mort Garson recorded an album of music intended for plants called Mother Earth's Plantasia. The album, freely available online, is getting an upcoming vinyl release. Fans of Raymond Scott or Ernest Hood, listen up.

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