Our Junk Drawer
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.
Sure, Why Not?
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.
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
Here's the Mueller Report, fully OCR'ed using Acrobat Pro. I've tested and it seems to have gone through OK. Still loading, give it a second to load into Dropbox. https://t.co/hTYZeOsait— Ernie Smith, Energy Vampire 🧛🏻♂️ (@ShortFormErnie) April 18, 2019
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.
Enough to Pay for Itself?
A surprisingly novel video: A YouTuber explains, in detail, how much money he makes from his channel, in exact detail.
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