Archive for October, 2012

Cuter Than Your Child

Posted in General Interest on October 29, 2012 by RickNews

Mango, the Welsh Corgi in this video, is cuter than your child.

Big-Screen TV in 1978 Meant “Monstrosity”

Posted in General Interest on October 26, 2012 by RickNews

Believe it or not, the thing depicted in the image below is a television/videocassette recorder combination. I’ll let that sink in as you contemplate how much this monstrosity must have weighed…

Yet, in 1978, we didn’t have two-inch thick flat-panel displays or solid-state RAM to record our favorite shows. Instead, we relied on the good ol’ cathode ray tube–and that’s what this thing was at its core. The General Electric Widescreen 1000 employed a CRT monitor that was laid on its back and then had its magnified image projected onto a larger screen.

I’m guessing the image quality is similar to smearing Vasoline on one of today’s HD televisions, yet the most impressive thing about this monster is its “solid veneered wood” cabinet. At least that can be used for stoking a fire…

You can go from channel 2 to channel 83 instantly!


Rich Dad Files For Bankruptcy

Posted in General Interest on October 22, 2012 by RickNews

Many of us believe that we can learn financial “secrets” from psuedo-self-help books. One such book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, became a sensation in the late-1990s and made its author, Robert Kiyosaki, an instant “expert” in wealth building/management.

For richer or poorer.


Now comes word that Bobby K.’s company ┬áhad to file for bankruptcy. That’s one “success” story that should be filed under “fiction.”

Check out the article here.

Here’s a $500,000 Nissan Hatchback

Posted in Automobiles on October 18, 2012 by RickNews

Nissan’s Juke is one of the most unique and entertaining vehicles on the road. It can be had with a sprightly, 188-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder and this zesty powerplant jibes perfectly with the Juke’s sassy styling. Its four doors and hatchback also make for around-town practicality.

All this for a tad over a half-million bucks.

Then there are people for whom the above just isn’t enough. These people also have bottomless bank accounts. Nissan has just delivered the first example of their new Juke R. We all know Nissan make the best supercar on earth–the sub-three-seconds to 60 mph GT-R–and they’ve taken the twin-turbo, V6 engine from that beast and stuffed it into the little Juke. Nissan’s crazy engineers also transplanted upgraded brakes and they’ve massaged the body for more efficient aerodynamics.

As a result, 60 mph comes up in under three seconds (a la the GT-R) with a top speed of 170 mph. Making 545 horsepower, the Juke R’s most impressive number is the price: about $521,000.

The Greatest R/C Chase Ever Filmed

Posted in Automobiles, General Interest on October 17, 2012 by RickNews


TV Equipment, Circa 1982

Posted in General Interest on October 2, 2012 by RickNews

It’s hard to believe, but this is what a television and a video recorder looked like 30 years ago. Both machines were big, boxy, and covered with simulated wood. Yes, years ago, electronics resembled station wagons.

This tasty item is the Sony Betamax, which recorded TV shows (up to 3 hours long) on a magnetic tape. Ultimately, the Betamax was murdered in the marketplace by the VHS cassette and the name “Betamax” now refers to products that lost consumer’s interest. You know, just like that other Sony product, the Walkman.

The “Family Truckster” of electronic equipment.