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Monday, April 27, 2015

Rubik's Cube Solved In New World Record Time, Plus 6 Other Famous Solvers

Mashable is reporting that a new world record time has been set for solving the Rubik's Cube. At an official World Cube Association event (can't believe these still exist), Collin Burns solved the cube in just 5.253 seconds! Don't believe me? Here's the video proof...

Unbelievable. The legacy of this popular '80s puzzle continues to reach new generations over 40 years after it's invention. While we're on the topic of famous solvers, let's take a look at a few more that might not be quite as fast as Burns but can still impress.

For the 2006 movie The Pursuit of Happyness, Will Smith taught himself how to solve the Rubik's Cube and even did it on live TV in 55 seconds!

Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber proved he was more than just a pretty face with a voice on Radio Disney in 2009 by solving the cube in less than a minute.

Check out former world record holder Marcin Maskow Kowalczyk who solves 50 cubes blindfolded! Whaaaa??? According to the YouTube description it took him 4 years of practice. Now that's dedication.

 
Check out this robot that can solve a cube in a second. Crazy!

How about this guy who solves 8 puzzles while holding his breath underwater!

And just in case you need a challenge from the 3 x 3 x 3 size, try this 17 x 17 x17 on for size. Watch this time-lapsed video of solving it in about 7.5 minutes.

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Weekly Links: Early 'Breakfast Club Script' Found, KISS Teams Up With Scooby-Doo, Chewbacca Contra

Welcome to another edition of The Weekly Links, your weekly source for the best '80s content on the web! There were some great stories this week featured on RD80s including set photos from Pee-Wee's new movie and details on the Full House spinoff.

I also had a chance to post some original content this week like exploring a teaser trailer for The Empire Strikes Back and discovering a video game mashup of Mario and Excitebike. I also resurrected the Retro80s Soundcloud Sampler if you're looking for some new free music. Also check out some of the freebies and deals I posted this week on books, collectibles, and more.

My favorite video this week was a recreation of the new Batman vs. Superman trailer. Use the soundtrack from the video, we instead get to see Adam West and Christopher Reeve footage! I loved watching reruns of Batman '66 and Reeve's films were my first introduction to superheroes so I really enjoyed this mashup.

TWL Video of the Week
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Retro Style)by Bobby Burns


Enjoy the rest of this week's links!!!


MOVIES
Early 'Breakfast Club’ Script Unearthed at Shuttered Chicago High School - Yahoo! Movies
25 Fast Facts About 'Field of Dreams' - Mental Floss
The nostalgia is strong in this Back To The Future/The Force Awakens mash-up - A.V. Club
Sequel to Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer' in the Works at Sony - Hollywood Reporter
Why Summer Rental is the Quintessential 80s Summer Movie - Like Totally 80s
Are You More C-3PO Or R2-D2? - BuzzFeed Rewind
The 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Has a Much More Puft-Up Budget Than the Original - Yahoo! Movies
B-Movie Corner: 'Witchboard' is your classic 1980s horror movie - The Weekender
Richard Branson does his best Ferris Bueller impression - Timeout Chicago
29 Reasons "Troop Beverly Hills" Is A Cinematic Masterpiece - BuzzFeed Rewind


TV
Watch Kiss Meet Scooby-Doo in New Film 'Rock and Roll Mystery' - Rolling Stone
The Goldbergs' thematic usage of the 80s has made the show one of TV's best comedies - Bloguin
CMT: The Dukes of Hazzard Still A Go! - TV Classics R' Us
Seven Things I’ve Learned Watching Filmation’s He-man Cartoon As An “Adult” - The Fwoosh
25 Times Gilbert Blythe From "Anne Of Green Gables" Melted Your Heart - BuzzFeed Rewind
Who's The Boss? Returns To Pop & Logo - TV Classics R' Us


MUSIC
John Oates Announces Book Deal, Memoir to Come in 2016 - Billboard
Flashback: See Martina McBride and Pat Benatar Wail on Eighties Classic - Rolling Stone
Debbie Gibson Talks New Music, Healthy Living & the Secret to Taylor Swift Staying 'Graceful' - Billboard
10 Things We Learned From Johnny Rotten's 'Uncensored' New Memoir - Rolling Stone
Inside Depeche Mode Songwriter Martin Gore's 'Futuristic' New Solo Album - Rolling Stone
Is This The One Man Who Can Reunite Guns N’ Roses? - UPROXX
18 Great '80s Music Videos Not Actually From the '80s - Yahoo Music
Rick Rubin Discussed Roddy Piper Inspiring The Beastie Boys, Bankrolling Jim Cornette And More - UPROXX
We're No. 1: With “Shoop,” Salt-N-Pepa took control professionally and sexually - A.V. Club
This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1989, Madonna's 'Like a Prayer' Hit No. 1 - Billboard


VIDEO GAMES
Contra, but With Chewbacca - Topless Robot
Gaming Gold: The 10 Most Valuable NES Games Ordinary Gamers Might Actually Own - UPROXX
#TBT: Pac-Man defined '80s arcades - KGMI
Pirate Bay Co-Founder Not Allowed To Play NES In Prison - Gizmodo
A 3D Sonic The Hedgehog That Could Make Every Fan Happy - Kotaku
1980s-themed Film “Pixels” Starring Adam Sandler To Get Mobile Game - Bidness ETC
20 Video Game Songs Delight Your Ears in This Mash-Up - Nerdist


CULTURE
Hasbro to Release New Female-Only 'Transformers' Team - Hollywood Reporter
7 Gaming Watches More Rad (And Less Pricey) Than The Apple Watch - Kotaku
Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Book Review - The Fwoosh
Scientifically Accurate MY LITTLE PONY Is NOT Cute - Nerdist
Nostalgia from two angles! - Branded In The 80s
Back to the 80s: Cherry Coke introduced in 1985 - Kickin' it Old School
We're Getting Some Amazing Ghostbusters Action Figures Soon - io9
40 Epic Examples of Epic '80s Makeup - soFeminine
29 Terrible Dating Tips For Women From The '80s - BuzzFeed Rewind

Thursday, April 23, 2015

FREE Kindle Edition Of Megan Crane's Novel "I Love The 80s" Now Available


If you are looking for good '80s-themed book to take a road trip or vacation this summer, check out the freebie I just found in Amazon's Kindle store. Time travel, murder mystery, and '80s pop culture are all included in Megan Crane's "I Love The 80s" novel. Here is the synopsis:
Live in the now, they say, but for Jenna Jenkins, the now sucks.

Her fiancĂ© dumped her, and she's lacking the drive that might lead to a promotion at the eighties-themed cable station where she works. The only thing keeping her sane is her obsession with a brooding rock star, and an era, that died twenty-odd years ago. But then lightning strikes—literally—and sends her back to the year and the man she’s loved her entire life. Jenna has no choice but to take action to save Tommy Seer, lead singer of The Wild Boys, from the tragic accident that only she knows will claim his life.

But the real Tommy Seer is very different from the one who's spent all this time starring in her favorite fantasies. As Jenna falls deeper into Tommy’s world—under his spell all over again, only this time without the schoolgirl crush—she realizes that his death was no accident. Can she find a killer, prevent a murder, and save the man she loves without everyone thinking she’s crazy?

And who thought shoulder pads were a good idea, anyway?
The book holds a 4.4 star rating (out of 5) by 38 reviewers on Amazon. I haven't personally read it but sounds like it's worth a shot for a freebie! Download "I Love The 80s" now for FREE in the Amazon Kindle store. You can also learn more about the author and read the first chapter of the book on her website.

Retro80s SoundCloud Sampler: April 2015

Whether you label it "retrowave", "retrosynth", "outrun", or "Miami Vice soundtrack music" (as my wife calls it), no other style of music comes close to taking me back to the synthisized rhythms of my favorite decade. It's been awhile since I put together a sampler on SoundCloud so it's time to get back in the groove!

This month I've found 10 retroworthy tracks from some familiar artists and also a few I've just discovered. Headlining this month's sampler is the title track from Quasars new EP Queen of Aerobics. I've really enjoyed their sound and featured them on the RD80s podcast. The EP is available now for FREE on SoundCloud so go get it! Also featured this month are recent tracks by Starforce, Maya, Vector Hold, Supervillain, Rad Universe, Shock Stalker, Occams Laser, Meninbeltsweaters, and Sunglasses Kid.

Stream this month's sampler below or download all tracks for FREE on SoundCloud. Don't forget to follow RD80s while you are there. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ultimate '80s Earth Day Playlist

Ultimate 80s Earth Day Playlist

Today is Earth Day and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than with a new Ultimate 80s Playlist! The Earth is filled with many different terrains and elements of Mother Nature. The music of the '80s featured many songs that can relate to our planet and I've come up with 10 great tracks (and a few honorable mentions from the '90s) to listen to as we plant our trees and pick up litter on Earth Day!

Earth Wind, and Fire "Let's Groove" (1981)
What would Earth Day be without some Earth, Wind and Fire! "Let's Groove" would be their 7th and final top ten hit on the U.S. pop chart. It would also be the 7th of eight #1 hits on the R&B chart.

Scorpions "Rock You Like A Hurricane" (1984)
Each year Mother Earth gives us with hurricanes. This storm from The Scorpions would be the first to track into the Top 40 in the U.S., but not their last with "Winds of Change" reaching #4 in 1991.

Blondie "The Tide Is High" (1980)
The tide was definitely high in several different countries for this Blondie hit. It reached the #1 spot in the U.S. on two different charts, U.K., Canada, and New Zealand.


Billy Ocean "Suddenly" (1984)
Many have sailed the Earth's oceans giving new meaning to many lives (see what I did there?) Billy Ocean scored his third straight top 5 hit in the U.S. with the title track to his breakthrough album.

Christopher Cross "Ride Like The Wind" (1980)
Chris Cross' ride to the top began with this windy hit that peaked at #2 on the U.S. pop chart. Of course, his sailing trip across the Earth was actually a faster way to reach the top spot.

Eurythmics "Here Comes The Rain Again" (1984)
Rain is the way the Earth replenishes itself and this Eurythmics hit restored their place in the top 5 on the US pop chart. Following up their mega hit "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)", the 3rd single on their Touch album finally poured onto the U.S. chart while continuing a steady flow of U.K. hits.


Milli Vanilli "Blame It On The Rain" (1989)
The track sent a serious storm cloud on the 1990 Grammy awards with the duo's later confession about lip-syncing on their multi-platinum debut album. The single became the second of 3 straight #1 hits on the U.S. pop chart.

Alan Parsons Project "Eye In The Sky" (1982)
The biggest hit by Alan Parsons Project soared to #3 on the U.S. pop charts while reaching the pinnacle in Canada. It would also reach the pinnacle of NBA entrance themes in the '90s thanks to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

Bruce Hornsby "Mandolin Rain" (1986)
Hornsby's follow up to the #1 hit "The Way It Is" splashed into the Top 5 on the U.S. pop chart

Duran Duran "Planet Earth" (1981)
The debut single of Duran Duran didn't make a deep impact in the U.S. but did make a large crater on several charts around the world including the U.K., France, Ireland, and Australia. It wouldn't be until their trip to Rio that they would land on the U.S. pop chart.

Can you think of anymore Earth related songs from the '80s?
While you ponder, here are a few honorable mentions from the '90s:
  • "Earth Song" by Michael Jackson
  • "Digging in the Dirt" by Peter Gabriel
  • "No Rain" by Blind Melon
  • "Informer" by Snow
  • "Thunder Rolls" by Garth Brooks
  • "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC
  • "November Rain" by Guns N' Roses
  • "Blue Sky Mine" by Midnight Oil

Check out more Ultimate 80s Playlists!

Image courtesy Peewee.Wikia.com

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DEAL! For A Limited Time Save Up To 50% Off At The Ghosbusters Store!

I just received an email that the Ghostbusters online store is now offering up to 50% savings on select apparel and collectibles. Several great t-shirts including glow-in-the-dark designs are now just $10. Plus, the POP! Vinyl figures of the team and Slimer are just $6. Unfortunately, the sale doesn't include artwork, music vinyl, or Blu-ray sets (4K-Mastered Bluray is still just $13 on Amazon), but the sale items are very good deals compared to similar items online. Visit GhostbustersStore.com now!

That Time When Mario Rode Excitebike

That's right, there was a time when Mario and Excitebike were mashed up into one great game. Unfortunately for those of us who didn't grow up in Japan, we never got to experience it. Just a few years after Mario Kart was introduced to the Super Nintendo System, Mario took to the motocross track in 1997 as Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium was released to Super Famicom.

13 years earlier in 1984, Excitebike became one of the most popular arcade games and then the following year on NES. It's legacy has endured with Excitebike being included as one of the 16 games on the NES Remix for Wii U, being ranked the 28th best NES game of all-time by GamesRadar, and the Excitebike rider making a cameo appearance in the Super Smash Bros game. But it wasn't until today that I discovered its history included a time when our pal Mario and his gang took over driving responsibilities.

Excitebike: Mario Battle Stadium replaced the accustomed human riders with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Wario, and Koopas. Gameplay was similar to the original Excitebike including the ability to make custom tracks. The only exceptions was a "super" mode in which the player had unlimited turbo and the addition of coins that increased top speed.

I think most Western gamers would've loved to play Excitebike: Mario Battle Stadium on SNES, but for whatever reason it was kept in Japan. Thanks to Mario Wiki for the info and pics.

'Fuller House' Spinoff Confirmed By John Stamos, Netflix Reveals Plot

In case you missed it last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Stamos confirmed a "Full House" spinoff will be produced on Netflix. The new show titled "Fuller House" will get 13 episodes to start with a 1-hour reunion episode as the pilot.

Today, a Netflix press release revealed the plot details of the new show which will mainly involve the characters of D.J., Stephanie, and Kimmy. Here are the details:

Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, has ordered a 13-episode season of a new multi-camera comedy from Warner Horizon Television, Miller-Boyett Productions and Jeff Franklin Productions. Fuller House is the long-awaited sequel to the iconic hit series Full House. Created by original Full House creator Jeff Franklin, Fuller House will premiere exclusively across all Netflix territories in 2016. Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber are set to star in Fuller House, with fellow Full House star John Stamos set to produce and reprise his original role of Uncle Jesse as a guest star in the new show. Discussions with Full House stars Bob Saget, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin regarding guest appearances in Fuller House are ongoing. In Fuller House, the adventures that began in 1987 on Full House continue, with veterinarian D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Cameron-Bure) pregnant and recently widowed, living in San Francisco. D.J.’s younger sister/aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Sweetin) and D.J.’s lifelong best friend/fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler (Barber), along with Kimmy’s feisty teenage daughter Ramona, all move in to help take care of D.J.’s two boys – the rebellious 12-year-old J.D. and neurotic 7-year-old Max – and her soon-to-arrive baby. “As big fans of the original Full House, we are thrilled to be able to introduce Fuller House’s new narrative to existing fans worldwide, who grew up on the original, as well as a new generation of global viewers that have grown up with the Tanners in syndication,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content for Netflix. In a joint statement, executive producers Robert L. Boyett, Thomas L. Miller and Jeff Franklin said: “The continued support of Full House fans of all ages for the last 28 years has been astounding. It is an honor and a thrill to catch up with these beloved characters and explore their lives today. The love you saw on the show was real. The cast has remained a loving family off screen all these years. We are as excited as our fans to finally bring Full House back to life.” 
Sounds like some real-world circumstances will be surrounding the characters which might just work for a modern day sitcom. Guest appearances of the original characters will probably be the draw for this 1st season. It's early in the process but do you think "Fuller House" will have a chance to match the 8 seasons of the original show?

Image courtesy Brostick

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