Tuesday, December 1, 2009

When I was back at my family farm in Missouri this past September, following a circuitous 3,000 mile motorcycle ride through the Southwest from my home in Palo Alto, California, I spent some time going through old things. Among the things that still survive is this magnificently mod 3-ring binder, which my best guess is from around the third or fourth grade, which would put it from somewhere between 1969 and 1971.

Like many things of its era, it's clearly aesthetically inspired by the work of Peter Max, but it also has that great 'filled-in-with-colored-markers' look that was also popular at the time. I myself was a marker fiend, and would spend hours drawing outlines in black and then coloring them like this. Do you remember those awesome 'El Marko" markers? And the sets of finer-tipped colored markers that were becoming very prevalent in the late 1960s and early 1970s - all great!

The other thing that was sweet about this binder was that it was covered with super-shiny vinyl and was padded! You pretty much have to see this as a set with my tricked out 5-speed Schwinn Orange Krate Stingray bike!

Recently my pal Mark Frauenfelder posted a link to a great advertising video for albums from "Woolworth Stereo Spectacular '71"

That commercial bears the awesome trend that was prevalent in the early '70s, which was to put '7(n) at the end of anything. Like "Match Game '70".

As a kid, I thought it added some up-to-date cachet to whatever it was attached to, but in later years it made me wonder if there was something particularly different about that era (coming at the end of the upheaval of the '60s and the landing on the Moon, etc.) that made everyone feel like the '70s were truly like having arrived in the future.

- posted by JIMWICh on 12/1/2008 3:47:58PM

Saturday, October 3, 2009

(Voice of Futurama's Professor Farnsworth): GOOD NEWS EVERYBODY!!!

Our new Jampaq game, DodgeDot™ is now on sale in the iTunes Store! We got the approval acknowledgement a couple of hours ago and it's now up in the store and we've already started seeing sale!. If you've got either an iPhone or iPod Touch, go get it. We're sure you'll enjoy playing.

It's also powered by our own exclusive Jampaq Network player community, so you can register, have your own player profile, follow other players and be followed, with score ranking for weekly rounds and all-time champions.

Our testing this Summer showed it was a huge hit with men and women, boys and girls, and ages 3 1/2 to 88!

To get DodgeDot™, follow the buy link at our website (You'll also find a brief description of the game there): http://www.dodgedot.com

Or go directly to DodgeDot's iTunes Store page.

We're also hoping for some early killer reviews (these remain at the top, so we hope our first reviews are great!), so if you review us today, we'll be deeply appreciative!

This game represented six months of nearly solid 16/6.5 work on my and my Jampaq Founder/Partner Steve Doss' part. We've already got more fun under development, both for DodgeDot and other games, so this is just the beginning. Stay tuned!

- posted by JIMWICh on 10/3/2008 4:12:07PM

Monday, March 19, 2007
Being busy, but still finding time to go watch a YouTube video that somebody pointed me to today got me thinking that it's only a matter of time before we need to have a term for those people who will inevitably do little more than lie around watching YouTube.

And then it struck me as though it were a term that was always meant to be...

I give you... the "Couch Tuber"

- posted by JIMWICh on 3/19/2007 11:46:47PM



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