1931's Remote-Controlled Farm of the Future

The March 1931 issue of The Country Gentleman magazine included this advertisement for Timken bearings. With the bold headline "100 YEARS AHEAD" the ad promises that the farmer of the future may be unrecognizable — thanks to Timken bearings, of course. Our farmer of tomorrow wears a suit to work and sits at a desk… » 8/14/14 11:21am Thursday 11:21am

The 1920s Tabloid Reporter Who Predicted TV Could Kill Newspapers

"What for example could be staler than to-morrow morning's newspaper account of a prize-fight or political convention one has already received over the radio?" wrote one commentator in 1928. Radio was overtaking print as the news medium of the day and some people insisted that newspapers were going to disappear… » 8/04/14 4:06pm 8/04/14 4:06pm

In the 1920s, Shoppers Got Punk'd By Fake Televisions

Today advertisers use futuristic tech like jetpacks and robots in their TV ads so that potential consumers think of their brand as forward thinking and innovative. In the 1920s, the cutting edge gadget that advertisers most wanted to associate themselves with was television. But, since the technology was still in its… » 7/31/14 4:00pm 7/31/14 4:00pm

How the Best Seinfeld Parody on the Internet Created Seinfeld Emoji

"Imagen if Senfeld on TV today?" is a question often posed by @Seinfeld2000, an alternate universe of Seinfeld characters in contemporary situations told through garbled English and meme-ready Photoshop renderings. Now @Seinfeld2000's creator has invented his own 2014-appropriate language to communicate with fans: … » 7/22/14 5:30pm 7/22/14 5:30pm

A Star Trek Phaser TV Remote Is Perfect For Fast Forwarding Enterprise

The only thing more satisfying for Star Trek fans than fast-forwarding through Enterprise's awful opening credits would be doing it with this wonderfully-detailed phaser prop universal remote. Created using 3D scans of the actual hero prop used on the original Star Trek series, the phaser remote will be officially… » 7/15/14 9:30am 7/15/14 9:30am

This video shows how pretty much everything in Game of Thrones is fake

By now, we know that Game of Thrones uses a heavy VFX hand when it comes to building the world of Westeros but it's still amazing how real their visual effects can make it look. That's because pretty much everything is fake. Seriously. Anything far off in the distance or people standing around or flags waving have all… » 7/08/14 7:43pm 7/08/14 7:43pm

Celebrate Seinfeld's 25th With The Story Behind the Show About Nothing

While we were busy celebrating America's birthday, another anniversary snuck by us: on July 5th, Seinfeld turned 25 years old. And despite being old enough to drink, smoke, and drive a rental car, the show is still a nearly-universal cultural reference. The one-hour documentary Seinfeld: How it Began is required… » 7/06/14 8:00pm 7/06/14 8:00pm

Aereo Will Shut Down Service at 11:30 AM EST Today

In a blog post published just this morning, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia announced that the streaming cloud-based TV service will go dark at 11:30 AM EST today. The move responds to this week's Supreme Court decision that called Aereo's particular type of service illegal. The fight's not over, but Aereo's defeat is a… » 6/28/14 9:34am 6/28/14 9:34am

Halt and Catch Fire Episode Four: Donna Is Here to Solve Everything

Halt and Catch Fire has so far failed at delivering us the TV drama about the rise of the personal computer that we deserve. In episode four last night, we see a small glimmer of hope, as the one character who might be Cardiff Electric's saving grace has also become the show's lone redeeming quality. How meta! » 6/23/14 4:40pm 6/23/14 4:40pm