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"Do Not Change Channel. Taping Dallas."

This month we once again celebrated the anniversary of the day in 1977 that VHS tapes (R.I.P.) were introduced to America. This leads me to fondly recall my childhood - where many excited trips into the living to watch television were ended by a sternly worded note taped over the television screen warning others not to change the channel on a recording in progress.

My parents must have really saved up. Check out the price of the first VCR unit:

The system was called Vidstar. The VCR would cost $1,280. That's about $4,600 in inflation-adjusted dollars. Blank tapes were priced at $20 ($72 these days).

I know DVDs are far superior when it comes to audio, picture quality, durability, special features and the simple act of jumping around from one scene to another - but who doesn't in some strange way miss adjusting the tracking on a VHS tape? Who's with me?

(Via Wired)

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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