Play the Sneakers Computer Press Kit from 1992

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Internet Archive // Sketch the Cow

In September 1992, the computer hacking movie Sneakers hit theaters. To correspond with its launch, members of the press received a floppy disk containing a mysterious DOS program that, when launched, asked for a password. Once the reporters "hacked" their way in, they found the Sneakers Computer Press Kit. Thanks to the Internet Archive, you can play at being the film press of 1992.

It's hard to characterize exactly what this electronic press kit is. Is it a game? Sort of. It's essentially a very gentle computer hacking simulator, in which the "hacking" consists entirely of guessing passwords (complete with helpful prompts from the program itself), and the payload you discover is silly stuff like mini-biographies of Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, and Sidney Poitier. Still, it's a good match for the film itself, which helped set the template for Hollywood depictions of computer hacking.

A paper folder lies open on a wooden floor, with a black floppy disk on top. The folder is labeled SNEAKERS in giant red letters, as is the floppy. Inside the folder is printed material. On the right flap of the folder are instructions on how to load it.
Inside the Sneakers Computer Press Kit's paper folder. (The right flap contains installation instructions, along with a note that the studio will FedEx printed material if the user doesn't have access to a printer.)
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Always remember: "My voice is my passport. Verify me." Now, get cracking on this press kit and don't be flummoxed—if you can't figure out a password right away, just wait a moment.

(Incidentally, Sneakers did also include printed materials for the press, in case they lacked a computer and/or the patience to deal with this approach. But who in the world would look at that, when they could play with this? There's also a method in the Computer Press Kit that allows the user to print out more detailed materials—provided they have a printer, and it's attached to a particular printer port on the computer.)

Dairy Queen Is Celebrating Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary With Its Zero Gravity Blizzard

Dairy Queen
Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen is now offering your taste buds an out-of-this world experience. The fast food chain recently announced the release of its Zero Gravity Blizzard, a new frosty snack honoring the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing this summer.

According to the brand’s Twitter account, the intergalactic delicacy is “made with Oreo cookie pieces, sparkly cosmic swirls, and sweet cotton candy topping blended with our world-famous soft serve and topped with colorful galaxy sprinkles.” Lucky for Earthlings, it’s not freeze-dried.

The treat honors the Apollo 11 mission in more ways than one: Dairy Queen promises the shake will stay put if it’s turned upside down, as one does in zero-g. The company also created an accompanying Spotify playlist featuring 29 space-related songs. Yes, Elton John’s “Rocket Man” is on there.

“Consumers have had an unwavering fascination with outer space since America’s landmark achievement nearly half a century ago,” says Maria Hokansan, executive vice president of marketing at Dairy Queen. “Fans can feed their imaginations and taste buds alike with the Zero Gravity Blizzard Treat—sending their red spoon spaceships into a deliciously iridescent soft serve galaxy.”

Dairy Queen isn’t the only brand honoring the Apollo 11’s historic mission. You can wash down the Zero Gravity Blizzard with the Budweiser Discovery Reserve American Red Lager, a limited edition brew that celebrates the “pioneering American spirit.” LEGO has also released its Apollo 11 Eagle lunar lander set, developed with NASA.

The Zero Gravity Blizzard is available at select locations for a limited time.

New The Walking Dead Series Is Casting Extras in Richmond, Virginia

Frank Ockenfels 3, AMC
Frank Ockenfels 3, AMC

Watch enough episodes of The Walking Dead on AMC and you may start to wonder how you would fare in a zombie apocalypse. If you live in the Richmond, Virginia area, you now have an opportunity to act out those fantasies in real life. As WTKR reports, Kendall Cooper Casting is seeking extras to appear in a new spin-off series of The Walking Dead.

The yet-to-be-titled series set in The Walking Dead universe will be the show's second spin-off following Fear the Walking Dead, which is currently in its fifth season. Filming begins in Richmond and the surrounding area in July 2019 and will continue though November.

Ahead of filming, the show is seeking background actors. The casting call posted on Kendall Cooper Casting's Facebook page states that the production is looking for "people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, and types to play various characters throughout the series." Actors with experience in movement and dance are preferred. The job description doesn't specify whether actors will be playing people fleeing from the undead, the zombies themselves, or some other type of character on the show (though that note about experience in movement might hint at the need for some extra walkers).

SAG-AFTRA members as well as non-union actors are encouraged to submit their information, but only SAG-AFTRA actors are invited to the open casting call that's being held on Saturday, June 29. Union members can email OpenCallDetails@gmail.com for more information. Regardless of your union status, you can send an email with your contact information, measurements, experience, and schedule flexibility along with three current photos to RVAextras@KendallCooperCasting.com.

For many shows, background acting isn't complicated work, but being an extra on The Walking Dead requires some training. Actors have to attend "zombie seminars" where they must perfect the walk of the undead before graduating to the makeup chair.

[h/t WTKR]

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