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These Adorably Confused Kids Have No Idea What A Walkman Is

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Hand any of these kids an iPod, and they'll know exactly what to do with it. Hand them a Walkman, however, and they won't even know what it is ... or what it does ... or how to use it—as you can see in this new video from the Fine Bros.

"Oh, a phone! ... Wait, what is this thing?" one little girl says. Other kids suggest that the Walkman is a walkie talkie, a dictation device, or a boombox. They have no idea what a cassette tape is, or how to open the Walkman to insert it, or which way to insert it. The verdict? "It's too complicated," says one little boy.

It's all very cute—and makes those of us who grew up with Walkmans feel pretty old! The Walkman was invented in the late '70s for the head of Sony, who wanted to listen to music on his many business trips. It was the very first personal listening device, and it's pretty safe to say that without the Walkman, there would be no iPod.

Just for fun, here's a commercial for my first Walkman:

Specially made for kids, it was cherry red and had a crossbody strap so I could take it everywhere. And when you pressed play, a window in the back allowed you to see the gadget's parts as they played your tape. It. Was. Awesome. I still have it—and it still works. Now, if I could only find my New Kids on the Block cassette tape...

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Revisit Your Favorite '90s Screensaver With This Free Game
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In the '90s, a significant amount of computing power was devoted to generating endless brick mazes on Windows 95. The screensaver has since become iconic, and now nostalgic Microsoft fans can relive it in a whole new way. As Motherboard reports, the animation has been re-imagined into a video game called Screensaver Subterfuge.

Instead of watching passively as your computer weaves through the maze, you’re leading the journey this time around. You play as a kid hacker who’s been charged with retrieving sensitive data hidden in the screensaver of Windows 95 before devious infomancers can get to it first. The gameplay is pretty simple: Use the arrow keys to navigate the halls and press Q and click the mouse to change their design. Finding a giant smiley face takes you to level two, and finding the briefcase icon ends the game. There are also lots of giant rats in this version of the screensaver.

Screensaver Subterfuge was designed by Cahoots Malone as part of the PROCJAM 2017 generative software showcase. You can download it for free for Windows, macOS, and Linux from his website, or if playing a game sounds like too much work, you can always watch videos of the old screensaver on a loop.

[h/t Motherboard]

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The Princess Ride: Here's What a Princess Bride Theme Park Attraction Might Look Like
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Do you fight the urge to say “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya” when introducing yourself? Have you spent the past 30 years mispronouncing the word “marriage”? If so, you may be a diehard fan of The Princess Bride. The cult film (and the book on which it’s based) has inspired board games, merchandise, and countless pop culture references. Now, two theme park designers from Universal have conceived the inconceivable. As Nerdist reports, Jon Plsek and Olivia West have designed the plans for a hypothetical attraction called “The Princess Ride.

Their idea follows the classic river boat ride structure and adds highlights from the movie around each corner. After watching Buttercup and Wesley’s love story unfold, riders are taken past the Cliffs of Insanity, through the Fire Swamp, and into the Pit of Despair. The climax unfolds at Prince Humperdinck’s castle and leads up to the two protagonists riding off into the sunset. The last thing the passengers see is Miracle Max and Valerie waving goodbye saying, “Hope ya had fun stormin’ the castle!”

The ride’s designers make a living turning stories into thrilling attractions. Plsek works as a concept artist for Universal Creative, the group behind Universal’s theme parks, and West works there as a concept writer. While The Princess Ride was just a fun side project for the pair, it isn’t hard to imagine their ride bringing Princess Bride fans to the parks in real life.

For more of Jon Plesk’s concept rides inspired by classics like Dr. Strangelove (1964) and National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), check out his website.

[h/t Nerdist]

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