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img_4408Greetings, Programs!

As you know, I am a HUGE TRON fan.

Like, really huge.

Off and on, I have spent 4 years trying to track down any information on the popcorn maker that Alan Bradley used in the “popcorn scene” in TRON from 1982. It seems like an odd thing to want, but, hey, who doesn’t like popcorn! Especially if it’s from TRON!

4 days prior to this entry, I found it! I did a Google image search (just for grins) and found a side by side image comparison of a screen cap from TRON, and what appeared to be THE same style of popcorn maker! Turns out that someone from the TRON I/O forum had figured out not only the brand, but the exact model number!

It is a Wear-Ever popcorn Pumper model 72000!

I found a few on ebay ranging between $20-$40. I found one with the box and hit buy it now! I wanted the box because in the scene, you can see the popcorn maker’s box the desk next to the popcorn maker itself.

When I was getting ready to open the shipping box, I had the idea of doing my very first unboxing video!

AND IT WORKS!

Tonight, Mrs. Uncommon geek and I are going to make some Alan Bradley style popcorn and watch TRON!

Hopefully more TRON unboxings to come!

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How many chances does one have to take advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity? And what if that opportunity is to see ones favorite movie of all time on the big screen? With modern digital projectors, all one needs is their favorite movie on DVD or other digital media, hook it into the projector and BAM! Big screen experience.

But, what if that experience could be better… (more…)

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“Do events transpire for no good reason? Things just go wrong and mishaps wash over you, inevitable as the tide? Or is there a grand destiny? A scheme of things that unfolds according to a master design, created by a vast, unseen being that we can only imagine? If it’s the former, then Kevin Flynn is just in the wrong place at the wrong time. If the latter, then Flynn is just doing what his Creator designed him to do. He’s no different than any other program. In a world divided into users and those who are themselves used… Flynn is about to become both.”

I love TRON! It’s my all time favorite movie! My all time favorite arcade game! My all time favorite story! My all time ultimate geek fantasy! When Blog Monkey Neo gifted me with a trade paperback called TRON – Original Movie Adaption I was ecstatic! I knew I had to do a review! (more…)

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“Not disintegrating, Alan — digitizing. While the laser is dismantling the molecular structure of the object, the computer maps out a holographic model of it. The molecules themselves are suspended in the laser beam. Then the computer reads the model back out, the molecules go back into place, and… voila!” -Dr. Walter Gibbs (TRON)

When TRON: Legacy came out, we went to see it the very first showing in IMAX 3D. It was so amazing and beautiful! We TRON fans have been waiting for this movie for about 28 years! It was definitely a sight to behold! But, something struck me as off around the third time I watched Legacy… (more…)

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Flynn Lives!

Disney began work on a top secret movie, and through a brilliant marketing decision, starts an Augmented Reality Game (ARG) to secretly promote said movie. They called it the “Flynn Lives” movement. To help explain certain going on’s within the TRON universe, Disney spent a year or so secretly setting up web sites, printing flyers and hiring people to bring this world to life to create a sense of connection to the imaginary. 

This all lead up to the release of the new official sequel to TRON…

TRON: Legacy.  (more…)

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The day was August 16, 2003. Everyone survived the Y2K scare and gas prices were at the ungodly price of $1.45 a gallon (yeah. I miss that too). PC games were making a comeback with advancements in graphics technology, but one game, just like its predecessor 21 years earlier, was more advance than others in its field.

But this time, being advanced worked against its favor.

The sequel of TRON was finally here! The PC game TRON 2.0! (more…)

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“The Grid. A digital frontier. I tried to picture clusters of information as they moved through the computer. What did they look like? Ships? motorcycles? Were the circuits like freeways? I kept dreaming of a world I thought I’d never see. And then, one day… I got in.” -Kevin Flynn: TRON Legacy

The year was 1982. The video arcade was at its prime. Hundreds of geeks flocked to them daily. Some of them were happy to stand, or sometimes sit in front of the joystick for hours experiencing the game from our side of the screen.

But a select few of them wanted more from the game. They wanted to LIVE the game.

On July 9th of that year, gamers got to see what their dream would look like if it became a reality for 96 minutes. (more…)

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