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!
How many chances does one have to take advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity? And what is that opportunity is to see his favorite movie of all time on the big screen? Wth 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…)
“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…)
“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…)
Holy frak! It’s Matthew Ewald on the podcast! Our first star interview!
It all started with this guy telling how much he liked my “Flynn Lives” shirt at Epic Con, and ended with an awesome interview!
Matthew was the star of the 2002 kids show “Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension”, the remake of Plan 9, he’s worked with Bruce Boxleitner, he’s been in Star Trek Continues, a whole slew of stuff! I believe his latest project is Trancers Paradox where he looks like a total beast! Info about Trancers can be found at http://trancersparadox.com/
Matthew is a HUGE TRON fan, so obviously we got along real well! And as you will hear, we go back to TRON quite a bit!
I would absolutely LOVE to get him back on the podcast! Hell, just hanging out talking geek all way over coffee!
A new arcade opened up in one of our local malls a few weeks ago. Naturally, I was excited and skeptical at the same time as modern arcades have been lacking in appeal as far as what they call games goes. A co-worker told me about the above mentioned arcade and Mrs. Uncommon geek and I decided to check it out. We stayed maybe 10 minutes, and most of that time was spent trying to beat each others high scores on a free-to-play Pac-Man/Galaga emulator with terrible lag. I reported back to my co-worker and gave him my honest opinion about the place. He asked me if classic games are the only thing I look for in an arcade. That got me thinking…
What DO I look for in an arcade that makes me say, “Yes! This is an excellent arcade.” (more…)
“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…)