Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Crazy shaped vinyl records


Ah, the combo platter of collectible records - shaped vinyl. We've said before that colored vinyl doesn't sound all that good, but is that even an issue here?  Most of the records you see on the left are more enjoyable to look at than listen to.

Top left is "Pac Man Fever", a novelty song that made it into the top 40 - the original LP even included strategies and patterns to win the game.  Top right - don't know much about it, shaped like a gun, made me laugh.

Middle row is the most recent shaped vinyl I have.  It's a song from John Linnel's (They Might Be Giants) brilliant CD "State Songs".  Next door is a Beatles bootleg interview - hence the Apple Corps rip off...

The fish head is probably the best shaped vinyl I've seen.  No, it's not a cut from a Captain Beefheart's "Trout Mask Replica"... it's the infamous novelty tune "Fish Heads" by Barnes & Barnes (I don't have to tell you that one half of that group is Lost in Space's Billy Mumy, right?). 

Finally - Pee Wee Herman!  One aspect that shaped vinyl shares is that it's often hard to figure out where the stylus goes on the record, but none is more difficult than the Pee Wee platter.  The music is some kind of typical 80's stuff, but who cares?  It's the only record I've got that looks back at you.


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