Mon, 29 December 2014
Wow! With the hectic schedule of the holidays (and catching up on sleep on a brand new memory foam and cooling gel pillow), we almost forgot to record our End-of-Year episode — almost. But late Sunday night, shazbazzar and JediShua took 77 minutes to remember some of the great things that made 2014 1984 a fantastic year.
Plug in your ear buds and tune in for some great memories of movies, toys, sports, and music from a great year of fun and fandom that will make you feel like a kid again.*
*While the contents of this podcast have been known to cause some listeners to experience an emotional state of adolescence, your own personal reaction to this episode of TechnoRetro Dads is not guaranteed either explicitly or implicitly.
Mon, 22 December 2014
On the last Monday before Christmas, there is no time to Monkee around — if you haven’t told Santa what you want this year, you need to get down to the mall before it’s too late. (Oh, and you can get your shopping done, too.) Too crowded, you say? Plug in your ear buds, Ear Buds, and tune in to UNSCROOGED 2 to lighten the load — you’ll be smiling in no time!
With fun tunes, both old and new, JediShua and shazbazzar head down to the mall, braving frigid temperatures in the high forties to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they most want for Christmas this year. On the way, they bump into the Cereal Connoisseur, Sheldon Norton, Richard and Sarah from Skywalking through Neverland, and even one of Santa’s helpers, Steve Glosson from Geek Out Loud!
The TechnoRetro Dads are helping Mickey, Peter, Mike, and Davy spread the spirit of Christmas to quench the Grinch in the most Humbuggiest Scrooge you can imagine in this year’s magical, musical, madness on a Monday morning.
Mon, 15 December 2014
Muppets are always welcome — especially this close to Christmas. JediShua and shazbazzar gather their families around the TV for Jim Henson’s interpretation of Russell Hoban’s children’s book penned in the tradition of Gift of the Magi, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas. Cherished memories of Christmases continue as the ‘Dads reminisce about their favorite characters and songs from this clever musical featuring animals (both furry and scaly) living in a rural town alongside a river. With definitive “good guys” and “bad guys”, one of the TechnoRetro Dads confesses his dark secret of favoring the Riverbottom Nightmare Band over the friendly, folksy harmonies of the Frogtown Hollow Jubilee Jug Band.
In the NEWS: movie releases coming out this week, TRON: Legacy turns four on Wednesday, Daniel LaRusso turns 46 on Thursday (when shazbazzar turns 42), a holographic Beatle sings of Hope for the Future in a video game, and Star Wars Celebration Anaheim reveals Rebels guests and a premier.
JediShua and shazbazzar continue their discussion of retro toys which are available this season in stores near you. This week: Smurfs, Fisher Price, Polly Pocket, Magna Doodle, Speak and Spell, and Lite Brite. With only ten days until Christmas, pick a #TechnoRetro gift for the younguns in your life.
Start your work week right with 77 minutes of fun with your Ear Buds this Monday morning!
Mon, 8 December 2014
After T’day, we unbox the ornaments, set up the tree, unwind coils of lights, and tinsel-up the living room while the wives are away. December is a month for anticipation and expectations, and part of the hype is getting the house all decorated for the month. Join JediShua and shazbazzar as they get the #TechnoRetro tree ready for this year’s excitement.
In the NEWS: Ernest Cline’s award-winning novel, Ready Player One is finally getting a director — we think. Check out the latest list of potential directors and the ‘Dad’s opinions of each one (even if they don’t know them by name).
Theme Park Summer is back — just in time for winter (Edgar Winter?) — as shazbazzar and the shazlings visit Six Flags over Georgia during their “Holiday in the Park” event over Thanksgiving break. Goliath, Georgia Scorcher, and the Monster Mansion are just three of the attractions available this season. PLUS: Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck perform on stage all season long!
JediShua and shazbazzar continue their discussion of retro toys which are available this season in stores near you. This week: Lincoln Logs, Cabbage Patch Kids, Holly Hobbie, and more!
Mon, 1 December 2014
…or should we say, “Greetings Starfighter”?
With rumored remakes, remasters, and fan-edited special editions of movies and shows we watched when we were young, the excitement surrounding the release of the new Star Wars teaser trailer last week has everyone trying to make the old things new. (Is it unlikely that J.J. Abrams was referring to just this scenario by giving us 88 seconds of teasers to get our capacitors fluxing by generating 1.21 gigahits on StarWars.com and other websites?)
If you don’t want to hear about the recently released Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, feel free to stop this episode at the 77 minute mark. But if you want to get some brief reactions to the event that made some sad losses in the world of football a whole lot better, keep listening to the end of yet another extended episode of TechnoRetro Dads -- 88 minutes this week!
In the NEWS: Theme Park awards, an amazing rendition of a scene from the original Battlestar Galactica (with a few words about both series from Captain Apollo, himself, Richard Hatch), Westworld may become a series on HBO just in time for another movie about trouble at a theme park, and Dancing with the Stars plays Super Mario Bros.
Then JediShua uncovers a plot to rerelease some of our favorite Toys in the Attic just in time for the holidays (and shazbazzar gets the great idea of scrubbing the old ones and simply regifting).
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