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Thursday, November 29, 2021

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The idea of a symphony composed of the culled sound effects from the Atari 2600 and Nintendo NES sounds quirky enough to draw my interest.

That’s the premise of Blip Festival 2007, which started today at Eyebeam Gallery in Chelsea and runs through the weekend. I’ll have to find some time to check it out.

From the sound of it, it should be sensory overload, circa 1981:

Each night eight musicians will perform, accompanied by V.J.’s who will live-edit video onstage. Behind them will be a specially designed low-pixel screen that looks like a giant, moving version of Lite-Brite, the electric toy. The effect will be as lo-fi as a high-tech party can get.

Would it be inappropriate to bring along an iPod loaded with a vintage Pac-Man game? Playing a couple of rounds in such surroundings would be an experience unto itself.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 11/29/2007 11:15:25 PM
Category: Creative, New Yorkin', Videogames
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Would anyone care to guess as to why the NHL Powered by Reebok flagship store in New York is completely devoid of even a single trace of Hartford Whalers merchandise?

Yes, the Whalers are long gone, now a decade into their reincarnation as the Carolina Hurricanes. So why should the official league retail outlet stock anything emblazoned with the defunct team logo?

But that’s the weird thing: Plenty of other oldschool and dearly-departed historical teams are represented in the store. You’ll easily find vintage t-shirts and caps featuring:

- Minnesota North Stars
- New York Americans
- Kansas City Scouts
- Atlanta Flames
- Montreal Maroons

That’s all just off the top of my head, and displays a wide range of NHL eras. And, most pertinently, the Whalers’ old World Hockey Association sister franchises that joined Hartford in the NHL merger are all there, logo-wise: Winnipeg and Quebec items are all over the place. And the Oilers, obviously.

But not a stitch of Hartford Whalers blue-green-white. Not even a keychain.

This is all the more puzzling because Manhattan isn’t all that far from the former Whalers home territory. Fact is, you’ll still see the occasional Hartford jersey or t-shirt at Madison Square Garden. If any legacy team was going to be promoted in the New York store, I’d think it would be the ol’ Whale.

Note, this isn’t all that pertinent to me; I was never a Whalers fan. But I’m expecting a visit from my friend Tom next week, and he’s a Hartford native. I stopped by the NHL store today on the chance that some Whale items were stocked for the holiday season (because I actually noticed the omission during the grand opening last month).

So, anybody have any theories, conspiratorial or otherwise? Could current ‘Canes owner Peter Karmanos be kiboshing the resurrection of Whalers sentiment? Let your imagination run wild…

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 11/29/2007 10:41:11 PM
Category: Hockey, New Yorkin'
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