All Good Things! Goodbye for Now from [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

Just like the famous line that says “All good things must come to an end,” alas this is the final blogumn in this edition of Kicking Back with Jersey Joe.  Fierce and Nerdy will be changing formats, but we have one last chance to catch up! For over three years and 151 +6 blogumns, we’ve gathered each week to take a look at what’s cool, new, retro, and hip in our world.  We all work hard, but the point of this blogumn was to sit back and relax for a bit.  Hopefully, we’ve accomplished that and shared a few laughs.  I know I’ve learned tons writing this each week. It’s been fun sharing all my adventures with you, but I thought we should take a final look back at some of my favorite blogumns.   STAR TREK SLOT MACHINE Blogumn 1 – May 31, 2010 My first blogumn took a look at the brand new prototype Star Trek slot machine that I got to experience at the old Las Vegas Hilton for my 30th birthday.  A large group of my closest friends traveled to Vegas that spring, and we checked out the now closed Star Trek: The Experience. The slot is still one of my favorites, but sadly, it’s not really around as much anymore.  Many casinos have replaced it with Lord of the Rings, but the magic of this machine is still priceless.  It was one of the first slots, where you would earn medals, save them, and unlock new episodes!  The machine contains a zillion classic Star Trek clips and puts you right in an episode in multiple big money bonus rounds. It’s still online and entertaining gamblers at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  I had the pleasure of once again...

How Tom Selleck Predicted Our Future [Kicking Back With Jersey Joe][Best of FaN]...

Originally published 2/3/12 – One of my favorite blogumns from this year!  It was great to look back on this classic TV commercials and see which AT&T products really did come true as predicted.  I remember how heavily these aired over several years.  Tom Selleck, the man who starred as Magnum PI and can currently be seen on CBS’ Blue Bloods is a man way ahead of his time.  Nearly two decades ago, his booming voice predicted some of the most common products and appliances we now take for granted!  Was he right?  Check out these vintage commercials I found! In 1993, AT&T began an advertising campaign showcasing all the future technologies that would soon be in everyone’s home that the phone company was working on.  AT&T was positioning itself as being cutting edge and state of the art as the telecommunications war was getting fiercer.  At the time, smaller phone companies were getting swallowed up and the first discount long distance carriers were coming online. AT&T wanted to make sure everyone knew they were the king of telecommunications and with this commercial campaign, gave us all a glimpse of the not so distant future… The first commercial in the campaign correctly predicted three common items: Downloadable books – When I was in high school at the time, we had a program called Access Pennsylvania.  With a special CD-ROM, you would search for the title of any book, magazine, or video in the cooperating districts.  You would then send a fax request and the library would overnight it.  We thought that was high tech!  Now, you can have a book downloaded electronically over the internet and read it on the train ride to work.  I see dozens of passengers on the subway reading their...