August 18, 1999 |
Time Warp Bureau: Some of you are beginning to question whether Off-Kilter really has access to an experimental time machine built by Caltech. We learned of these doubts through a letter we're going to receive three weeks from now asking why we sometimes run corrections. "If your time machine truly exists," says Noah Whitley of Costa Mesa, "couldn't you just travel into the past and correct your mistakes before you make them?" We wish.
January 23, 2006 |
THE fitness industry is littered with too-good-to-be-true claims of quick results, but one begs to be at the top of the list: an exercise machine that delivers a full-body workout, incorporating cardio, strength and flexibility, in eight -- eight -- minutes. Similarities aside, this is no late-night infomercial gadget with a $19.95 price tag and a B-list celebrity endorsement. This is a machine that's been around for 16 years, weighs 405 pounds and costs $14,615.
March 4, 1999 |
Do you know what song is sung to the same tune as the ABCs? Or what makes a yo-yo go up and down and round and round? Well, if you don't know that "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" is the song and that centripetal force is what makes the yo-yo work, then a trip to the Children's Time Machine Edutainment Center might be in order.
November 21, 1990 |
What if you could go back in time and assassinate Hitler before he came to power? What if you could go back and kill Oswald before he assassinated Kennedy? What if you could go back and eliminate the CBS executives who canceled "The Twilight Zone"? These are the sorts of perennial questions that intrigue new generations of time-travel tale spinners.
August 9, 1997
The Richard Tufeld-voiced robot in "Lost in Space," while referred to as Robot in the series, did have a real name (" 'Lost in' Robot Names," Calendar Letters, Aug. 2). Its designated call letters were B9. Robby the Robot, who figured prominently in the MGM feature film "Forbidden Planet," was seen for years off and on in different television series, including "Lost in Space," in a first-season black-and-white episode called "War of the Robots." Robby played a malevolent robot who had dire designs on the Robinsons, but our robot buddy, B9, saved the day for the humans, though doing so might have meant its own demise.
April 11, 2012 |
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Leave it to "The Daily Show"host Jon Stewart to express the collective shock over Facebook paying $1 billion for Instagram. “What is Instagram?” Stewart asked. When told it's a mobile app that makes your photos look like they were taken with a Polaroid, he's even more baffled at the blockbuster price tag. “A billion dollars of money? For a thing that kind of ruins your pictures?” he exclaims. “The only Instagram worth a billion dollars would be an app that instantly gets you a gram.” Stewart turns to his senior youth correspondent Jessica Williams to explain yet another technology story that makes absolutely no sense to him. “How in god's name is that worth a billion dollars?
November 19, 2001 |
With the series scoring its best ratings ever in this, its sixth season, it sometimes seems as if yes, "Everybody Loves Raymond." But even with the slam-dunk Top 10 finishes and the Emmys earlier this month for Patricia Heaton and Doris Roberts, some quibbles by avowed longtime viewers have begun surfacing on various Web sites.
December 7, 2008 |
Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo describes his feature debut, "Timecrimes," as a toy -- "something the audience can play with." The award-winning film, which opens Friday, is a sci-fi thriller and a time-traveling film noir, with a dash of dark humor added for good measure. To wit: the movie's time machine, which resembles a giant egg. "We didn't want to make this beautiful time machine," says the 31-year-old Vigalondo, who also wrote and costars in the film.
April 28, 1991 |
I spoke to "time" the other day. Well, actually the voice of time. You know, when you dial and hear, "At the tone, the time will be. . . . " You might have thought it was a computer or a little man locked in the Bureau of Time in Washington. But it's actually a woman in Atlanta named Joanne Daniels. She isn't the voice of all time. She's the voice of my time. But my time may not be your time. Daniels is the voice of time for California and New York.
April 29, 2012 |
Quincy Watts has never been in a time machine. They exist only in science fiction and the movies. But Watts swears he had an experience like a time machine 20 years ago in Barcelona, when he was standing on the podium with a gold medal around his neck after winning the 400 meters in the 1992 Olympic Games. "As you hear the national anthem being played, it's one of the proudest moments in your life," he said. "It was like going back in time. I thought about my grandfather in Detroit who would always have me go get him a Pepsi and would give me a quarter if I was able to bring it back in the time he decided.