Living With A 1971 Porsche 911 Targa in 2024

Car reviewer and YouTuber Seen Through Glass travels to Los Angeles for a big Porsche meetup and rents a classic Porsche 911 Targa from 1971. However, older Porsche can have their… issues.

The Porsche 911 Targa is an iconic sports car that has captivated automotive enthusiasts since its debut in 1965. The distinguishing feature of the Targa model is its unique roof design, which combines elements of both a coupe and a convertible. Named after the Targa Florio endurance race, the Targa features a removable roof panel made of glass or composite material, which can be stowed in the trunk, providing an open-air driving experience. This innovative design offers the best of both worlds, allowing drivers to enjoy the thrill of top-down motoring without sacrificing the structural rigidity and safety of a fixed-roof coupe.

Over the years, the Porsche 911 Targa has evolved alongside its coupe and convertible counterparts, incorporating the latest advancements in technology and performance. The current generation Targa models feature a sophisticated retractable roof system that seamlessly integrates into the car’s silhouette at the touch of a button, combining the convenience of a convertible with the sleek lines of a coupe. Under the hood, the Targa is powered by a range of potent flat-six engines, delivering exhilarating performance and razor-sharp handling characteristic of the 911 lineage. With its timeless design, innovative engineering, and exhilarating driving dynamics, the Porsche 911 Targa continues to uphold its reputation as one of the most desirable sports cars on the road.

 

Ranking the ’90s + albums of Aerosmith, KISS, Blue Oyster Cult, and Ted Nugent (Sea of Tranquility)

Pete Pardo (Sea of Tranquility) & Martin Popoff rank the ’90s & 2000s albums of Aerosmith, KISS, Blue Oyster Cult, and Ted Nugent. #kiss #tednugent #aerosmith #blueoystercult

The 1990s rock and metal scene in the U.S. was characterized by a diverse array of subgenres and a shift towards alternative and grunge rock. Bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden emerged from the Pacific Northwest with a raw, introspective sound that resonated with disillusioned youth. Grunge, with its distorted guitars, anguished vocals, and introspective lyrics, captured the zeitgeist of the era, reflecting a sense of alienation and discontent. Meanwhile, alternative rock bands such as Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains, and Stone Temple Pilots found commercial success with their blend of catchy melodies, heavy riffs, and introspective lyrics, offering a counterpoint to the excesses of mainstream rock.

In the realm of metal, the 1990s saw the rise of several influential subgenres, including thrash, death, and nu metal. Bands like Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer continued to dominate the thrash metal scene, refining their sound and pushing the boundaries of technical proficiency. Death metal bands like Death, Morbid Angel, and Cannibal Corpse explored darker themes and pushed the limits of brutality and speed. Meanwhile, nu metal emerged as a fusion of metal, hip-hop, and alternative rock, with bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Deftones blending aggressive riffs with rap-influenced vocals and electronic elements. Despite the diversity of styles, the 1990s rock and metal scene in the U.S. shared a sense of defiance and authenticity, as artists sought to express themselves honestly in a rapidly changing musical landscape.

Modding a Nintendo Famicom (Japanese version of the NES “Nintendo Entertainment System”)

YouTuber Kari has an original Japanese Famicom with NTSC-J RF output and she wants to connect it to a PAL TV.  Join her as she updates a  composite mod on an original Famicom “Family Computer” video game console to work with her TVs, and to have a much clearer picture.

The Nintendo Famicom, short for Family Computer, is a landmark in gaming history, released by Nintendo in Japan in 1983. It revolutionized the home entertainment landscape, introducing millions to the joys of video gaming. The Famicom’s design was sleek and compact, featuring a distinctive red and white color scheme that became iconic. Its controllers were hardwired into the console, a departure from the detachable controllers of previous systems, and featured a simple yet effective directional pad and two action buttons, setting the standard for future game controllers. The console’s architecture was built around an 8-bit CPU, with support for colorful graphics and rich sound, allowing for immersive gaming experiences that captivated players of all ages.

One of the Famicom’s most significant contributions to gaming was its vast library of games, which included classics like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid, among others. These games not only pushed the boundaries of what was possible in gaming at the time but also laid the foundation for many of the franchises and genres that continue to thrive today. The Famicom’s success extended beyond Japan when it was rebranded as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) for international markets. Its influence on the gaming industry cannot be overstated, as it helped revive the video game market after the crash of 1983 and established Nintendo as a dominant force in the industry for decades to come.

This is the pro-level MIDI GUITAR I have wanted for decades! Seriously…

Jamstik just released their Classic MIDI Guitar – a 22-fret electric guitar with full MIDI capabilities. Powered by Jamstik signal processing technology & proprietary algorithms, the Jamstik MIDI guitar line represents state-of-the-art MIDI guitar performance built into a convenient all-in-one solution. As an electric guitar, the Jamstik Classic has everything you need. It features an HSS pickup configuration, 5-position toggle pickup switching, 2 tone knobs, 1 volume knob, and a standard 1/4” out. Wired MIDI-out options include a USB-C to USB-A cable or a 3.5mm TRS-MIDI cable. You can also connect wirelessly via Bluetooth.

Creating a MIDI guitar presents a unique set of challenges due to the fundamental differences between guitars and traditional MIDI controllers like keyboards. One significant hurdle is accurately capturing the nuances of guitar playing, such as string bending, vibrato, and palm muting, and translating them into MIDI data. Guitars produce sound through physical vibrations of strings, while MIDI controllers generate electronic signals, requiring sophisticated sensors and algorithms to interpret the guitarist’s movements accurately. Moreover, the wide variety of playing techniques and styles adds complexity, as the MIDI guitar must accommodate the diverse preferences of musicians, from shredding electric guitar solos to intricate fingerstyle patterns on acoustic guitars.

Another challenge lies in achieving reliable tracking of notes and chords in real-time. Unlike keyboards, where each key triggers a discrete note, guitars allow for polyphonic playing, where multiple notes can sound simultaneously. This requires robust detection algorithms capable of distinguishing between individual notes and chords amidst the complex interplay of strings. Additionally, latency becomes a critical concern, as any delay between the guitarist’s actions and the MIDI output can disrupt the flow of performance. Achieving low latency necessitates optimized hardware and software integration, as well as efficient signal processing techniques to ensure instantaneous response to the guitarist’s input. Despite these challenges, advancements in technology continue to push the boundaries of MIDI guitar innovation, offering new possibilities for musicians to explore and express themselves creatively.

I drove 1,200 miles to get this #nintendo game

The NES complete game collection hunt continues… 1,120 miles away from home, i got the honor to go hunt with @JohnRiggs and @MetalJesusRocks. can I finish the Hole collection in this trip?

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) revolutionized gaming when it launched in 1985, birthing an era of iconic titles that shaped the industry. Across its lifespan, a formidable library of approximately 700 licensed games was released, showcasing the diverse creativity of developers worldwide. From timeless classics like “Super Mario Bros.,” “The Legend of Zelda,” and “Metroid,” to lesser-known gems such as “Bubble Bobble” and “Kid Icarus,” the NES catalog boasted a rich tapestry of genres, captivating players with its imaginative gameplay and pixelated charm. This extensive array of titles not only laid the foundation for Nintendo’s dominance in the console market but also cemented the NES as a cultural phenomenon, leaving an indelible mark on gaming history.

Stellar Blade Review (PS5) – A Solid Game With a Couple Cracks

Stellar Blade Review (PS5) from ACG.

Kim Hyung-tae (Developer Shift Up) is a prominent South Korean artist and game developer known for his work in the video game industry. He is particularly recognized for his distinctive art style, which often features highly detailed and beautifully crafted character designs. Kim Hyung-tae gained widespread acclaim for his work as the art director of the popular video game series “Magnacarta” and “Blade & Soul.”

His artwork is characterized by its intricate detailing, vibrant colors, and a unique blend of fantasy and realism. Kim Hyung-tae’s contributions to the gaming industry have earned him a dedicated fan base and critical acclaim, establishing him as one of the most influential artists in the field.

PS5 Slim Unboxing, Setup & Tips!

Hello, A-Sven-gers! Thanks for checking out my video on the PlayStation 5 Slim! In this video I will provide a brief review of the console, its backwards compatibility, how to import PS4 data, Sign into the PlayStation Network, connect a USB hub, connect the PlayStation Camera, connect the PSVR and more! In addition to PS5 backwards compatibility with PS4, we’ll look at PS4 games that have the PS5 Upgrade Available option and the free Astro game that is included on all PS5 consoles, review how to mute the microphone on the PS5 controller and how to connect an external HDD.

The PlayStation 5, launched by Sony in late 2020, represents a monumental leap forward in gaming technology, offering unparalleled performance, stunning visuals, and immersive experiences. With its cutting-edge hardware, including a custom SSD for lightning-fast loading times, advanced haptic feedback in its DualSense controller, and ray tracing capabilities, the PS5 delivers gaming experiences of unprecedented fidelity and interactivity. Its extensive lineup of exclusive titles, along with backward compatibility for a vast library of PlayStation 4 games, ensures a diverse and compelling gaming ecosystem. Furthermore, the PS5’s integration of innovative features such as 3D audio and adaptive triggers enhances immersion, while its sleek design and user-friendly interface solidify its position as the pinnacle of console gaming in the current generation.

SuperJerry27’s Nerd Cave : Top Ten Xbox 360 Games

SuperJerry27’s Nerd Cave  – top ten Xbox 360 games. I love these games, and I wish I could replay them all for the first time again!

The Xbox 360, released by Microsoft in 2005, revolutionized the gaming industry with its powerful hardware, robust online capabilities, and expansive library of games. Boasting a sleek design and cutting-edge features such as wireless controllers and high-definition graphics, the Xbox 360 quickly became a staple in gaming households worldwide. Its online service, Xbox Live, introduced groundbreaking multiplayer experiences and digital distribution of games and content, setting a new standard for online gaming communities. Despite initial technical issues such as the infamous “Red Ring of Death,” the Xbox 360’s strong lineup of exclusive titles, third-party support, and continuous software updates cemented its status as one of the most successful and influential gaming consoles of its generation.

Gizmondo: An Obscure Piece of Gaming History

Manu Pärssinen (Pelikonepeijooni, V2.fi) and I talk about Gizmondo, a weird game console that was surrounded by controversy and criminal investigations.

The Gizmondo handheld was a pioneering but ultimately short-lived gaming device released in 2005 by Tiger Telematics. Sporting innovative features such as GPS functionality, a digital camera, and multimedia capabilities, it aimed to redefine portable entertainment. However, despite its ambitious features, the Gizmondo faced numerous challenges, including a high price point and limited game library, hampering its mainstream success. Moreover, the device was marred by controversies surrounding its parent company, including financial mismanagement and scandals involving key executives, contributing to its downfall.

Despite its commercial failure, the Gizmondo left a lasting legacy as a precursor to modern handheld gaming systems, influencing subsequent devices with its emphasis on convergence and multimedia integration. Its ambitious feature set foreshadowed the direction of portable gaming, paving the way for later successes in the industry. Though its lifespan was brief, the Gizmondo remains a fascinating chapter in the history of gaming technology, embodying the risks and rewards inherent in pushing the boundaries of innovation within the gaming market.

Retro Gaming with a Heavy Metal Soundtrack