Asking for a friend: "I am more that a little embarrassed at how much time I spent trying to figure out what shampoo/conditioner I used to use in the late '90s. It came from the grocery store; the kind I got was in a light blue cylindrical bottle, with this weird cap where you pulled the whole thing up but the middle stayed down. It smelled SO GOOD -- a faintly citrus, faintly marine smell. If I could find it I would pay like $30 on ebay for a bottle just so I could reverse-engineer that smell.
" Any ideas, Hive?...
posted by julthumbscrew
on Feb 28, 2014 -
In the early 90s, as a teenager, I read a hardcover novel that I found on the new books shelf of our local library. All I remember about it was that it was set in the future, and involved an elaborate online world, a lot like Second Life. The main character, a woman, had never entered this world before, but she created an avatar in order to investigate a crime. Her avatar was named ELFIE and when she lurked invisibly in the world, she was represented as a pair of blinking eyes on the screen, but when she could actually affect things happening in the online world, she was a small, pretty elf.
This book inspired my first email address: Elfie2@aol.com, which I kept for years, so I want to find it again. I am 100% positive about these facts, but I remember absolutely nothing else. Can you help?
posted by pretentious illiterate
on Jan 28, 2014 -
I was thinking back to high school, when I spent hours browsing archives such as the Jargon File
, the d20 SRD
, and bash.org
. Of course, these are just scratching the surface - I read pages and pages of D+D files, funny anecdotes, and interesting stories on personal sites. I miss the magic of diving into a site like that - any recommendations?
posted by LSK
on Jan 13, 2014 -
I'm writing a trivia game for a birthday party. What are events from the 1950s through today that 60 yr olds would have a good grasp of that I would miss out on just by scanning through wikipedia? [more inside]
posted by troika
on Nov 19, 2013 -
Seeking recommendations on media--books (novels and nonfiction), movies, music, maybe even documentaries--on life in Berlin during the 1980s and 1990s. I'm especially interested in the punk scene and any other counter cultural groups through this time period. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust
on Oct 26, 2013 -
I'm trying to rebuild a mix tape made for me by a London friend around 1989-1990. One track I'm having trouble finding started out with "Are you sitting comfortably? [Good.] Then I'll begin," which is a sample from the BBC's "Listen with Mother
" radio series (click on the second old time radio for a clip, starts at the :16sec mark). After that it had a very deep man's voice saying "Welcome," over and over again while the music ramped up behind it. I always thought the man sounded like Worf
, from ST: TNG. Any leads?
posted by cocoagirl
on Sep 12, 2013 -
Probably a long shot, but I'm trying to identify a stand-up comedian who I would have seen live in Peoria, IL in the early 1990s (definitely before 1994). I don't know if he was strictly stand-up or if he went on to any kind of career in mass media. He was a young black guy with great physical comic presence. The part of his act I have never forgotten is a very accurate and hilarious imitation of the contortions women go through to put on pantyhose, which ended with the comment that he loved the fact that every woman in the room would be thinking of him when they put on their hose from then on. I STILL do, after 20 years. Help me remember who I'm thinking of?
posted by dlugoczaj
on Sep 12, 2013 -
Looking for the name of a group and their album from Compton (I think). Google-fu has failed. [more inside]
posted by kuanes
on Aug 22, 2013 -
Educational Internet scavenger hunt game from the late 1990s, with new questions and websites to explore each round. What early multiplayer web-based treasure hunt game thing was I playing? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself
on Mar 27, 2013 -
What was the name of a 90s game where you try to find a rabbit in a theme park world? [more inside]
posted by Submiqent
on Mar 20, 2013 -
My father and I watched a documentary on TV in the 90s (likely TVO in Canada, possibly a National Geographic production?). It was about a boy named Ali who lived in the jungle with his father. It showed their daily life, how they hunted for food, etc. One scene I clearly remember is the father teaching the son how to create poison darts using toads.
I believe the title was "Ali's Jungle", but I can't find any references to it on the internet. My dad and I really enjoyed the theme song, which was hummed by the father as he played a thumb piano. Here is a recording my father made at the time:
Any help identifying this show would be appreciated!
posted by wivy
on Mar 2, 2013 -
For my job, I'm looking for some material to create an audio soundscape for this photo.
I don't know much about hip hop or what might have been associated with hip hop culture in 1993 coastal Texas. What songs, ambient sounds, interview snippets, or other (very short) sound experiences would enhance your viewing of this photo?
posted by Miko
on Feb 20, 2013 -
1990s Rap Music Question: Lately I've been thinking about "Without a Doubt" by Black Sheep and "Big Poppa" by Notorious B.I.G... They both use Isley Brothers samples that feature that same "whining" instrument that gives them a sort of nostalgic, laid-back, almost melancholy feel. And they're both about chilling and being happy instead of thugging out or getting violent. What other songs have that same non-gangsta, nostalgic vibe? I'm thinking there must have been more in the 90s that I haven't heard. Seems like the West Coast had a similar "whine" in their sound but it always sounded different than the examples I mentioned, and they were repping thug life more out west? I admit, I honestly don't know...take me to school, brothers and sisters. Thanks in advance.
posted by ktoad
on Feb 17, 2013 -
I was hoping that someone could name the turn-based space strategy game I played as a demo on my PC back around 1995. I offer these sketchy details:
--it was a turn-based game where you piloted and battled using one or more spaceships
--the game offered the intriguing feature of allowing you to design new spaceships
--I remember learning the word "chassis" from the game, since you could choose what type of chassis you wanted in ship design, among other choices
--the GUI was predominantly a gray-colored menu with text and options that you could interact with using the mouse, along with some more-or-less static images of planets and spaceships
--I don't recall much in the way of storyline or even characters
--I think you didn't see faces of characters much at all, or much of them otherwise.
Thank you for trying to help me penetrate the obscurity.
posted by Perifferol
on Feb 17, 2013 -
I've been wracking my brains trying to remember the identity of this female folk singer from the 1980s-1990s. She made at least a few albums targeted at kids, incorporating many environmental themes. And I can't for the life of me remember even enough to do a proper Google search. Gah! [more inside]
posted by valkyryn
on Jan 28, 2013 -
I'm looking for mission statements from 90's advertising agencies. Specifically, super "edgy" ad agencies that targeted the Gen-X demographic. The more over the top and "extreme" the better.
Worst-case scenario, I'd love to know where to start looking for them myself.
posted by defenestration
on Jan 28, 2013 -
Think of an office or cubicle in the United States around 1999, particularly in tech/IT companies. What kinds of objects would you see there which are less common now? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000
on Dec 1, 2012 -
Help me identify an old videogame. ~1990, combat between different spaceship types, with gravity, momentum and orbital physics. [more inside]
posted by snarfois
on Sep 23, 2012 -
Hivemind, please help me find a PBS commercial that stuck in my impressionable kid brain! This would have been mid-1990s, probably on WGBH Boston and likely right before or after Bill Nye. My Google/Youtube-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by Wretch729
on Apr 17, 2012 -
Boston Late 90s Fliter: Looking to find out what happened to a fantastic musician by the name dahlia? He was extremely popular with the first job out of uni crowd, then all of sudden disappeared. Amazing original stuff and covers of strong female artists like Ani Difricanco and more - this was 1996-1998? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1
on Mar 31, 2012 -
What was this trippy, cowboy-themed weekend morning TV show I used to watch in Brooklyn in the early 1990s? [more inside]
posted by griphus
on Feb 8, 2012 -
What once-popular products, brands, or even trends bit the dust in the 1990s? I'm thinking of everything from short-lived food items like Orbitz Soda to popular shows like "Mystery Science Theater 3000" to store and restaurant chains that closed down in that decade. Primarily American, or at least things that were popular in America.
posted by GaelFC
on Jan 8, 2012 -
Song. Early to mid 1990s. On the UK radio all the time, especially Atlantic 252. Vaguely grunge sounding, with a "dun dun da dunna dun da dunna da da" guitar riff, followed by a pause, then a quiet/bored sounding "yeah". What was it?
posted by scruss
on Jan 5, 2012 -
Help me remember the name of a shareware turn-by-turn space shooter from the mid-nineties. [more inside]
posted by Revort
on Oct 29, 2011 -
I'm going to a costume party for Halloween. The theme is 80s and 90s cartoon characters. Help me find a costume that won't be expensive or challenging to move around in, but will be awesome. [more inside]
posted by decathecting
on Oct 18, 2011 -
I'm looking for the name of a children's computer organizer from '94 or '95. It was plastic, came in purple, and looked a bit like a primitive PDA (albeit without the phone or web access). It had a small keyboard and an LED screen. It served as a calculator and you could also use it to take notes. It had other features, but I don't remember them. I'm pretty sure the screen either flipped out or popped out the top, but I might be wrong. Does anyone else remember this?
posted by Anyamatopoeia
on Oct 12, 2011 -
I'm writing a book and want to include a scene set in the mid-1990s in Boston. I'm looking for articles, blog posts, photos and books that capture that era. Things that talk about specific bars, clubs and restaurants would be perfect. The main character is a college kid who visits Boston and is taken around to all the "cool" spots by a local girl he meets randomly.
posted by haqspan
on Jul 9, 2011 -
I'm looking for good books, articles, documentaries etc. about the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, in particular anything about the experiences of people working for tech companies while it was happening. I'm also interested in how the boom manifested itself in the UK (and to what extent it did).
posted by eykal
on Jun 28, 2011 -
Please help identify a song, or a band that played it - lyrics are below. It was on a now long-dead mixtape made in the mid-90s by a San Francisco resident, so I've always thought it was a San Francisco or Northern CA band, but could be wrong. The singer was female, an alto, IIRC, devoid of vibrato; the band had a pair of violins and a couple of acoustic guitars and employed different tempos within this song. The lyrical focus was ecology. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot
on Jun 24, 2011 -
I remember a side-scrolling game my childhood but am unable to remember the name. There was a squat grey robot with a single peg leg with a wheel at the bottom and he had a cannon that you controlled with the mouse. Most of the game took place underground. There were bats, and there was a kidnapped professor. [more inside]
posted by tmt
on Mar 4, 2011 -
Another song identification question. This time, a possibly trip-hop-ish song. There was a female vocalist and I remember it being featured on a number of dramatic TV shows here in Australia during the 90s. [more inside]
posted by O Depth
on Mar 3, 2011 -
What kind of house plants were popular/fashionable in the past? I'm most interested in the 1950s/60s, but would like to know other decades as well. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic
on Oct 26, 2010 -
I'm trying to find an indie movie that I saw in the mid-to-late 1990s. It's about college kids. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee
on Apr 2, 2010 -
London in the early 1990s. (Or, Britain in general). How did it differ from the present day? What were the little, day-to-day differences, the minutiae that was of its time? Any books or resources recommended? [more inside]
posted by mippy
on Sep 25, 2009 -
I need to make a CD-ROM of a Electronic Press Kit for a time traveler. Is there a skinnable file browser I could use? [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp
on Mar 13, 2009 -
Recommendations for upbeat 90's rap music driven by strong, prominent bass lines? [more inside]
posted by oxala
on Jan 21, 2009 -
I'm trying to remember the title of a space combat and exploration shareware game for the PC from the early 1990s. [more inside]
posted by greycap
on Jan 12, 2009 -
Name that childhood toy! Does anyone remember the name of this kids-learning-laptop from the mid 1990s? [more inside]
posted by Pleadthefifth
on Dec 11, 2008 -
I am looking for photos of the Cambridge, MA area taken between 1950 and 1999. I am especially interested in the commercial areas along the current Red Line route (Porter/Harvard/Central/Kendall), and the industrial areas southeast of Central Square. If you happen to know of any repositories of offline photos, that would be cool too. Thanks!
posted by rxrfrx
on Sep 9, 2008 -
Let's say you're putting together a mix of your favorite obscure
1990s pop/rock music. What are the top couple of tracks you'd be sure to include? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid
on Jul 2, 2008 -
I'm trying to remember an early-mid 90s puzzle game for the Macintosh that was possibly published by Disney (or an offshoot). [more inside]
posted by Addlepated
on Mar 25, 2008 -