Make It A Blockbuster Night — Through Airbnb!

Bring back the ’90s! For three nights in September, the last remaining Blockbuster video store in the world is offering an exclusive rental through Airbnb to residents of the surrounding county — the opportunity to stay the night and enjoy a retro slumber party with friends.

So are you up for that true ‘90s themed stay? Located in Bend, Oregon, this unique rental will offer a bed, bean bag chair, couch, TV and that old school VCR as well as some snacks. To top off the nostalgia, the cost is only $4, one cent more than the price of renting a new release!

Here’s the best part: your party of four will be the only ones renting the store for the night. Your basic amenities will include wi-fi, air conditioning, heating, essentials, breakfast and free parking. 

4 guests · Studio · 1 bed · Half-bath

If you live in Deschutes County, Oregon, this means you can make plans for a sleepover with a Blockbuster feel. Talk about nostalgic. This is a really cool way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the store and remind us how awesome the ‘90s were. Blockbuster will be alive again! Who knew? Although I’d prefer to look around at the nostalgia and maybe watch a movie rather than spend the whole night there, this is still a really neat concept and pretty cute.

To be honest, though, I’m not so sure about this idea during the COVID-19 pandemic, but to maintain safety protocols all members of the party must come from the same household, the store will be cleaned and sanitized with disinfectant wipes, and sanitizer and masks will be ready for the guests. Starting August 17, you can request to book your one-night stay! This will take place on September 18-20, but I wonder if they will do it again if it proves to be successful. Maybe the last Blockbuster can start a new Airbnb trend!

To think they could’ve bought Netflix.

Be kind, rewind, and don’t forget to bring your ’90s fashion for a true Blockbuster night! I don’t know how this is going to turn out, but good luck and have fun to anyone that wants to make their dreams come true — a good old-fashioned slumber party at Blockbuster ❤

Blockbuster just checking in. After one hour they saw enough. Same here, Blockbuster, after five minutes I’ve had enough too 🙂

DIY: Floppy Disk Storage Box

This is a really super easy craft to make. All you need is five 3.5” diskettes and a hot glue gun.

Using the bottom disk as a base, the idea is to glue the other disks all around the sides to shape a square box.

One side should be upright and the other side should be placed sideways so that each side is equal.

These are perfect for office supplies, SD cards, game storage – really anything you can fit in there.

That’s it! Pretty simple, huh?

DIY 3.5″ Floppy Diskette Coasters in 3 Easy Steps!

Ok, who remembers using these beauties?

They are pretty much useless now, but if you love retro computer stuff, this project is for you. Don’t even think about throwing away your outdated disks. You can easily repurpose them by making something cool like these coasters and it’s actually useful to the home.

I miss using floppy disks. The feel of inserting the pretty coloured disks into the drive, and then there’s that grinding noise when the disk is being read. Ah, the old tech days.

I came across this idea on Pinterest and I just had to make my own floppy disk coasters. Who wouldn’t want these to show off and bring back memories of the good old days?! Plus this project is very easy and cheap if you already have discs.

Now it’s time to get to work!

Materials needed:

Floppy disks (I used 3.5″)
Self-adhesive corkboard
Goo Gone
Exacto knife

The Craft Project – just 3 easy steps

  1. Decide if you want to keep the label on or not. If you decide to take the label off, peel it with an exacto knife as it will help with removing the adhesive. Once the label is off, you can use a Q-Tip and apply a little bit of Goo Gone to remove the excess glue. Wipe the top of the disk with some dish soap to finish it off.
  2. Cut the corkboard to fit the diskette. It’s easier to trace it around the disk to ensure you are going to get the perfect shape. Use scissors to cut it out and trim down anything extra that might hang over the sides.

3. Even though the corkboard is adhesive, you can still apply some glue to the back to ensure you get a real good stick. I used tacky glue. Put some glue on the back of the disk but don’t apply too much and spread it evenly. Also, make sure the sides are glued all the way around (but not too much as you don’t want it to leak over). Do not place glue on the hub of the magnetic disc which is the silver round part on the back. As soon as you are finished applying the glue (don’t take too long) you can apply the corkboard in place. If you want extra protection you can add vinyl sheets and clear mod pudge to seal the top. I just sealed the top of the disc with a sealer and it looks great.

Ah, there’s nothing like a true blast from the past once you place your drinks on these. Not only do you get to show them off, you can feel good about making them yourself instead of just tossing them away. Oh, and they also make GREAT gifts. So if you have lots of disks, why not share them with your fellow techies?

That’s it! There you have it, some sweet retro floppy diskette coasters.

Vintage Sylvania Pathmaker CATV Cable TV Box – 1980’s

This bad boy has been around since the early ’80s. I wanted to do a little research on cable boxes from the 80’s but didn’t really find much, which was a little disappointing.

On the back, there is a sticker that says this vintage device was distributed by Champagne Converter & Communication. I googled this name to find out some info like – was this company successful? Are they still around today? But I couldn’t find any info about the company, which was a bummer. (So if any of you know more about this company please share with me)

Basic cable box is marked JAN 18 1983. Model # 4041. One coax cable input, one coax cable output, AC power switch which will turn off when you push the On/Off button on the remote and there is a spot to plug in the remote that looks like a phone jack. The model number is on the bottom but also stamped at the back so you didn’t have to flip your box over. I like the stamp idea because you don’t see stamped cable boxes anymore.

The remote (converter control unit) is very large and bulky, especially compared to remotes today, and looks like a calculator. I’m curious if the buttons were hard to press after a while; they look like they would have been hard to press after some time. This unit says 1983 but it seems like the remote was upgraded in 1985. The remote plugs into the back of the box and the cord looks just like a telephone cord.

I really wanted to take it apart to see what was inside but I don’t have the weird 3-way screwdriver so I couldn’t.

It’s interesting to see old vintage tech and how far we have come, but never forget our past electronics!

Cool 1980s tech, dude!