My friend Eric showed me Library Thing a few weeks ago, and now I’ve finally gotten around to trying it out. You can catalogue your book collection there and compare it with other users. Kind of nifty. I reached 200 titles before the site asked me to cough up money for a paying membership. Having just gone through a $1,500 car repair bill, I decided to pass for now — but those first 200 books (about three quarters of the total library) are entered are right there on my profile for the world to see. The latest acquisitions are the 2003 All-Music Guide To Country, purchased used at the library for $5, and a New York Times crossword puzzle book bought at Borders last weekend.
Tom Scocca of The New York Observer sums up the vast appeal of the web’s latest plaything with The YouTube Devolution. Below I’ve assembled links to the clips that Scocca references in the article. Now, I’m a sometimes busy guy with lots of deadlines. But I also finding myself losing lots of productivity time searching for obscure stuff at that damn site. Do they have the video for “Can’t Shake Loose,” an ’80s-tastic solo single from ABBA’s Agnetha Faltskög? Yes. What about a clip from the short-lived sitcom The Ellen Burstyn Show with Megan Mullally as Burstyn’s daughter? Well, not yet — but while I was looking for that I found this fantastically kitschy 9 minute fashion show from 1985’s Night of 100 Stars. See what I mean? Fudge.
I didn’t notice when the anniversary passed by earlier this month, but I’ve been doing scrubbles.net for six years now. Six years! The mind boggles.
I was going to say something here about how much I’ve grown over these last few years, but after looking through the Wayback Machine archives for this site, I’d have to say no. This weblog essentially hasn’t changed that much since 2000, except that individual posts have gotten longer, more thoughful, but also more sporadic. Anybody remember when I posted a bunch of stuff in a day, every day? Then I’d apologize if I missed a day? For a laugh, peruse the first month archive page. That month I posted about goofy old music, Photoshop abuse, stupid parents, and forgotten TV commercials containing Broadway-esque musical numbers. Same ‘ol me!
On eBay for boo coo bucks: Walt Disney Studios’ 1939 Christmas card using characters from the soon to be released Pinocchio. Remember when Disney stood for class and quality entertainment? (sigh) On a similar note, watch the sprightly animated Rice Krispies cereal commercial below. It was produced by a competing studio that same year, 1939, but one can completely see the Disney influence. Those two kiddies are kind of weird looking, however — I can’t put my finger on why that’s so. (p.s. this was uploaded to YouTube by the proprietress of Bibi’s Box. p.p.s. thanks to Christopher for the eBay link.)
Anyone with a passing interest in miniskirted a-go-go ephemera should head over to Derrick Bostrom’s, where he has two albums by The Golddiggers available for download. The Golddiggers were a popular troupe of dancing chorus girls on The Dean Martin Show, appearing weekly and later spinning off to their own variety show. Singing wasn’t exactly the ladies’ primary forté, but that didn’t prevent them from recording of course. UPDATE: The albums have been removed.
Love the cover art on The Golddiggers … Today! LP (click for more detail).
Has anybody been checking out GSN’s countdown of The 50 Greatest Game Shows? They’ll be devoting three hours a week to this until August 31st, airing full episodes of their choices whenever possible. Quibble with the list all you want, but I think it’s neat to see groovy old episodes of Treasure Hunt and Tattletales in prime time. I’m leery that GSN will slot in too many of their own shows (such as the ridiculously easy Hollywood Showdown, ranked at #46), but the list has been pretty fairly chosen so far with equal emphasis on popularity and impact.
I’m looking forward to finding out how GSN’s rankings stack up to my own personal top 10, listed below. #10, by the way, was an obscure 1989-90 show on American Movie Classics hosted by the one and only Gene Rayburn.
1. What’s My Line?. A class act all the way, in dreamy black and white.
2. Jeopardy. Proof that “game show” and “intelligent” are not mutually exclusive.
3. The Price Is Right. Here’s hoping GSN will have a classic ’70s-’80s episode to share.
4. Match Game. Wacka-wacka good.
5. Super Password. Been watching a lot of this one lately — addictively ’80s.
6. Sale of the Century. Spent many lunch hours at home watching this one.
7. The Joker’s Wild. I can remember being mesmerized by those spinning graphics.
8. Tic Tac Dough. Watch out for the dragon.
9. Hollywood Squares. Paul Lynde was my childhood idol! Little did I know.
10. The Movie Masters. Short-lived but fondly remembered.