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Effluvia for the Masses

Random jottings on a Thursday afternoon:

  • I’m late on this one, but Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 4 cartoons and bonus features were announced on Cartoon Brew. Give Warner Bros. props for devoting an entire disc to Frank Tashlin (yay!) … and another disc for Speedy Gonzales (boo-ring). Oh well. I still need to get Vol. 3 — maybe I’m still scared off by that set’s bizarre cover art.
  • Here’s a pair of lists I can really get behind: 10 Best and Worst Sci-Fi TV Show Openings (via Hit Or Miss). Actually, the Bionic Woman credits were kinda cool.
  • Chuck Klosterman of Esquire on The Snakes on a Plane phenomenon. For some reason, my email address was placed on the SOAP publicity mailing list. Those people are workin’ it. Anyway, Klosterman makes some very astute, depressignly true observations on the newspaper biz in there.
  • Joel Stein’s hilarious Elmo Is an Evildoer column addresses the frustrations of many an old-school Sesame Street fan. Like, how did a baby-talking, annoying simpleton of a muppet end up with so much screen time? And why doesn’t the red menace have his own show, preferably at 3 a.m.?
  • Also good for a laugh: Entertainment Weekly’s Project Runway recap. Don’t read if you haven’t seen last night’s episode!

My Big Fat Link Log

One thing I don’t miss from maintaining the old (pre-10/05) updating the blogroll was a pain in the butt. URLs change, people abandon their weblogs, or they simply don’t publish compelling content anymore. This time I’m just going to list the other weblogs I enjoy on a semi-regular basis as of right now, and link to this post on the scrubbles front page. That way I don’t have to worry about updating anything. Some are old favorites, some I just discovered in the last month or so. Whew.

1947project |
A Joshua Tree In Every Pot |
A Sampler of Things |
All Kinds of Stuff |
ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Project Blog |
A.V. Club Blogs |
Awful Plastic Surgery |
Bedazzled! |
Bibi’s Box |
The Blackwing Diaries |
Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Magazine |
Boing Boing |
Bob Sassone |
Book Covers Blog |
Bonnie Blog |
Booksteve’s Library |
Bostworld |
Bradlands Must See HTTP:// |
Bubblegum Fink |
Cardhouse |
Cartoon Brew |
Cartoon Modern |
Chris’ MediaLog |
Coudal Partners |
Crack Skull Bob | |
Delicado |
Design Observer |
The Disney Blog |
Disney History |
Drawn! |
Drew’s Blog-O-Rama |
Dynagirl |
EPCOT Central |
Eye of the Goof |
Fimoculous |
Folded Space |
Friday Fishwrap |
Fun All Around |
Ghost In The Machine |
gmtPlus9 | |
GreenCine Daily |
Hacking NetFlix |
Hit or Miss |
i like |
In Black And White |
Irregular Orbit |
Jinjur |
Johnny A Go Go |
Just Ask Christopher |
Kottke |
Lileks The Bleat |
Listen Missy |
Little Yellow Different |
Lots of Co. |
Mimi Smartypants |
Mindjack Film |
Mr. Irresponsible’s Bad Advice |
News From Me |
News of the Dead | |
The Other Andrew |
Other Stream |
Patrick’s Journal |
PCL LinkDump |
Pop Culture Gadabout |
Pop Culture Junk Mail |
Posterwire |
Quiddity |
RaShOmoN |
ReadyMade Blog |
Re-Imagineering |
Robot Action Boy |
Robot Johnny |
Ryan Arrowsmith |
Self-Styled Siren |
Sharpeworld |
Snarky Malarkey |
Something Old, Nothing New |
Sore Eyes |
things magazine |
Thrilling Days of Yesteryear |
Tim Lucas Video WatchBlog |
Tim O Thompson |
The Tin Man |
Tiny Pineapple |
Today’s Inspiration |
Tom the Dog’s You Know What I Like? |
TV Tattle |
Ultrasparky |
UnBeige |
Veer: The Skinny |
Vince Keenan |
VoxTrott |
Ward-O-Matic | |
Web Goddess |
What Do I Know |
The Whine Colored Sea

Gruesome Twosome: Brazilian Hot Wax Edition

Quarteto Forma: “Rua Cheia”
Odeon Brazil single, c.1970 | BUY

Dóris Monteiro: “É Isso Aí”
LP: Dóris, 1971 | BUY

Late summer puts me in a mood for funky old Brazilian music, like the two songs here. Quarteto Forma was a breezy boy-girl vocal group which at their best recalled a Brazilian Fifth Dimension. Drink in their lovely harmonies on the Marcos Valle composition “Rua Cheia”. Dóris Monteiro’s sexy, full-bodied voice has graced many records over a long career. I’m particularly fond of “É Isso Aí” since it uses that instrument that sounds like a straw moving through a cup cover (what the heck is that called?). Thanks to Ion for the Quarteto Forma.

Ladies Choice

GreenCine Daily notes that the feature on Chick Flicks is beautifully designed, and I’d have to agree. The writing’s good, too — essays on female-oriented films from the past 25 years, from Private Benjamin to Mean Girls.

The Jell-O Program

Good entry from Christopher: Things Radio Taught Me. Vintage radio programs of all kinds get a lot of play here at Chez Scrubbles. He prefers Jack Benny and Fibber McGee & Molly; I’m fascinated with Suspense, the long-running weekly anthology which plopped a different current star into a hair-raising tale. Even Judy Garland did one.

Both of us have come to the conclusion that we hate the phrase “Old Time Radio,” a term that reminds me of arthritic old coots fuzzy with nostaglia. I’d rather think of this stuff as the original podcasts.

Highlights for Children (And Teens)

Way gear: Ward has just started a new Flickr group called The Retro Teen, intended to showcase cool old illustrations made for the audience who grew too old for the stuff shown in the Retro Kid group. There’s also the Eye Candy from the trippy hippy ’60s and ’70s group, for those who prefer kiddie ephemera of the quasi-psychedelic sort. I just added some scans from the Electric Company cast album there; check it out.