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River Song’s Timeline

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in T.V., Visual Stimulation | 0 comments

My favorite character to come out of Dr. Who, other than the Doctor himself, is his wife, River Song. ****SPOILER!****** If you are not current with Dr. Who, stop reading now!   River Song is the daughter of companions Amy Pond and Rory, her real name being Melody Pond, which she adapts in River Song. Get it? Played primarily by Alex Kingston, she is the perfect foil for the Doctor, sharing many of his traits, including his ability to regenerate. Her timeline is VERY convoluted, but thanks to the folks at 9GAG, here is a fairly complete review of it, in chronological order. This post was much too large to post to Facebook, so I hope you enjoy it...

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I Love to Singa

Posted by on Sep 19, 2015 in Audial Stimulation!, Movies, Saturday Morning Cartoons, Visual Stimulation | 0 comments

One of my all-time favorite Merrie Melodies is I Love to Singa, the story of Owl Jolson, a tiny owl who is rejected by his father for not following in the family traditions of classical music, instead wanting to be a jazz singer. It’s a surprisingly great story about parents learning to love their child for who he is, despite the initial shock and disappointment of him not turning out just like them.It was directed by Tex Avery, produced by Leon Schlesinger, and released to theaters on July 18, 1936, by Warner Bros. and Vitaphone. “I Love to Singa” was first a song written by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg for the 1936 Warner Bros. feature-length film The Singing Kid. It is performed three times in the film: first by Jolson and Cab Calloway, then by the Yacht Club Boys and...

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Preschool viewing for grown -ups!

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in T.V., Visual Stimulation | 0 comments

Shows for preschoolers that I enjoyed as an adult! Having kids means watching a lot of kid -oriented television. I already am a big fan of animation, so it’s not really a great stretch that some of the shows for little kids would grow on me as well. A lot of the songs are very catchy! (Especially after hearing them several thousand times) Some of these you may even remember watching when you were a kid yourself. Here are my top ten favorite little kid’s shows, in no particular order. 1. Blue’s Clues – I was devastated when Steve left. 2. PB and J Otter – Use your noodle, do the noodle dance! 3. Rolie Polie Olie – I love anything by William Joyce 4. Little Einsteins – It teaches with classical music! How can you not love it!...

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The Six Million Dollar Man

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in T.V., Toy Box, Visual Stimulation | 0 comments

In the latter part of the 1970’s, the biggest hero on TV was The Six Million Dollar Man! Steve Austin is an astronaut who is seriously injured when his experimental aircraft crashes. Handsome and athletic, Austin undergoes a government-sanctioned surgery, which rebuilds several of Steve’s body parts with machine parts, making him cyborg-like. When Steve recovers, his machine parts enable him to have superhuman strength and speed, as well as other powers. With these powers, Steve goes to work for the Office of Scientific Information, battling evil for the good of mankind. The show debuted March 7, 1973 the lead role played by Lee Majors who had been one of the stars of the popular western Big Valley and went on to play the lead character on The Fall Guy. The show was very popular during its run and introduced several...

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Girlfriend

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Audial Stimulation!, T.V. | 0 comments

Today on Music Video Monday, Girlfriend by Matthew Sweet! Remember this one? Released in 1991, the song was the first release from the album of the same name. By now, the hair band music I loved was pretty much dead, MTV had pretty much been taken over by hip-hop, and Nirvana and Pearl Jam were leading the rise of grunge with Nevermind and Ten. This song was a bit of a surprise to me and what cemented it as a favorite was the use of the anime film Space Adventure Cobra. I had read parts of the manga before and it was very cool to see parts of it in this video, directed by Roman Coppola, son of legendary director, Francis Ford Coppola. If you’ve never seen it, check it out! If you have seen it, enjoy it...

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Shazzan!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Saturday Morning Cartoons, Visual Stimulation | 0 comments

In the late 1960’s, Hanna – Barbera Productions, along with legendary animator/artist Alex Toth, created several cartoon shows for Saturday mornings. One of my favorites is Shazzan! Long before the late, great Robin Williams voiced the genie in Aladdin, Shazzan was a genie who helped teen-agers Chuck and Nancy, who had become trapped in the age of the Arabian Nights. The intro to the show gives this explanation: Inside a cave off the coast of Maine, Chuck and Nancy find a mysterious chest containing the halves of a strange ring. When joined, the ring forms the word “Shazzan” and with this magical command, they are transported back to the fabled land of the Arabian Nights. Here they meet their genie, Shazzan. Shazzan presents them with Kaboobie, a magical flying camel. Shazzan will serve them whenever they call, but he...

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