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May 22, 2015

"The Strange Story of Bob Dylan’s Triumphant First Letterman Performance"

Featuring a brief discussion of Dylan's affection for punk and a ringing, rocking performance of "Jokerman". (What the lyrics might mean.)

More good Letterman: "David Letterman retires: His most notable interviews". This is a fine selection including two at the peak of his form, with Cher and Madonna. (How Madonna thought she would be able to mess with Dave, especially in his building with his people, is beyond my meager power to understand.)

April 05, 2015

"Memory Alpha"

For literally all your Star Trek needs.

Memory Alpha is a collaborative project to create the most definitive, accurate, and accessible encyclopedia and reference for everything related to Star Trek. The English-language Memory Alpha started in November 2003, and currently consists of 38,187 articles.

March 08, 2015

Two on Seinfeld

"The 30 Greatest Seinfeldisms".

"Everything You Didn't Know About Your Favorite Seinfeld Episodes".

February 13, 2015

"The Myth of Jon Stewart’s ‘Millennial’ Following"

With an important qualification that the author is probably missing a significant component of Stewart's influence via YouTube, Tweets, and other social media, his argument is still interesting.

February 12, 2015

The "Super Bowl Was The Most Watched TV Show In US History–But It Doesn't Come Close To The Worldwide Record"

Guess what the two most watched--worldwide--events were. Go ahead, guess.

January 30, 2015

"Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials of All Time"

An outstanding collection, one that gives evidence that TV advertising can be, at least occasionally, be great.

A bigger collection at the LA Times, with a lot of overlap, but with some great ones missed in the previous collection, including the E-Trade babies ad.

Also on Super Bowl ads: "The unsustainable economics of Super Bowl ads".

January 28, 2015

"Virtually All TV Comedies Follow The Same Simple Formula"

Proof that all sitcoms are basically the same.

December 26, 2014

"See 67 Celebrities’ High-School Yearbook Photos"

I draw two conclusions: 1) there's hope for rather unattractive high school kids, and 2) money spent on wardrobe, hair, and makeup does make a difference.

See also "Famous TV Show Casts: Before They Were Famous".

December 14, 2014

"‘The Mail Never Stops!': Everything Newman From ‘Seinfeld’ Taught Us About The Postal Service"


December 08, 2014

"[S]ome movies and shows I like currently streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video"

I can't speak to the TV shows--I've seen almost none of them--but I second the movies Michael Greenspan lists. Some of the fine movies listed are Airplane!, The Big Chill, Broadcast News, Clueless, Galaxy Quest, Love and Death(!), Manhattan, Good Will Hunting, Rounders(!!), Searching for Bobby Fischer(!!!), Sling Blade, Three Days of the Condor--"How do you know they'll print it?"--Annie Hall, Kramer v. Kramer, Sleeper, and Serpico.

And special double-bonus credit for The Boys from Brazil. Through the years my wife and I have occasionally imitated the unintentionally comic Sir Larry, doing his best to be a proud Nazi Nazi hunter,--thanks, Doug--exclaiming "I may leaf here today empteeee-handed. But you, you are not goink anyvhere!!"

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