This is actually a website that I learned about in middle school. It archives websites all the way back to 1996. It's called the Wayback Machine. Check it out here: https://archive.org/web/
Search for old websites you used to frequent! Look at AOL:
I used to play games on miniclip:
And I forgot about Ask Jeeves:
Ah, the memories!
A few years ago, I was looking up different frequencies of dial tones on YouTube (don’t ask why, I don’t know) and I stumbled upon this video of the best hold tone ever. And you know what? It just might be. It’s oddly smooth and calming... and it loops perfectly... and I feel myself... falling... asleep... check... it out below....
You might have already figured out that I love to watch music videos. I usually watch music videos and then scour the net to find the directors behind it to see if they’ve directed other music videos that I like. It used to be really hard because a lot of music videos on YouTube don’t include the directors name. I finally found a website, Music Video Database or MVDB, that lists directors, artists, and technicians for a ton of music videos. And the database is growing daily. Check it out: mvdbase.com.
I've always loved radio jingles, but it wasn't until I saw this YouTube video that I learned how they were actually made. Here's the video description from the production company:
From 1976 to 1997, JAM created all of the station jingles for BBC Radio 2. They were heard by millions of listeners across the UK. Here is some JAM home-video taken during one of the vocal sessions for the 1984 package. The vocals, as well as the music tracks, were recorded at our previous studio on Insurance Lane in Dallas, Texas.
Check it out! Cool stuff.
Some of my fondest childhood memories go something like this:
I'd wake up around 6 AM to help my mom housetrain (and later on walk) our new puppy, Markie. By the time we'd finish, we'd sit out on the back porch and we'd turn on Weatherscan to play in the background. Around the time we'd settle down on the back porch, Me-Me (my grandma, my mom's mom) would be walking in the door from her morning two mile walk. We would all sit on the back porch and talk while the Weatherscan music played in the background.
At night when I'd get my clothes ready for the next day of middle school, I'd keep the channel on in the background for easy listening.
Now, my dog Markie is 15 years old, my Me-Me is no longer with us, and I've graduated from college, but hearing the Weatherscan music brings back those warm early morning memories that I loved so much.
Someone uploaded a slightly older edition of Weatherscan to YouTube. Here's the video below:
The 1:40:00 mark is the part I remember hearing most vividly, interrupted by the voice that said "Your current condition..." It stinks that Comcast/Xfinity got rid of the channel. I really looked forward to hearing the familiar tunes along with seeing the weather for the week.
I was super excited when I found the entire playlist of Weatherscan music on YouTube. You can listen to it here.
From the comments on YouTube, It seems that a lot of people feel the same way I do. Someone even created a Weatherscan emulator that you can find here. I'm just happy to be able to have my weather jams playing in the background again.
So, I'm signing off today with my top five Weatherscan songs:
Brighter Days by Trammell Starks
Tropical Breeze by Trammell Starks
Reflections in Time by Trammell Starks
Memories of the Past by Trammell Starks
and Late Night Cafe by Trammell Starks. Enjoy!
I feel like talking about interpolated and sampled songs.
I'll make this quick. You ready? Let's do it.
"(You) Got What I Need" by Freddie Scott. The original from 1968.
Which was interpolated by:
Which many don't know was first loosely covered by:
But was shelved and passed along to and made even more famous by:
*dances along to every version*
I have NO idea how I stumbled onto this video on YouTube, but here is Bruce Willis singing a duet with Tina Turner around 1996-1997. You're welcome.
And here's the post interview. THE FLIRTING. That is all.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has been my latest obsession. A few days ago, I watched the episode where Jerry Seinfeld interviewed Larry David in a 1952 Volkswagen Beetle. Seinfeld went to turn on the turn signal and this happened:
And I was shook. Personal little light arms! *muffled excited screaming*
I knew what it was for, but I wanted to know what it was called.
Turns out it's called a semaphore. I wish current cars had semaphores. Driving would would be way more exciting.
Thanks to a post on AV Club, that you can read here, I found the coolest video and idea. Instead of having a sign-off screen or test pattern at the end of the night, a Canadian TV station decided to show a program called "Night Walk." Night Walk showed views of Toronto in first person while jazz played in the background. An insomniac's dream.
Here's the description straight from the fan website:
An alternative to Global TV’s overnight test pattern on its’ over-the-air stations, the 60-minute Night Walk (with two 2-minute commercial breaks) was scheduled to begin airing at 4 a.m. ET on the morning of May 3, 1986 and the 60-minute Night Ride followed by the early morning of June 22, 1986. Both shows were filmed in one night, on May 2, 1986 between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m., in and around downtown Toronto using the relatively new Steadicam camera stabilizer. Night Moves, a 30 minute episode, was also filmed in one night, on October 5, 1986, and began airing before Night Ride and Night Walk beginning at 3 a.m. ET on the early morning of Dec. 7, 1986. The second 60 minute version of Night Walk, featuring the same soundtrack as the first episode and footage from the Night Moves shoot, made its first appearance by late May 1987. These four were the only episodes made, and they were replayed nightly until the summer of 1993. The shows are now considered early examples of “slow TV.”
Check out the "slow TV" goodness below.
I have no idea why, but I had a flashback to one of my favorite field trip locations: the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Honestly, it's still one of my most favorite places on earth. Going there as a kid was an amazing experience.
There are three main things that I remembered in my flashback:
Number one: The special field trip lunch.
My mom would wake up earlier than usual to run to Wawa and pick up my lunch. You see, this lunch was not like my everyday packed lunch. This lunch was a special order. My order was as follows: one Shorti sized Italian hoagie, one small bag of original Lay's chips, one pack of Tastykake powdered sugar mini donuts, and one bottle of Wawa's fruit punch. The lunch of champions.
And how did I tell my lunch apart from everyone else's lunch you ask? My lunch was carefully packed into a Wawa plastic bag that had my name beautifully written on a Post-it that was stapled to the bag in the very front. Every single time. Thanks mom. *awkwardly winks at my mom*
Number two: The Franklin Institute Sci-Store.
The Sci Store is only one of the BEST museum gift shops in Philadelphia. I will always stand by this statement.
And the last and greatest part of my flashback: The IMAX Theater.
The funniest part is that I wouldn't be excited for the movie, I would be excited for the short before the movie. Could you imagine my excitement when I found it on YouTube? Check it out below. Ah, the memories.