The blog is a year old today. For its semi-anniversary back in August, I linked to a dozen of my favorite posts. I'd been thinking of doing something similar this week, but so many posts have been failing to "stick" again over the past couple of months that it would just be weird. So while a more contemplative essay of the state of the blog is on its way in the next couple of days, I've decided to highlight some of the most enjoyable links run here in the past year, many of which were not the focal point of a post but are delightful nonetheless. That was the original raison d'être of a blog, after all.
I don't recall what led me to discover The Captain and Tennille's immortal rendition of "Love Will Keep Us Together" en español — other than divine providence. The lead vocals are new, but the original backing track is used, complete with shout-out to writer Neil Sedaka. God above, I totally unironically love this song.
Some other good music I've linked to:
• The Puppini Sisters
• Lily Allen's cover of "Womanizer"
• Fleet Foxes' infectious "White Winter Hymnal"
• Ximena Sariñana's debut solo album, Mediocre
At the risk of leading my friend Raf to the Dark Side, I can't help taking another look at the mock-ups for Star Wars toys that were never released, including The Planet Alderaan (post-destruction – it's just a bunch of rocks), the Force ("It's not an empty box. The Force is an invisible energy that surrounds us and binds the galaxy together."), and, for the Hurleys in your life, a Dead Ewok.
I've written plenty about late-night TV and linked frequently to clips from Comedy Central's 11 o'clock block of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, despite the fact that their website seems perennially glitchy. If I had to pick one link it would probably be to a segment from last July about the folks who refuse to believe that Barack Obama was born in the USA.
If you're not a fellow action-figure fiend from the '70s, this will mean nothing to you, but... Bulletman the Human Bullet!
I have way more blogs bookmarked than I'm able to keep up with. Among the authors whose work I enjoy in blog as well as book form — and talent in writing for one medium does not necessarily carry over to the other — is Neil Gaiman. Lo and behold, I call up his blog and find that today is its own ninth birthday.
When I finally put together a blogroll, it will clearly include:
• Forces of Geek, a pop-culture blog anthology spearheaded by good ol' Stefan Blitz
• News from ME, daily journal of writer, producer, and raconteur Mark Evanier, who always has neat stuff about comics, animation, Vegas, Broadway, Hollywood Babylon, and more
• Nik at Nite, the TV-oriented (and, especially from now through May, Lost-focused) blog of Nikki Stafford
• Things I Yell at You, laugh-out-loud blogposts on life from the vivacious, pseudonymous, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Joan Crawford
• Tony's Online Tips, reviews and opinion from my friend Tony Isabella, much of it new, also incorporating reprints of his long-running Comics Buyer's Guide columns
The Winter Steals Sale is going on right now at Things from Another World, wherein a bunch of inventory was discounted 40% last week, is 50% off this week, and will be 60% off next week; whatever's left the last week of February will be marked down 70%, and you can usually find free-shipping codes online for orders over $30 or so. Often mentioned here for its bargain-bonanza Nick and Dent section, the site is heaven for comics readers and aficionados of comics-related collectibles.
If you need credit, character, or other content information on comics, from periodicals to graphic novels and albums, The Grand Comics Database has indexed over 770,000 sequences in more than 550,000 issues from over 4,300 publishers worldwide. It's recently undergone a software overhaul, user-interfacelift, and rededication of purpose with much more significant changes to come. I'm proud to be a contributor.
I may only have posted my review of the series this week, but almost a year ago I linked to Julian Sanchez' post on the solution to the Fringe cipher for those looking to decode the message embedded in the glyphs that appear with each episode.
Of all the SNL digital shorts produced by The Lonely Island, I think my favorite is still the early, classic Natalie Portman rap.
Some other great videos I've linked to:
• The Muppets' version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"
• The Dark Knight rap installment of The Key of Awesome
• A very strange "book trailer" for Libba Bray's Going Bovine
• A particularly disturbing edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live's "Great Moments in Unnecessary Censorship" featuring clips from Sesame Street
• The first episode of Love of Chair from The Electric Company
• The Literal Videos version of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart"
On the longer side is the opening of last year's CMT Music Awards show featuring Taylor Swift, with her Star Trek scene among the highlights.
And I still laugh at the line after "they all did the laundry" in a Clorox ad that ran during the past season of Mad Men.