Ars Technica: The best science and math moments in Sesame Street’s first 50 years. “There was nothing on television like Sesame Street when it premiered 50 years ago, and the truth is, there’s still nothing quite like it now. (That’s a big reason why it was such a valuable acquisition for HBO in 2015.) Throughout the years, the show has always been on the front lines of what’s important to teach children. And as some of the show’s greatest hits demonstrate, long before educational advocates began popularizing the STEM acronym (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Sesame Street was already there with silly characters promoting serious lessons.” I am always here for the pinball song. One two three FOUR FIVE six seven eight NINE TEN eleven twelve….
Tennessean: NPT digitizes Seigenthaler’s ‘A Word on Words’ series. “Nashville Public Television has digitized and made available 901 episodes of renowned journalist John Seigenthaler’s series “A Word on Words.” Seigenthaler, who served as editor of The Tennessean from 1962-1989, interviewed authors on the NPT series for 40 years.”
Another find via Reddit: a database covering popular music in movies and television from the 1920s to 1981. It’s called Lights, Camera Backbeat. From the About page: “LCB starts at the beginning of synchronised sound and film with early Vitaphone and Phonofilm musical shorts in the 1920’s and continues up to the birth of MTV in 1981. The 1980’s launched a new era in music on film with a massive increase in music videos produced for TV use as well as home video product on VCR and Betamax. Prior to 1981 there were often only limited chances to see major pop music performers on TV and in the cinema, particularly if you lived outside the USA.” I did a couple of quick searches; the database did not contain Paul Anka’s performances in GIRLS TOWN and did not contain Mamie Van Doren’s songs from UNTAMED YOUTH. So lots of results, but nowhere near complete.
BBC: Monty Python at 50. “Sick’, ‘tripe’ and ‘a delicious sense of the ridiculous’ .. 50 years ago today Monty Python shocked and delighted BBC audiences in equal measure. BBC History digs deep inside BBC Archives and lifts the lid on how the series was commissioned, aspiring writers use Monty Python for new comic creations, and our gallery unearths some rarely seen images to mark a very special birthday.”
Ancestry Blog: “A New Leaf”, A new Television Series by Ancestry® to debut on NBC this Fall. “Each week ‘A New Leaf’ will follow people on the cusp of key life inflection points, who using family history, genealogy, and sometimes AncestryDNA® analysis will go on a journey of self-discovery and learn from the past while looking to the future. In partnership with Ancestry, Fuentes will join families as they learn the importance of appreciating and understanding their family history and ancestors in order to make important life decisions. “
10 Daily: Google Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of ‘Friends’ With Iconic Character Easter Eggs . “To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the sitcom ‘FRIENDS’, Google decided to jazz up your daily searches.” I have never seen an episode of Friends so I can’t determine how accurate these are.
I thought I had mentioned this before, but I can’t find anything, so Boing Boing: Yarn: search for a snippet of dialog, get a clip from the movie it’s in. “Yarn does one thing very well: return a brief video clip of a movie based on the dialog you type in.” I tried several quotes from the 1939 movie THE WOMEN with no luck, but got plenty of results for Life of Brian and over 2300 results for freaky deaky.