Melrose Place

Last week I went to the library and got 5 discs from season 1 of Melrose Place. I was/am a fan of 90210 and look forward to watching the reruns on SoapNet every day. That still may be considered a guilty pleasure, but I really don’t care. Aaron Spelling did a great job with the stories, casting and everything else. Growing up I wasn’t allowed to watch 90210 or such shows so it’s nice watching it now.

So, along that line, I never watched Melrose Place, but I know that many actors and actresses I know from other shows now got their start on Melrose Place. So…I took it out hoping to get an idea what the show was about and leave it at that. But, of course, now I’m addicted and can’t wait to watch the whole series and see what happens with all these characters. I really love Andrew Shue’s character and am sorta sad that he’s just doing cheesy Lifetime movies these days. On Desperate Housewives I can’t stand Doug Savant as Tom Scavo, but I love him on here and am now warmed up more to him on DH. So…now I’m waiting for Marcia Cross to appear. I have enjoyed everything else I have seen her in so I’m curious to see what her character on here is like. And of course I can’t wait to see Kristin Davis.

People that know me are probably surprised I get hooked on such fluff shows, but with all the thinking I do during the rest of the day I’m happy to rest my head with nonsense that doesn’t offend me like most reality shows do.

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Facebook

There is an application on Facebook called Blog It that is supposed to update my Mini Feed when my blog is updated, but it does not seem to be working. It sounds like a great application if it worked, but like many applications I have come across on Facebook, it just doesn’t work the way it should.

Along the lines of Facebook, I have become rather addicted to Yelp.com. I’m putting in reviews for everything I can think of lately and getting drawn into reading everyone else’s reviews.

Reality shows

I don’t like that reality shows have infiltrated channels like VH-1 and TV Land. I got cable for the first time in March and am seeing just how much these shows have taken over these channels. VH-1 used to be about actual music all the time and now….blech. I do like the retrospective shows about the 80s or 90s, but besides them, reality shows just don’t seem to fit with VH-1.

And reality TV definitely doesn’t fit in with TV Land. Instead of showing reality shows they should include more old TV shows. That’s why people turn to TV Land. Not for a bunch of 40 year olds trying to be 20.

Vintage Toons

I have gotten back into downloading and listening to podcasts again. The video ones are great and I stumbled upon a particularly interesting one, Vintage Tooncast. There are some that that have been censored or hidden from public view because they seem extreme or offensive by today’s standards. They have elements of racism, violence or anti-Communist messages or other ideas that, I think, are certainly not appropriate for children.

Enough time has passed, though, that many of these cartoons are available in the public domain and on the Web, but have been censored until recently. Since I am a library school grad and a strong supporter of free speech, I do not think media that shows these offensive messages should be completely hidden from the public.

So, this website shows some of these vintage cartoons and here are a few:

(part 1)

(part 2)

New blog

I am starting yet another blog. Before my blogs were extremely political and generally links to news stories with some commentary by me. Well, I decided that I really need to keep practicing my writing and do what I can to keep my skills fresh. And hopefully something will eventually come out of it.

So…there is no exact theme to this blog. As the title says, it is a pish posh mix of my interests. Some writing about my cooking, foodie topics, job hunting, entertainment and of course, no blog of mine would be complete without some type of political topics getting thrown in.

And I promise that there will be no Carrie Bradshaw-esque brooding.