Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ziv Television and a brief history of syndicated television in America

Ziv Television and a brief history of syndicated television in America



Nowadays, thanks mostly to cable and online television, there's better stuff on the small screen than in most multiplexes... and then there's syndicated television, the PG-rated grindhouse of the small screen, which first became a thing this month back in 1949.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Taking Public Transit to the Beach

It may be chilly and windy today (perfect for flying kites) but it's officially spring and in Southern California, the beach beckons. Although many Angelenos are holding their breath waiting for a "Subway to the Sea" that won't arrive until sometime after 2035, there is (despite the suggestion to the contrary) a massive public transit network that can take you to every corner of the Southern California coast today (or this weekend). Here's how.


The Rural Upsurge -- A Brief History of Country Cool and Uncool at the Amoeblog

The Rural Upsurge -- A Brief History of Country Cool and Uncool



Why are there so many goofy rural reality shows on TV right now? 43 years ago, in March 1971, TV was similarly dominated by rural stereotypes but -- in an attempt to appeal to younger audiences with money to burn -- most of them were given the axe. Since then, country-themed entertainment has come and gone, occasionally attempting to crossover to rural and urban crowds.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sing a song of eiderdowns

Sing a song of eiderdowns



It's cold and blustery in Los Angeles today. Here are some songs with lyrics about eiderdowns with which to keep warm.

Monday, March 24, 2014

VideoDisc Day -- An introduction to the Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED) at the Amoeblog

VideoDisc Day -- An introduction to the Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED)



On 22 March, 1981, RCA introduced  a brand new but curiously retro analog video format, the SelectaVision CED VideoDisc system. Today the CED (Capacitance Electronic Disc) is all but forgotten but even at its most popular it wasn't well-known and was much widely-adopted than contemporaneous video formats like Betamax, VHS, and LaserDiscs.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Happy quasquicentennial, Orange County! at the Amoeblog

Happy quasquicentennial, Orange County!



Today Orange County turns 125 years young. If you still think of Orange County as the land of God-fearing, science-hating, WASP suburbanites -- then you probably haven't been there in the last 20 years. Do yourself a favor and explore the nation's sixth most populous county, and one that Forbes recently said is more diverse than Los Angeles.