Saturday, November 02, 2013

Random Acts of Trivia #3: The Monkees!

Some stuff that's been stuck in my head for a while that I figured I'd go ahead and share!

  1. An unsubstantiated rumor has it that the infamous Charles Manson was one of those who auditioned for the Monkees. Stephen Stills did, however!
  2. Michael Nesmith had been recording before being cast as a Monkee, using the name "Michael Blessing." Mark Evanier came across a video on YouTube with a pre-Monkee Mike performing under that name!
  3. Speaking of Mike, most people probably know this already, but Mike's mother was the inventor of Liquid Paper! Invention was apparently in the blood, as Mike's credited with creating MTV.
  4. The Monkees' third album, Headquarters, was not only the first album that they made on their own without Don Kirschner, but it also outsold their first two albums!
  5. Before being booted as the musical director of the Monkees, Don Kirschner brought "Sugar, Sugar" to the Monkees for them to record. As you might have guessed, after his split from the Monkees, he got the gig at Filmation to be the musical supervisor for their upcoming Archie cartoon.
  6. Although it was critically reviled in its original release, the Monkees' movie Head is today considered to be at least a cult classic. The film's deconstruction of the Monkees' TV image was probably a bit too much for the fans of their show to deal with at the time.
  7. More panned (and in my opinion, rightly so) was the Monkees' TV special "33 & 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee." While there are bright spots in this special, overall it's a pretty big mess, with the end sequence starting out good (with the Monkees performing Mike's "Listen to the Band"), but as soon as someone shows up on stage with a sign proclaiming, "He's really playing that!" (or words to that effect) it goes back downhill fast.
  8. The Monkees TV show has probably aired on more networks than just about any other show, with the possible exception of Scooby-Doo (and that's if you count all the incarnations as one show). Obviously, it debuted on NBC, and then later aired on ABC and CBS on Saturday mornings (in different seasons, obviously), as well as MTV (which sparked a reinterest in the Monkees at the time). One might also count "Retro TV" as a network, which is currently airing reruns of the show.
  9. Davy Jones also performed on the episode of the Ed Sullivan Show that more or less was the Beatles' debut on American TV! Davy was part of a touring cast for Oliver!, I believe he played the Artful Dodger. In a later interview, Davy claimed that when he saw the Beatles performing, he said to himself, "That's what I want to do."
  10. Speaking of Davy, due to his popularity, a later rock and roll musician whose birth name was David Jones had to change his name before making his recording debut. That musician? David Bowie!

Friday, November 01, 2013

So now that the Countdown to Halloween is Over...'s occurred to me that some of you may just have gotten back into the habit of checking here daily for posts! Well, I wouldn't want that habit broken, so I've decided that RAOG is going back to seven-day-a-week posting for as long as I can keep it up! Unfortunately, I can't really foresee when I'll be going back to multiple posts a day... but make sure you check here on the weekends (or at least catch up on Monday)! There'll be bonus posts, no real pattern to discern, so it'll be truly random!

Cover Redux!

Time for things to get back to normal around here... so it's time for an installment of Cover Redux, where I compare the original Marvel Comics cover with the reprint!
First up, we have The Incredible Hulk #148 and the reprint in Marvel Super-Heroes #97... And there's not a whole lot of changes made here that I can see! The blurb below was reduced to make room for the UPC code, and it appears the image was shifted to the right, with perhaps a bit of art added to the left side. Also, the top of the art has been altered (look behind the Hulk logo on the reprint).

Thursday, October 31, 2013

So This Happened...

About a week or so ago, after a few months of problems with my computer, the hard drive on my iMac completely failed on me. The good news was that not only had I finished doing posts for this blog through February, but I also had just finished backing up the main drive (I have an external hard drive I'm operating from now).

The bad news is that somehow, I managed not to back up my documents and bookmarks, which included posts written in advance for March and beyond. My iTunes library also appeared to be gone, but fortunately, I discovered most of that had been previously backed up on that external drive.

Over the past several days, I've been working on recovering the bookmarks (mostly for the blog), which took quite a bit of time, and I've also been running a file recovery program to try to find the missing documents. The former process was more or less successful, but the latter less so.

The file recovery program spent over 24 hours just searching one partition of the drive, and while it was able to recover a fair number of documents, not a single one was one I'd been looking for (oddly, it did manage to recover all the homework assignments from my college days, which I'd previously archived anyway), so now I've got it searching the other partition, and hopefully will have better results from that.

It's a pain in the butt, to be honest... and the posts I'd written represent probably a good 10-12 hours of straight writing, at least! Some of it had been saved in an older format on my iPad in the Notes app (which I used for writing while on the road -- this saved my Indexible Hulk posts, as well as my resume), but other stuff, so far, is completely gone.

What am I still working on recovering? Well, there's the Dog of the Geek entries, which included the list of dogs I hadn't covered yet (by the way, I think March will be the finish of that series, as the list was growing shorter and shorter... I'm thinking of a new feature to replace that); another is Geek TV, which, again, not only includes entries I'd written, but my entire master list of shows I'd planned to write about. There's also other features that haven't been introduced yet here.

I'm really hoping that I can successfully recover what's been lost, but we'll see.

In the meantime, my current plan regarding my computer is to get a new one with some of the settlement money from the two rear-end collisions that happened in June and July of last year, although I won't see that money until probably February or March at the earliest. I'm hoping the external drive doesn't have any problems before then!

Regardless of the success of my file recovery, I'll still carry on... I've already reconstructed my publishing schedule, and I think that's all correct (we'll see if I can get the original one recovered to double-check, as I think I may be missing a feature on the list).

In other news, my current job hasn't been giving me quite as many hours each week as I'd prefer. I'm not sure what to do about that, because all of the employees there have been getting fewer hours as well. I've been looking for a different job in case this continues, but I suspect that it'll be after the first of the year before much comes available. Fortunately, I've been able to pick up a few freelance transcriptions here and there, which helps.

Also, I'll be missing out on this weekend's Jet City Comics Show in Tacoma, as I'm working Friday and Saturday night, so I'd be much too tired to try to fit a comics show between those two work days. 30 years ago, I would not have hesitated, but you know, we're all getting older!

Countdown to Halloween 2013 Finale: Movie Monsters (and more?)

One of the more recent (relatively speaking) additions to my library of books about monster movies!