LA YouTube du jour: (Most Suck)

June 29, 2006

This YouTube shot shows the kind of long views available all around LA which first-timers may not appreciate are there.  One of our absolutely favorite drives is through Topanga Canyon. Here’s someone walking the areaThis is just a some excellent helmetcam footage of skateboarding at Los Angeles High School.  BTW…I’m finding that most free video online about LA…sucks.  It’s crappy home movies…with music.

Earth Links

June 28, 2006

On reading on mapping, came across this cool site loaded with thousands of science links. I love well vetted links pages, like this, or this. (I still have kids in school!)  I would love to see more done in the way of what I call “natural search”.  In other words, while I am an MBA-card-carrying capitalist, and a supporter of the various “click-per” income generators of Google and the rest, I am disheartened that the search results provided by Google and the others clearly are lacking in vetting information for people who are not interested in buying anything.  I’m not an expert on Google Scholar or any other like programs.  All I know is that since the ’90’s, search has become more like spam.  It is far less enjoyable.  I believe people are going to rely more-and-more on personal libraries of vetted links – shared with others via blogs and sites like Rollyo.

We Love Maps!

June 24, 2006

OK…it's a little over-the-top.  But, we love all of the very amazing things that are happening with mapping software and especially on-line mapping services. This blog has links to a broad range of technical mapping sites and is updated frequently. Worth bookmarking.

Wally Reid!

June 23, 2006

Hey!  This is way cool!  E.J.'s next book, on the FIRST American Idol, Wally Reid, is near production!  Here's a look at the cover! We'll get you some good Wally links soon!

Everett Fenton Gidley

June 22, 2006

One aspect of the whole Movieland thing we particularly enjoy is the homes themselves.  The Internet provides this incredible opportunity to get close – some think too close – to some terrifc places.  I’ve stood on in park across from Irving Thalberg's beatiful Tudor on the Coast Highway in Santa Monica and not created a much better picture than Virtual Earth provides.  One on-line location we really enjoy is Everett Fenton Gidley's collection of home tours which he puts together for various real estate sales.  This example looks to be close by the Thalberg house.   Several of the sites we recognized in the past from the TMD database are no longer on-line.  We’ll keep you posted…no pun intended.

Cher Tour

June 21, 2006

OK.  Just when I begin to think that our little niche of the Movieland world might be too small, I am reminded that even one person can spawn an entire Movieland industry.  To raise money for the Children’s Craniofacial Association, you can as part of a Cher convention in July take a Cher (and Sonny) tour.  And, of course, here are some Sonny, Cher, Chastity links from the Movieland Directory.


June 20, 2006

Fun and interesting story on Harry Houdini tonight on PBS show ‘History Detectives’. Good links at that site. Click here for Movieland Directory links to Harry and Beatrice Houdini locations in LA.


June 18, 2006

Sitting down to “Hoosiers”, tonight.  My Father’s Day gift (with great white socks and the usual weekend where I can do anything).  “Hoosiers” comes in at #13 on AFI’s list of the 100 most inspiring movies of the last 100 years.

Make No Small Posts!

June 17, 2006

This site will cover development of The Movieland Directory site (  We’ll discuss Los Angeles, travel, mapping software and whatever else we’d like to save for posterity.