Thursday, October 04, 2012

I like IMDB

One of my most visited web sites is imdb.com. That stands for Internet Movie DataBase, and they have listings for almost every American movie and television show that I have ever looked for. We usually go to it when watching a movie or tv show and wonder ‘who is that actor, didn’t we see him in . . .’, which leads to imdb for the show we are watching, then down to the character being played and so over to the actor, which leads to the actor record and a list of things they appeared in, and so on and so on, which can consume quite a while. Sometimes that leads to YouTube to look for clips from other shows, and on to other actors.

I like looking for the British actors when watching the BBC, the comedies on PBS or the sci-fi imports. There seems to be a lot smaller pool of actors, and they all seem to bounce around on the same circle of shows. Look up a comedian and the will have been on Mitchell and Webb and Peep Show, anyone could have been on A Touch of Frost or Casanova or Summer Wine. If they are older then there is another list of shows – just look up Are You Being Served, and follow almost any of the cast – they’ll have a list of hundreds of shows they have been on. The newer ones should have a Doctor Who in there somewhere.

There seem to be a lot more American actors, and it’s rare to see any new ones with a very long list. But again find an older one and you’ll almost always find Love, American Style and Route 66 and Ben Casey and Medical Center and Mission: Impossible and Ironside and of course the Love Boat. Just looking up Elizabeth Ashley, who has a bunch. The newer actors either have a ton of movies listed, or else they are mainly TV, and would include things like NCIS and CSI and Cold Case and Law and Order.

Just heard of something going around town that I was not familiar with – a friend was talking about yelling at her neighbor’s kid for walking around with two apples, a red one and a green one, going all ‘loc up their face’. She said the two apples were to keep things straight, one for the spice and one for the bud. (got it?). Evidently you can purchase some type of salt mixture called spice that when smoked is supposed to give you a high. That’s smoked in a red apple, as the apple gives some additional sweetness. The illegal stuff (the bud) goes into the green apple. I didn’t know you made pipes out of apples. If you mixed them together then you hallucinated. Boy, am I out of touch.

10 comments:

Marianne said...

I too love that site! I hate when I recognize an actor and can't place him. IMDb solves the mystery in seconds. Great great idea!

Bill said...

Been IMDbing for number of years.

♥ Braja said...

me too, love it :)

SOL's view said...

I used IMDB all the time too! It's my go to site when I want to know where else I've seen an actor, or who played that role in such n such a movie.

Apples now? I didn't know about that one either! Wonder how long before that crazy idea makes it's way over here... if it hasn't already...

Jammie J. said...

imdb and wikipedia are two sites that have saved me from the 2am "AHA" wake up moments. God bless the Internet! :)

Graciewilde said...

Yup on the apples -- I work at a middle school and recently had to search a kid's backpack ... looking for the knife that he was reported to be carrying, I found the apple pipe and got the story. and I live in pot country....

Don said...

I sure wasn't expecting to learn about new drugs on your blog! LOL But I guess I should take knowledge where it is found.

I'm with Jamie, imdb and wikipedia are my go-to places. Have both on my smart phone so I can have them constantly with me. Sick, I know!

Don said...

I forgot to mention http://www.songlyrics.com/ - it's great when you have half a song running around in your head but can't remember the other half!

Pamela said...

I visit that sight, too. My family calls me the google queen. But I guess they don't know all my sources ha.

That is scary -- your apple story.
I don't worry about my "kids" anymore. It's what my grand kids are exposed to that has me so thoughtful

Rob said...

Yup, imdb rocks. Didn't know about the apples though.