Randomly

1. Whenever I think of what the web needs more of, I immediately think MORE SOCIAL NETWORKING.

No, I’m not going to join Ello so don’t even ask.

2. Yesterday was the 12th anniversary of Professor Barnhardt’s Journal. I seem to like to start things in early October (for example, The Letter). Other things that started this week: Charles Schulz’s Peanuts (1950), Leave It To Beaver (1957), The Twilight Zone (1959), and The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) Those are four of my favorite things right there, and I don’t know if it’s a coincidence that I start a lot of things this week or some power in the universe at work, but I like that it turned out that way.

3. I don’t know if you noticed, but there are no longer any cartoons on the broadcast networks on Saturday mornings. The last one aired last weekend. This is sad. Sure, you can find them on Nickelodeon and The Cartoon Network and some of the kid channels, but it’s weird that you can’t find them on ABC, CBS, FOX, or NBC. They were done in by a number of factors: FCC rules for more educational/informational programming, cable channels, the popularity of animated movies and prime-time animation, videogames, the web, and probably a half-dozen other financial reasons. What’s on now? Local news, weekend editions of the morning shows, cooking shows, and maybe a few “educational” shows for kids that feature pets or something. The last cartoons to air I actually tried to watch several months ago, and they were rather painful.

When I was a kid Saturday morning television was a big deal. I’d get TV Guide and mark all of the shows I was going to watch when the new season began – all the networks had big ads for the Saturday morning line-up – and I’d get up really early on the big day, say around 6am. I’d go down to the kitchen and make toast and tea and sit down on the living room floor with a tray and eat breakfast while watching the shows, which started at 7. I’d watch The Super Friends and Looney Tunes and the Star Trek animated show and The Jetsons and The Pink Panther and Scooby-Doo and a lot of other fun shows that hold special memories for me. I also watched many terrible shows that even had me wondering as a kid how the hell they got on the air (I remember there was one where The Partridge Family went through time and found themselves in the year 2200, for some reason). And remember when American Bandstand aired after the cartoons, early in the afternoon?

It’s great that kids have DVDs and streaming and all that, but I don’t think it’s the same. But the cartoons are gone and I’m sure that nobody will really care and they’re probably never coming back. It’s funny how Saturdays in general have been abandoned by the networks. Not just the mornings but also the evenings. It’s hard for younger people to understand now, but Saturday used to be the night for television: All in the Family, The Bob Newhart Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Carol Burnett Show, (CBS had the first Must-See TV). Now it’s filled with reruns of shows that aired earlier in the week, movies, and maybe a couple of true crime shows. Probably because people go out on Saturday nights, but didn’t people go out on Saturdays in the 70s and 80s?

With the ability to watch TV whenever/wherever we watch now and DVDs and next day viewing online, TV really isn’t the same anymore.

4. I have not eaten any bread – no slices of bread, no sandwiches, no rolls, no pizza – in 7 months.

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