December 23rd, 2014 by Calvero

So it’s Christmas time once again, and I thought I would share some of the things I like to watch around this time of year. In no real order. Except Charlie Brown. Charlie Brown always comes in first!

A Charlie Brown Christmas

What is there not to like in this classic 1965 cartoon? Everything is so perfect that I can’t imagine it any other way. The characters, the wonderful, upbeat music, how just about every line is quotable.

And it was amazing that it was made at all.

Added bonus – If you are as old as I am, you might remember the special being preceded by this CBS intro

The Blue Carbuncle

The beautiful Granada series that starred Jeremy Brett and David Burke as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in this wonderful story set at Christmastime. Ah, a Victorian Christmas! This is one of my favorite episodes of the show. Back when VHS reigned supreme this was the only episode I bought (they cost $15-20 each back then!)

This is based off the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story of the same name (text from Wikisource; audio part 1 and part 2 from Project Gutenburg, a fantastic reading!)

Mork’s First Christmas

From the Mork and Mindy tv series, this one has recently been added (though I have seen it at least a dozen times since August). Mork finds out what the true meaning of Christmas is (not a horrible plague…watch to find out his telling of his first encounter with Christmas) And what a sweet ending!

The Greatest Gift

From one of my favorite scifi shows, Warehouse 13 (I miss that show! πŸ™ ), this is their Christmas episode from season 3. Something happens to Pete where he wakes up as if he never was born. The story and title comes from the short story written by Philip Van Doren Stern that led to the film classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

Unfortunately, I am not able to find the full episode, so here is a clip from near the beginning:

If you have Netflix, it’s on there. Β Amazon also has it. Β Or you can buy it from Google

(Another tv episode that was inspired by It’s a Wonderful Life was also from Mork and Mindy, “It’s a Wonderful Mork“, but it’s not a Christmas episode so I don’t really include it in this list. Β But it’s really good, and a bit of a tearjerker due to recent events).

It’s a Wonderful Life

There was a time when I was growing up that this movie would be on a bunch of channels, sometimes at the same time. You turn to one channel and it would be at one scene, and go to another channel and it would be at another scene. And it remains and endearing movie, full of heart and makes you realize how much you can make a difference to someone else, even if it’s a small one.

A true classic starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, and Henry Travers.

The Gold Rush

Not exactly a Chistimasy type of movie, but it takes place over Thanksgiving and Christmas. This 1925 silent film by Charlie Chaplin is considered to be his best. Charlie, as the Little Tramp, goes to the mountains in hopes of finding gold. He encounters a friend. and enemy, boils and eats a shoe, does a dance with rolls, and falls in love.

The below version is the 1942 (tweaked) re-release with Chaplin’s own narration (in place of the typical silent film title cards) and musical score. Β While I like this one better overall, I like the story of the original better (mostly the same version, just a couple important cuts that Chaplin took out)

A Christmas Carol

Take a classic Charles Dickens story, and the 11th Doctor, and you get Doctor Who’s 2010 Christmas episode (my favorite Who Christmas episode so far, though I didn’t quite understand the whole thing about the fish and shark). Β And there is the absolutely beautiful, operatic song, “Silence is All You Know

As with Warehouse 13, the full episode is not online for free (that I can find), so below is a trailer and a clip.

This episode is on Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon, and a few other places.

Until next time….

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February 21st, 2010 by Calvero
  • Getting my computers updated after being offline for a couple days. Been crazy busy at work, and helping Kristi w/ her science project. #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Hello Baby!! #
  • finally get to sit down after a busy day! About to eat pizza & Coke while finding something on Hulu #
  • Star Trek VII Generations is on Hulu – 1 of the best ST movies. Kirk & Picard! πŸ˜€ #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Sherlock Holmes Movie Soundtrack – Discombobulate #
  • listening to @FatherRoderick and @gspn live for the Biggest Loser Podcast & #
  • now it’s time for lunch! #
  • note to self: when boiling eggs, it helps if you turn the burner on #
  • Sherlock Holmes movie to be released on DVD/Blue Ray on March 30! YAY! πŸ˜€ #
  • watching Harry Potter & Prisoner of Azkaban on ABC #

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November 15th, 2009 by Calvero
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Taylor Swift – Love Story #
  • afternoon πŸ™‚ #
  • 2227 on #nanowrimo . I'll be lucky if I get to 10K. And it's becoming a crossover fanfic by the looks of it… will be fun! #
  • good night! time for bed #
  • good morning. Planning on going food shopping sometime today #
  • Best! Didn't think they'd top the other great SS Google logos πŸ™‚ RT @factory_worker: The happiest Google logo ever: #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Michael Jackson Medley #
  • I'm cooking dinner while watching @thegizwiz great stories on early tv and Mad Magazine #
  • good afternoon! getting Katie ready for her nap #
  • time to make the doughnuts..err.. I mean bread. Potato bread…MMmmm #
  • can you make potato bread without potatoes? Nah, didn't think so. #
  • RT @GSPN: I'm being interviewed right here right now: #
  • excellent doc on military troop greeters! RT @povdocs: If you missed THE WAY WE GET BY, you can watch it online at #
  • uploaded music to my Zen #
  • and spinach lasagna and homemade bread is in the oven πŸ™‚ #
  • Tweeting for 2 years, 9 months, 2 weeks, 1 day, 8 hours, 22 minutes, 33 seconds (February 1, 2007). How about you? #
  • got up to 2376 on #nanowrimo . Heading to bed. Good night! #
  • home from work, gave Katie a bath, put girls to bed, now about to cook a couple eggs for egg salad sandwich #
  • watching Rick Steves' Europe: Israel on Hulu #

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October 18th, 2009 by Calvero
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — “Newhart” – Series Finale #
  • watching few minutes of Chaplin starring Robert Downey Jr. Just found it on Hulu. Not 100% accurate but Downey is awesome #
  • heading to bed. will watch the rest later… even though I’ve seen it bunches of times πŸ˜€ #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Making Chaplin the movie #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — CHAPLIN with Downey Jr. #

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September 20th, 2009 by Calvero
  • morning! #
  • watching kid vids on YouTube with Katie #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — The Beatles – All together now #
  • @iboughtamac here’s a link from Windjammers (ppl who perform circus music) site for a CD: in reply to iboughtamac #
  • @Scobleizer I would ask my 2 yr old to help translate, but she’s in for a nap πŸ™‚ in reply to Scobleizer #
  • @brandonheath since you said please, I guess I will πŸ™‚ Good luck! in reply to brandonheath #
  • @YoGeek ooohh… I think it’s shopping spree time! πŸ˜€ in reply to YoGeek #
  • making homemade veggie noodle soup while listening to TWiT #212 “Leave The Gun, Take The Calacanis” #
  • Watching House “House Divided” on Hulu interesting story dealing with a deaf teen #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Mewtwo-Bring Me To Life #
  • I rated a YouTube video (3 out of 5 stars) — Mewtwo #
  • morning! #
  • making brunch. home-made egg McMuffin #
  • sad πŸ™ RT @nytimes: NYT NEWS ALERT: Mary Travers, a Member of the 1960s Folk Trio Peter, Paul and Mary, Has Died #
  • In memory of Mary:Peter Paul & Mary singing Too Much Of Nothing on Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour #
  • good morning! #
  • watching A&E’s Biography on Albert Einstein on Hulu #
  • finished eating breakfast. now onto my next adventure… #
  • came home from work and ate a sandwich. Feel better now πŸ™‚ #
  • good night! πŸ™‚ #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Michael Jackson – Beat It #
  • top o’ the mornin’ people! #
  • RT @zefrank: – i laugh each time i run by this sign :: #
  • RT @LIFE: Attention Digg Users: When Newspapers Mattered: #digg #digguser #media #newspaper #
  • ate lunch with Katie. We had sandwiches, potato salad, cole slaw, and mac & cheese #
  • watching Full Time Mom podcast live #
  • got home. ate a late dinner (as usual). Now bed. Good night! #
  • home from work. had an eventful day. #
  • I heard some voices behind me, and there was 3 of our security pinning a big guy to the wall, then a few seconds later on the ground. #
  • No one hurt, and they took the guy away after several minutes. #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (CBS; 1987) Scene 1: Holmes takes the case #

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September 13th, 2009 by Calvero
  • making chicken cor don bleu for dinner πŸ™‚ #
  • also making garlic mashed potatoes and corn on the cob along with the chicken cordon bleu. Going to be a hearty meal! #
  • good night! see you in the morn #
  • home from work. Ate pancakes for dinner, and now watching @FatherRoderick live from Australia #
  • time for me to go to bed. Let’s see what happens tomorrow! πŸ™‚ Night! #
  • just got home. watching Obama talk to Congress while following live Tweets about it #
  • Had Beatles songs going through my head at work today. Wonder why? πŸ˜€ I Want To Hold Your Hand #
  • good morning! About to pick up Katie from presschool #
  • Beatles in 16 places of Amazon’s Music top 25 (including all of top 5) at the moment #
  • I gave Katie a pencil and paper to doodle on. She’s “writing” … right to left. Maybe our family has some Jewish blood? #
  • uploading Beatles music that I do have (only a couple albums.. pitiful!) to my Zen player #
  • listening to Beatles, bouncing from ’64 to ’67 while working on one of my sites #
  • watching MSNBC. They are replaying what was on at this exact time 8 yrs ago on the Today show #
  • watching @ricksteves on Hulu visiting Iran while eating lunch. Katie is watching Charlie Brown & Snoopy #
  • RT @LAWeekly What Would 9-11 Be Like in the Age of Social Media? – Los Angeles Art – Style Council #
  • back from work. Saw several customers wearing NYPD and FDNY shirts today #
  • RT @LIFE: In Praise of 9/11 First Responders: #
  • looks like an awesome film! πŸ˜€ RT @Liturgy: DOCUMENTARY PREVIEW: Lord save us from your followers #

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