It is Monday again kiddies, and you all know what that means.

"Thing you might not of known about yesterday that you can't live without now" : The IMDB Advanced Search function. Not an applet or downloadable ware, this one is a website. The Internet Movie Database has been around for years. They have built the world's most comprehensive suite of tools for navigating the world's largest movie fact database. Cast and Crew listings and searches by title are just the beginning. You can also search their memorable movie quotes, discover "this day in film history" and even search by character name, if you're having trouble remembering whether it was Martin Sheen or Christopher Walken "who played the J-man in that one movie that time".

We've been using the IMDB for about half a decade now. Mainly to check credits listings for movies we've seen to identify actors and figure out what previous films made us recognize them, but it's a great way to find movies you like. For example, I'm a huge fan of Luc Besson and first found out about La Femme Nikita through his IMDB page, where he's credited for story work and as a producer. I first found out about Crimson Rivers through Jean Reno's cast listings. Etc.

And "The Thing you didn't need, and now wish you'd never found because it is addictive" Zuma. A great little time waster that is fiendishly fun and mentally tricky. It nearly destroyed my 7th semester at Mercer.

Reading Material for the Day: "For the Love of iPod." By Regina Lynn, writer of the Sex Drive Column for Wired magazine.

Monday, August 01, 2005


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