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May 19, 2007 ~ Greetings and salutations, my patient friends! Don't ask, just rejoice in the fact that I'm back :-) So many link changes, additions, submissions, corrections, requests etc. piled up (along with personal Life Stuff), I just got overwhelmed and let it all slide for a while, you know? I truly am sorry for the quiet, but I think you'll agree it was worth the wait. Little late for Mother's Day, but I'm bustin' my buttons to finally be able to present The Mother Of All Updates - Part One! Hands waving in the air Kermit-style, yeeeaaaaah!
Let's start with the mischief I got up to with my Mastercard. Lo and behold, I now have loads of server space and have uploaded every single multimedia file I have, so there should be no more outside links for any of my files (if you find an ftp.nu link I missed, please alert me).
It was a ton of work (I unzipped old files, cleaned up new ones, reformatted a lot of files, etc.), but I've now incorporated all of the multimedia files and links into The Original Sesame Street Sounds Archive. Too big? Let me know what you think. If it's not there, I don't have it or haven't found it online yet. I'll only be updating you on this page (What's New) when I have new sounds/vids or transcripts, just so you know. I'm not going to bother updating every time I change or add a new YouTube link, but the additions will be clearly marked.
I concentrated on the multimedia files with this part of the update due to the many changes at YouTube and the new server space, so I'm now tackling the new (and updates to old) transcripts, just so you know. I'm quite impressed with some of the "fuzzy memories" I've found that are pretty darn close to the original, but I will update as much and as soon as I can. We didn't have no stinkin' YouTube when this thing started, ya know. You kids today with all your classic clips at your fingertips, you're spoiled rotten, I tells ya!
To cut to the chase, just go to the Sounds Archive page. Otherwise, here's what I've added. First up, ALL of my YouTube cartoons are now yours to enjoy in their original .avi format:
And sawing14s answered a long held request here at the archive, the great clip with a boy in a wheelchair that I've called I Have A Chair with the full .avi file 10M. I can't begin to thank either of you enough, you've made so many people giddy with joy, including me! :-)
~ That should hold you until Part Two. After all that, only the two new transcripts, so the total stands at 821 songs and skits transcribed on the good old archive. We're shootin' for that magical number, kids, just hang in there a tad longer!
On a related note, I've started a blog, Tiny Dancer's Pirouettes. Pretty new, not updated daily, and not always Sesame Street or Muppet related, but you might enjoy it.
While I cleaned up the rest of the files, I also updated the .mp3 files on The Four Ways site, in case you're curious.
FYI: I'll be away from my computer next week (May 21-26) as we visit my Mum and house-sit while she's away. I'll be able to access email, but YouTube and updating anything will be a problem (my Mum's out in the boonies and only gets a slow dial-up, verrrrrry slow when you're used to high speed!).
Finally, just to make your trip today even more worthwhile, I'll wrap up with my favorite new vid on YouTube, the long lost Twin Beaks, great parody of the cult TV show, "Twin Peaks", and fantastic quality considering how rare a find it is. Way to go, Guille!
OTHER AND OLDER STUFF: As you probably know, I have a Channel on YouTube.com as TinyDancer500. You should find all you need from that link, just make sure you don't miss the Playlists as I'm constantly updating them.
On another important You Tube note, I've found a very helpful site for saving the clips to your computer, KeepVid. It works with Google Video and You Tube among others and saves the file in .FLV format (there's a free player you can download at the link). I've loaded in a whole bunch for my son and they're working great!
In a nutshell, go to KeepVid, open up You Tube (or wherever the video is you want to keep) in a seperate window, find the exact url for the video (where it says "Email or link it") and copy and paste it into the box on KeepVid. When you click "Download", another link will appear underneath the searchbox. Right-click and choose a name for your file, save it in .flv format and you're done. I've had some take longer than others, but I think it's just a case of excess web traffic at the time. Try again later if it slows down to a snail's pace.
April 2006 - May 2007 - Took a break, gathered my wits, had my wisdom teeth yanked, played a bit of Diner Dash.
April 2006 - The lyrics archive celebrated 10 years online, woohoo!
July 26, 2005 - The debut of The Four Ways online. This was the Juno Award nominated band fronted by my parents in the '60s and '70s. I've included many great pics from the past and some choice sound files in .mp3 format. Hope you enjoy this little flash from the past. Here's a taste, if you're interested:
(From an old update back in September 2001, right after the terrorist attacks)
~ On The Jim Henson Company site, they featured this stirring image of Sam the Eagle (click for a larger version you may wish to reformat for use as wallpaper):
The following links are due to the many requests I receive for sheet music.
First up, you can buy the classic "The Sesame Street Songbook" from Amazon.com:
Otherwise these sites all have the above and/or other songbooks and sheet music for sale. I am in NO way connected to any of them, just so you know. I'm led to believe they're reliable, please let me know if you find otherwise. Just try searching for "Sesame Street" in their various search boxes.