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Light at the end of the tunnel

Down to 4 artifacts needed. Until they release more….

Well, there are two Seuss blogs now. That is a good thing. Players will link to these blogs which will increase the drop sizes. Ideas will drop based on how many incoming links there to a specific industry and based upon the position of the industry on the blogshares profile. If a blog doesn’t have any incoming links or if the industry you want is not in the top 5, those ideas will not drop when you reindex it.

I’ve continued to search for more Seuss blogs, but to no avail. It’s probably due to a mix of things. Geisel’s books are almost part of the background. When he first started writing, his books were fresh and new and like nothing anyone had ever seen before. Now they’re standards.

Just doing a search now and I brought up something on Google Books, a Geisel biography The Man who was Dr. Seuss: The Life and Work of Theodor Geisel.

One very nice person commented on another post about the post they had made on their own blog. The problem is that to vote content, you need 5–count ’em–5 recent posts on a topic to qualify.

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The Search for Seuss

Another player has found a blog, thank goodness. Content votes are a tricky beast. Actually a lot of votes that are not obvious are problematic. Moderators, those who have amassed over 750 karma points, have the ability to vote for or against initial votes. Some moderators will go above and beyond to verify a vote before rejecting it. Demographic votes are usually easy enough. Unless of course, the city has a different name or the spelling is off just a bit.

It’s funny that there are not more blogs out there about Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss). He’s probably one of the most well-known and beloved children’s authors in America. A whole generation grew up watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the Cat in the Hat. Chuck Jones directed the former. He and Seuss collaborated on a number of projects.

During World War II, a number of Hollywood figures joined up. Frank Capra, the director of It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and You Can’t Take It With
You, was put in charge of the Armed Forces Motion Picture Unit. Chuck Jones met Geisel there. Capra was under the impression that Geisel knew something about filmmaking and pointed out the Moviolas. Geisel asked “What are Moviolas?”Jones and Geisel collaborated on a series of instructional cartoons, which I’d love to see. Years later when some of the Dr. Seuss books were being animated, it was Chuck Jones directed.

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Dr. Seuss, or an exercise in frustration

A new artefact has been released. Yes, I know how to spell artifact (they spell them the other way in the game). This is for Dr. Seuss. The problem is that there are no blogs for Dr. Seuss. None. There must have been some at one time because a bunch of players have some ideas for it. But whatever the blog(s) was or were, they don’t exist now.

Rankings are partly determined by the number of artefacts you have. At the time of this writing, I’m missing 2. The Dr. Seuss one and another doozy for Pink Floyd. At least there are blogs for Pink Floyd.

I’ve been hunting for a couple of days now and so far no luck. Dr. Seuss qualifies as a content industry. Meaning that in order to vote a blog into the Dr. Seuss industry, it needs to have at least 5 posts with significant content devoted to Dr. Seuss. This is a tall order.

Now I am a big Seuss fan. Theodor Geisel (Seuss was, of course, a pen name) revolutionized children’s literature, was a fantastic illustrator, and created possibly one of the more bizarre musicals of our time.

I speak, of course, of The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. The hero, Bart, a small boy is the unwilling student of piano teacher, Dr. Terwilliker. Dr. Terwilliker is played by the late, great character actor, Hans Conreid. There’s a sort of nightmare/fantasy where the main action happens. And Dr. Terwilliker turns into a crazed dictator of a piano camp with designs on Bart’s mother. The costumes, music, sets, even the characters are all bizarre. It’s great fun.

Unfortunately, it did horribly at the box office and it is the only film Seuss ever did. Way ahead of its time.

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